TS4 Previews yay

19 August 2013 at 20:34 (Random Randomness, Screenshots, Sims 2) (, , , , )

In an exclusive teleconference with EA, T$R’s Steve has been able to leak us the following previews of The Sims 4!

In his dreams :mrgreen:

The Agent Pixies were revealed first by, I believe, AllGamesBeta.com. Please click the link to see the rest.

UPDATE: Official site is live: http://thesims.com

One thing I have to say, they don’t look so puddin-faced as TS3 Sims. That was reason #1 that TS3 was a DNW for me.

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For some reason, I feel like I’m looking at a TS1 screenshot here.

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That is one fugly interface. But at least that is not one fugly puddin’ face.

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I have to say, it looks quite interesting. I’m not so sure about the cartoony feel, but that’s what custom content and default replacements are for.

Quotes from above link:

Emotional Depth – For the first time, Sims feel and express emotions. Your Sims can experience a diverse range and depth of emotional states and are influenced through other Sims, actions, events, memories, or even by the clothing and objects you choose. Emotions offer you more choice by giving you the opportunity to create richer stories with even more possibilities.

But haven’t Sims being showing emotion since, um, TS1 days? What I would have liked to see (forgive me if this has already been done in TS3) is for Sims to have more personality. So we get those stupid Sloppy/Neat, Shy/Outgoing options, but honestly, apart from disabling one or two interactions, and the occasional whinge when you tell a Serious Sim to play, it doesn’t really affect the character all that much. My Sloppy Sims still clean up their dishes after themselves. Even 100% Sloppy Sims still want to shower frequently. I’d have liked sliding scale traits like Stupid Sims, who don’t get the jokes and never excel at school no matter how much they study, and Mean Sims who just like causing meanness to everyone (sorry, we have Thoma$$ for that already). *sigh*

Another thing about TS2 that seemed incongruous was that personality traits don’t actually affect what you can and can’t make your Sims do. Hmm, I dunno. Like for instance, let’s take a Sim with 0 Playful points, ie 100% Serious Sim. I would expect such a sim to not be amused by jokes. Depending on their Grumpy/Nice score, I would expect such a sim to either contrive a polite laugh or to be clearly not amused. But in actuality, such a sim will ALWAYS laugh uproariously. Without fail.

Also it doesn’t make sense that a Romance Sim with fear of getting engaged will still ALWAYS accept a marriage proposal, as long as the friendship scores are high enough. Seriously?? Why?

Anyway, unlike TS3, this is a MW (maybe want). Of course, to be a MP (maybe play) I’d need a better computer, since TS2 Seasons is as far as this one can go. I’m really thinking I’d like to build my own. We’ll see.

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More out-takes

16 August 2013 at 01:04 (Random Randomness, Screenshots, Sims 2)

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lol cake

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Chilling out between shoots.

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This was just WEIRD.

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Yeah, I dunno either.

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“Oh sorry, do we need to shoot that scene again?”

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To infinity – and somewhere over there.
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Story Updates

14 August 2013 at 22:05 (Random Randomness, Screenshots, Sims 2) ()

I’ve been looking over Jasmine’s story and realising how awful it is in places πŸ˜€

So, yeah, I’m seriously late to my own party. Do you know who Jasmine is? No, of course not. You’re here for Selene and Endymion, aren’t you?

Well, for the sake of my own peace of mind, I’m starting to update the existing chapters. The writing was really bad in some places, so I hope I’ve cut the worst offenders. The bit that bugged me most was the opening scene of chapter two. So that’s been cut and integrated into the scene with Saffron. Page count has only gone down by two, but at least it doesn’t drag quite so much at the beginning.

I’m trying to keep Jasmine’s hairstyle more consistent this time. I don’t know why I keep getting the urge to change her hair! I’m still having to fight it now! Twitchy fingers, STOP! I’m redoing the worst screenshots from parts 1-3. Once I’ve ironed out everything that’s bugging me, I’ll move onto the next three.

I’m not quite au fait with screenie-ing (or as I now say: AGENT PIXIE-ing!!) these days. I remember knowing the pose hacks almost off by heart in those days. *sigh* Here are some out-takes and a few actual in-takes πŸ˜€

Has the better graphics card made a difference? The images seem clearer to me. What do you think?

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Okay, so after a bit of research (ie looking on autotrader), I discovered that the Gallardo costs up to 10x more than an Elise. I had no idea Elises were so cheap (relatively speaking). Although I think the Europa S actually looks nicer. Anyway, Ash is rich, but not THAT rich. So it makes more sense for him to have bought an Elise. Which, duh, he should have done in version 1, since it was her fave car from the start.

