STM Official Hiatus: Football Season

[EDIT: May 30 2014] Can you identify the four premade sims who have become Observers in this [new karaoke video]?

[StrangeTown Monty] is officially on a two-month production hiatus.
I have been put on a busy “Secret Project”, and I will be watching the World Cup when I’m off work.
Meanwhile, I am also resetting my STM Sims 2 neighborhood — Specter’s graveyard may be one of the reasons.

This means that I will only continue full filming/editing of my main STM machinima project in July 2014.

During these two months…
– It is possible for me to upload “small” Sims videos similar to the karaoke video, but not limited to that.
– You may also check my [Racing YT Channel] for signs of activity.

Sims Freeplay Fans: The “Saddle Up” Update is not a good enough incentive for me to return to Freeplay for now. The thought of draining my sims’ “life activity hours” with the quest’s tasks is not particularly appealing, since I still have to repeatedly pay LP to reset my sims’ age meter.

Those gaming hours permanently lost on Sims Freeplay could have very well been spent on Sims 2 or 3. With so little time, I should only bother with sims worlds that I can control to a satisfying extent.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with Sims for PC, that football picture is made using Sims 2.


Sims Freeplay: Life “Dreams” Update – or Nightmare?

EDIT (Dec 2014): Since the launch of the Sims 4, I have given up on Sims Freeplay. Though the Sims 4 requires me to be in front of my laptop, I can satisfactorily control the aging of some / all of my characters. In this full paid PC/Mac version of Sims 4, the gameplay is more substantial (not watered down), and the sim characters are more diverse in appearance and personality.

There is a limit to the number of gaming hours a working adult has, and I’ll rather use them in a Sims world that I am pleased with.

My Original Article (Published in March 2014):

The point of playing any Sims games is to create a world of the players’ own liking. While there are common rules / features to maintain a sense of order, there should also enough room for players to decide for themselves how exactly they want their Sims universes to operate. Sims games are appealing because they have some similarities to real life, yet enough room for varying levels of “fantasy”, so that players may successfully take breaks from their real lives, to a (better) alternate Sims reality. The mobile App, Sims Freeplay, is particularly appealing for busy players on the go.

The problem with Sims Freeplay’s “Life Dreams Update”: aging / death spins out of control for players who [Click to Continue Reading…]