voleste replied to your post “It’s very strange, but now that Sims 4 is launching in about 45…”

There’s already a download available with the entire preload game from Origin (8,5 gb or so?). Not cracked yet, but it’s already there. So I’m assuming cracks and such will come in pouring fast when the millions of people in the US get it. :P

HOT DAMN they are fast! I was expecting to not see anything until at least 6 hours after the game released! I’m not sure if I should be impressed or worried about the safety of my future bank accounts…

It’s very strange, but now that Sims 4 is launching in about 45 minutes here, I really want to give it a shot. With Sims 3, as much as I liked the style of gameplay, I couldn’t get over the aesthetics and my computer could never handle it. But with the Sims 4 I really like the aesthetic so I feel like I should see if I like the gameplay.

How long do you think it will take them to get an ISO available…? >:P

simtroverted replied to your post “Haha, and OF COURSE Chrome does not work with XP unless it is upgraded…”

..Wait what. I have & use Chrome on my XP desktop. It is running SP3, but it’s very definitely a 32-bit system… Not sure what’s happening on your PC.

YOU ARE CORRECT! And I am very happy that you are. SimPE pointed me to the .NET Framework and MS INSISTED that I have this Windows Installer thing, and I thought, “Maybe this is why I couldn’t install SP3…” so I tried installing it again and lo and behold, it worked this time.

Whether or not Chrome wants to work now is a hole ‘nother can of worms…

EDIT: HELL YES IT APPEARS TO BE WORKING! Thank you for giving me a reason to have another look at things! *hugs*

So here is what I’ve decided to do on this nice little Dell I now have. I fear that it will not be able to handle all the EPs and SPs at the graphics levels I would like, so I am going to install only the base game, Ikea, H&M, Kitchen and Bath, and Mansions and Gardens. I will play with super minimal CC, only conversions and defaults and recolors and add-ons, etc. Then I will try to do things that I’ve never done before. In the base game, I want to fulfill a sims wish for 10 kids, or for 25 grandkids.

Once I’ve done some of that, I’ll install one EP, University. I will do something there I’ve never done. I want to found a fraternity or sorority.

In Nightlife, play with a vampire and complete one of those absurd 50 first dates or 20 dream dates wishes.

In Open for Business, I want to own a level 10 business, or complete the want to own 5 level 10 businesses.

In Pets, I’ll complete the want to raise 20 kittens and puppies.

I don’t know what to do with Seasons…I might actually install it and leave it installed because weather. The same with Free Time. Both of those I feel added more to the mechanics of the game as opposed to the others which added new things for the simmies to do.

In Bon Voyage, I’d like to collect all the vacation memories and learn to teleport, etc. I think I’ve done the least with this EP.

And finally, in Apartment Life, I want a witch to reach either Infallibly Good or Very Evil (or whatever it’s called).

I will only have a few games installed at a time and there will be lots of fresh installs happening, but I think it will be really fun and give me a chance to explore parts of the game that I haven’t before.

EDIT: OH, I forgot! I’ve never had Santa come and I really want to do that, so I will do that too at some point. :D

Haha, and OF COURSE Chrome does not work with XP unless it is upgraded to Service Pack 3 and THAT can only be done if you are using 64-bit Windows XP Pro and I only have 32-bit Windows XP Home. Yup. So I guess Firefox and I are gonna be buddies for a bit.


Something I just can’t get over


Totally non sims and I’m sorry if I annoy anyone so I’ll hide this probably very long text post under a read more.

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I find this incredibly fascinating and I could not agree with you more. in the US, I feel we have a similar problem, but also different. I can recall as a child my parents telling me to go outside and play and be active MORE. And I recall them complaining about how kids didn’t get more exercise. I remember looking them right in the face and saying “Well, if I had less homework, I would love to go outside.” America has this weird obsession with work, and every year in school, the workload got heavier and heavier. I’m not saying there should be less homework, but perhaps America needs to rethink the way it balances homework and activity. The same way I would read more books and go outside more often, if I didn’t feel like I had societal expectations bearing down on me that keep saying I MUST get a job and if I spend my time doing anything but looking for a job or working a job, I am failure. So I totally hear ya! 

On that note, I think it would be the coolest thing to create an international library that operated similarly to netflix and shipped books in all languages all over the world. 

Finally, FINALLY, I have gotten the XP laptop all set up and onto the internet. Internet Explorer decided to be it’s usually bitchy self and refused to install Chrome, but it DID let me install Firefox, and Firefox let me install Chrome, and Chrome just finished installing. HALLELUJAH!

So, recap: I now find myself in possession of a reasonably spry Dell Latitude D620 running Windows XP Service Pack 2 (XP is no longer supported by Microsoft which will hopefully not be an issue down the road.) I have managed to install all necessary drivers, which fixed my wireless connectivity issues from yesterday, and have proceeded to install Firefox and Chrome. I am going to leave Firefox installed in case Chrome is like “XP? NOPE.” According to specs, this old grannie has a Nvidia Quadro NVS 110M under the hood, which is pretty damn awesome. I has an Intel Core 2 processor clocking in at 2Ghz (and which appears to be dual core) and 2GB of RAM, most likely DDR or DDR2. The hard drive is 75GB…THAT could be an issue if I have this for any long period of time.

All-in-all, it could be a lot worse. So I’m pretty happy. Considering this is a pretty solid laptop, I wonder how it would do handling Windows 7, if it got a RAM upgrade at the same time. Anyway, I’m going to test Zoo Tycoon on here, make sure nothing explodes.

Farewell to The Sims 2 (jokes on whoever came up with this)

1. When did you start playing The Sims 2? I first played the game at a friend’s house around the time it can out. It was true love. But my parents thought the game too mature, so I didn’t OWN it til Circuit City went out of business in 2009, and Delux was on sale for $4. But I followed the community actively from that first time I played in 2004/5. I’m a devoted fan. :P

2. What did you like the most about The Sims 2? THE GENETICS. I don’t know why, but I am absurdly fascinated by the visual aspect of genetics, both in real life and the sims. Sims I can hurry things along though.

3. What did you spend most of your time doing in The Sims 2? Definitely playing. I still play more than I do anything else, but I do now create a lot as well. Or, at least, what I create takes a lot of time.

4. One thing you won’t forget about The Sims 2? The first time I played my newly owned game, my little boy got home from school before the parents got home from work and the social worker took him. I was horrified; since it was my first time playing, it had already been quite the battle just to deal with pregnancy, him as a baby, and then as a toddler.

5. One thing that annoyed you the most about The Sims 2? Much of the clothes and hair that came with the first few games. The sims 3 I feel came with nice, usable stuff, but the sims 2? It’s so ugly, we replace it all!

6. How has The Sims 2 impacted your life? I probably will always feel a bit bad about how much time I spend playing. But I’ve also learned a lot about computers so that’s good too.

7. Will you be playing The Sims 2 after the release of The Sims 4? No shit dumb ass. I ain’t payin’ 60 buckaroos for Sims 1 on steroids. Maybe if other players games tempt me, I might consider it, but the lack of toddlers was a big deal breaker for me. Also I don’t care about my sims “emotions”. Either they’re happy and content, or sad and miserable, and I’m in control of that.

Alright, I tag whoever else wants to do this. :)