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See? And it’s not like I didn’t have the mesh for the Elise at the time. If Jasmine had a daughter, she would definitely name her Elise. This is not a clue, by the way. Or maybe it is πŸ˜‰

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So anyway, what does this mean? It means I’m seriously considering giving poor Jasmine her last chapter. How long has that girl been in police custody? Years now, poor thing. But because I am so badly organised, I’m going to have to remember how the story went. I am a terrible planner and did not write any notes on the plot. So bear with me, but maybe I’ll have something for you by the end of the year.

(Assuming anyone even remembers who Jasmine is, and why they care.)

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Screenie Schmeenie

12 August 2013 at 17:00 (Random Randomness, Screenshots, Sims 2)

I don’t even remember taking this. And I bet no one remembers the significance of this picture either.

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I’m sure there’s a reason I created the flashback family.

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Too doo doodoooo

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Damn me, that picture is not supposed to be there. Doi!

 

I don’t know if this post is a clue or what. Make of it what you will.

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Sims 2 Seasons

7 July 2013 at 19:05 (Random Randomness, Screenshots, Sims 2) ()

W000o0o0ho0ho000o0o00000! You know Seasons is the one EP I really wanted. Uni I wanted for the Hang Out interaction for my stories, NL for the cars (although it also seemed the funnest out of the ones my poor XP box could handle) and OFB for no other reason than that I wanted the Magisplay tray for my screenies, which is kind of ironic, since I only bought it recently, long after I retired from Sim storytelling. But Seasons was the one I really wanted.

So despite my super-slow processor, the amazingly great graphics card (compared to the CCLOCIC) means I can actually play it! So I bought a copy second-hand (didn’t I say no more of my money is going to be used to pay SHERRIE DANDAN’S wages?). I eagerly opened the box, then thought: Oh wait, this is EA we’re talking about. Checked the back of the disc and ZOMGNOWAIZ! “Sony DADC”! Gaaaaah!

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Graphics Card!

13 April 2013 at 21:35 (Random Randomness, Screenshots, Sims 2) ()

Who’d have thunk it? My netbook, despite its slowness, does actually have a pretty good graphics card on board. ATI Radeon 6250 apparently. Whatever that means, it’s utterly better than the CCLOCIC (crappy crap load of crap Intel chipset). I’m surprised by how smoothly TS2 is playing on here, even with the addition of another expansion pack.

Better still, anti-aliasing also seems to be enabled on here. Have a look:

Old PC:
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Netbook:screenshot

Eh, anyway, it looks a LOT better, and plays a lot more smoothly (when I say “play”, I haven’t actually put any Sims into it yet. I’m only using it for props.)

YaY for the Radeon chipset!

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Let’s Go to the City!

28 March 2010 at 21:03 (Random Randomness, Screenshots) (, , )

Someone play with me!! I’m so sick of getting all my sister’s cast-offs; I need new blood!

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Somehow, I think not.


My sensei should read this XD
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MOAR Smash Bros Screenshots

11 November 2008 at 18:25 (Kid Icarus, Random Randomness, Screenshots) (, , , )

I did say I was going to fill and fill and fill this blog with Pit pics till I’m sick. But I’m also treating you to some other pics too. Enjoy πŸ™‚

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King Dedede getting Angel-ringed :mrgreen:

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Link looking as yummy as ever

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I can to be dazed 😦

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‘You’re too slow!’
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More Pit Screenshots

10 November 2008 at 23:42 (Kid Icarus, Random Randomness, Screenshots) (, , , )

yAy MOAR!!

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Cute Pit :mrgreen:

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‘Simon, don’t just stand there like a thanksgiving turkey, gimme a hand!’

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‘Behind you!’

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‘What have I just eaten??’
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Pit’s Revenge – Part One

29 October 2008 at 18:44 (Kid Icarus, Random Randomness, Screenshots) (, , , )

A short non-story. Just for the lulz :mrgreen:

Pit suffers Great Aether
Ike unleashes Great Aether on Pit.
‘No! Stopicus!!!!!!!!’


Pit returns to Skyworld to lick his wounds.
‘You’ll pay for this, you rotten eggplanticus!!!!’
Kid Liquorice informs him that Ike is on his way to Skyworld to settle the matter, so Pit spends a bit of time practising his attacks.


‘Wowicus!! That is one cool flower!!’
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Silver Arrows’s Pit Screenie Bonanza!!!!!

