E3 2019: EA, The Sims, and Pride

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Monday everyone!

June is crazy busy for us, with weekends filled with social obligations and the weekdays filled with day jobs. Naps are something I miss dearly from my childhood days, haha! We’ve been doing our best to squeeze in some E3 time this week amid all of the ruckus.

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So. It’s E3 week. How’s everyone been doing keeping up with it?

Honestly, with how busy Rachel and I have been this month, E3 was a bit of an afterthought. Granted, we were able to catch up with what has gone on over the weekend, finding some of the news to be pretty good and a few of the presentations to be awesome (Keanu Reeves and Ikumi Nakamura, anyone?). One of the better parts of being behind on the live coverage is that we can fast forward to the parts that we actually care about, haha!

Case in point was during EA’s conference. While the glimpses of the other games looked wonderful, Rachel and I were really only interested in the Sims 4 news. The trailer for Island Living looked like tons of fun and we’re looking forward to getting it and exploring all that it has to offer for the sims. It makes me wonder if Rachel, on her solo Twitch streams, will move her little family for her 100 Baby Challenge to the islands?

I was also personally interested in and pleased at the idea of the partnership the sims franchise has with It Gets Better, a nonprofit organization that has a mission to empower and lift LGBTQ+ around the world. Being inclusive of all sexualities was always something I appreciated about the sims franchise — even before I discovered my own asexuality — and hearing that they are continuing to further their involvement for Pride Month makes me feel warm and fuzzy.

We’re looking forward to catching up with the rest of the shows and conferences, particularly Nintendo’s direct. We’re on the hunt for more unique games rather than the similar games filled with guns that we’ve seen lately.

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Throwback Thursday: Playing The Sims on Playstation

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Thursday!

If you know me, then you know I love to play The Sims. I started off playing The Sims 2 and for a while, I thought that was the first Sims I ever played. But I realized the other day that I had played The Sims on the Playstation 2.

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Eons ago, I remember going to my friend’s house. She’s not a big gamer, but she did enjoy games like Just Dance and that was something we used to play together all the time. However, the first game we ever really played together was probably The Sims.

I have to be honest, I don’t remember too much of it (seriously, I probably say this in every Throwback Thursday post) but she put on The Sims on her Playstation 2 and we sat in the living room for a good few hours playing. We created a female who lived alone. From what I remember of the game, it was dark and the graphics were terrible.

What did we do? I don’t remember that either. We just fooled around and had fun taking turns with the controls.

What I do remember is that the house caught on fire.

We told our sim to make herself dinner and she set the house on fire instead. Now, we all know that sims are pretty stupid without their “God” to help them out. In The Sims 4, they’re a lot smarter and will do simple tasks themselves if they really need to. This includes either running out of the house if there’s a fire or pulling out the fire extinguisher and putting out the fire themselves. Of course, having a fire alarm helps as well so the fire department automatically gets called.

Well, our sim didn’t have a fire alarm. The only way to get the fire department to come was to call them. The only way to call them was if the sim was far enough away from the fire, the sim needed to be “safe.”

Our sim was stupid. I recall spending at least a good 30 minutes trying to get her to call the fire department. She refused to run out of the house. She only wanted to stand directly next to the fire. When she did listen to us and go outside, before we were able to tell her to call the fire department, she was running back into the house in a panic.

You know how some sims feel the need to panic right beside the problem, point to it, and yell, “OMG! FIRE!” and not actually do anything productive about it?

Yeah. That was our sim.

We even paused the game once we got her outside at one point, cancelled her “panic” task, and ordered her to call the fire department. When we unpaused, she stood like a dope, and then ran back inside to panic some more.

We did eventually save her and the fire got put out. It was shortly after that we saved the game and never went back to it. We were too frustrated with her at that point even though we were laughing hysterically the entire time. Though, I think we were laughing because otherwise we’d be crying.

Now that I think back on it, I wonder if we were missing something? Maybe we had forgotten to give her a phone or something. I don’t know. Still, it was quite the adventure.

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The Sims Freeplay [Mobile Game Review]

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Thursday!

Last month I said I was going to start playing more mobile games and do “mini” reviews on them. So, here’s the first one.

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The Sims Freeplay is a free mobile game developed by EA Mobile. It was originally released for iOS on December 15, 2011. This is a game that I had originally discovered on Facebook. I was in my second year of college at the time and I used to play it in the library on campus when waiting for my class to start or simply waiting for my friends to get out of class so we could go home. Overall, the Facebook game was a much simpler version of The Sims Freeplay… even though The Sims Freeplay is already pretty simple.

When it comes to game play for The Sims Freeplay, there’s not much to it. Once you open the game, there’s a tutorial that takes forever to get through. It’s such a simple game and most people have played The Sims, that I think we’d be able to figure out how to make our Sim go to the bathroom. Once you do get through the tutorial though, there’s not too much to do in the game. The tutorial maxed out your Sim’s needs and already had you build a new house and a career area.

