2017 Patch Notes

UPDATE: 18/07/2017 – PC Version 1.32.1.1020 / Mac Version 1.32.1.1220

Hey Simmers,

We spent some time working on some of the hot community issues out there. Each of these issues below were requested by folks in our community (except for one).

Hopefully we touched upon something for you, or even better, you haven’t run into any of these. But if you have, or you’re just curious, then these issues are for you.

General Issues

  • Sims will no longer restart writing a book from the beginning, after you have saved and loaded the lot.
    • Oh… if only. I’ve been on the same 3 pages of my novel for 15 years now.
  • “Watch Current Channel” and “Watch TV Together” are BACK baby! You can once again choose to sit down with your family, friends, strangers, and watch the current channel or together as a group!
  • We fixed an issue that could cause female Sims to remain wearing a pink bra when taking a shower.
    • Wait… I’m sorry. The issue is that the mosaic censor grid will no longer have hints of mosaic pink in it?
      • Yep.
    • Ok. So, just for clarity, the censor grid pink, that was showing in the mosaic, will no longer be present?
      • Yep.
    • I feel so conflicted with this note.
  • Lots downloaded to “My Library” from the Gallery should no longer find that various thumbnails have gone missing.
  • Sims with the Kleptomaniac trait should no longer place items they have stolen into the inventories of the Sim they stole the items from.
    • I feel as though the story of Robin was lost in translation.
  • Sims will no longer autonomously donate money to charity.
    • But they still feel good about doing it.
  • Throwing a Birthday Party will help to fulfil the Throw 3 Parties aspiration goal of the Party Animal Aspiration.

Get To Work

  • “Interrogate Suspect” has been removed from the interrogation table during the tutorial APB event as it didn’t do anything.
  • Your Sim should no longer get the Unable to Propose dialog when attempting to propose to Sims who are not employed by the proposing Sim.
    • Now if they don’t want to marry you, they’ll just tell ya.
      • “Oooh, I would totally marry you, but my job… yea. It’s crunch time, we got a deadline. Oh, and my boss, real hard a-yea don’t get me started. And, I gotta work Saturdays too. Maybe next time.”
  • Medicine can now be set for sale in retail stores.
    • Sims without license selling medicine. This seems fine.
      [.list]
    • Sims who reach level 8 in the Doctor career should now find that pregnant Sims are actually coming to the hospital to complete the Deliver a Baby promotion task.
      • C’mon honey, your pregnant, and it’s time to go to the hospital.
        • Nope
      • Nope? But, you’re… pregnant… and… it’s time.
        • Nope. Rather have my pregnancy off lot.
      • Off what?
        • Off lot, you know off camera, no pain, no animation. No baby… and then *pop* baby. So much nicer than labor.
      • But they fixed the issue.
        • They did WHAT?!
      • If you chose to wear ymHair_EP01ShortSwept and set your head shape to ymCompleteHead_09, and you look deeply into the eyes of your creation… you could see the hair under the skin near the eyes. This is now fixed.
      • The Regulation Station now has a Reliability value displayed in its tooltip, and the winning number is…. SIX!
        • Come on down, it’s time for the Price Is… this by the way was “the one”.

Get Together

  • “Play Darts With…” more than one Sim should now work, and no longer leave the Sims standing around looking awkwardly at one another.
    • You gonna throw?
      • Lost a toe.
    • What?
      • Yep, *schtick* toe gone.
    • So… you wanna play some b-ball?
      • Lost an eye.
    • The dance interaction can once again be performed on a Dance Floor when there is a stereo playing music nearby.

City Living

  • Start Yard Sale and Stop Yard Sale now indicate they are instant actions in the pie menu with the circle in a circle icon.
    • I think the poor guy visiting me was really confused as I instantly started and stopped my yard sale 20 times in a row…
      • He kept looking at me with that “Is this wooden horse for sale or not!?” look in his eye. It’s a very specific look. You don’t run into it much.
        • But when you do…. wooh… you’ll never forget the “is this horse for sale” look.
  • When you learn the 27th of 27 recipes, we will no longer congratulate you for learning the 26th of the 27 recipes, but instead we will congratulate for learning all 27 of the 27 recipes.
    • Congratulations.
  • Vegetarian Sims that received the message that says “WOAH! Your Sim has discovered a delicious alternative to meat products! Who knew that a meal could still have the familiar meat taste without the meat?” will no longer again receive the message each time they travel.
  • Sims with the active trait should no longer attempt “Close Shot” and “Dream Big” interactions on the basketball hoop every waking second of the day. This has been tuned down significantly.
  • In order to meet the needs of our Vegetarian Sims, The Corporate Fridge Raider Revenue Generating Cooler now offers a Faux BLT selection.
    • As the slogan says, “Faux B, if it’s fo-everyone, it’s Faux B.”
  • Sims should now sit when they play the console game if there is an available seat nearby.
    • Obviously… have you ever tried to rocket jump standing up, the balance to weight ratio of the stick to foot differential completely messes with the timing.

Dine Out

  • Top-level restaurant chefs should no longer cook poor quality food.

Vampires

  • The Draught of Reconfiguration and Vampire Resistance Cocktail drinks will no longer have two drink options in the pie menu.
  • Sims should once again be able to Plan their Wedding Event with a Vampire Sim.
    • Is marriage to a vampire considered a wedding or a funeral? One of you is dead after all.
      • Ok, ok… let’s not get into the dead vs undead debate.
  • Vampires can now date.
    • Technically – as for your determination of their date-ability, well, that’s on you.
      • I wish you a happy twilight, and a merry nosferatu.

