I am currently in mourning for our PS3. It won’t start up for long without just cutting out. Obviously I am very bummed, not only because of the current game of The Sims I have going, but because of all the Tomb Raider saves on there and stuff. I’m hoping that if we vacuum out the vents or something it may improve, but who knows.
It’s a shame because there was so much good stuff going on, including the cat getting a high enough Hunting skill level to be able to exorcise ghosts, which it does with LASERS FROM ITS EYES.
I recently bought a cheap second-hand copy of the official strategy guide for The Sims 3: Pets because I wanted to learn more about the traits I could reinforce in my pets, and it has multi-page spreads on that sort of thing.
It also includes a lot of info about all the extra stuff you can do on the PC (including having horses!), and so when our PS3 became unusable (again, hopefully it’s temporary), I decided there was no better time than to try out all these PC perks! Will already had an Origin account with The Sims 3 on it anyway (which I stopped playing after his laptop died and was replaced with a desktop, perhaps because it took over my life).
I rebuilt our house plan again, made us as adults, and our Sim kid as a young adult. Rather than making us husband and wife, I could only see the option to make us engaged, and our kid wasn’t allowed to officially be our kid, and was instead designated as “housemate.” I’m not sure how to fix that yet.
I decided that this house was further on in the future than the PS3 incarnation of it, so we had different pets. I made Cola, a chocolate-coloured curly-coated retriever. That’s pretty much what I want as my successor dog in real life, although most forms of retriever would do. Then I made Tzippi, another grey Oriental Shorthair. I later found out that I accidentally made her male, and again, am trying to figure out how to fix that.
Will thought it was hilarious that the neighbour dog on the PS3 version was named Austin. As a result, we wound up with a goldfish named “Fish Austin” and it became a running thing.
So, when I made a horse for our household, it was, of course, named HORSE AUSTIN. There was also Fish Austin again, Rat Austin, and an Iguana named . . . Terry.
Next I plan to put windows in the barn, progress careers to the point of having cars (which should mean I can put the police car in one of the three parking spaces), and figure out how to get the animals to go hunting in this version.
Some phone photos:
I was having trouble with Horse Austin’s social bar getting really low really quickly, and got a warning that the social worker might take our pets away. So, I went and bought another horse, named Neptune, which was already on my list of potential pet names, so I thought it was a sign. Despite moving Neptune in with Horse Austin, he still got bummed enough that the social worker came to take all the pets. So I just quit the game and loaded the previous save.
The second time around, I didn’t buy Neptune, but I did learn to use the cheat of shift-clicking on the mailbox and making everyone happy. I do hope to have a wild horse join the household anyway.
Because I probably won’t feel like writing another post any time soon, here is some more stuff.
I got a cheap fitness tracker to serve as a heart monitor because I’ve been having some issues recently. Not only is it cheap to begin with, there was also a lightning deal on it, so I just decided to go for it. It’s basically a Fitbit clone, but misses out some of the features. It’s an ID115 Plus HR.