Aldo Hyde is the Director of StrangeTown Monty (Sims 2 Machinima – Simlish Science Fiction Series). He creates Machinima-Gameplay Hybrid Videos, hangs out at 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.*
I’ve filmed about 50% of STM 2.02. But there is a bigger problem: the Win XP desktop I got last year is showing mild signs of instability.
Those of you who have been following my blog long enough may recall that my computer last crashed in between STM 1.08 & 1.09. But the series (& title of episode 1.09) is “Saved” because of my regular backups. Everything, except for Specter’s graveyard, was intact after I reinstalled Sims2. So a bug in the Watcher World became a storyline in the Sims World…
So I’m eyeing a powerful gaming laptop that runs on Windows 8. But I’ve read of some people having trouble installing their Sims2 on Win8. I’ve also read that you can run Virtualbox to simulate an XP environment on Win8, but I’m not sure if we can FILM Sims2 properly in Virtualbox, or in the “normal” Win8 environment.
That’s the issue. I’m not just a Sims2 player. I’m a DIRECTOR. I need my game to function at the best possible settings to produce optimal footage.
Does anyone have any experience installing, running and/or filming Sims2 on Win8? Please let me know your experiences in the comments. Also state if your Sims2 base game is the four-CD version or double deluxe; as well as the EPs/SPs you installed. (My base game is the 2004 four-CD version. All my EP/SP are on CD/DVD.)
The last thing I want is to be stuck with an expensive machine that is incompatible with Sims2. Bianca & gang look much nicer in Sims2 than they ever would in Sims3, not to mention the superior animation in Sims2 that is a hallmark for STM.
Tough times for me But I’m slowly getting back on my feet, in terms of resuming my video-making. Writing comes more quickly and naturally for me.
[SimsDynamic YouTube Channel] contains other people’s machinima series that I’ve shortlisted as “worth watching”. I add new episodes to the playlists as they arrive, so take a look there sometimes.
Meanwhile, here is another STM Analysis. It starts with…
“StrangeTown Monty is living proof that a Sims Machinima Series does NOT need teenage pregnancies, sex scandals, lots of gore / violence, or even excessive amounts of custom content to be successful. What’s REALLY required is…”
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The Nick Grimm plot will become more prominent as STM Season 2 progresses.
“Hyde Dynamic” is the name of my Lab in the Sims World. It is also a pun on the fact that the Watcher’s presence is a very obvious factor in the story.
Going through a rough patch now. Production on ALL my Sims & Racing videos halted until further notice. I will be back when things get better for me – won’t want to waste those good scripts.
In future, I’ll release Sims videos on the same day as my Racing stuff (as you’ve seen on STM 2.01′s release day). Just watch whatever you feel like watching, and never give up on Dr Hyde.