Updates from the Gaming Girl

Well, May has come and gone, and I still didn’t post any updates. I’ve been settling back in at home, and getting myself a job, so I’ve only just got time to get back to updating this really. I’ve got a big list of things to post about, but it’s just a case of finding the time.

So, what have I been up to? Well, I graduated on Monday, and I’ve somehow managed to net myself a first-class degree in Journalism from uni, which I’m pretty damn pleased about. So I’m trying my best at the moment to put that to good use by applying for as many jobs as I can find really. That should mean that I’ll be updating this more often as well. I’m going to try my best, in between working weird shifts and job applications, I’m going to try to play as many games as I can (new and old) and keep my ponderings updated.

Speaking of games, I have such a huge back catalogue of games now thanks to PS+ that I’m even sure where to begin really. I’ve been really enjoying Tomb Raider on PS3, and also been scaring myself witless with Lone Survivor. It’s been nice to get such a variety of games to play for free, I really can’t sing the praises of PS+ any more.

In my down time I’ve been having a go at Shin Megami Tensei Digital Devil Saga, which I’m not overly in love with. I was expecting it to be more like Persona than it is, but I think I need to give it some time. I’ve currently had a bit of a rage quit from it, but I hope to get back on track with that in the coming weeks.

I’m planning on buying a couple of games I missed out on as well, including Assassins Creed Black Flag, and I’m eagerly awaiting the release of The Sims 4 and Tales of Xillia 2 (once I’ve finished the first one…).

So, in the upcoming weeks/months, I’ll be posting my ponderings on a lot of things really. Also, apologies to anyone who missed my E3 live stream this year. I was just way too tired after moving back home, generally sorting out the house, and I just wanted to watch E3 in all its glory for the first time in several years. I’ll post a belated E3 pondering soon as well.

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The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection goes FREE on Origin

It’s just over a month now until the release of the eagerly anticipated Sims 4 (September 5th), and I for one am going to have it on pre-order as soon as I know I have enough money in the bank, and enough HDD space on my PC.

The same old Sims, but in a brand new style

The same old Sims, but in a brand new style

But before we even get to The Sims 4, EA and Origin have actually come up with a rather crafty marketing plan. After a little bit of backlash over the removal of swimming pools and toddlers in The Sims 4, it’s not exactly surprising that they are giving away The Sims 2 Ultimate collection for free to all Origin customers. Yes, they’ve said that it’s because they are no longer going to support it, but it strikes me that’s not the real reason. It might be because of my studies into Journalism and PR for the last three years, but this must have been planned for a while. Don’t get me wrong, I am by no means complaining. I’m a massive Sims junky, and I would do anything to have all the expansions for all the titles in the series. As I type this, I am downloading the 12GB file onto my PC, and will hopefully be playing it tonight or tomorrow. Babies, aliens, pets; I simply can’t wait to delve back into an old childhood favourite in anticipation of The Sims 4 in September.

A touch of nostalgia goes a long way in the video game word

A touch of nostalgia goes a long way in the video game word

A little bit of Sims nostalgia might just be enough to drum up even more interest in The Sims 4, and we all know that giving stuff away from free opens up your product to a potentially untapped market. Maybe this move will see a whole new wave of Sims fans. I truly hope it does, as I am so incredibly excited to sit down with The Sims 4, and spend hours of my time creating new sims, new houses, and building new relationships.

How excited are you for The Sims 4? Do you have any huge architectural plans already? Or do you have plans to create your perfect Sim? Or are you going to boycott The Sims because you can’t drown them on release?

Why The Sims still rocks

I love The Sims. I have many fond memories of the very first in the series, and spending many hours drowning my Sims in the pool, then having a little chat with the grim reaper. What? Don’t look at me like that, you all did it too.

There’s something about The Sims that just makes it so damn addictive, but it’s certainly not for everyone. When I first started playing it, I liked to watch my Sims live out their lives, and I left them to it. I would move them into an already built house, get them a job and let them live their lives. This wasn’t enough to keep me satisfied in the end, and I started building houses a lot more when The Sims 2 came out. I could never build them as grand as others, but I was always happy with my creation, and saw it as my own virtual version of Grand Designs.

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When The Sims 3 came out I really started to get into crafting my own Sims instead of leaving it to the random button. This was obviously because the technology and graphics had come a long way, and I could do a lot more than I could previously with their appearance. The point is, with every new version of The Sims, I became much more interested in designing them. I don’t care so much about how they live their lives or their jobs, I’m more interested in crafting the perfect home, and more often than not I would design the kind of home that I would like to live in. I never make them grand or over the top, but I give myself vast amounts of space for a living room, a huge bedroom and a packed study. The bathroom is never massive, but I don’t spend as much time in there as I do in other rooms.

With the announcement of The Sims 4, I can start to get excited about new design prospects, and building the perfect Sim once again. I can already hear the collective groan from those who don’t play The Sims, shortly before they shout about EA cashing in on a whole new series of expansion packs, and I understand. Trust me, my wallet groans in discontent with them, but with each new expansion comes a new set of furniture for me to decorate my elaborate house with, and I simply can’t resist.

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Sure, they may be churning out the same game over and over, just with a few added extras, but I don’t mind. It’s about the experience, it’s about the new lifestyle, it’s about the new collections, and it’s about me escaping for a little bit from the stress of daily life.

I don’t have a God complex, and I don’t want to control other people’s lives, but The Sims gives me the opportunity to give myself a virtual life where I can create myself, even my family and friends if I really want to, and I can build my dream house without physical financial limitations. It’s like living in a dream, and I have no doubt that if I ever get the money to build my own home, I would love to do an initial design of it on The Sims, whatever version number we may be on at that point.

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I’ve just been watching the current Sims 4 videos, and I have to say I’m very excited to see how the addition of emotions works. Just one more thing to get excited about for the new generation of The Sims.

That little green plumb bob will hold a place in my heart for a very long time, maybe even forever, and I don’t want EA to ever stop making these games, because they still rock my world.