26 October 2008 at 22:42 (Kid Icarus, Random Randomness, Screenshots) (, , , )

I got my SD cards :mrgreen: The pics look better on the TV screen, they look very pixelated here though 😦 For some reason the pics are anti-aliased on the Wii, but not when transferred to PC. I don’t get it. Click to view full size

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Pit’s just fired a light arrow. Or I think he just stopped the angel ring.

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Gold Pit in Sky World

Pit's down taunt

Pit’s down taunt… so beautiful
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Drool time!

31 July 2008 at 19:28 (Random Randomness, Screenshots, Sims 2)

Yeah!


Ooh! OOH!! Yummy! What’s this?


Who you playing as? “Pit, of course!”


Yeah, baby!

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Toga toga toga!

31 July 2008 at 19:25 (Random Randomness, Screenshots, Sims 2) ()


“Look! I got the wings, the black chiton, even Palutena’s rings! Now will you finish my story? Please please please…”

Nice try, Jay, but you forgot the bow and arrows.


“But, but, but – ”

No! Oh – oh – damn you! Okay then!

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Skintones and such

28 July 2008 at 19:43 (Random Randomness, Screenshots, Sims 2) ()

You might have noticed from my screenies, up till now I’ve only ever used Maxis tones (and recolours based on the Maxis skintones for my non-Earth sims). So I’ve decided to stop being so boring on that front (sorry, other kinds of boredom will persist). Some of Enayla‘s tones looked quite nice, so I thought I’d give them a go.

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Woo! It’s taking some getting used to; it looks so weird compared to the rest of the sims in the neighbourhood! This one is the Opaline tone (I think?) and makes the Sim look a bit cadaverous :mrgreen:

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Ah ah ah! Wings wings!!!!!

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Chapter Three nearly finished…

4 July 2008 at 18:57 (Random Randomness, Screenshots, Sims 2) ()

I’ve almost finished reshooting chapter 3 of Raindrops, and I’m pretty happy with what I have so far, although not completely. I’ve a few more to redo, but yeah, it’s almost finished. I’ve also tidied up the text a bit, a few things needed changing and let us say, I am in a better position now to understand how Jasmine felt than when I initially wrote that chapter, but enough of this.

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When is she not???

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I just love Tony’s face on this one!
(Looks better full size)

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Jack Faerie’s portrait of the not-so-happy couple

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She loves Kid Icarus, too

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Zoo Tycoon 2

29 June 2008 at 18:45 (Random Randomness, Screenshots) (, , , )

Aww, I love Zoo Tycoon!

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Young Asian elephant taking a dip
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A few more reshoots

27 June 2008 at 20:17 (Random Randomness, Screenshots, Sims 2) ()

Made a bit of progress, but I’ve still got a few more pics to redo from chapter three of Raindrops.

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Poor Candy! She’s so unhappy!!

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Elle se sent malade, pauvre fille

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Poor Ash. This one never made it in.

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I want to go home now – please! You notice Ash Milton lives next door to Jack Faerie? Won’t Jasmine be one lucky girl, heh heh πŸ˜‰


“Grrr, that Asbo Barbie!” This shot never made it in either.

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More reshoots

17 June 2008 at 18:31 (Random Randomness, Screenshots)

Been reshooting a few more scenes. Redid the hospital scene at the end of chapter 2, because even after 2 reshoots, I was still so so unhappy with it. I still haven’t been able to get the facial expressions perfect, but I guess it’ll do. It’s better than the previous three versions anyway!

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But d’oh! I forgot that scene carries on into chapter three, so I gotta get the opening shot of that redone again too. Oops!

Mostly I’ve been reshooting good chunks of chapter four, though. Old version:

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And new version:
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Better, no?

But because of reshooting the scenes with Tina, I also had to get Jasmine to repaint her portrait, because the other is in my old ‘playing’ Cloud Magna, whereas I now have a new Cloudy just for storytelling. It also has the highest rate of unemployment in Britain πŸ˜‰

The old version:
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And here is the new-look Tina portrait.
take that, you cow!

But I’ll tell you the real reason I had to retake those scenes. The tracksuit. Jasmine is NOT a tracksuit person, as you may have gathered, but simply I did not have more than one or two proper full-length sleeved tops. I HATE the ones where the texture is just painted onto the arms. But anyway, Aikea Guinea at Club Crimsyn has made female versions of her grungy wear, which I have been hoping for for a while! YAY!!

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And that is exactly the type of top that Jasmine would wear.

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My Very Own Jasmine Moment

16 June 2008 at 22:54 (Random Randomness, Screenshots)

You remember the scene in chapter 2 of Raindrops and Tears?

