2 New Features for #wikia-sims!
Speaking of growth, two new features have been implemented. A new bot, named Alia, can now be seen lurking in the channel, and she's set with whacky human-like responses to cause an abundance of funny (and awkward) moments.
Secondly, amazingly detailed and accurate statistics that update regularly can now be found here. Random quotes, user-specific statistics, bar-graphs showing the amount of activity throughout the day, and more are now all openly available for the public.
"It's like looking under the hood of the channel." An anonymous user commented.
Special thanks go to MrMalikBlishtar for setting up both features.
Administrator Projects Go Live
After a slight delay, Administrator Projects have gone live on the wiki!
These projects help admins focus specifically on certain parts of the wiki and working to improve it. A compulsory system for all admins and optional for bureaucrats, all admins have selected 2 projects they are interested in participating in.
Fanon Administration currently has Auror Andrachome, GEORGIEGIBBONS, Woganhemlock and Guilherme Guerreiro employed as members. The leader is WoganHemlock.
Image and File Maintenance currently has Auror Andrachome, Bleeh, Woganhemlock and CookieMonster888 as members. The leader is WoganHemlock.
Visual Improvement currently has LostInRiverview and BobNewbie as members. The leader is BobNewbie.
Community Development currently has Bleeh, GEORGIEGIBBONS and BobNewbie as members. The leader is Bleeh.
Layout and Navigation currently has Guilherme Guerreiro, CookieMonster888 and LostInRiverview as members. The leader is not determined as of yet.
Please contact the leaders of the project you have questions about, and expect to see major changes all around the wiki in these categories!
The Sims Fandom Craziness
Since its release in February 2000, The Sims gathered a large fan base, because of its simple premise and addictive gameplay. It was a huge success, and it became the PC game that sold more units of all time two years later, in 2002.
Its sequel, The Sims 2 (released in 2004) had an even larger fan base due to its massive changes in the playability: 3D graphics, more life stages, genetics and a bigger chance of customization. It was then when user-created content became more common. Users shared the things they made in-game, from simple screenshots and stories to detailed Machinima videos.
When The Sims 3 was released in 2009, the number of fans grew a little more – Create A Style, the new, enhanced graphics and the open world gameplay invited more gamers to this massive and limitless universe which objective is to create and have fun.
And what about you? Do you think you know a lot about The Sims? If so, go here and prove it.
The Pros and Cons of Modding your Game
Modding The Sims series has been popular since the very time the series started. Sometimes, it has been simple to mod your game, some others, extremely hard. But what really matters after all is not the process, but rather the results. Most Simmers are fascinated by the improvements the mods are supposed to do in their game. However, it is time to look behind the curtain and realize that the cons are more than the pros.
On the one hand, when you mod your game, you have access to unlimited Custom Content from many sources. And not to mention the many fixes you will be able to access. And one more things that is also fascinating are the mods that add or unlock new gameplay features. One more thing that makes mods so popular is the way you install them. In The Sims 3, to install .sims3pack files, you have run a slow installer. But when it comes to mods, you just drag them into the /Mods/Packages folder. This also helps you to keep organized, since the /My Documents/The Sims 3/Downloads folder cannot be loaded properly if the files are separated into custom made directories. The same goes with .sims2pack files.
On the other hand, Mods are also famous for their ability to crash your game extremely easily. Back in The Sims age, Custom skins from the base game would crash your Hot Date expansion. And of course, mods created with Pets would crash an Open for Business game. Now, in The Sims 3 era, Mods can also destroy your The Sims 3 game and force you to reinstall it. Also, try counting how fast The Sims 3 loads without mods. Then, install 2 or 3 package files. After you have done that, do the test again. I personally have tried it, and by the time The Sims 3 loaded, I was able to prepare and eat a very big dinner, containing dessert. This is mainly noticeable on very slow machines. Also, when I install custom clothing for TS2, I remember the great flashing blue color that made my Sims extremely ugly and glitchy.
Creating ModsIf you mod The Sims series yourself, then the pros are obviously more than the cons. You are fully and ultimately in control of what you create. In this way, you are able to upgrade the mods whenever necessary (and that is very frequently). You can manage them however you like as well. And of course, this also enables to combine your mods with each other without issues, which comes in handy when it comes to core mods (only one of these mods can exist in game without crashing it), so that you can combine 2 or more of these to make the game more interesting and keep it playable.
AwesomeMod, created by Pescado, is one of the most famous mods all around The Sims 3 community. However, bugs with it have been reported as well. The same goes with InSimenator, the most famous mod that ever existed for The Sims 2, which is known to completely ruin a Castaway Stories game. So, technically, just because a mod is famous does not mean it's not glitchy. You should always look for community feedback before downloading them.
Unless you really want it, you should not mess up with mods too much. Installing a minor fix or a small custom object is just enough. Becoming a download junkie has never helped anyone. However, if you really want to use these mods and learn more about them, I recommend studying them as much as possible and even create yours. And -who knows?- one day, you may become a famous modder holding a big .info domain site, with thousands of likes on Facebook and with millions of fans waiting for your next upload.
From The Editor
We would like to include a few more members of the community to write for us. This team will communicate via e-mail and IRC to bring the community the best possible newsletter each month. The Sims Wiki Newsletter team would also like to remind you of how fun it actually is to write articles. We plan on growing and adding a whole ton of new things, from new game reviews by regular users, to in-depth articles concerning Wikia's changes and how they effect users. For now, growth is extremely limited, and we ask for as many possible users to apply to join.
If there's something you think we missed, tell us about it and we'll do our best to include it.
- Happy Simming and editing!