June 14th, 2005

The Sims

It's Malibu Stacie - WITH A NEW HAT!

I am now addicted to The Sims 2. If you don't hear from me for the next year, that'll be why. In the absence of information to the contrary, just assume I'm ok and glued to the laptop - although occasional emails to remind me that I also need to eat, sleep and use the toilet will help ;) (Why is it that I can spend hours and hours checking my sims' motives, but entirely forget about my own?)

This fact will probably surprise Tim & Peter immensely, because they brought the game round on Sunday, I installed it, and spent the first hour screaming "AAARGH! STOP SCROLLING!" every few seconds. This was apparently very stressful to witness. Turning "Edge Scrolling" off solved half the problem, but then the camera kept zooming in when I didn't want it to, and rotating so much I felt dizzy. I eventually set the rotation to "Sims 1 style" and learnt how to use the weird cordless USB mouse, and that sorted out the rest of it.

I have mentioned on many occasions how I used to be addicted to the first Sims, but eventually got bored with it, and couldn't get to grips with any of the console versions. Finally getting The Sims 2 - after not having had a computer capable of playing it - is like... some tortured analogy about re-meeting one of your childhood best friends and becoming best friends again as adults, or re-meeting your college sweetheart at the age of 50 and falling in love all over again. It's like falling in love with something entirely familiar that's also new and shiny at the same time. In short, The Sims 2 breaks nothing I didn't want changed, and fixes everything I did.

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