Happy Summer Simmers,
-SimGuruGnome

[Posted on behalf of SimGuruGnome who is enjoying a nice game of ‘Don’t Wake the Llama’]

Update: 15/06/2017 – PC Version 1.31.37.1020 / Mac Version 1.31.37.1220

Hey Fitness-Simmers!

Fitness Stuff is just around the corner, and assuming it’s not currently leg day for you, it’s time to Pump *clap* you up!

*begin the motivational music… maybe something that sounds good while running up stairs in Philadelphia*

*queue the motivational slogans…*

  • Let’s get physical!
  • You can’t fall if you don’t climb!
    • Is that motivational?
  • You’re better sore, than sorry!
  • Feel the burn!
    • Climb a little every day, keeps the fire at bay.
  • Fitness is the most underrated of all the -nesses!
  • If you’re running with me, be prepared to walk.
    • #MotivationFail

Yo, Adrian, are you feeling motivated? Also, Bob, that one person that likes to go by just Meg, and everyone else… are you feeling motivated?! Alright!

Um… I only finished the intro class on motivation… I guess you can just hang out on the couch now. Probably grab a snack. Play a game… like The Sims™ or, you know, watch some videos… about The Sims™ or whatever. Oh… we have some issues that were addressed in this release, you could read about those too.

General Issues

  • A Sim can now sit upon the Executron Executive Desk Throne at a desk.
    • Sims sacrificing comfort, desks and chairs working together… mass hysteria!
  • We addressed an issue where Sims were getting a bit too much hot tub in their beverage… Sims will no longer dip their drink into the waters of the hot tub.
  • Male Sims wearing leggings will no longer wear them under underwear, but will now wear them over underwear.

Vintage Glamour Stuff

  • Children will no longer play with makeup autonomously.

Bowling Night Stuff

  • Sims will no longer attempt to bowl at inaccessible bowling lanes.
  • We addressed an issue that could cause the screen to flicker when switching floors while bowling.

Get off the couch, clap your hands, and feel good – you just did half a jumping jack! Until next time,
-SimGuruGnome

[posted on behalf of SimGuruGnome who got a little overzealous with the workout motivation and pulled a muscle.]

Update: 01/06/2017 – PC Version 1.30.105.1010 / Mac Version 1.30.105.1210

Hello Simmers. Just a little tidying up today.

  • If you see some blurry thumbnails in the new Load / Save menu, it’s not you. It’s us. Rest assured that save slots created after this little tidying episode will no longer have the issue. To clear up blurriness for existing saves, you’ll need to do a little magic to bring it back into focus:
    • rub your eyes twice,
    • wiggle your nose,
    • resave your save game, then
    • viola, all crisp and clear again!
  • Despite not having the new pack, your stereo will no longer look like it’s playing loud music – even when it’s off.
  • You can now alter alien disguises again with merry abandon.
  • Really, you didn’t want the entire, long, sordid, intricate history of each of your relationships displayed? Ok. Ok. It’s back to how it was before….Thanks everyone! Enjoy and be good to each other!Cheers,
    SimGuruCleaningLady

Update: 25/05/2017 – PC Version 1.30.103.1010 / Mac Version 1.30.103.1210

Hello Simmers,

Welcome to the base game release for Parenthood! Which is all about those quiet family moments. Taking time to enjoy when things settle down. When all becomes quiet, and you can just take it all in, reflecting upon life…

..er, wait sorry. That’s like 20-30 years after parenthood begins (results may vary).

I meant to say, this is a hectic time. A time of crazy, noise filled chaos, where the concept of quiet exists for only 3 hours between 2 and 5 am. And where tension is worn like a badge of honor! So wear yours with pride, and let’s start with just a little bit of what’s new in this release…

What’s New?

The Load / Save menu has been updated to be… modern.

  • Save slots now use household thumbnails instead of a text list
    • No more will you have to remember which save your Goopy-Gilscarbo household was in – it’s all visual now!
    • Thumbnails however will be blank until the save is opened, and re-saved post patch release.
  • Save backups can now be restored via this UI by clicking on the Recover Save option from the Load Game dialog.
  • Users can now see where on disk a particular save file exists by hovering over the File icon in the Load Game dialog.
    • You can also click the button to copy the path to your clipboard.
  • You can now rename your save from the Load Game dialog.
  • The auto-save feature has been removed as it was not functioning properly.
    • The feature as originally implemented was confusing and did not function as expected by users.
    • Save now occurs explicitly at the players request either by choosing to save when exiting to the Main Menu, Manage Worlds, or Quitting. Or by choosing Save or Save As from the ESC menu.
  • The Save As dialog has also been modified to show thumbs.
  • The first option in the Save As dialog is to be used to create a brand new save, but you can also choose to overwrite existing saves.

New Lights in Buy Mode.
Three new lights can be found under Ceiling Lamps in the Object by Function, Lighting sort.

