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May 3rd, 2010 (12:53 am)

Oh boy, you guys, oh boy. Spring has sprung, nature is bursting forth in full flower and beauty, gentle breezes play with your hair as you walk to your local CVS to ask for the umpteenth time if they have a new shipment of spring water in yet because your cats don't like boiled pond water and, come right down to it, neither do you. These are the days when the whole world calls you out into the glory of a new season! And so, my friends, I am once again wholly at the mercy of that old, irresistible compulsion. You got it:

It's Broadway Sim obsession time.

Look, guys, I can't explain why this thing eats my head periodically, okay? I don't know why I can go half a year at a time without even knowing where the CD is, and then all of a sudden something flicks over in my head and I spend three days grimly searching the Internet, subsisting on nothing but Diet Coke and a tub of old-fashioned pretzels, to see if maybe somebody has uploaded Bernadette Peters' hair yet. All I know is IT HAPPENS. And so pretty much all of that first paragraph is conjecture, because I have not been going out into the actual spring itself. I have been staring out the window at it in frustration every now and again while I try to figure out where I can get a giant bubble for Galinda.

Anyway. I spent like 75% of this weekend making various Sims for various Broadway houses*, and I haven't really started playing any of them yet. I'm going to start slotting them into apartments a little bit at a time. We just got Apartment Life, which makes life easier for me because it means Sims can wander through the halls and introduce themselves to one another without my having to try to throw desperate networking parties based on who showed up at whose door for the routine housewarmings. And since they're all going to be crammed into apartments anyway, I decided to start on the slummy side of town.

So, as some of you will have picked up from the photo, I'm starting with West Side Story. I've made Anita, Bernardo, Maria, Tony, Riff, and Anybodys, which is all I'm going to make. Screw Chino, he's boring and his name is stupid. Anybodys only made it into the mix because I like genderqueer characters. At any rate, in the picture above you see Anita, Bernardo, and Maria, OBC-revival-styled. Anita and Bernardo are married and Maria's Bernardo's sister. Tony, Riff, and Anybodys'll move in next door soon, all roommates. And as for tonight, I just wanted to get the the Shark folk into an apartment. So I opened a new neighborhood, grabbed a random apartment building that didn't look too nice, and tried to get them into it.

I would like to stress that the only thing I was interested in doing at this late hour was clicking on the door of an apartment, claiming the apartment for the family, and then saving the game and closing out. So I did. I went into the game and clicked on the door. And here's what happened:

Bernardo pulled a football out of his shirt pocket and sent it zooming towards Maria, who managed to bat it to the ground before it broke her nose, but it was a near thing. They started playing catch, occasionally intermixed with throw-and-drop. Meanwhile Anita, who was supposed to be claiming the apartment, decided -- why not? -- to start watching the clouds. So she lay down on the sidewalk, as you can see. Under the hedge, to be precise. And started watching... things that were not clouds. Still in the sky, though. First she saw a barbecue grill, then she saw a bathtub, and finally, as captured in this photo, she saw a teddy bear. Actually she saw that one several times. There were many teddy bears in the sky this afternoon. I guess I'm missing something by not going out in the spring after all.

Meanwhile the landlord had come by three times to tell them to reserve an apartment, but Anita clearly had two tabs of "things to do" reserved up in the top-right corner of the screen, and the claiming of the apartment came AFTER the cloud-watching. So there. Incidentally, I am also kind of amused by her "wants" tab, which you can see in the picture there, down at the bottom of the screen and next to the big headshot of her. She wants to have sex with Bernardo (canon!), dance (canon!), drink coffee (maybe possibly canon!) and... pull a rabbit out of a hat. Well! Good for you, Anita. I see your ambitions have moved on from seamstress work to a career in the performing arts. I hope it goes well.

As for whether it will or will not, I guess we will see.

*I was able to eliminate dishwashing from my schedule because the state of Massachusetts told me I wasn't allowed to do it! OH PWN'D WEEKEND CHORES


Posted by: Damian (fanboy_of_zeus)
Posted at: May 3rd, 2010 11:08 am (UTC)

Does your game have magic and dancing careers? And if so which expansion pack do they come with? Not that it really matters since I seem to have gotten quite thoroughly hooked on Sims 3 and probably shouldn't buy any more expansion packs for 2 since I don't play it much anymore, but I'm curious anyway.

