A small Sims community rant

I wrote this in a comment where I realized it didn’t really belong. But I want to rant.

Whining about MTS’s upload guidelines is as old as MTS has had upload guidelines, and that is OLD. I was there. Why must people keep doing it? Is it really that much easier to whine and whine and whine that it’s just too much work to get your stuff on this site, and their rules are too hard to follow, and waaaah, than it is to just make your own site?

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Some of my Sims 2 custom content

I make stuff for the game under the name “neriana”, with the prefix “neri”. Anyway, here are some links to what I’ve got re-uploaded so far:

All my floors and walls. There are a few goofy ones I made when Homecrafter first came out, but I’m very pleased with most of them.

Bedding. These are based on Amish quilts I found online and I think they’re quite awesome. The bargello quilts are particularly nifty.

A money tree that costs five times as many aspiration points and gives five times as much money as the base game one. Also, it is blue. Will not overwrite the money tree in the game.

Pescado’s lot sync timer as a big flowerpot: download here. You can only have one — choose either my version or Pescado’s. I made it into the biggish round planter that sits on the ground, the “Naturally Stylish” Flower Barrel. It does not conflict with the flowerpot in the game. It only comes with purple flowers, as by the time I figured out how to do this I was really sick of SimPE and didn’t feel like making it recolorable. If you would like this in a different mesh, let me know and I’ll do my best to make it. If you have problems with the lot sync timer, please ask on MATY; I did none of the coding and understand none of the coding, I just re-meshed the thing.

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Coming back to Sims 2

It’s been years since I’ve played Sims 2 much. It’s been years since I played Sims at all much. When Sims 3 came out, I got that, and played it some, but it just wasn’t fun enough to hold my interest long, unlike Sims 2, which I’d been playing for years. I sort of drifted away from Sims games, got busy with other things (WoW and other MMORPGs), got bored playing 6 knowledge Sims in one Greek House (never do this), but I decided I wanted to play Sims again lately. I tried Sims 3 again. MEH. Then I re-installed Sims 2.

It is so flippin’ fun. The Sims have so much more character than in 3. It’s too bad you can’t customize their body shapes as much, but there are downloadable clothing meshes to take care of that.

Speaking of which, in the years I’ve been gone, custom content has skyrocketed in quality. Especially hair and skins. It’s unreal. I have a lot of replacing to do. Lots of hairs in my game look completely out of place next to the new shinies, but I’m attached to them, though I will probably never use them again. (I have packrat tendencies that I keep under control irl, but in computer games I hang on to pixels with teeth and nails.) I want to recolor stuff again and build again and get my legacy stories up again.

And I wonder what to do with my vampire matriarch who wants to seduce her werewolf son-in-law who isn’t at all interested in her at the moment. Her daughter, his wife, is not a particularly nice person, and she will not take well to ANYONE making the moves on her husband. I think I may have to make her an evil witch and see what happens.

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First post

I’ll be posting stuff about computer and video games here.

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Moving yet again

I decided I wanted to update this blog a lot more. But I looked on Google, and there is a Sims 3 creator who makes a whole bunch of stuff and has a Facebook page for it and everything, and she also has the handle “Clio”. Urgh. That’s a large part of the reason I changed my name from my “original” Sims 2 poster name in the first place — a prolific creator had a name one letter different from mine, and it confused some people. SO.

I am moving everything here:  And if anyone else who does gaming stuff uses the name Lliira, too bad, I’m a keepin’ it. No more changes unless I get sued by Wizards of the Coast or something.

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I Can’t Pretend To Be A Man

I have serious problems with games that force “me” to be male. I can play male main characters who are separate from “me”, as in typical JRPGs, with little problem, though I’d still rather have a choice. I miss the days of Final Fantasy on the SNES, when you could make any party member be the leader in town and on the world map. But in games that require the player to inhabit a character, as in Bioware-style RPGs, playing as a man makes the game a chore. I can play a woman who’s attracted to and romances another woman, though I’m not attracted to women irl, but playing a man just doesn’t work for me.

I can only remember choosing to play as a man once, to romance Leliana in Dragon Age: Origins. I would have felt more comfortable playing a woman, but the thought of turning down Alistair again (I’d already done so once to romance Zevran) was too painful. I keep intending to play a man in Dragon Age 2, because it feels silly to only be able to play women, but I doubt it will ever happen. I don’t have the impetus I did in Origins, because no matter your gender, if you’re nice to Anders, he’ll flirt with you. And you can’t say, “sorry, I’m not interested” when he does, as you can with characters in Origins — you have to either flirt back or be a jerk. That’s a problem if you’re trying to play a lesbian, too, or any woman who’s not interested in Anders. I love Dragon Age 2, but it has Issues.

Tangentially, I’ve decided that buff white forty-something bearded blood mage on the cover of Dragon Age 2 is Malcolm Hawke. Considering how important his story is to the PC’s life, I think it makes sense. Though I still think they should not have put a person on the cover.

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New Name

I’ve renamed my blog to “Clio’s Games”. I’ll still be posting Sims stuff here, and the web address will remain the same (since it would be a pain to port everything to a new, re-named blog), but I’ll be covering all sorts of computer and video games here. I’ll have short reviews, screenshots, hints, etc., along with mods and stories.

I won’t be making any money from this blog, so the reviews won’t be “professional quality” — I was a professional game reviewer for a time, and it wasn’t very fun. The biggest problem is that game companies are riding your editor to make sure your reviews are favorable to their big games. Can you imagine if book or movie reviews worked like that? “2 thumbs up for the brilliant intellectual and spiritual masterpiece of our time, New Year’s Eve!”

But there’s another problem with the nature of reviewing games. Try to be objective about something as immersive and time-sucking as video games, and you end up doing silly things like talking about graphics for half the review. Comparing this to movie reviews again, it’s as if reviewers spent half the review talking about how hot the actors are, in detail. “In New Year’s Eve, Ashton Kutcher’s hair is slightly messy, but he’s tall and cute*. Michelle Pfeiffer, of course, is gorgeous… 10/10 for visual awesomeness! The story is incredibly stupid, so we give it a 5 [the lowest score possible if the movie actually plays], but the soundtrack also gets a 10, so overall this movie rates an 8.”

Plus there are whole genres of games that reviewers have to play whether they like them or not. (This explains the relatively low scores for RPGs — and, conversely, the relatively high scores for shooters, which most reviewers like for some reason.) So what you’ll be getting here are my unvarnished and totally subjective opinions, mostly about RPGs, mostly for the PC. I’m going to talk about lots of old games, along with a few shiny new ones.

* Ashton Kutcher looks almost exactly like my first boyfriend, if my first boyfriend’s eyes had been vacant of any sign of intelligence. I am immensely weirded out by this.

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