  • Round Confection Ceiling Light
  • Square Confection Ceiling Light
  • Campanulate Ceiling Lamp
    • And today I learned that campanulate is a real word…

And then on to what issues did we address…
General Issues

  • Children can now smash a dollhouse that is currently in use by another child…
    • …because frustration is best served shared.
  • Sims will no longer get a whim to get married if they are already married.
    • It’s simple folks, “Happy spouse, happy house.”
  • The Successful Lineage aspiration (within the Family category) will no longer fail to recognize if a child had previously completed the skill and aspiration requirements of the 3rd and 4th step.
    • Getting a child to do “work” once is tough enough, getting them to do it a second time… I’d suggest hitting up the kid exchange for a trade in.
  • Babies will no longer change skin tone when they are picked up.
  • The Georgina Outdoor Lamppost With Double Hanging Planter can now be turned off by the player.
  • Silence phone once again will silence your phone…
    • Um, you still receive the calls, you just won’t hear them.
      • Well, you can hear the call of course, just not the ring, beeping, or musical stylings of Lorde Swift von Iggy-Flay …
        • Of course, I guess you don’t really hear, it’s more of a read…
          • Kind of a one way thing, with a yes no response mechanism.
            • Who invented this type of phone anyway?
  • Along those lines (the texting part)… Children should no longer receive inappropriate text messages from adults.
    • We have fixed various possible ways in which children might receive inappropriate text messages… if you are still seeing this issue, please let us know.
  • The Connections reward trait will no longer prevent your Sim from purchasing career rewards unlocked by career levels earlier than the boosted connections career level.
    • In addition , care was leveled upon the career levels in order to carefully level the rewards in care of the connections.
  • The Cu Cu Cachoo display skull now costs 175 Simoleons.
    • The walrus is not for sale.
  • Performance improvement: Movement level 1 toddlers should no longer contemplate the use of objects on floors they can’t reach.
    • Highly intelligent toddlers may still contemplate their place in the universe.
    • Toddlers with high wisdom may still contemplate their daily movements.
    • High strength toddlers may move in contemplation.
    • Toddlers with unusually high charisma may seek contemplation of others.
    • And highly dexterous toddlers may contemplate how they might also be like Mike.
  • Toddlers will now also visually drink from their sippy cup when seated on the ground.
    • Previously they would only drink it through some sort of liquid teleportation behavior that defies explanation.
  • Fixed a Sim reset issue that could occur when one Sim chose to autonomously tell a story to another Sim.
  • Sims are swimming laps again.
  • Sims with the masculine preference for clothing will no longer randomize into feminine full body swimsuits while in Create a Sim.
  • We fixed an issue that could cause a toddler to inherit the emotional whim of nearby adult Sims after loading into a lot, which could result with the toddler acquiring a flirty emotional whim.
  • Sims facial features should no longer adjust after selecting a different eye color swatch.
    • Blue eyes? Of course sir, let me just push your nose this way a touch. No? Then brown eyes? Yes, wonderful choice sir. Let me just pull your jaw out a bit. No? But sir, no need to raise your voice, you chose brown, not me. If you wanted your jaw to stay chiseled you should have chosen green!
  • Young Adult and Adult lifespans have been increased by 4 days each to accommodate the addition of Toddlers.
  • Industrial Reinforced beams will no longer appear through the ceiling when placed on the floor below.
    • Unless you have a bad contractor… then there’s really only one thing you can do, get yourself a nice MLT.
  • With cheats turned on, you should now be able to modify NPCs in Create a Sim by shift clicking on them and choosing “Modify in CAS”.
    • My town? Hawaiian shirts and bunny slippers!
  • Lights that have had their color and intensity modified, and then set to auto-light, will no longer revert to their default color and intensity setting.
  • You should no longer have to reload your lot or travel in order to get fresh cuttings to properly function from within your inventory.
  • We fixed an issue with how the stats panel appeared…
    • …the stats panel.
      • It’s a button in the upper right of the Simology panel? Shows stats? And stuff…
        • …about your Sim, you, things you may have done…
          • It’s been there since the very beginning.
            • Ok trust me, we fixed a visual something or other there. It’s better now.
  • We have adjusted the hairstyles for our premade Sims (such as the Goths) to not change drastically during outfit changes, where it would not make sense for their hair to change.
  • PlantSims are now able to sleep in tents.
    • This issue was fixed for all in tents and per pose.
  • You should be able to once again share to Twitter from the game.

Vampires

  • Vampire ears on the base form of a Sim will no longer disappear when the Sim enters live mode.
  • Fixed an issue that could prevent a Sim from gaining access to others’ homes when they have the Eternally Welcome vampire power.
    • Eternally Welcome, except this time. And… that other time. Oh, and remember after the house warming party? Yea… definitely not eternally welcome.
  • Sims that have been turned into Vampires should no longer have a non-functional age bar.
  • Toddlers born with vampire parents, will now maintain the eye color they were born with (or that the player had modified them to be) even after loading them into Create a Sim.

City Living

  • A Love Guru from the Romance Festival that is married into a household will no longer remain immortal.
    • I’m reminded of the philosopher Socrates, when after an eventful night of revelry, he said “I married what?”

Vintage Glamour Stuff

  • Light from the Fiery Façade fireplace will no longer shine through the back of the fireplace.
  • Butlers will no longer appear on retail lots when they should be at home… butler’izing.

Asset Issues in Create a Sim
Hey folks, so along the lines of our Create a Stuff Pack program, I’m going to take a moment in this section of issues to provide a little insight into what the issue is, and who on the team might address them, so that you can see a little into how to evaluate an issue.

I’ll start by providing information about what the issue was and what was fixed, and then provide some insight into who would address the issue.

