Posts Tagged ‘The Sims 4’

Cats & Dogs rain down on The Sims 4

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Pet lovers rejoice, because your cherished canine and feline friends can now scamper around in The Sims 4. The Cats & Dogs expansion launched on Friday, and allows you to create your own animal pals with an appearance and personality of your choice. I’m treating it as an exciting opportunity to bring my cat’s bullying of me into the virtual realm.

The inevitably adorable launch trailer is just below the jump.

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The Sims 4 Cats & Dogs expansion to add cats, dogs

In the future, after The Brands take over, people bubbling with folksy charm will be required to say “It’s raining the fourth Sims 4 expansion pack out there” when pointing out heavy rain. EA today announced that The Sims 4 [official site] will expand again with Cats & Dogs on November 10th, see. As you might guess, it will focus on our dearest furry friends by adding cats. Dogs will be there too, desperate for attention as always. Folks will get to keep, customise, and train ’em and whatnot, and the expansion will also introduce a new vet job for players to run their own clinic. Observe: Read the rest of this entry »

Imprison toddlers in ball pools with incoming Sims 4 toddler stuff pack (I assume)

Toddler Stuff Pack: The Sims 4

The Sims 4‘s Toddler Stuff Pack (stuff packs being the tier of paid DLC that adds cosmetics and objects and things around a particular theme) is how I found out I have opinions about ball pool physics and ball pools as represented in games. I have frequented many a ball pool – sometimes even a ball lido – and I know that The Sims 4 is eliding many a problem with ball pools.

For one it’s entirely possible to perform a ball pool bellyflop and significantly injure yourself but here it’s all fun and games. Actually, I’d say it’s harder to dive or jump into a ball pool and make it look like a fun experience than it is to do so and really hurt yourself. It’s also impossible to confine balls to the ball pool area. Oh, and there’s not a single frame of the trailer showing an adult having to clamber through a ball pool searching for and then hauling out their recalcitrant toddler. Further objections include the fact that you can’t keep adults out of a children’s ball pool and, somewhat relatedly, that I find it objectionable that EA seem to be taking a stand against a grown woman’s right to enjoy a ball pool.

They do manage to recapture an actual argument I had with my brother over who had the right to play with a plastic dinosaur, though. (My argument was: “I’m older and I want it more” and his was “but it is literally my toy dinosaur”). Read the rest of this entry »

This Sims 4 mystery house is almost certainly haunted

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I’ve always wanted to visit the Winchester Mystery House, which Wikipedia describes as being renowned for “its architectural curiosities, and its lack of any master building plan”. There’s something about mis-matched and confused architecture that I found both exciting and faintly terrifying. It’s at least in part because every house and apartment building I’ve ever lived in has lacked any architectural curiosities. Not even a single doorway to nothing or secret chamber.

That’s why I want all of my Sims to live in this extravagant and convoluted masterpiece of erratic design built for The Sims 4 [official site]. They’d have a ball, right up until the point they realised the ballroom is probably haunted by its own design.

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The Sims 4 Parenthood embraces teen drama

The Sims 4 version of Kevin the Teenager

The Sims 4 [official site] Parenthood pack is out now. The Parenthood pack is distinct from the toddler update which arrived in January and fleshed out that post-baby, pre-school period for the characters in your digital dollhouse. Toddlers were a free update, whereas Parenthood is paid DLC which seeks to change the relationships between parent and child characters making it more about guiding the development of your young charges and having interactions that are specifically designed around that caregiver/kid dynamic. Read the rest of this entry »

PlantSims: A story of tragedy and romance

The Sims Plant Challenge

Checking in on The Sims 4 [official site] I realised it’s having a PlantSim challenge at the moment! PlantSim purists who remember the photosynthesising supernaturalness from previous games seem to be having mixed reactions (too casual/just right/hate it/it’s fine/love it/what did you expect from a free update/etc etc) but for me who missed all that I decided to hop in and see about collecting these magic seeds from my green-skinned residents. It… spiralled somewhat and there was at least one disaster. Read on (by clicking the arrow buttons or using the left and right cursor keys) for the whole sorry story…

The importance of cultural fashion in games

Virginia never imagined she’d be telling a Black woman it was okay to wear Black clothes.

As an African with lighter skin, Virginia had feared accusations of cultural appropriation when she first started making traditional African outfits for The Sims 4. Though she had spent the first 12 years of her life in West Africa, her mixed-race origins marked her as an outsider, and she worried people might see her creations as inauthentic. That only made the response she received to one of her West-African wedding dresses all the more surprising.

