Aldo Hyde is the Director of StrangeTown Monty (Sims 2 Machinima – Simlish Science Fiction Series). He creates Machinima-Gameplay Hybrid Videos, regulates the SimsDynamic.com Forum, recommends other directors’ Sims Machinima, loves Racing Games & has a tough job. *None of my projects are cancelled unless I EXPLICITLY say so on this blog.*
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Well, well, well. I have not bought the Sims 4 yet, but according to the Sims Wikia, only characters from Pleasantview / Sunset Valley have been included in the “alternate universes” of Willow Creek (Goth) and Oasis Springs (Lothario, Caliente, Landgraab). I’m not surprised at the developer’s choices of “returning” premades, as these are the most popular with the mainstream fans.
But I would be happier if they had included the Curiouses and/or Specters in the DESERT town of Oasis Springs, and absolutely over the moon if the Montys and/or Capps made any appearance at all.
Looks like I may have to create my favorite “premade” characters if I want them in my Sims 4 town. Or download them, if other fans make them available (hint, hint). Who knows, if I’m comfortable enough with Sims 4 filming, Sims 4 incarnations of Bianca Monty & friends may make an appearance in STM too.
With the pre-release Sims 4 Demo, I only had the time to create one sim — and I’m not very satisfied with the clothes recoloring system, hairstyles and facial hair selections. For the Sims 3, I waited till the 9th EP (!!!) — University Life – to get the correct long beard for me and my Racing Men. I hope I don’t have to wait too many EPs for the right elements to create characters to my satisfaction.
Will there be cars / motorcycles in the Sims 4 for us to race with? I like the way we open car doors in Sims 2, and the way cars move along the streets in Sims 3. My Racing Men & I have gone many laps around most Sims 3 main neighborhoods, alongside the exotic locales in S3 World Adventures and (storywise only) S2 Bon Voyage.
I am planning to complete STM 2.05(B) before I officially buy Sims 4. Time hasn’t been on my side :( , but production has progressed since my last post :)
Update Aug 29 2014: Sims Wikia Fanon Article for [General Grunt].
I have updated my Tutorial on [Resetting/Restoring Sims 2 Neighborhoods]
with [additional information on the Sims 2 Ultimate Collection]
. Finally, we can all run this game properly on Windows 8.1.
I am still filming STM, but at a slow rate, as predicted at the beginning of 2014. I’m going through a rather difficult time now, which may last till the end of this year, but I’m still slowly creating this show. Even though I hardly have time/energy to film/edit these days, I’m NOT planning to stop. Stay tuned for more updates.
The football hiatus is over, and I’m back to my usual video-making habits. But don’t expect STM 2.05(B) so quickly, as it’s still a busy year for me.
My Sims stories may contain many premade characters, but my storylines tend to veer off the usual expectations of default neighborhoods. In STM, I wrote 1.02-1.09 to be closer to most fans’ expectations of Strangetown, but my story took on a more “customized” CAS turn from 1.10 onwards. So STM became more like “Strangetown Fringe“ than “Strangetown Strangetown”. There is a fine balance between writing for the fans, and writing a tale that the writer himself enjoys — considering that this is his hobby.
It’s also clear that my primary aspiration is Knowledge, not Popularity. That’s why I dare to take calculated risks by experimenting with my story plots and storytelling methods. A guy who calls himself “Prometheus” can’t possibly be the people-pleasing sort who prioritizes mainstream approval.
I’ve stated before, in the context of Pleasantview, that if exactly the same (default) characters and storyline directions are done by many fans, the resulting plot lines will be overtly similar. The same thing can be said of Strangetown, Veronaville, or just about any other town, IF done by enough fans. (But of course, I still prefer Strangetown / Veronaville stories to those about Pleasantview.)
That’s why some CAS elements are necessary in these tales to give a unique touch from the author. Some people think my way of looking at the world is bizarre. At the very least, my stories open your eyes to a realm of possibilities — and I’m happy with that.
STM = Strangetown + Veronaville + Fringe Green + Hyde Blue