And just to cheer up Leah (even though she did plagiarise my wedding proposal scene from chapter one! πŸ˜› ) here is my own real-life Jasmine moment, kindly re-enacted by the lovely Jasmine herself and a coffee table she bought just for the purpose :mrgreen:


Going… going…


… gone!

I can’t remember what my exact words were, but it was probably something along the lines of ‘Blank, blank, blank!‘. And I’ve a lovely green and purple bruise on my shin, too. Marvellous.

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Seeing Double

16 June 2008 at 22:49 (Screenshots)

Jasmine and... Jasmine?
You’d be shocked, too, wouldn’t you?

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Chapter Three

1 June 2008 at 21:23 (Random Randomness, Screenshots, Sims 2) ()

Resumed shooting chapter three. Managed to take 6 or so shots before it crashed on me 😦
Funnies’ post :mrgreen:
Oh no! Ra-Ra!

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Cherry Pie

28 May 2008 at 20:15 (Random Randomness, Screenshots) (, )

Ayyy!! I managed to finally get a 5 star Sim! This is Cherry Pie, she be #1 pop singer πŸ˜€

Karaoke stage
Nice big fanbase
I took loadsa pics of her performing the music videos, but they didn’t save!!

Dancing Tiddler
Dance, Kitty, dance!

Cherry's awards
Posing with her trophy cabinet – 2 awards so far

Betty the Yeti
Betty the Yeti!
I didn’t know how to feed the cat on holiday, it almost starved to death, so I had to send Cherry back home after less than a day 😦

Tiddler
Meow!

Relaxing at home
Relaxing at home

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Piano Lessons

3 May 2008 at 22:08 (Screenshots)

Jasmine playing the piano
Young Jasmine unleashing her… umm… creativity

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Fight the Rich!

3 May 2008 at 22:04 (Random Randomness, Screenshots, Sims 2) ()

Booo!
I wonder who’s so unpopular?

Booo!
Ahh!!

Booo!
Uh, very funny 😐

(If you’re wondering what all this nonsense is, I’m just trying to get the hang of screenshotting again!)

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Water Balloon Fun

2 May 2008 at 16:46 (Screenshots)

Water Balloon Fun
Water Balloon Fun
O… kay

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Jasmine

20 April 2008 at 18:45 (Random Randomness, Screenshots)

Oh poor thing, why’s she crying?
Young Jasmine crying

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Exploring the Makin’ Magic EP

15 April 2008 at 17:13 (Random Randomness, Screenshots) (, )

Made a magic sim the other day, Roberto Magik
Poor Cockatiel
Oh no, the cockatiel died 😦

Nectar Press
Having fun with the nectar press… I know. You don’t have to tell me. They look so wrong don’t they?

Bakers Oven
The baker’s oven. Well, that was a waste of time. It set on fire and all my ingredients were lost

What super happy fun goodness! I’m bored of it already

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Super Happy Sims 1 Fun

11 April 2008 at 20:17 (Random Randomness, Screenshots, Sims 2) (, , )

Meh, I finally did it. I installed TS1 and I’m not even joking, it took a whole hour just to install. Anyway, gameplay was kinda confusing at the beginning, because I’m used to TS2 gameplay, but I’ve got the hang of it now (kinda). The thing is because I installed all 7 EPs, before even playing the base game, there was so much to learn in one go. So right now I’ve decided to ignore most of the stuff and concentrate on just the Unleashed pack and the Superstar pack (which is the one I was mostly interested in anyway).

Two things that are annoying: the rotate/zoom! Argh! You can’t even zoom in that much and the rotate thing is so annoying I don’t even bother unless I really need it. The other thing, making friends seems so much harder than in TS2. Or is it just my imagination? So far my poor little Simmie has only made one friend.

Anyway, here are a few piccies. This is the only sim I’ve played so far, Catherine Star. She currently has a fame rating of 3. Tee hee hee.

Snooty woot
Just like real life, Avril hasn’t time for the little people

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Relaxing at the Oxygen Bar

Catherines Doggy
Catherine and her dog, Billy

Performing
Catherine performing and gaining some star credentials

Obsessed Fan
The Obsessed Fan. Please just leave me alone!

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Jayce Innocent

30 March 2008 at 20:01 (Screenshots, Sims 2)

Jayce

Hehe!

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Before the Fall

29 March 2008 at 22:00 (Random Randomness, Screenshots, Sims 2) ()

Ah, maybe you can see where this is going now

The Elemita Family
The Elemita family, before the fall…

Jasmine and The Mysterious Stranger
We know who dyed her hair pink, but who’s the mysterious stranger..?

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