Friday, June 22, 2012

on and on and on

May 2044 - Blair Jayapalan and Sophie Ottomas are 30, Samantha Ottomas is 60, Chris Byall and David Ottomas are 46, Orlando and Sharla Bertoni are 38, Sheila and Tommy Ottomas are 33, Andrew and Emma Larrea are 30, Paul Ottomas is 26, Cara Ottomas is 25, Donna Bertoni is 14, Katie Ottomas is 9, Sean Ottomas is 6, Veronica Bertoni and Jason Larrea are 5.

After two years together, Sophie and Blair bought their first house together. It's right next door to the house she grew up in, where her mother and Sharla's family live, and one block over from Sheila and Tommy.

Monday, June 18, 2012

back from a long hiatus

It's hard to believe that it's been more than six months since my last post. What have I been up to in that time?

Sunday, December 4, 2011

takin' care of business

April 2044 - Amin and Brenda Zhang are 30, Barack is 2.

When Brenda decided to run for mayor, she wasn't expecting to be pregnant during her campaign. The baby is due in September, just two months before the election.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Lowell College: Spring 2044

Fall 2044 - Seniors: Nate Centowski, Theo Centowski, Opal Raymond; Juniors: Christian Andrews, Ellie Fairchild, Justin Kim, Meg Stanton, Aimee Wheeler; Sophomores: Isaiah Gavigan, George Smith, Tina Traveller, Riley Wilder, Curtis Wren; Freshmen: Georgia London, Harper Myers, Toby Wright.

Nate and Theo are graduating in June, which means this is the last semester they'll be living together. Even though the twins are very different, they've always gotten along well, and it'll be strange not seeing each other every day anymore.

Friday, November 11, 2011

almost ready to update again

I spent all day installing Boot Camp, but when I downloaded and installed The Sims 2, I didn't have very much space left on the partition. I think Windows 7 takes up more space than Windows XP. So I have to repartition the drive again tomorrow. At least this time it'll go faster. But I tested The Sims 2 briefly, and it loaded very quickly. I'll probably spend a day making sure The Sims 2 works on Windows 7 before transferring all of my CC and neighborhood files.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

trying out The Sims 3

While I've been waiting to set up The Sims 2 on my new laptop, I went ahead and bought The Sims 3. I've been wanting to play it ever since it came out, but my old laptop couldn't handle it. I really wanted to try out the new features, and while I'm still getting the hang of it, it's a lot of fun and I think it's very different from The Sims 2.

The main difference, of course, is Story Progression. Since the rest of the neighborhood ages together, there's no need to rotate households. For me at least, I find it harder to play an entire neighborhood since they're doing stuff when I'm not looking. But it's a lot easier to play a single household. I've been playing a legacy family in Riverview, and I like that their friends, extended family, and neighbors keep aging and changing along with them. I am a little worried that there aren't enough babies being born though. What if my legacy kids don't have anyone to marry? Maybe I should download one of the Story Progression mods.

I've also been trying to play the whole Riverview neighborhood, which I've found very hard. I want to keep switching households, but then I worry about what's happening to the other households when I'm not playing them. I think for me The Sims 3 is better for playing a single family, while The Sims 2 is better for controlling an entire neighborhood.

What do other people think? What did you think about the differences between The Sims 2 and The Sims 3?

Thursday, November 3, 2011

update coming soon!

I have my new computer now (woo!), but since I haven't had time to set up my Windows partition (I've been a devoted Mac user for about four years), I don't have an update yet. I'm hoping to get everything set up this weekend, and have the next update finished sometime next week.

But in the meantime, here is a teaser pic: