24 December 2011

Merry Xmas!

Merry Christmas to all ... hope you have a wonderful day with family and friends.
Make sure you enjoy a well-earned rest and don't eat too much!

22 December 2011

I Used To Be A Simmer Like You ... Then I Took An Arrow To The Knee

It seems like most of the Simming community has given up on their increasingly uncooperative games, the snoozefest that is the official forums, and the perils of patching (or not) ... and disappeared off to play Skyrim (or The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim to give it it's correct title).  

And why not?  It's beautifully crafted and amazing to play.  Or to just stroll around looking at the breathtaking scenery.  I'm playing the console version so unfortunately it's not easy to get action screenshots.  

This is my current character Eigon, a Nord, in her battle armour and weapons that she created herself in the blacksmith's shop ... except for the helmet that was acquired from a slow moving bandit.  

I've had the game for nearly 3 weeks now but haven't put in as much time on it as I'd like since I need to battle my son for the controller.  I've stuck to the main story mostly and so far have reached Level 11, defeated 3 dragons, learnt a few spells and some shouts, and acquired a follower, the faithful Lydia. 

I haven't managed to buy a house or a horse ... or get married.  I've only just met my first vampire but no werewolves yet.  Things to do, places to go ... so little time when you're Dragonborn.  So, I guess I should get back to it. 

21 December 2011

Ugly Xmas Sweater Contest

Over at Simpletons, we are breaking out the knitting needles and oddments of wool to create Christmas-themed sweaters for the Simpletons Inaugural Ugly Christmas Sweater Contest.  

We're hoping for something our Sims will be proud to wear to the 2011 Simpletons turkey curry buffet on New Year's Eve. Mini gherkins, anyone?

07 December 2011


Remember how after Late Night was released and anyone whose game wasn't overwhelmed with cars, vampires, celebrities or paparazzi was asking ... "how come the bands don't have lead singers?" ... "where are the pool tables for the dive bars?" ... "why don't the clubs have DJs or karaoke?" ... "what's with the creepy magicians and why can't my Sim be one?" ... "where's Katy Perry singing in simlish?" 

Well, now we know ...  EA were holding them back for the first ever expansion of an expansion pack ... the TS3 Late Night 2.0 Showtime EP.  Actually, it looks they're still trying to teach Katy Perry simlish, judging by the trailer, but otherwise it's all there. 

And wasn't that a good choice of theme song since the forums, official and otherwise, went off like a firework  ... though not in a good way.  So far opinion on the official forums about the introduction of "social features" is running about 25% for and 75% against.

Personally I'm not in favour.  When I'm playing Sims 3 I want to focus on the game so I'm rarely online or doing other things at the same time.  If I want to chat about Sims or share my creations then there are plenty of forums to visit.  I have no interest in linking my Sims world to Facebook.  There's a pretty good chance those nifty "social features" will be included in the game release patch so they'll be hard to avoid, even if you don't buy the EP.  And it looks like you will miss out on functionality and exclusive content if you don't play the game their way.

EA has been pushing Facebook for some time and it's clear they see plenty of benefit to themselves (presumably monetary) in expanding that connection.  Never mind the unwanted marketing intrusions into our game and the potential for it all to go very sour game performance wise, Facebook can't even keep Mark Zuckerberg's holiday snaps private so what chance do the rest of us have to maintain a little privacy?

I think I'll be giving this one a miss. 

06 December 2011

Let's Hear It For Claire!

The second most often used search keyword to find my blog ... right there between "gothic library" and "tickle medieval" (go figure) ... is "Claire Ursine".  So for all you fans out there ... Claire says hi! 

You can read more about Claire's adventures in my game way back here.

Sims 3 Ate My Homework

Last month I lost access to my studio over on the official TS3 forums for about a week.  Eventually it came back when they messed with our Simpages to add the treasure hunt category.  But since then I haven't been able to upload any lots to the exchange.  I prepared some crash test dummies test households and lots but they wouldn't upload either ... until today. Yay, finally working ... but no.  The test uploads work.  The actual lots I want to upload (as requested by someone else) just won't go. Sorry.