Too many Sims fans have been banned on because they are underage. It’s because of the layout of the global Wikia sign-up form.

If being 13 and above is a prerequisite for being a member of, the sign-up form should reflect the respective birth years.

If I was the one designing this sign-up page, I will also prominently display the “13+ only” rule on the sign-up page itself, instead of hiding it in the TOS (since few people bother to read the fine print, before clicking “Agree”).

To some extent, this could reduce the number of underage sign-ups, so Wikia admins would have less banning to do.

In 2015, birth years should stop at 2002.
How else do you enforce a 13+ rule?

In the “Facebook era”, many people tend to freely display / flaunt their personal information in online profiles. Some Wikia user profile pages even display potentially identifying information, especially (but not limited to) their birthday and/or real name.

While users are free to edit/change this info whenever they like, Wikia pages’ HISTORY function keeps previous versions of userpages too, so this info is (in most cases) is never completely erased.

As many Wikias tend to deal with lighthearted / recreational subject matters, a user who has revealed / used their real name on a Wikia, may find it less easy to dissociate it from a possible future professional persona.

That’s why I am extremely selective with anything I post on Wikia, especially on one where I’m not an admin. I certainly think twice before clicking “publish” on a site with potentially eternal records.

These are some of the reasons why I prefer WordPress to Wikia. I am the boss of my own blog, so I choose what, when, how and why I publish any given article.

Sims 2 compatible with Windows 10?

EDIT (Aug 21 2015): As a trial run, I did the Windows 10 Upgrade on another laptop, which does NOT contain my Sims 2 game*, but had the Origin game client installed (required for Sims 4 and Sims 2 Ultimate Collection).

* I film and edit machinima on my “old” Sims 2, installed via game discs, on my “main” computer. My “second” computer is the one with the Origin client, Sims 4 and Sims 2 Ultimate Collection.

In Windows 10, I could NOT run the Origin client at all, because the msvcp100.dll file was missing. Copying/pasting the missing dll file did not solve the problem for me. I also tried uninstalling Origin, but the lack of that same dll file prevented me from reinstalling Origin.

As a result, I’m thinking of RESETTING Windows 10 on this computer, but I have yet to decide whether I leave Sims 4 on it, or move it to my other computer with Sims 2.

I consider this a “bad experience” with Windows 10. As I don’t have the time to sweat over my perfectly-functioning games, I will likely leave my Sims 2 computer’s Windows 8.1 untouched.

I may or may not change my mind about this in future, but if I do, I’ll update this post again.

EDIT (July 29 2015): I shall wait for other non-machinima simmers to fully test the compatibility of Sims 2 with Windows 10, before I take any action on my own computer. I’ll update this post with my progress on this subject.

Back in 2013-2014, I was concerned about [Sims 2’s compatibility with Windows 8.1], which I ended up solving by installing the Double Deluxe version instead of the 2004 four CD version.

On Win 8.1, Sims 2 ran well enough for me to film and edit machinima.

But now, as Windows 10 looms on the horizon, I’m unsure if Sims 2 can run well enough to film quality footage for my sims shows.

While the Win 10 upgrade is “optional”, it may feel somewhat forced, because it’s important to have a version of Windows that is [supported for security updates]. But in terms of Sims 2, this change may come across as fixing what isn’t broken.

The Win 10 upgrade may possibly be irreversible is reversible only for the first month after the upgrade, and I’m not willing to risk letting go of Sims 2 yet.

I consider Sims 2 to be the best equipped for machinima, though it is no doubt dated in terms of its default content. I don’t feel compelled to download excessive amounts of custom content for Sims 2, possibly because I don’t “play” it anymore, like how I “play” Sims 4 now.

Sims 3 default content is more diverse and contemporary, but the sim characters look like plasticine models.

Sims 4 characters look much better, and the default items are even more attuned to 2015. But without enough pose boxes and animation hacks, I can’t control the sets well enough.

Unless Sims 4 becomes more machinima-friendly, I’ll have to stick with Sims 2 for my sims shows to continue.

Has the timer already started ticking for the [beginning of the end], in terms of OS support for Sims 2? 😦

Assuming Win 10 and Sims 2 machinima are compatible, does this also mean that I have to RUSH through STM, to complete all 12 episodes by Oct 2020? 😮

Computer Woes: Is Windows 8 compatible with Sims2?

EDIT (March 2015): Answer is YES. I installed Sims 2 Double Deluxe with all EPs, and successfully filmed a [10-min video].

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.

Computer Crisis: Recovery

My computer (the one with Sims2) recently crashed, and I did not hesitate to get a new one.

But I have yet to find the time to reinstall/patch ALL my Sims2 EPs & SPs. It gets trickier because I avert the intrusive S***rom on the latter EPs, and nuke all the default NPCs & townies, before I even put in my active neighborhoods.

I am pleased that the June 2012 version of my Sims games files are safely backed up. Technically, I can resume STM without any major disruptions ONCE I GET THE TIME to reinstall the Sims2 game.

These days, I’m on a rather heavy workload, which will persist for quite a while. If only I don’t feel so mentally exhausted when I actually have any time left… 😦

Expect Racing stuff to become a regular fixture on my YT Channel. SOME of the future racing videos may actually have subtitles, when bizarre things (sometimes orchestrated by me 😉 ) happen in between the starting and ending flags. Racing doesn’t offer as much storytelling possibilities as Sims, but you’ll never know with AH… 😮
I even dropped you a hint in STM #8.

Bizarre things also happen in my Sims Machinima. I put in more thought & effort into my Sims videos, so they appear less often, and we can all be glad when they actually appear. 🙂

If you happen to play your Sims2 on Windows 7, please leave a reply (comment) on this post about your experiences installing / patching / running the game, since I read that [it can be quite a nightmare].