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Heavy Petting: The Sims 4 Adds Pools

Yes, you can drown people

Swimming pools are an iconic murdermachine in The Sims, but one can also use them for swimming. I know, I'd almost forgotten too. Pools were absent from The Sims 4 at launch, but EA this week added them as part of their plan to patch in things one would expect in a Sims game. Enough grumbling, they're here now and lawks, what pools they are! I had never before considered the possibility of a house bulging with swimming pools like beautiful glass pustules.

Pools in The Sims 4 can be built on top of and all over houses, Maxis explain, enabling gorgeous aquatic architecture. Pools also bring swimming costumes, poolside socialising, drowned ghosts, and other watery things. Do watch this trailer, as some of those pool designs really are splendid:

Maxis are embracing the oddity of Sims bugs too, as the patch notes also include changes like:

  • Children will no longer levitate when attempting to blow out the candles of a cake on a counter.
  • Fixed an issue with Ghosts possessing Grills, that would cause them to open the grill, examine the contents, close the grill, and then jump in. We have informed the ghosts that the contents of the grill will have no bearing upon their dietary preferences, nor will they be viewed any differently for choosing to possess a grill when they just feel like possessing a grill.
  • Fixed an issue where Sims refused to clean up books if the action was initiated through the bookshelf. It seems Sims prefer to be told directly, rather than the bookshelf leaning over and whispering "Hey, my books are showing."
  • Fixed an issue that resulted in elder female Sims forgetting they had two legs, and instead walking with a one-legged stutter step, "Pardon me m'lady, but you have two legs."

A good series for entertaining patch notes, The Sims.

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