These two issues are considered tagging issues.

  • You can now wear necklaces with yfTop_SP08ShirtButtonOpen.
  • You can now apply a bracelet to your right and left wrist when wearing the level 5 business career outfit yfBody_EF01BusinessSuitMed!
    • Issues like these are fixed by the production team. In both of these cases, an asset was set to restrict the placement of another asset.
    • Production modified the tags, and now these assets no longer restrict placement.

These three issues are considered clipping issues. They generally appear to the player as one asset poking through another asset (and in some cases the character model itself).

  • Fixed a clipping issue with GP01BootFoldover and various pants.
  • ymHair_GP04Slashed will no longer poke through yuHat_GP04Toque.
  • ymShoes_AnkleSquareToe will no longer clip with ymBody_EF04ShirtSkull.
    • These issues are fixed by the art team. And are generally addressed by modifying one of the offending asset’s geometry (moving stuff around), or addressing something like weighting (how an asset lays against other assets).

The highlight issue fixed here, turns out is also a clipping asset issue.

  • Fixed a broken highlight issue that would occur when hovering over yfHair_ShortShave and yfHair_BuzzCutNatural while in Create a Sim.
    • It could be engineering, since highlights are handled by code, however in this case, it was a geometry issue with the hair assets that created the highlight issue.

This is a character layering issue.

  • Female Sims with a masculine frame should no longer have two belly buttons when in Create a Sim.
    • Keeping this short, but Sims have layers (like an Ogre). And if the wrong layer is added to the stack, you get issues like this. This issue is an engineering fix that required a different layer to be used in order to properly create the Sim.

This is a geometry vertex issue.

  • Fixed an issue that could cause some eye presets to stretch the geometry of various hair assets improperly.
    • This issue is addressed by an artist, and in this case was caused by a single vert (the angular point of a polygon) that was being incorrectly shared with a part of the face that caused the hair to stretch.

This is a texture issue.

  • We fixed an issue with a visible seam on the torso of female Sims.
    • This issue is addressed by an artist, and required the artist to modify the texture of the base Sim model. The texture being the paint over that makes a Sim look like a Sim, and not a wire mesh. And the base Sim model being the bare Sim without any assets.

Hope that provided just a little insight into some issues, and who fixes them. I know this focused primarily on asset issues, but I just wanted to dip our toes into the waters of development…

…wow, that sounded really cheesy.

Many apologies, and thanks again for your patience and time!
-SimGuruGnome

Update: 13/04/2017 – PC Version 1.29.69.1020 / Mac Version 1.29.39.1220

Hey PlantSimmers!

Are you feeling green? Ready to let the sun invigorate you? Do you see magic beans in your sleep? Is Jack your favorite name? Ivy? Or Audrey… too?

Or maybe, you just have your own seed to bear… fruit to pluck… rings to count… er… plant related story to tell. Well, now you can, because the PlantSim Challenge has sprouted!

  • Look, plant + sprout is a required pun, I really didn’t have a choice in the matter.

So, How do you get started?
Head on in to the game, and give Jasmine a call. She’ll tell you all about the challenge, and give you your very own Magic PlantSim Stump!

  • Yes, a stump.
    • Yes, the bottom part of a tree after it’s been cut down… typically dead.
      • Yes, it’s not very eco-friendly.
        • But, it’s Magic!
          • Yes, a magic stump…

To continue… the Magic PlantSim Stump will hold the Magic Beans, that you get from talking with the PlantSims that wander around during the day. There will be 6 beans to collect (Uncomfortable, Playful, Confident, Angry, Sad, and Flirty), and will require that you get a PlantSim into the corresponding emotion to acquire.

Once placed into the stump, give it a little water, and watch the…

  • Magic? You’re going to say magic aren’t you?
    • No. … I was going to say… the tree grow. Yep.
      • Tree? Uh huh…
        • Yea, the… Mystical Magic Bean Portal Tree.
          • Riiight

Once the Mystical Magic Bean Portal Tree appears…

  • What about the Mystical Arcane Unknowable Magic Bean Portal Tree?

… *sigh* it will open up a portal…

  • A magic portal?

… a portal will open once a day, where you can send your Sim, and find the Forbidden Fruit.

  • It is magically delicious fruit?

Ok, fine! Eat the fruit, you’re a PlantSim for five days! You no longer have to worry about bladder, but you need sunlight and water to survive, and you get a bonus to your gardening.

  • Woah, woah… woah. Only five days?

Eat another fruit. Let’s just get to the issues…

General Issues

  • Sims aged up from toddler to adult, will now have an appropriately sounding voice.
    • Toddler.
      • I used to write the word ‘toddler’ and this giant censor would appear out of nowhere. Still getting used to it… toddler?
        • Toddler, toddler, toddler, toddler.
          • Plum yea!
            • Just checking if the censor is still there.
  • We fixed an issue that could occur when re-loading a lot, that would prevent exterior puddles from disappearing. Exterior water puddles will once again disappear over time.
    • Being that the source of most exterior Sim puddles is from…
      • Speaking of which… do you change the clothes of your Sim after a bladder fail? Or do you just let them shake it off?

Outdoor Retreat

  • We addressed a clipping issue that occurs with yfBottom_GP01ShortBucklet when paired with certain shirts.
    • Is clipping an inside baseball term?
      • Is inside baseball an inside baseball term?

