STM 2.06(A) – 85% – The Underdog?

85% is as fast as production can go for an episode of this sort. There’s still a possibility of a late-May 2015 release.

You also still have time to [vote on the Specter Yard Case Verdict].

Where are the other Machinima Directors? They are probably off playing the Sims 4, or moved on to other pursuits. After all, there are many other hobbies much easier than machinima, so who can blame them for switching to something more relaxing?

Why the Fringe is Hyde still pressing on with video production with a Sims 2 game that’s more than a decade old, while he could do something much easier with his limited leisure?

Or is this not surprising, given his tendency NOT to give up on old games, especially those that gave him particularly good memories?

Perhaps there has indeed been a overall decline in interest in Machinima, both on the parts of the directors and viewers in general.

Hyde knows that STM‘s popularity comes largely from the lead-in video, “18 Ways to Kill Sims”, a privilege that many other directors do not have.

Viewers also come via his bizarre Sims blog (which you are reading now).

While featuring Underdog premade characters from Underdog Neighborhoods, and storylines that makes you question many things you ever believed about the Sims world, STM is at the right place at the right time.

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Sims 4

Well, well, well. I have not bought the Sims 4 yet, but 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 🙂