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Which Sims Challenge Should I Do?


I’ll be completely honest, the concept of challenges in The Sims is new to me, and this is coming from someone who used to be really involved with The Sims 3. I had a YouTube channel, a blog, and everything, but I somehow missed the idea of Sims challenges, don’t ask me how.

It wasn’t until I started looking into getting into The Sims 4 that I stumbled across lists of different Sims challenges. I searched for a couple of them on YouTube, and some of them look intriguing. This might be something I do for the camera in the future, but for now, I’m still getting acclimated with The Sims 4, and think the following challenges look interesting enough to try once I get used to the game.

Rags to Riches Challenge

The rags to riches challenge sounds similar to something I used to do in the original Sims game. I used to purchase the most expensive lot I could so my family would have nothing to start except the basic furnishings in their new home. The challenge in The Sims 4 needs you to start with 0 simoleons, and, to be honest, I’m not sure how to do that (unless there’s a cheat code for it). It’s an interesting challenge, but I’ll have to look more into it before I attempt it myself.

Black Widow Challenge

I used to play the “Kiss, Marry, Kill” game when I was a teenager because my friends in middle and high school were mostly female, so I had to play whatever they were playing. It’s a fun hypothetical game to play, even in adulthood. However, this Black Widow Challenge takes the “kiss” out of the game and only has you play as a Sim who marries, then kills men for their money. It sounds morbid, I know, so this is definitely a challenge I’ll wait to try if I ever get back into YouTube.

Apocalypse Challenge

The apocalypse challenge caught my eye because I just started a blog here called “SURVIVE THE SIMS APOCALYPSE WITH ITOH-CHAN: PART ONE,” not knowing about this challenge at all. I had the concept in my mind of having the main character of the Itoh-Chan blog socially distance and isolate herself, so maybe it’s something I’ll try in the future. I know the rules for the apocalypse challenge are more in-depth than “keep your Sim inside,” so if I end up trying it with Itoh-Chan, it’ll have to be a different game file.

Have you tried any Sims challenges? Which one is your favorite?

All I Want For Christmas 2020: Sims 1 And 2


Wishful thinking is hoping a jolly man in a red suit comes down your chimney with a bag full of presents. However, there’s something we all would like that’s even more wishful thinking for the holidays this season: The Sims 1 and 2.

EA No Longer Supports The Older Titles

Almost a decade ago now (wow where has time gone?) The Sims 2: Ultimate Edition was available on Origin. The Sims 2 was something I never got around to playing, unfortunately. When the game released I was in high school and was more focused on my social life than a virtual one. That’s why it would be nice to go back and see what all the hubbub was about with the game.

For a limited time, EA supported The Sims 2: Ultimate Edition. To cut the wound even deeper, it was absolutely free on Origin. EA officially stopped the promotion in 2014, but the official code support for the game ended in 2018.

What About The Original Sims?

The first Sims game is where I got started with the wonderful world of enjoying a virtual life over my real life one. I used to play the game at my Uncle’s brother’s mansion as a way to kill time. Yes, instead of running around a mansion as a kid, I sat down and played The Sims. The game was for his young daughter, around my age at the time, so there’s a lot I would like to revisit even for nostalgia reasons.

I wish there was a way to purchase The Sims 1 and 2 (legally) digitally. Some have said eBay, but I’m very wary of the sellers on eBay. There’s no review system for individual products, so stuff that looks like it was made in Microsoft Paint makes me think twice about trusting it, even if it is only about $10-$20.

The reason why I have to look for a digital version, especially one that would work with Windows 10, is because my computer doesn’t have a disc drive. Even if I go out and purchase an external disc drive that plugs into my USB, there’s no guarantee the games would work with the current version of Windows.

My only hope is Origin (or Steam) makes The Sims 1 and 2 available digitally again, but again, that’s wishful thinking.

Do you still have your copies of the first two Sims games?

Survive The Sims Apocalypse With Itoh-Chan: Part One


Hello, my name is Bryan Havoc and, because of the embarrassing amount of time I’ve spent total between the original Sims game and The Sims 3, I thought myself to be a veteran Simmer.

However, when The Sims 4 released in 2014, there was something about the first five minutes of the game that turned me away from the series. Yes, I absolutely judged the book by its cover and its first three pages.

Fast-forward to 2020, and The Sims 5 sounds like it’s around the corner, but there’s a part of me that wanted to give The Sims 4 a chance, but the only way I was going to do that was by telling stories. I was a storyteller in The Sims 3. I had my own YouTube channel with a series called “Lucky Tales,” maintained a blog, and spent more time on the Sims 3 forums than a man in his twenties really should have.

Now I’m back, and I plan on playing The Sims 4 further than the create-a-sim screen. I’m glad to have you along on my adventure almost a decade later.

Survive The Sims Apocalypse With ITOH-CHAN: Part One

Meet Itoh-Chan

“Itoh-Chan” is loosely based on the popular Japanese wrestler, Maki Itoh. Much like Itoh’s personality in real life, Itoh-Chan will be childish and cheerful. Her whole persona is based on not taking the world around her as seriously as she really should . Unfortunately, I only have the “Get To Work” expansion with no stuff packs or anything, so I did what I could with her clothes and hair.

Why Is It The Sims Apocalypse?

Itoh-Chan’s world in my headcanon will exist during COVID. Yes, I know there’s no way to have a sweeping pandemic in The Sims 4, but I’m going to have Itoh-Chan pretend there is.

Welcome To Oasis Springs, Itoh-Chan!

The first thing I noticed when I selected the worlds was the staggering ant-farm-sized maps compared to that of The Sims 3. The entirety of Oasis Springs was maybe a corner of Sunset Valley. I went to check the other worlds I could have Itoh-Chan go, but they weren’t any bigger. I don’t want to look it up and spoil myself, but maybe one of the expansions has something that isn’t a rinky-dink town.

It’s Time To Move In, Itoh-Chan!

The first thing I fumbled with was how to turn the camera. I wasn’t used to The Sims 3 camera, and I forgot to turn off her free will, so while I was messing around with the camera, Itoh-Chan decided to go in and prepare eggs and toast for herself. However, by the time I could catch up with her, she had a book and unprepared toast on a cutting board sitting on the table while she stared into the void. I had her free will on, she could have done anything at this point, but no, she stared.

I finally clicked on the toast and told her to resume her cooking. She managed to get her toast stuck to the pan, when someone rang her doorbell. His name was Johnny Zest, and you can’t convince me he doesn’t look like an alien. However, because I don’t want Itoh-Chan interacting with other Sims right now, I left him on porch “read.”

Fires Are Bad, Itoh-Chan!

I thought Johnny would hit the bricks, but for some reason, he ran straight in when the fire inevitably started. Apparently, the safest place to run during a fire is directly inside. It would have made sense if he had helped Itoh put out the fire, but no, he just stood there, looking like an alien.

There’s definitely something up with this guy.

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