I had a lot of trouble playing this week. About a third of the time now, when I click to start the game, it locks up in the family loading screen. This loading screen takes a long time anyway, so it can take halfway to forever before you realize it’s locked up, and another half a forever to get the game killed so that you can restart it.
Sims players are accustomed to this burden of chronic low-level problems. I doubt there are any regular players out there who have gone six months without a significant gameplay issue.
At any rate, in the time I DID get to play, we started off with a birthday for Bentley!
He looks pretty smug for a guy wearing sweatpant shorts at a party.
Olivia’s birthday was the same night. She peed herself in the kitchen, and none of the guests could reach the cake because some lady was standing there. Pretty typical Sims party.
I couldn’t settle on an outfit for the newly mature Bentley. Then I had him try on this get-up. Look at it! What is that? He looks like the member of some kind of weird cult! Of taupe!
And y’all know I can’t resist a good mullet. This one is new with the Generations expansion pack. Technically it’s just a swept-back look, and it reminds me of a certain someone’s hair style in high school. (Me, I was busy trying to get the “cresting wave of bangs” look, and failing miserably.)
Poor thing doesn’t have much time left to live… and she’s wasting it doing Sim Aerobics.
It’s been a chaotic week. That’s my excuse for wasting four days of Bentley’s life teaching him the guitar and having him start the Musician career track.
Each Sim in this challenge has to hit their Lifetime Wish, and max out a skill. For Bentley’s LTW I picked the one where you have to reach Level 10 in both Painting and Writing. And I chose Writing for his “supermax” skill.
Pray tell me, then, why I would start him on a career which requires a third, entirely unrelated skill?
Yeah, like I said. Busy week. Once I realized how stupid this was, I switched him to the Journalism track. Which requires a lot of skill in Writing, which he needs anyway.
But there is the little matter of his work outfit… on the Journalism career track you start out as “Paper Boy.”
What a creepy man-child outfit that is.
Once he grew out of his Teen years, Bentley suddenly started disliking his bunk beds. Whereas he used to sleep in them without any problem, he started getting the “Bad Night’s Sleep” moodlet. This game never ceases to amuse me!
I gave in and bought him a “big boy bed.”
Here’s a funny thing. Grayson, as you may remember, is the king of cooking. Their fridge is chock full of delicious leftovers that Grayson has cooked. I think there are at least a dozen foods in there, which represents at least five dozen meals.
This means that when one of the other Alphabettis decides to cook for themselves, I get SO ANNOYED. Because there’s all that perfectly good food in the fridge that will eventually spoil!
That’s right: even though I know it is ridiculous, I am unable to stop myself getting irate when my imaginary electronic people waste imaginary electronic food.