Thursday, April 30, 2015

The Sims 4 Community Blog: Time to Science!

We’ve spent the last few weeks talking about the new careers in The Sims 4 Get to Work, listing all of the fun ways your Sim can save lives as a Doctor, protect and serve as a Detective, and run a retail store. And this week, we’re want to chat about some of the cool things you can do as a Scientist!

Want to know how to turn your Sim into a cackling mad Scientist (or brilliant inventor)? Here are some theories we’ve been working on that your Sim should totally try.


Clone your friends. We’ve all been there. Your Sim calls up their best friends to hang out, but they’re all too busy with “work” or “school”. It’s a drag. Luckily, science has a solution. If your Sim is a Scientist, they can just make some copies of their best buds. Hopefully they turn out… normal? It’d be a shame if they were… evil? MUWHAHAHA!

Create a Serum to change your Sim’s moods. Your Sim isn’t just tinkering with robotics as they progress through the Scientist career. There are also a number of serums they can create, which manipulate their moods and emotions. What’s that old saying again? One serum makes your Sim happier, and one serum makes your Sim mad? There’s even a serum that can turn your Sim into a ghost, but don’t worry, the change is temporary. If it wasn’t, well, then the serum would pretty much just be a poison.

Order a co-worker to clean for you. Scientifically inclined Sims can invent all sorts of goodies, but the most versatile tool at their disposal might be the SimRay. Just point it at the nearest Sim and you can make them do all sorts of things, from swapping into their nightwear to sleeping on the floor. The SimRay can even make them clean up after your Sim. Play your cards (or, rather, science) right, and your Sim will never have to take out the trash again.

Make crazy money transforming objects with the SimRay. The SimRay’s usefulness doesn’t end at being a portable mind control beam – your Sim can also use it to get rich quick. One of the first upgrades available for the mechanical marvel allows your Sim to turn an item into another random item. Use it on cheap objects and they might turn into things that can be sold for a major profit.

Visit Sixam, the alien home world. Say “Electroflux Wormhole Generator.” Say it. Say it out loud. Sounds super cool, doesn’t it? And it’s even cooler than it sounds – you can use this awesome invention to send your Sim to the planet Sixam, which is filled with interesting aliens to befriend. It also has all new alien flora, so don’t forget to bring some samples back.

Make friends with the Invention Constructor. Your Sims are going to spend a lot of time in the Science Lab while working their way through the Scientist career. That said, they’re not going to get lonely in the lab – besides the other Scientists that work there to talk with/use the SimRay on, your Sim will be able to befriend the robotic Invention Constructor. We know what you’re thinking: isn’t befriending AI dangerous or amoral? We… don’t actually have an answer to that question. Maybe?

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

The Sims 4 Game Update (PC Version 1.5.149.1020 | Mac Version 1.5.149.1220)



Issues Fixed
  • Our overly-friendly visitors from Sixam were a bit too amorous. We've reduced the frequency of alien abductions and further reduced the frequency of male pregnancy thereafter. We know our men are good looking but that's no excuse!
  • We've fixed a couple issues in the Medical career that could cause problems for actions around repairing broken medical equipment or transferring a patient case. A career in medicine can be grueling for anybody, but nobody wants to be given an impossible task.
  • We've upgraded the firmware on our cameras to prevent larger photos from appearing too dark. We’ve also fixed an issue that was causing screenshots to come out blurry.
  • So what did five say to three about… you know what? I don't have a joke for this. Save Error 531 is bad and we fixed a couple situations that would cause it to occur.
  • Fixed an issue that sometimes caused a crash when doing sciencey stuff during the Scientist career.
  • Is your Sim unsatisfied with their love life? Maybe it's all that alien affection they've been getting, or maybe it's the stress from their new careers, but our Sims have been leaving their partners with an unsatisfied moodlet. We've conducted some remedial WooHoo education and Sims should now be better about taking care of their partner's needs.
  • Fixed an issue where children and teens weren't getting school credit if they were coming home in a mood not explicitly approved by their school. Harsh!
  • A recent update mistakenly removed some items from teens, but they’re back now. Teens can wear heels again! Fashionable teen Sims can once again experience unnecessary foot pain in the name of looking good.
  • We fixed a few unintended issues on our side that caused problems with certain types of CAS Custom Content.

Thursday, April 2, 2015