Guides and Tutorials
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You may have seen some of my fan-made The Sims 4 renders on my twitter page @HazzaPlumbob, and I’m going to talk you through my process to make these awesome renders!read more
City Living includes three new careers: Politician, Critic, and Social Media. It also brings some new functionality to all three careers, although existing careers are unchanged. Common features: All three careers have an optional initial “Work From Home” assignment that is given before your Sim’s first day. They seem to be logical assignments to set your Sim up for success; the Social Media assignment is to create a social media profile, for example. These initial work from home assigments are very much worth taking, as they not only are something your Sim would likely have to do anyway, but they get a little income for doing so. If you’re just starting out in the big city, those extra 40-60 simoleons might make the difference in whether your sim pays their rent on time! Once they’re in a career, an hour before your sim is scheduled to work they get an alarm. They can go to work, work from home, or take a vacation day. If they go to work then they head off lot to work. You cannot accompany your Sims to work in any of the new City Living careers. If you choose to have them work at home they will be assigned some tasks that relate to their career. My political sim had to paint a political mural, for example. For each task they complete they are paid part of their salary. So they can spend the day slacking off, but they won’t make any money for it, and they won’t gain or lose work performance. Now let’s look at the careers. We’ll start with politcs. Political: To be honest, I’ve never really cared for the Political Career in The Sims 2 and 3. I felt like I spent all my time getting my Sim to make and keep friends. I well remember those “Have 20 friends” requirements and the many Sim-hours spent on the phone to acquire and maintain same. The Sims 4 handles things a little differently, though. You don’t actually have to make friends with other Sims – but you do have to talk them into supporting you. An aspiring politician starts as an Unruly Activist, and your budding activist needs a cause. There are several to choose from: Foundation for Less Mischief World United No Sim Left Behind Simoleons for Everyone Speak for the Trees My Sim has a fortune aspiration, so I chose Simoleons for Everyone for her because I thought it fit her personality, although there are no restrictions on which I could have chosen. I couldn’t really see a difference in the effects of the different causes. Your sim can also change causes any time they care to, but they will lose the progress they’ve made in gaining followers and donations, so this should not be done lightly. Now that your sim has a cause, it’s time to rally people to that cause! Your sim can talk to their friends, family, and neighbors, and they can also get their message out to the public by demonstrating. The Confident mood is ideal for all the political interactions. Happily, many of the interactions, including protesting, give the Confident moodlet. When you’re demonstrating, passersby will either listen to your sim or not. If they listen, they may be more receptive to...read more
It’s been a highly requested feature on Origin – the ability to gift games to friends through Origin. This was never possible without a work around, until today! When you are in the Origin store, you can now select the option: purchase as a gift There are however a few restrictions on gifting games Users are younger than the age restriction of a game A game is not giftable The user has blocked users because they don’t want to receive gifts through Origin It is DLC and your friend does not own the base game Your friend lives in a different country Once you click “purchase as a gift” you get this (see image below) pop up window where you can select the friend you want to gift it to. Now, that last restriction on gifting is is a restriction we don’t like, since we from Platinum Simmers alone are already in different countries, this would mean we could not gift each other and as you can see, the friend at the top is not selectable for gifting, since she lives in the UK and I live in The Netherlands. But fear not, we have found a work around for this! And it’s actually 1 easy step. The friend you want to gift the game to needs to go to their “Customer Portal” There they need to change their “Country of residence” to what ever country the gifter is in. It is important that the receiver changes this setting, because the other way around does not work. Once they do that, you can select them to gift the game to! Enjoy the gift giving...read more
When you first start a game in The Sims 4, you have to go through the tutorials. And you get them with each new save game you start.
A while back we wrote a tutorial to turn off these tutorials. This was a bit of a hasstle, and you still had to go through the tutorials at least once, or when you reinstall the game.