Vampires

  • Vampires will no longer attempt to break into community lots, thus preventing you from leaving… the community lot, going home, visiting a friend, returning to take care of your kids, starting your work day, gym-hopping, taking that camping trip, meeting your date for dinner…
    • Well, essentially travel… you can’t travel.
      • Now you can… visit your friends, or go h… er travel.
  • We also addressed an issue that could lock you out of your own home upon returning to your lot, if it has a vampire skulking about.
    • And yes, skulk is the proper term to use when an individual is hanging out on your home lot hoping to take a bite from your neck.
      • If they were seeking a little TLC, the proper term would be Creep.
      • If they sought to break into a maximum security prison where a world leader had mistakenly taken refuge, the proper term would be Snake.

May your PlantSims flourish,
-SimGuruGnome

[Posted on behalf of SimGuruGnome who is currently hunting for some Magic Beans.]

Update: 23/03/2017 – PC Version 1.28.25.1020 / Mac Version 1.28.25.1220Happy March Simmers!

We have a short update here, as we step onto the approach. We’ve picked our ball from the rack, and we’ll try not to hook into a split.

So, without spending too much time on this frame, let’s address the lane…

General Issues

  • Babies born to parents whose last name includes an apostrophe, will also have an apostrophe in their last name.
  • Hovering over the name field in Create a Sim will once again cause the cursor to change to a ‘Cursor and Pencil’ cursor.
    • Which should clarify the expected action of an “enter name here” field…
      • …where you could use a pencil to enter your name.
        • Please, don’t draw on your monitor.
  • Non-active Sims with violin and guitar skill will no longer silently horde violins and guitars in their inventories.
    • So, we need you to play at this event, do you have your own instrument?
    • No.
    • Ok then, we’ve had a few of our violins go missing recently, so if you could just make sure to return this when your shift is over, that’d be great.
    • No.
    • Ok then, I’ll just put this violin in your pocket. Are you comfortable with the violin?
    • No.
    • Ok, then, why don’t you take this guitar too, just in case. Soooo, I guess that’ll be all.
  • We’ve made improvements to Sim interaction selection.
    • Klepto Sims interaction test to swipe something was being tested for, even when there were no klepto Sims present, increasing the time it took for Sims to decide on actions to take.
  • Sims will no longer woodwork to the exclusion of all else.
  • Teens are now allowed to move out on their own from the Household Management screen.
    • Also, they are allowed to move back in.
      • However, their room was probably converted into a spa, or something…
        • Their parents have taken on a new roommate named Barney…
          • And they make you pay rent.
            • Just stay away, it’s better.
  • The lighting created by the combination of curtains and windows will no longer change upon reload.
  • The ymMakeupEyebrows_Unibrow will now save upon exiting Create a Sim.
  • Taking a cutting from a wild plant will once again identify the plant from which it was taken.
  • We have addressed an issue that could cause adults to take a serving from a group meal and just place it in their inventory. They should now, if hungry, take a serving, and eat it.
  • The Chomper the Devourer toybox will now properly be searched for when using the color filters in Build Mode.
  • Sims are once again sitting to watch TV.
    • Alignment over a clear goal was brought to the table, in a face time generation of a sustainable proactive win-win spin-up of the problem. A holistic outside of the box approach was what ultimately brought our synergy to a proper wellness level, and allowed us to break through the clutter for an end of the day exit strategy to this issue.
  • Sims were incorrectly being allowed to choose a primary aspiration upon age up from teen to young adult, which would result in two bonus traits. This option has been removed.
  • The Starbroker styled look can once again be found for teens when the feminine filter is on.
    • It had accidentally been untagged, which caused it to only appear when no filters were selected.
  • And along the same lines the ymHair_EP01LowBun can also once again be found under the masculine filter… it too had been incorrectly unhooked and left in limbo.
    • Asset Limbo….
      • Ooooooh oooh.
        • Ooooooh oh yea.
          • Asset Limbo.
            • Yep, I’m currently working on the chorus. I’m thinking platinum this time next year.
  • The Let There Be Light and The Let There Be More Light windows now have matching frames under any light.
    • No matter whether it be little, more, little more, or more than a little light, the Let There Be windows are letting light be light.
  • Undo in Create a Sim will no longer change the camera setting.
    • UNDO IN CREATE A SIM WILL NO LONGER CHANGE THE CAMERA SETTING!!
  • Switching phone covers will now remember their settings between loads of the game.
  • We have addressed an issue with emotional aura’s incorrectly putting children into a flirty emotion. Children should never enter the flirty emotion.
  • Addressed an issue that could cause a child Sim aged up from a toddler to be unable to use stairs.
  • Giving a toddler a bath should no longer become impossible when a baby is added to the household.
    • Because even if you understand how the code is put together, this makes no sense.
      • Also, we have preemptively prevented Sims from spontaneously combusting after storing a salad in the refrigerator while the stereo is playing pop.
  • puHair_Medwavy (aka the big curly hair) toddler hair will now maintain the chosen color regardless of outfit chosen.
    • Red hair please.
    • You got it, want brown hair on that toddler?
    • Thank you, red hair will be fine.
    • Brown hair coming up.
    • Red yes, brown no.
    • Hold the red.
    • No, I want the red.
    • Brown it is.
    • Brown me no “likes”
    • Red out.
    • Red in.
    • Ah, come on, make up your mind!
    • Okay, okay on second thought…. make my toddler bald.
  • Toddler socks can now be found in formal wear.
    • There was some debate that resulted in a survey of a handful of toddlers, and their thoughts on formal attire. Results varied, as you would expect, but with proper skewing we found that more toddlers preferred to keep their feet covered, than those that desired an open toe approach.
      • And while this doesn’t preclude the open toe option for those with the proclivity to free the digits, it does make one wonder why we keep a handful of toddlers around the office for just these sorts of things.
  • Fixed some highlight issues in Create a Sim that resulted in graphical issues when hovering over the feet of some Sims.
  • Fixed an issue in Create a Sim that would cause the filter display to become corrupted if enough filters were chosen such that the … (dot dot dot) replacement display was needed.
    • This issue should no longer occur. (dot)
  • Fixed a seam that could appear on the back of a Sims head when wearing cuHair_SP06StraightSide hairstyle.
    • Though some have speculated on the possibility of the seam being an Edgar suit, it should be pointed at that beyond the seam, there was a clear lack of droopy cheek, wrinkle neck, and glassy eye.
      • Any desire a Sim may express for sugar in water is purely coincidental.