‘I’m African-American, I’m Black, but I don’t feel strong ties to Africa,’ read the email. ‘Would it be cultural appropriation if my Sim wears it?’ Read the rest of this entry »

Sims 4 invents awful new stage of human life, ‘toddler’

Discovering the consequences of playing god, the fools behind The Sims 4 [official site] have invented a new stage of human life and this so-called ‘toddler‘ is truly dreadful. These squished children throw temper tantrums, injure themselves, throw things, fall over, demand attention, and have the most ghastly taste in decor. They seem awful. What did Sims players do to deserve this, EA? Simeers, your only chance to avoid this nightmare is to destroy your router and stay forever offline, lest you accidentally install the free Sims 4 update which added toddlers yesterday. Read the rest of this entry »

The Sims 4 getting vampiric mini-expansion this month

Bela Lugosi may be dead but soon you’ll be able to revive him and stalk around undead undead undead in The Sims 4 [official site]. The next DLC ‘Game Pack’ for EA’s live ’em up will introduces vampires who, sure, will have supernatural powers, drink blood, and own ha-ha-hilarious spookhouses but ultimately live the same as everyone else. That’s the ennui of the vampiric condition for you. The Sims 4 Vampires is due on January 24th so you’ve got a bit to dust off your crushed velvet frock coats, gang. Read the rest of this entry »

The Sims 4 City Living Expansion Moves In Today

The Sims 4 City Living

The Sims 4 City Living expansion [official site] is due out today (and already out in North America) so this is probably a good time to look at what it actually involves. I’ve lived in several cities over the course of my life so, if nothing else, I feel really well placed to look at the features list and see if they fit with my own recollections. Read the rest of this entry »

The Sims 4 Tries City Living With Next Expansion

The big city! Bright lights! Pop-up shops! Festivals! Karaoke! Worthless landlords! Angry neighbours! Ah yes, the big city. Land of one thousand dreams! Land of six hundred crushed dreams! Yes indeed, the big city. The siren call of high-rise living! Culture so bleeding edge you’re almost thankful when the carmine puddle you stepped in this morning turns out to only be vomit. Where else but the big city. And what feeds this pounding heart? Arteries of road and rail carrying fresh erythrocytes from the towns, the suburbs, each bearing their precious cargo of deposit + first two months’ rent + credit check fee + reference check fee + social media check fee + misc. admin fees.

That’s what City Living, the next expansion for dolls house simulator The Sims 4 [official site], is all about. Mostly. Some of that, anyway. A bit. A bit of it.

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10 Games Run Through The Prisma Photo Filter App

You might have noticed all your friends’ avatars and profile pictures turning into comic book drawings or impressionistic paintings over the last few weeks. That’s because of Prisma, a photo editing app for iOS and Android that let’s you apply a couple of dozen filters to images you feed it. The app goes further than simply messing with the hue like Instagram does, using a process similar to Google Deep Dream to warp and twist photographs – without shoving fucked up dogs in every corner.

I spent last night feeding it game screenshots, to find out what No Man’s Sky, Half-Life 2, SimCity and more would look like if their artists abandoned realism.

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The Sims 4: My Nemesis – Character Creation

The Sims 4 character creation is something I’ve been butting heads with the last few days and I wanted to talk about why. The topic of body dysmorphia comes up – I don’t think it’s trigger warningy but then I’m not at risk so I figured I’d flag it up just in case.

One of my current gaming projects is building a Sims 4 house for Alice and I to live in and see whether a) both of us survive and b) because when a friend moves to Scotland you will obviously never see them again so you have to build a computer game house so you can still hang out.

While doing so I’ve had to deal with my old nemesis: character creation. I am terrible at character creation except…

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EA Know When You WooHoo (In The Sims 4)

I was going to zoom in on the sausage as a symbolic reference to WooHooing but the image became blurry and weird

A year after launch, we’ve found out that EA have been monitoring your sex life in The Sims 4 [official site] like a bunch of creepy digital voyeurs in order to create a first birthday infographic. To that end, they have announced that characters in the game have done the flesh fandango 235,000,000 times.

I’ll tell you a bit more about the data in a moment but first: birthday infographics.

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Expanding: The Sims 4’s Get Together Announced

Are you happy? Do you feel complete? What’s been missing from your life? If the answer is “to explore continental Europe with friends via the comfort and safety of The Sims” then you are in luck. EA has just announced its newest expansion pack for The Sims 4 [official site], something called Get Together which makes it possible to bring groups of Sims to European-infused hotspots – or rather, a sort of generic, copyright-free interpretation of Europe called Windenberg.

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Labour Days And Tales Of Terror: The Sims 4 Patched

weird tales of domestic horror

The Sims 4 [official site] has received a major patch and, true to form, the notes that accompany it are a delightful mix of the comic and the Weird. It’s easy to imagine a Thomas Ligotti or Robert Aickman spinning some of the confusion within the code into individual tales of domestic horror. There are no garbled telephonic hauntings to match the unnerving dimensions of Your Tiny Hand is Frozen – none that have been discovered and purged, at least – but upon reading the entries below can anyone doubt that the suburbs that house our Sims have been infected with some uncanny disorder of the nerves?

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It’s A Sim: EA Closes Sims/SimCity Developer Maxis

In memoriam

Oh man, this is a sad day. Former staff today reported – later confirmed by EA – that the heart of Maxis, the studio behind The Sims & Sim City, is to be ripped out. While satellite studios in Redwood Shores, Salt Lake City, Helsinki and Melbourne remain, the Emeryville headquarters was Maxis as we knew it. It’s had a chequered recent history, particularly with regard to the most recent SimCity, but without a doubt this was a legendary developer.

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Sims 4 Mac Out Now, Free For Sims 4 PC Owners

that's not a Mac, but hey, close enough

It seems ludicrous that a simulation of the middle-class lifestyle and the attendant pursuit of ever-more wealth and consumer goods isn’t already available to owners of Macintosh computers, but there you go. In any case, The Sims 4 [official site] – but won’t someone think of the pools? – is now out for OSX, and the good news is that if you already own it on PC you get the Mac version free.
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