The latest update of Origin comes with a great new update for The Sims 4! You can change the language of The Sims 4 easily without having to reinstall the entire game and change your Origin language. This is great for bilingual people like me who easily want to check something in English but prefer to play in Dutch!read more
In this tutorial I will show you the mechanics of making Walls and Floors. I however won’t teach you how to make beautiful walls, but check out my tips at the bottom of the page for further inspiration.read more
Lots of users have been reporting a bug in The Sims 4 which, after updates, puts “codes” all over the game where there should be some nice sensible words. You might see things like *** BE97AC03*** all over your game – people with a passing familiarity with programming will probably recognise them as hex strings. If you’re experiencing this bug, there are two ways to fix it, one is to uninstall and reinstall your game – this obviously can take a lot of time depending on the speed of your Internet connection. The second option is to follow the steps below. This solution comes from the EA Answers forum where it was outlined by ZeroFish122. Note that this involves renaming and deleting files in Origin’s game installation directory. If the steps are followed incorrectly you might mess up some other game data, and Platinum Simmers accepts no responsibility for loss of data caused by attempting to follow the instructions below. Backing up your saved games is, as always, recommended. Close Origin by clicking on Origin in the top-left and choosing “Exit”. Open the Origin game folder – by default this is C:\Program Files (x86)\Origin Games Right-click “The Sims 4” folder and choose “rename”. Rename it to “The Sims 4 Backup” and hit enter Open Origin again and go to My Games – it will tell you The Sims 4 is not installed, which is exactly what you want. Click on The Sims 4 and choose “Download”, and go through all the usual terms & language choices. When the game says “Downloading 0%”, close Origin again, as you did in step 1. Go back to the Origin game folder, like you did in step 2. Delete the new folder there that is called “The Sims 4”. Right-click on “The Sims 4 Backup” and rename it back to “The Sims 4” Open Origin again. Origin will now force an update on the game. When it’s finished, launch the game and you should find those hex strings gone! Note: EA are actively working on eliminating this bug, and until they do so, the only known fixes are the approach described above and uninstalling & reinstalling. If the approach above doesn’t work for you, you will need to reinstall your...read more
If you are looking for more neighbours for your SimCity Build It. Post your Facebook page here in the comments! We all know life is better with friends, and the same goes for your City in SimCity Build It! You can trade with each other and really help each other out. Facebook is the best way to get more neighbours but you can also share your Game Center or Google Play details. If you share your Facebook page, please do be aware about any personal information you share. This website has some excellent tips, personally I highly recommend points 10 & 11 and that you control who sees what using lists. http://www.techradar.com/news/internet/web/20-facebook-privacy-settings-tips-924540 All the comments will be approved as soon as possible, as soon as you have had a comment approved you no longer have to wait for future approval! You can also contact us on twitter @platinumsimmers, on our facebook page or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org if you want the comment...read more
I love the new SimCity Buildit game, but I usually only play on my phone while travelling. When I’m at home I play games on my computer. Did you know you can play Mobile Apps on your PC? For this to work you need the following: a Google account (it can be your gmail) Bluestack app player – The software is free, but then charges $2/month unless you download apps from Bluestacks sponsors (wikipedia – I have no experience with this yet) Optional: Facebook account (This is for synchronization between your phone and PC) Download and set up Bluestack app player Bluestack app player is an Android emulator. This means that it emulates an Android environment on your PC and let’s you use and play Android Apps. It is worth noting, emulators very often will be a bit laggy as they are simulating an environment instead of having a dedicated Android environment. So you might notice some lag in the app! You can download the Bluestack app player here. Use all the standard options to install it. Initializing takes a long time, do not worry about that. Once installed it get’s a bit tricky, you need to connect to the play store. Search for SimCity Build It at the left top. It won’t find the app at first and then it will ask you to connect to online store. Sign in with your gmail account or create a new google account. As soon as you have gone through all the options of syncing your app player to android/google account search for SimCity Build It again and download it, in my case it is already installed. Play SimCity Build It Start the game and play it, you will notice that it is a bit laggy. But you got the game on your PC! The way to control your game will take some getting used to, remember this game is optimized for tablets/phones, not PCs! What about the game on my phone/tablet? If you want to continue with your savegame from your phone/tablet, you can sync it through two ways. If you have an android device, you’re in luck and you can sync through the google play store or Facebook If you have an iOS device you will need to use Facebook. Play SimCity Build It in the Bluestack App player till you can build a town hall. Then go to settings and click on of these options: It will ask you if you want to lose the city you just build for the sync’ed version, say yes and there you have your previous city. Have...read more