the walking writer

A few weeks ago, EA released a new patch for The Sims 4 that ended the gender restrictions on hair, clothing and makeup when creating a Sim. The Sims series has a long history of being progressive and that is one of its most enduring qualities. I still remember when I realized while playing The Sims 2 that the game allowed for same-sex relationships. This patch was just another step in the game truly letting people create Sims that they can identify with.

I’m beyond pleased that this patch was released, but I am unhappy with the quality of work that went into recreating the clothing for the other gender. In many cases, it seems like only the smallest amount of work was put into the project, as the images below will illustrate.

Here’s a simple picture of a female Sim wearing “feminine” clothing. Everything looks smooth and fine here.

This is a picture of the same Sim wearing clothing tagged as “masculine”. Pay special attention to the chest and crotch area. The chest suddenly has jagged lines, the silhouette of the body has changed completely and the crotch is a bulky mess.

This outfit, however, is the real winner. I don’t even know where to begin to describe its many problems.

I cannot stress enough that I am exceptionally happy that EA finally lifted the restrictions so that people can create whatever Sim they want. It’s a wonderful addition that will add so much for many players. I just think that the players deserved better workmanship on the quality of the CAS parts. I’m hopeful that they might fix these issues in the future, but since many of the bugs in The Sims 4 are still around, months after complaints first surfaced, I’m not too optimistic.

In an effort to try to make more out of my website and spend more time on one of my favorite hobbies (making websites), I decided to try making some tribute sites to some of my favorite things. The first, and hopefully not the last, is a website for The Sims 4. It’s taken me way longer than it should have to make it, but I had a lot of fun making a site from scratch without using WordPress or another CMS. The site is not meant to even come close to the content of general sites for The Sims 4. Instead, I just wanted to focus on the parts of the game I love the most, including custom content and writing random articles about the game. It’s also a great place to dump my collection of screenshots.

Without further ado, please visit Moody Sims!

I haven’t had a chance to play The Sims 4: Get Together expansion too much yet, but I’ve loved what I’ve seen so far. When they first announced the expansion, I thought it was just basically more party stuff and not much else. When they fully explained the club aspect, however, my opinion changed. Now that I’ve played it, I can see that this expansion brings a new layer of interaction to the game. Instead of just having your Sim’s friends come over to your house and randomly play on your computer or take out your trash (what is up with that?), you can actually specify what the group does together. It seems so simple, but it’s really quite a new thing for the series. I’ve only set up one fairly boring club (they drink coffee and read books), but I’m sure I’ll do some more creative things with it soon.

Sims 4 Screenshot

My Sims enjoying the life-size chess set in Windenburg.

The new town of Windenburg is fantastic; it’s a very pretty place with some great places to hang out. For some reason, I was under the mistaken impression that Windenburg would be more like a vacation spot and not a place to live. I was thrilled to see your Sims can live there if you wish. The expansion also has the usual new clothes, hairs, build mode stuff and more. There’s some really good stuff in there that I’m looking forward to building with. I am a little sad that they didn’t add a new life state to this expansion, but on the other hand, I’m not sure that any of the life states really would have fit with the expansion’s flavor. Overall, I think Get Together is a excellent entry to the series and brings plenty of new life to the game.

One of my favorite parts of the Sims community is the immense wealth of mods and custom content to keep your game fresh and alive. Unlike in The Sims 3, the mods I use for The Sims 4 mostly add fun things to the game, instead of fixing lag and errors. Here is a sampling of my favorite mods so far:

Door Locks
Door locks are a useful feature in The Sims, and were always included in the previous games. For whatever reason, The Sims 4 has no locking system. This missing feature is especially annoying after the release of the Get to Work expansion. Fortunately, a brilliant mod creator heard the cries of the players and gave us this excellent mod. Now you can keep wandering store visitors from using your employee’s break room.

My rebellious teenage Sim having fun at school.

My rebellious teenage Sim having fun at school.

Go to School
Although I haven’t used this mod too much, I am thoroughly impressed by this mod’s very existence. Basically, the author used the active career system from the Get to Work expansion to create active school days for kids and teens. With this mod, you can choose to follow your younger Sims to school and direct them to participate in a variety of activities, including socializing and skill building. This mod is definitely worth it if you want to have more to do with your young Sims.

No Mosaic
I’m adult, and I think mosaics on Barbie dolls look silly.

Friendlier Ask to Leave
I’m not sure why the game is coded to make Sims look angry or embarrassed when they ask someone to leave. This mod changes the animation played so that everyone is happier.

Crazy Career Outfit in The Sims 4

If you really want to, you can send your Sim to work looking like this.

Customizable Career Outfit
This mod’s goal is is simple: it lets you alter the outfit your Sim wears to work.

MC Command Center
One of the missed features from The Sims 3 is the game’s story progression. Essentially, story progression gave Sims you didn’t control their own lives; they got married, had kids, found jobs and more. The Sims 4 does not have this feature, probably in an effort to help the game run more smoothly on lower-end computers. Fortunately, this mod came along to offer some of the same features. The mod does a number of things to liven your town, such as having Sims in relationships have kids to help replenish your town’s population. The mod also adds some other features and has optional modules. One of my favorite features of the mod is the ability to edit a townie’s look without using cheats.

Renamed Emotions
This is a simple cosmetic fix for the game. Instead of seeing your Sim’s emotions as “very angry,” you’ll see “furious” and so on.

No More Same Sims Everywhere
Not long after creating a new Sim, I usually take them out to socialize with their fellow Sims. No matter where I go, I see the same townie Sims over and over again. Don Lothario, please go away! This mod forces the game to actually randomize the Sims you’ll see at any public location.

If you haven’t tried out any mods for your game, I highly give it a shot. Mods are easy to install and can really spice up your game.

Plotting Evil?

What is going on here?

Unfortunately, I usually forget to take screenshots while I’m playing The Sims 4. However, I did manage to grab this one. I wonder what exactly is going on in her mind. Is she plotting how she can use that fire to burn down a building? Why is her hot dog an unusual shade? So many mysteries.