Posted by: the girl with violets in her lap (slammerkinbabe)
Posted at: May 3rd, 2010 05:55 pm (UTC)

Right now we have Nightlife, Open for Business, University, Free Time, and Apartment Life, plus a couple of stuff packs (and a metric shit-ton of custom downloads, but that goes without saying). The dancing comes with Free Time, I think, although I don't actually remember having seen that icon before. As for the magic thing, that comes -- totally randomly -- with Apartment Life. idek. I guess all witches live in apartments? Because it includes all kinds of magicky witchcrafty stuff. Which is good if I'm adding a Wicked household. I'm going to be confused if Anita decides to become a witch though. None of the dudes who tried to gang-rape her are in the game, so there's not really anyone for her to curse. But then, Sims are good at finding their own reasons to fight. Probably someone's chair will be blocking a doorway and Anita will hit them with a cheap knockoff of the Bat-Bogey Hex.

Posted by: ems (ems)
Posted at: May 3rd, 2010 12:03 pm (UTC)

I have missed these posts a lot. :D

Posted by: Kare Bear (luvs_chicago)
Posted at: May 3rd, 2010 12:59 pm (UTC)

These posts make me laugh my ass off. So glad to see it. :-) And kind of glad I don't have Sims, cause then I'd fall into this trap with you.

Posted by: the girl with violets in her lap (slammerkinbabe)
Posted at: May 3rd, 2010 08:04 pm (UTC)

For joo, we will have Wicked folks tonight! I think they're going to be in the third floor of the WSS building for the simple reason that it's a relatively small apartment and I'm only putting in Elphaba and Glinda. I bet you didn't know Elphie and Glinda's dorm room was a top-floor walkup apartment in a shitty New York neighborhood. I also have RENT folks made, but there are so many of them that they're a bitch to move in anywhere. Oh! And I have all the Glee kids, plus Will and Emma, but same problem there as with RENT. Likewise In the Heights, which I am half-done with.

Posted by: Pirate Jenny (deliriums_fish)
Posted at: May 3rd, 2010 09:57 pm (UTC)

I so want to see Glee Sims.

And I want RENT back. And it better come with Maureen's Ecstasy Hat.

Posted by: the girl with violets in her lap (slammerkinbabe)
Posted at: May 3rd, 2010 10:56 pm (UTC)
!glee (sue sylvester journal)

The Glee ones are sort of varying levels of quality. A few of them came out well, but (Sue Sylvester would like this) they don't make Will's hair for Sims, and the closest thing I could find is like a headful of pin curls. Also, λ and I spent two hard days of work trying to make Emma's eyes, and in so doing we figured out that a.) they are entirely un-Simmable, because b.) there is something wrong with them. No, really. It's not just that they're abnormally big and the pupils are too round and there's too much white in them; you can do all that with Sims. It's that the costume/makeup people on the show have somehow... altered Jayma Mays' eyes. If you study dozens of pictures of her for hours on end it becomes more and more obvious that those are not human eyes found in nature. λ's theory is that they're incredibly thick contact lenses that make her irises and pupils protrude so that they stand out more (not the whole eye or she'd be bugeyed). My point, I guess, is that neither she nor I can ever watch a scene that Emma is in anymore without trying to figure out how in hell they do that to her eyes. And that our Emma Sim has anime eyes, and they still are too droopy and look like shit.

Posted by: Pirate Jenny (deliriums_fish)
Posted at: May 4th, 2010 08:14 am (UTC)

So I just spent way too much time looking at pictures of Jayma Mays and then pictures of her as Emma, and I think you're right. Something is definitely magnifying her irises and pupils. That and the makeup people see fit to put unholy amounts of eyeliner on her. Anyway, I still think that she's effing cute, even with her bushbaby eyes.

Posted by: Pirate Jenny (deliriums_fish)
Posted at: May 3rd, 2010 09:56 pm (UTC)
kristin and pidge

HAH. I miss Sims posts. So glad they're back.

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