Get to Work

  • Lot trait skill icons will no longer appear in the photos of Sims.
    • Or photos of nature… landscapes, architectural concept pieces, butterflies, flies, dragonflies, bats, leaves, fish jumping, or similar.
      • Or just photos.
        • Yea, I guess I could have just said photos.

Perfect Patio

  • As you can see in this image, there is an odd seam on the surface of the Wickish Ottoman Empire ottoman. We have corrected this seam, and it should now appear correctly for all design modes.
    • If you are unable to view the issue in the image, then you aren’t looking where I’m pointing.

Movie Hangout

  • We have fixed an issue that could cause Sims to cancel the cuddle action unexpectedly while watching a movie together.
  • Grab a serving now appears on full popcorn poppers and not empty ones.
    • Ah, a classic equal not equal variable switch, am I right?

Backyard

  • White Picket Gates placed upon White Picket Fences will no longer appear overly bright when a light source is place nearby, instead they will light as expected.

Vintage Glamour

  • Lisa’s Resplendent Receptacle, aka a dining chair, will no longer leave behind its shadow when a Sim scoots in or out of the chair.
    • This is how it all starts, shadow separation disorder. Then it’s on to parental disgruntlement, and BOOM next thing you know pirates, lost boys, pixie dust… all of it is just one big flight to the dark side.

A New

    [|*]A small new snuck it’s way in, as teens are apt to do – you can now assign the Teen Hangout trait to your lot.
  • Create a popular hangout at the ol’ bowling alley, the shops, or just an abandoned home…
    • It’s like teen catnip.

As always, stay outta the gutter, catch the spare, strike into a turkey, and keep the lofting low,
-SimGuruGnome

[Posted on behalf of SimGuruGnome who is practicing his bowling skills to take on resident champ SimGuruGraham.]

Update: 02/02/2017 – PC Version 1.27.80.1020 / Mac Version 1.27.80.1220

Happy Anniversary Simmers!

It was 16 years, 11 months, and 29 days ago that the Sims were born!! And we wanted to be the first to wish you all a Happy 16th11th29th Anniversary!

Since then, there have been well over a 100 Sim births and deaths. 10s of homes built, and burned, and…

Ok, look, they don’t actually give me any real stats. I’m sure I’m close though… somewhere within a light year of error… it’s all relative.

This little life-simulation game about telling stories, controlling lives, burning down kitchens, inviting the neighbors to hang out in your basement and then removing the doors, building amazing homes, and just watching their lives unfold as you tweak away, is now (almost) 17 years old, and we hope you have, had, and will have fun with The Sims!

With that, we have just a little new…

The Main Menu has gone through a small redressing.

Upon your next load, you will be met with a new, but hopefully familiar looking, Main Menu. The summary of changes being:

  • Continue (the big play button), other than a location shift, functions exactly as it did
  • New Game and Load Game have come down from their hidden corner, and are now found alongside the Continue button.
  • Adding a household to an existing save is located on the Map view screen in the lower right
  • The upper right menus have been simplified to only include Gallery and the Options menu
  • And the lower left contains all the information you might want regarding packs.

We’ve also added a shirt (for toddlers and older) to celebrate the 17th anniversary (found in Create a Sim in the T-Shirt sort).

And we have a couple of critical issue fixes…

General Issues

  • We addressed an issue that could cause the baby to disappear upon age up.
    • While this is joyous news for parents everywhere, this does pose a significant population issue in Neverland. And we can only wait out the potential pirate to lost boy gap, as it draws ever closer in the favor of the pirates.
  • We addressed an issue that could result in toddlers being placed down through a wall, and outside of their home, if carried to use an object that was against an outer wall.
    • Ask any parent, and they will tell you “Of course toddlers are magical!” Ask them again to place their toddlers through a wall, and they will yell at your ridiculous suggestion.
      • It’s a two-faced world folks, and we’re just living in it.
  • Addressed an issue that could cause a toddler to become stuck next to an elevator upon loading the lot.
    • This fix will address future occurrences, however, to correct the issue in an already saved game, travel to another lot with the toddler and return.
  • We addressed an out of sync voice and animation issue that was causing our Sims to be ever so slightly off.
    • Had that early film feel, except without the cool fighting, or person in rubber monster suit scenes.

