Fans of The Sims 3 are always looking for new ways to spice up their gaming experience. Much like the challenges that they may partake in (which are readily available and searchable all over the internet), the fans themselves are creative but sometimes get stuck in a slump, or even become overwhelmed with the limitless possibilities. This can have a paralyzing effect on gameplay. Those who just do what comes naturally and follow their first instinct fall victim to trapping themselves in the same themes or actions over and over again (personal preferences tend to work that way), and ultimately find themselves growing bored. Here are some tips/examples of how and who to create in-game to make your Sims 3 experience more pleasing. This works specifically well if you are taking part in the Generations Challenge.
It doesn’t matter how many expansions you have, how much custom content you’ve downloaded– sooner or later, you may ask yourself, “What’s next?”– and if you feel like you’ve done it all, you need to be able to surprise even yourself.
Over at The Sims 3 Generations Challenge they have several tips, including some on how to narrow down or even slightly randomize play so that your game doesn’t become redundant (see: Creating Sims to Expand Your Family). Think about it– if you keep making only people you know, or your favorite characters from Star Wars, etc., it’ll begin to lose novelty. Likewise, if all your characters are absolutely gorgeous and intriguing, especially if they all share striking features, booming colors, and fantasy character attributes, even that will get old. Enough already! Who’s next?
Use elements of randomness coupled with your own inspiration and tastes to make a perfect blend of interest that will stop you from deleting or abandoning your characters or towns and starting over. The deeper invested you get into game play, the more you’ll actually value what you’ve built and hope to preserve it, and genuinely care for your Sims. For specific tips, make sure to check out the Generation Challenge site.
Now for some examples of where the path may lead you: since I’ve been taking part in The Sims 3 Generation Challenge, diversification options and my own sources of inspiration lead me to create characters and families I may not have otherwise– including Bruce Wayne (“Batman” to you laypeople, plus his “siblings” The Joker, Catwoman– “Katya”, Robin, and “dad” Alfred), the 3 W’quybcwin aliens (fictional made up creatures of my own design), African ambassadors the Oz family, Pippi Longstocking and her “family”, as well as a family I fondly refer to as the “occulties”, fronted by now-deceased and ghostly head of household Wruelock. Now if these ideas don’t sound like interesting additions to your Sims 3 family tree– both genetically and entertainment-wise– I’m not sure what would. Use these examples and the tips from the Generations Challenge as starting points inspirationally when you take part in either the Challenge or regular gameplay and you’ll always keep yourself guessing, and stay interested in your ongoing family legacy and epic game story.