The map, or neighborhood, in The Sims Freeplay is fairly big. Nothing is build and you have to do it all yourself. However, each building – which can be houses, careers, or general places such as a park or pet shop – needs to meet certain requirements. Every building costs a certain amount of money and you need to have a certain amount of Sims in your town in order to build it. Plus, some don’t unlock until you get to a certain level. Also, by building you up the worth of your town as a whole. This means, anything else you build after that, will go up in price as well the amount of Sims you need, etc.

This makes sense and normally wouldn’t be a problem, but everything is so expensive too. You start off with one Sim and even if you give them a job, they don’t make nearly enough money to save up. So, you create more Sims. But, of course, creating more Sims means more money to build houses. I ended up creating lots instead of houses because they were the cheapest. I had all my Sims at one house and bought a bunch of beds so they were “unofficially” moved into their friend’s house. It saved me a decent amount of money, anyway. Also, you can only build one thing at a time. Lots were the fastest because they were the cheapest so I was able to play longer.

Building takes time – real life time. So, if you want to build the Stadium so a Sim can become an athlete for a career, but you need five Sims in town, then you need to build a house first which could take a few hours. Once you get that, building the Stadium will take even longer.

In fact, everything in the game is real-life time. If my Sim needed to go to the bathroom, it took about six seconds. Not bad, right? But if they were hungry, it would take them 20 minutes to cook a hamburger. The more food they learned to cook, the longer it took. Eating the food afterward took 10 minutes. It got to the point where I’d have them do something and then I’d exit out of the game to play something else. I barely played at all.

When the Sims go to work, which they have to because I already talked about how expensive everything is, the time various from six hours to ten hours. Yes, these are normal work hours in real life, but… really? I guess I could send my Sim to work at the same time I go to work, but what about the weekends? The game count real life time but not real life days. Days don’t exist in The Sims Freeplay. There’s no day and night cycle – they go to sleep when they’re tired and I tell them to (sleeping varies from eight to 11 hours as well). So, if they get home from work, the game will wait a few hours and then the work button will continuously blink telling you they should go to work. It’s annoying.

Despite all this, I wanted to get far enough in the game to have two of my Sims get married, have kids, and get a pet. Well, The Sims Freeplay has “quests” that you need to download. You need to complete these quests in order to unlock certain things your Sims can do. So, even though I had spent money on building the Pet Shop, when I tried to get a pet, the game told me to download a certain quest, complete it, and then I would be able to use the Pet Shop. It was the same thing when I tried to romance two of my Sims.

The downloads are free, but takes up so much storage space. The game, without the quests, takes up a good chunk of space as well. With the other games and work apps I have on my iPad, I really didn’t want to download the various quests. I thought of doing one or two for the sake of this review, but… I really didn’t care enough to. Because honestly, as soon as this review goes live on the blog, the game is getting deleted from my iPad.

The Sims Freeplay gets a rating of…

Play It | Download It | DELETE IT

Overall, The Sims Freeplay isn’t a bad concept. I know things are limited for a mobile game, especially when it’s free. However, the game play was too minimal for me and the things I were able to do were too constricted. It was because of this I wasn’t able to have fun with it.

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What We’d Love To See In The Sims 4

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On January 8, 2019, EA made a special announcement for The Sims 4. They hyped it up fairly well with people getting excited and expecting something like a new expansion or game pack. However, when we watched the 38-minute live stream after the fact, the announcement was less than anti-climactic.

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We love the Sims franchise, ever since an old co-worker of mine lent me her Sims 2 game and expansion packs (she brought them to work for me in a garbage bag because she had so many!). Sims 4 sucks out hours of our days whenever we find ourselves addicted to it, so it was interesting to hear that there would be a major announcement. What was odd to me is that the Sims 4 just had a recent expansion pack with Get Famous back in November, so I wasn’t quite sure what the big news could be.

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Honestly, despite that, I was wondering if there were going to announce The Sims 5 coming or something. Instead, the added an Amazon Echo to The Sims games. Your Sims can have it play music or play trivia. In addition, our Amazon Echos in real life can learn a new skill for The Sims. Alexa will “play The Sims” and you can play trivia about The Sims or play music from any and all of The Sims game from one to four.

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Essentially, EA and Maxis struck a deal with Amazon in order to have the Echo family appear in their games. The announcement for this big news was only about 40 minutes long, with the hosts seemingly trying to stretch it out by playing around with the new Alexa skill both in and out of the Sims 4 game. It’s interesting news, but nothing that we found too exciting.

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Maybe someday we’ll give our Alexa the skill, but it wasn’t interesting to us at all. Which, made us think about some things we would love to see in The Sims games. Honestly, I would love more career choices. You can hire a maid, gardener, and a nanny. I’d love to try out those as actual careers. Plus, a vet. I was streaming The Sims the other day and apparently being a vet isn’t an actual career choice, it’s a retail job. That would have been great to come along with the pets pack.

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Ah, yeah, they stuck vet as one of the “owning your own business” careers, so it lets you buy a vet clinic to run how you want. You would rather it be a rabbit hole or active career, like scientist? Something I miss about Sims 3 that I wish they kept for Sims 4 was to give them more traits for more of a personality. Unless you spend time going through all the aspirations that allow the sims to earn another trait (or you cheat like I do), the sims only start with 3 traits from an underwhelming supply from the create-a-sim.