Outdoor Retreat

  • Rental Lots can now have their lot type changed, and are no longer locked in Granite Falls.

Get Together

  • Club perks and points will no longer reset after loading into an unowned lot and then returning.

And with that… we wish you a happy journey with us on The Sims, and look forward to your machinima, blogs, tweets, posts, screens, and vids of all things Sims.

-SimGuruGnome

Update: 12/01/2017 – PC Version 1.26.96.1010 / Mac Version 1.26.96.1210

Hey Simmers and Simmodlers,

What’s New?

  • Toddlers.

Wait you skipped right to the what’s ne… what the whaaat?! Toddlers? Toddler toddlers… toddlers? Um, did you just say toddlers?

Perhaps. But the long standing ‘no talk’ of toddlers talk may be toddler blocking me. And, as such I can neither confirm nor deny their tiny toddler toddling presence in this release. I can however, say that any resemblance to a toddler in this toddler release is purely todd-idental… ler.

I am also required by the Toddler Coalition for the Betterment and Care of Toddlerhood to provide a few disclaimers:

  • For you and your toddler’s safety, please keep all toddlers at least 5 feet from all toddler messaging about toddlers.
  • In case of fire do not break glass, but grab the nearest toddler and exit the building in an orderly fashion.
    • Once safe, please take a moment to find the toddlers parents if the toddler was not yours.
  • Also, for a toddler lasting more than 9 days, turn aging on.
  • Batteries not included, so feed your toddler.
  • For identification purposes, this is a toddler: o>-<
    • Not actual size

Well whew! We’ve just had 24 toddlers already born in these release notes (make that 25). I feel there may be more toddlers on the way… so Woohoo*!

*Woohoo will not directly produce a toddler, but provide for the groundwork for a future toddler.

Argh! So… TELL ME ABOUT TODDLERS already!!!
Ok, ok alright. All things Toddlers…

Let’s start with “How do you get a Toddler”?

Add your toddler in Create a Sim!

  • You can add them to a new or existing household through Create a Sim. And customize them as you would any other Sim:
    • Select their voice, gender, and ASSIGN A RELATIONSHIP
      • Sorry for the caps, but this is kind of important. Toddlers have a special relationship with caregivers.
      • Mothers, brothers, fathers, sisters, or anyone you choose via the in game interaction Adopt as Caregiver (found under the toddlers Help… interaction menu) are caregivers.
      • Being a Caregiver will ensure that the caregiver Sim cares for the toddler, while other Sims may be less inclined to answer the crying calls of your average toddler.
  • Ok, now that the Caregiver bit is over with… let’s get into the other customization options.
    • 8 new traits to pick from!
      • Angelic, Fussy, Silly, Charmer, Independent, Wild, Clingy, and Inquisitive
    • Presets for the various toddler body and head parts to assist in your customization, as well as the same ability to modify the body and face parts that other Sims have.
    • All the same skin tones as adults (yes, Aliens too!)
      • Does it make sense that that toddler wears an alien sized diaper?
      • No, no it doesn’t. But, it’s really cute!
    • Plenty of Styled Looks to choose from.
    • And of course all the usual stuff…
      • Full body outfits, tops, bottoms, socks, leggings, and shoes.
      • Glasses, hats, hairs (and hair colors), freckles, and teeth.
        • Did we talk about the new teeth yet?
        • Yes, teeth for all ages! Head in to Create a Sim, click on your Sims head, click the Face category, and then Teeth to customize your Sims smile.
          • I like the braces.

Adopt your toddler!

  • Choose the Household… Adopt option on the computer, to adopt your very own toddler!
    • They come fully toddler-ized, ready for your snuggles.

Or, if you want to do things the old fashioned way, age up your baby!

  • It starts with… look it’s a birds and bees thing. There’s a flower, some pollen, and the bee… um, go ask your mom.

So, now you have a toddler…
How do you care for them?

  • Bathe, and Bubble Bathe them. Be aware of the possible splash back.
  • With a Potty Chair they can Go Potty, and Ask for Potty Help… or just use their diaper.
    • And of course, non-toddlers will have to Clean the Potty, and Change the Diaper.
  • Sleep, Nap, Ask to be Read to Sleep or Tucked in, Sit and Chat all on a Toddler Bed.
  • Toddlers prefer the high chair where they can Ask for Food or Drink, and of course Eat.
    • But they may find their food more fun than edible.
  • Be hugged, snuggled, talked or played with, or listened to.

And as they do ‘things’ they learn skills like communication, movement, thinking, imagination, and potty.

  • And their caregivers can be available to mentor and help them along.

But they want to have fun to, right?
Of course, and there are many ways for toddlers to have fun, or… not.

  • They can cry, laugh, yell, and throw a tantrum. Or babble in the mirror, tell stories, talk about dinosaurs, princesses, superheroes, parties, art, the day, their favorite animals, or just Ask Why… over and over and over.
  • Or play in things, find out what that is, splash in the toilet (hopefully you are a neat Sim), ask to be picked up, or talk to strangers (stranger danger).
  • Maybe they want to watch toddler videos, play Simshape or Blicblock Baby, draw with llama on the Wabbit Tablet. Or build a tower, study shapes, or ask others to help them build and study with the Nesting Blocks.
  • They can hit, hug, or talk to their giant stuffed animals.
  • Read or ask to be read a toddler book.
  • Look at flash cards, and learn animals, basic needs, letters, or objects.
  • Play with the toybox toys, and the dollhouse. Dance and listen to music (including the new Lullaby and Kids radio station).
  • Just to name a few…

Woah, ok… um, I hate to ask but can toddlers…

  • No, toddlers do not die. They are fireproof.

