Deg-Deg, Sims... Deg-Deg Forever
by Scott Hardie on August 9, 2006
I really want to enjoy playing The Sims 2. I've logged thousands of hours on the first Sims and hundreds on the sequel. The problem is that I can't even play it in the first place in order to enjoy playing it.
When the first Sims encountered a bug, which wasn't often, it would crash the whole game. Mildly annoying, but I'd reboot and start again and everything was fine. Maxis built a very stable game engine for the sequel, but now when a bug occurs, you don't notice at first and you wind up saving it into your save file, and it becomes permanent. Sometimes I can lose it by switching to a new neighborhood, but it re-occurs before long.
What kinds of bugs do I suffer? Some of them are mildly annoying, like how a fourth of the clothes I buy in town have disappeared by the time I arrive back home, or how the "auto-lights" won't turn off in the bathrooms even though there's no one in there. Other times are a more serious nuisance, like how my house got stuck in some kind of party mode and neighbors would just walk in and eat my food and watch my TV. Then there was the time two of my Sims got into the taxi to visit town and the others wouldn't get in, and days passed while the two in the taxi continued to sit there starving to death while the others went on with their lives, and I only narrowly saved them with the moveObjects code and deleting the taxi. One house I played as a "dynasty" concept in which the children inherited everything from the parents and repeated the cycle, but by the second generation, their lone daughter got permanently stuck in her second trimester of pregnancy and refused to go to work or have the baby and kept throwing up every few hours – followed quickly by a glitch in the same house in which Sims refused to fall in love no matter how high their relationship or how intimate their behaviors to each other, thus preventing the other children in the house from marrying and having kids. I moved on to another neighborhood, but what's the newest glitch I encountered just yesterday? The Sims refuse to have queued items; as soon as I add multiple tasks, they drop everything and jump to the final task in order, forcing me to juggle all eight at the same time.
It's unplayable, and the official patches from Maxis have not solved this or any of the other problems I've had. This breaks my heart, because The Sims in its many forms is a dear game to me. I'm done wasting money on future expansion packs. Here's hoping the faraway release of The Sims 3 will at last come out without bugs.
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