I have a confession: I’ve never used custom content or mods in The Sims. I know they’ve been around since the very first Sims game, but it’s nothing that’s ever appealed to me. Just as a disclaimer, this isn’t a knock on custom content or anyone who uses mods and custom content, but it’s not an aspect of being a Simmer that ever interested me.
Maybe It’s Because I’ve Heard Horror Stories
I was really involved with The Sims 3 community back in the day. I was part of their forums, ran my own little community, and made some good friends. However, some of my friends who did use mods or custom content told me horror stories of how the content would break or become outdated. They would also talk about nightmarish install stories that either broke their entire game or made it unplayable. Maybe that alone scared me off from using mods or custom content.
I’ve Seen Horrifying Things On YouTube
This point is not as scary as much as it is hilarious. I know with mods or custom content in any game; some aren’t meant to mesh with the game at all. The Sims 4 had plenty of bugs when it first came out. I remember watching some videos where people had their Sims walking down the street when they would randomly (graphical glitches) morph into horrid creatures with noodly appendages. It was hilarious.
I Don’t Want To Spend More Time On Forums Looking Up Issues
I spent a lot of time on the Sims forums before, and I remember countless threads popping up every day:
- This CC is not showing up after an update.
- The CC I was using broke, and the creator isn’t fixing it.
- The CC I downloaded isn’t showing up at all.
As much as I loved being around The Sims forums, I liked playing the game more than I wanted to hang around to figure out some issues, but I can see how some people enjoy that challenge to have their own custom content in the game.
To be fair, I wasn’t one to mod or add custom content to other games either. For example, Skyrim’s replayability without mods is already decent, but mods increase it by 110%, so I get the appeal; I just don’t have the wherewithal to figure it out myself.
Do you use mods or custom content in The Sims?