Hi, guys! So I know it’s been a while, and I’m sorry. This isn’t even a real update so, again, I’m sorry. But I feel like I have some explaining to do.
Just like last time, I don’t even have a good reason for the length of time between posts. To be totally honest, I have at least 2 updates worth of pictures saved on my computer for both legacies… but I just can’t convince myself to write them up. That’s actually pretty strange, considering that writing the legacies has always been my very favorite part.
That got me thinking.
Guys, I have a really hard time giving a shit about this game.
I know I’ve hinted at it before, but moving to The Sims 4 is probably the worst decision I ever made, from a legacy-writing standpoint. I was so excited by the newness of the game, and so drawn in by the super-cool emotions, that I totally glossed over the… blah-ness of this iteration of Sims.
That’s not to say the game is all bad. I love how these Sims interact and express their feelings. I love that the game runs so much better than TS3 ever did. I love the entire building infrastructure, which has made me more comfortable with creating houses than I’ve ever been in any of the Sims games. But I’ve been playing The Sims since the very beginning and I’m one of those people who definitely has strong opinions on this game. TS4 hasn’t even managed to illicit that from me. It’s just kind of… meh.
Obviously, I don’t love the game. Most of the time, I don’t even like it. It took a lot of thought to figure out exactly why that is, but it basically boils down to this: There is NO depth. I don’t know what it is, exactly, but I am not invested in these characters. I have always been super into my Sims. I have always given them such vibrant personalities, even if those personalities only translated well inside my own head. I have always cared about them.
Now? I don’t. Every time I write an update, it’s a struggle because I just don’t care about these Sims. They all act exactly the same. Their traits don’t matter AT ALL, the settings (like with all the objects that effect emotions) have a much larger impact on behavior. Every time I play the game, I’m struck by how lifeless and disconnected these little virtual people are, even with all their interesting interactions and emotions.
LGR (one of my favorite game reviewers) described it pretty well in this video.
So. Where does that leave us? I’m not really sure.
I’m not going to say I’m definitely quitting this game or even this legacy forever. I hope that’s not the case. But I have to figure out a way to care about it again. I don’t know if that’ll mean going back to ts3, or waiting it out and seeing if ts4 entices me again at some point, or what. I wish I had more answers for you, and I do appreciate all of the comments and support I’ve received through the years.
I hate feeling like I’m letting you down. I’m so, so sorry. But, in the end, this is a game. Like all of you, I have a real life. I have kids and work and responsibilities. Wasting my limited free time on a hobby that doesn’t even interest me anymore doesn’t make sense, even though I strongly considering doing just that so nobody would be disappointed.
Anyway, I’m rambling. I’ll borrow a (paraphrased) quote from the video above to sum this up.
tl;dr: The Sims 4 is just not the game I want any more and I can’t feel any kind of passion for it. I’m not sure what that means just yet, but I’m ready to move on.
Please forgive me. I love you guys!