We’re always lurking around the internet, looking for awesome Simmers and the great content that they create for their blogs and sites. This time around, we talked with EmilysSims, who posts cool, creative screenshots of her gameplay to Tumblr.
She also likes to edit and stylize them (which is why so many of the Sims are extra colorful) and to make them in to cool storyboards, too. But we’ll go ahead and let her tell you the rest…
Tell us a little about yourself!
My name is Emily, and I’m a 21 year old student from England. I guess I’m a little unconventional. I’m a trainee wrestler as well as a fashion photographer, and avid gamer. I’ve been playing The Sims since the first game – I think it was released when I was around 6! Since then I was hooked, and I’ve never looked back!
So tell us, how did you get in to doing photo stories?
I’ve always loved writing. Whether it was in English class, or just sat at home with my head in a notepad. Around 3 or 4 years ago I discovered Simblr (Tumblr for The Sims) and I really enjoyed reading everybody else’s photo stories, so I decided to start doing my own!
What’s your process for putting a photo story together?
Sometimes it depends on how lazy I’m being. If I’m feeling adventurous, I’ll set up a plan before I go into the game and try and get the photographs for the story that I’ve decided. But lately I’ve just been really enjoying playing through The Sims 4, so I’ve been screenshotting anything that happens in my game, editing them, and adding them to my blog.
What inspires you for your stories?
Reading other people’s work is big inspiration. There are some really talented story tellers on Simblr. Sometimes it’s things that are going on in my life, or to somebody that I know. I find writing about familiar things is quite therapeutic. I’m also a huge soap opera fan, so that drama is always a big influence on my stories.
Do you have a favorite snack or drink for when you’re making them?
I think it depends what time I’m doing it, but as chocolate is my ultimate favorite food, I’d have to say that.
Where should people go to see more of your creations?
Emilyssims.tumblr.com is where you can go to check out my Sims world!
Have you built any basements in The Sims 4 yet? They were added in a recent Update, and we hope you’ve taken time to create some of your own. If you haven’t built any yet, we have some advice to get you started – and if you have, we’ve rounded up some higher-level tricks we’ve used in the studio that we want to share. Ready to brush up on building down? We’ve got you covered.
Learn the Basics. Before you start building expert basements, you need to know where to find them in the game. Head to Build Mode (by clicking the icon on the top right or pressing B on your keyboard while in Live Mode). From there you will see a new Basement Tool, right near the Build Room tool. Select that and start dragging away – your basement will be built under the level you’re currently on.
And Party Every Day
By now, some of you have your new fancy duds, banquet table, flavor-gushing fountain, and party attitude with The Sims 4 Luxury Party Stuff*. But while you might know how to throw a regular party, you may not know how to party to the max. And you want to know, oh boy, do you want to know. Well now – and I’m wearing sunglasses as I type this, so you know I’m legit – I’m going to tell you how to really party.
Here are a handful of tips to throw a top-notch party in The Sims 4.