No, no… NO! I wasn’t… look, I just wanted to know can toddlers…

  • Yes, they can climb stairs, run and walk – but you’ll have to improve their movement skill.

Stop that, I just wanted to know can toddlers do anything else?
Yes, toddlers can…
…be your little sister or brother, son or daughter. Try your patience. Be loving but a handful. They can take all your time, or be ignored. They can travel with you, or go to daycare. Or you can stay at home, and hire a nanny. They can provide special moments for you and your Sims. And they can grow and learn, as they age up into children, teens, young adults, adults, and eventually elders. They can’t die, but they can be taken away. And ultimately, they can be part of your Sims family, and your stories.

Anything else?
Yes, in addition to toddlers, and I strongly suggest you pick up a couple of these if you intend to have a toddler, you can find the following items in Build Mode under the Kids Room sort (just click on the 3 blocks in the image):

  • 2 Toddler Beds
  • 3 High Chairs
  • Wabbit Tablet
  • Nesting Blocks
  • Chomper the Devourer toy box
  • A toddler sized Dollhouse
  • A Bookshelf and 12 toddler books
  • 2 Potty Chairs
  • 6 new toy box toys (bus, kitty, bear, ducky, butterfly, and Tentacle Tom)

And…

  • 2 Curtains, 5 wall decals, a light for floors and a light for ceilings, a dresser, a rug, a wall shelf, an end table, a wall sculpture, a living chair, 4 decorated toddler doors, AND 7 walls and 2 floors.

That sure is a lot. Did you address any issues?
Just a couple, er some, er what is five in the verbal shorthand? And is couple really short for two? It has three extra letters. I’m so confused…

  • You can now use the Design Tool on a bassinet containing a baby, because sometimes your baby just doesn’t match your room.
    • And you can’t change the baby. Put down the baby safe paint and brush, and just back away.
  • Walls can now be built along all four edges of penthouse lots, rather than just three.
  • We addressed an issue that could cause the game to freeze while playing the Doctor Career or when hiring a Nanny in some languages.
    • *childish moment* Playing doctor, hehe.
  • Confident children will no longer get a whim to practice pick-up lines.
  • We addressed an issue that could cause doors to be stuck ajar.
    • Your door is ajar.
    • No, it’s a door.

And on that toddler’ish joke, that’s the update folks. In the time it took you to read these release notes, the following toddlers came to be in the Sims…

Abigail a toddler, Aidan a toddler, Alex a toddler, Alexander a toddler, Allison a toddler, Alyssa a toddler, Andrew a toddler, Anna a toddler, Anthony a toddler, Archer a hog of war, Ariana a venti-toddler, Ashley a toddler, Austin a toddler, Ava a toddler, Avery a toddler, Benjamin a toddler button, Brandon a toddler, Brayden a toddler, Brianna a toddler, Brian not a toddler because he turned aging off and stayed a baby, Caden a toddler, Caleb a toddler, Cameron a toddler, Chloe a toddler danced the tables, Christian a toddler, Christopher a toddler, Connor a toddler, Cruz a toddler, Daniel a toddler, David vs toddler-iath, Dylan a toddler, Elijah would a toddler?, Elizabeth a toddler, Ella a toddler, Emily a toddler, Emma a toddler, Ethan a toddler, Etta at last a toddler, Evan a toddler, Gabriel a toddler, Gavin a toddler, Grace a toddler, Hailey a toddler, Hannah a toddler and her sisters, Hunter a toddler, India a toddler, Isabella-watcha-doin-toddler, Isabelle a toddler, Jack o’toddler, Jackson a toddler, Jacob a climber, James a toddler, Jasmine a toddler, Jayden a toddler, John a toddler, Jonathan a toddler, Jordan a toddler, Joseph a toddler, Joshua a toddler, Julia a toddler, Kaitlyn a toddler, Katherine a toddler, Kayla a toddler, Kaylee a toddler, Kylie a toddler, Kyra a toddler, Lauren a toddler, Lily a toddler, Logan a toddler also known as James, Lucas a toddler, Luke – use the toddler, Mackenzie a toddler, Madeline a toddler made with flour, eggs, lemon, sugar, and vanilla, Madison a toddler and an avenue in a popular board game, Makayla a toddler, Mason a free-toddler, Matthew a toddler, Maya a toddler, Megan a toddler, Mia a toddler, Michael a toddler, Morgan a toddler, Natalie a toddler, Nathan an uncharted toddler, Nicolas a toddler, Noah a toddler on an ark, Olivia a toddler-newton-john, Owen a toddler, Plum a toddler, Rachel we miss you a toddler, Riley a toddler, Rosemary’s toddler, Ryan a toddler, Samantha b toddler, Samuel a toddler on snakes, Sarah a toddler, Savanna a plain toddler, Sean a toddler, Sophia a toddler, Sydney a toddler-mate, Taylor a toddler, Thomas a toddler, TK-421 a trooper, Toddler a toddler, Tyler a toddler, William a tell-toddler, Zachary a toddler, and Zoe a toddler.

We look forward to your stories, and we wonder who your toddler will be?
-SimGuruGnome’dler

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