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Yeah, I’d love it to be a true career and go to work with them and such. I agree, having more traits would be nice. At least give me four traits to start off with – there are four categories, I’d love to give my Sims at least one trait from each. I also wish they would bring the Sims’ temperature back. I remember in The Sims 2, I believe, for the Seasons pack, my Sims would show me if they were too hot or cold. It’s easy to tell in The Sims 4 when they’re too hot or cold and the thermostat is a cool item, but I do miss the gauge.

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There’s quite a few things that we’d like more in Sims 4, some throwback some from previous installments of the franchise and just other ideas for the future of the series. Having an Alexa Echo in the Sims is interesting and all, but definitely not something that deserved all that hype. We were just like, “…Eh.” I find that happening more often than not with the Sims franchise, I feel like. The announcements aren’t as exciting, yet we still get suckered in whenever we happen to turn the games on.

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Flashback Friday: SimCity

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Friday, everyone!

Rachel and I tend to really enjoy simulation games, a genre we’ve been exploring more outside of the Sims. On that note, this Flashback Friday is dedicated to another installment in that franchise, SimCity!

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SimCity was originally released in 1989, and has since spawned on many different platforms, from consoles to the personal computers to portable and online versions to many spin-offs. It’s a city-building simulation, where the player starts with a piece of land and develops residential, commercial, and industrial buildings for the citizens to thrive. The player acts as the mayor and must provide services to the citizens — like hospitals, schools, and police stations — to keep them happy (low taxes also help).

While I’ve never played the original port on the SNES, I have played SimCity 4 for the PC. It’s not the best but, like many simulation games that I’ve played, strangely addicting. You’re in charge of districts that are part of one region. All the roads snap to a grid and all the zoning must be attached to the roads. Supposedly SimCity 4 has servers and you compete with others online for the highest score for your city, but the servers have never worked when I’ve played. Fortunately, the online competition isn’t too important to me, but I know for some it was a deal breaker.

Nevertheless, SimCity is a fun waste of time and just feeds into my love of simulation games, and the Cities: Skylines that just came out on the Nintendo Switch this month remind me of them. One day I’ll remember to download Cities: Skylines!

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How We Play The Sims

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The Sims is a widely known series. With now 4 generations in the franchise, people seem to find bigger and better ways to play the game. When it comes to playing The Sims – or playing God – we tend to have our own styles of keeping track of our many families and their neighborhoods. Then, of course, you have the various challenges that people create and try out as well.

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I think Rachel and I both tend to start off with sim versions of ourselves, which is something that we both have in common. I do, however, enjoy using mods in my games, mostly ones that tend to have to do with enlarging the amount of playable sims in a household or catering more to showcasing the sims’ personalities with their traits. While I enjoy Sims 4, I do miss the amount of traits that Sims 3 had incorporated with their game engine.

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I enjoy using that cheat to add more to the family as well. Sometimes I like to have a lot of kids and it’s just unrealistic (these days) to have them move out right away. I like seeing them all together in one household and get frustrated when there’s too many of them for me to control. Lately, though, I’ve been trying to play without the cheats. I’ve been making my sims do things the hard way and learning skills as they do them instead of having them read books while I fast forward time and type “max motives” until their skills are maxed out.

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I try to play mostly without cheats as well, but I’ve been known to let my sims get ahead a little in their skills when I first start playing a new game. Starting my new sim at level 3 of cooking and logic isn’t cheating too badly, I don’t think, haha. In Sims 4, I also like to cheat to give my sims an extra trait or two to help round out their personality, especially since personality and emotions are supposed to be one of the main focal points of that game.

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Yeah, that’s totally fair. I’ve noticed I experiment more with The Sims 4 though. I used to always create myself, max out my skills, and then just write books all the time. Then I’d get jealous of my own Sim and stop playing for a while. Since you can actually go to work with your Sims with certain careers, I like to do that as well. I love the detective field since that’s what I wanted to be when I was younger. Now I write murder mysteries. So it’s fun to play as a Sim who can solve cases with you… even though it’s nothing too elaborate.

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I like to play out the careers as well, but I’d rather manage a household full of sims with different careers. The “rabbit hole” careers — where the sims just go to work and disappear for a few sim hours — are great to me since I can just throw some sims at work while focusing on the others for a while. I personally always liked the self-employment careers, like writing, painting, and gardening, so I always had a goal to work towards with my sims.

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I agree with that as well. It depends on how many people you have. If you’re just playing the one character though, it’s great to go to work with them so you’re not just sitting there. Then again, you can work on the house a bit. Either way, the possibilities to play the game are endless.

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By the sounds of it, Rachel, you play a little more by the book, so to speak, with a sim and their family. I tend to throw a bunch of friends together and see what kind of chaos happens with the mods and cheats! And this doesn’t even touch on all the sim challenges that are on the Internet!

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