Video: LET’S PLAY: THE SIMS 4 #1 | CREATING MY SIM + SPEED BUILD

Hey guys! I’m doing something a little different – every Sunday I will be uploading gaming videos on my channel! The main focus of these will be a Sims 4 series (this one being the first part) but I will also be playing other games 🙂

Anyway, this video is part one of my new series! Meet my Sim, Emily Harper, who will be the main focus of this LP. I also speed build her house with the limited funds I have, ready to start gameplay next time! What’s the “plot” of this LP? I’m planning on making her have a normal life – find a husband or wife, have a child or two and be successful in her career. Hopefully she can earn enough money to have her house looking semi-decent since it’s looking kinda empty at the moment!

Please let me know what you think, feedback is much appreciated 🙂

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Sarah May xxx
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Video: I’M ADDICTED (Sketch)

Hey guys! Today I filmed a bit of a comedy skit/sketch – which is out of the ordinary for me! These videos, even though they’re short, take a lot of time and effort to make it perfect and I’m proud of how it turned out! I’d love to see this effort reflected in the video being received well, so please check it out and let me know what you think!

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Meet My Sims!

Meet My Sims

I have an addiction… The Sims is taking over my life. Since I play The Sims 4 quite a lot, I thought that you should meet my (fake and virtual) family!

My Sims

 Sophie Carrow Sophie Carrow
Aspiration: Successful Lineage
Traits: Geek, Good, Cheerful, Domestic
Life Stage: Elder
Career: Project Manager (Tech Guru Level 5)

Travis ScottTravis Scott
Aspiration: Computer Whiz
Traits: Self-Assured, Outgoing, Geek, Quick Learner
Life Stage: Elder
Career: Development Captain (Tech Guru Level 6)

Christopher CarrowChristopher Carrow
Aspiration: Fabulously Wealthy
Traits: Genius, Geek, Business Savvy
Life Stage: Teen
Career: High School A Student

Connor CarrowConnor Carrow
Aspiration: Musical Genius
Traits: Music Lover, Self-Assured, Muser
Life Stage: Teen
Career: High School A Student

My Story

Sophie was my original Sim of the family, and was looking a bit overweight when she moved into her first house. Sophie was pretty lonely until her neighbour’s arrived to welcome her to the neighborhood. It was here that she met Eliza Pancakes, who soon became her best friend. Eliza would visit every single day, and Sophie just couldn’t keep up with it! She soon lost contact with Eliza, and the two grew apart, but Sophie can always count on Eliza to be there for a chat when she needs it.

Sophie spent her early weekends on the hunt for a potential partner at the local bar. Some men were nice and chatty, some would just throw insults at her, but after a few weeks and too many late nights, she met Travis, a fellow programmer. Their relationship moved VERY fast, and he had moved into the Carrow household within two weeks! Their wedding was a small, budget ceremony in Sophie’s home with three of their friends (Including Eliza), but the couple just couldn’t wait any longer before starting their lives together.

It wasn’t much later when Sophie took a pregnancy test and found out she was pregnant! The saving soon began for the extension to the house to house the child’s room, and so Sophie continued working all the way up to giving birth. She had a home birth, and was very surprised when she gave birth to TWIN BOYS! Christopher had inherited his father’s brains and blonde hair, where Connor inherited his mother’s brown hair. The boys could not be further opposite, however – Christopher loves pursuits of the mind and spends his days playing chess, reading books and doing extra credit school work, whereas Connor is more of a free spirit, taking early interest in musical instruments of all types. The twins are such great friends though, and both have great relationships with their parents.

Although the Carrow-Scott family struggle financially, even after so long, they still aspire to move into a bigger house with much more room for the twins’ future children and continue the family lineage.


As I’m heading back to uni soon, you may not see another of these Sims posts until JUNE! 😦 If you enjoyed this though, please let me know by liking or commenting or getting in touch on social media or whatever. I’d appreciate it 🙂

Sarah May xxx
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What I Got For Christmas 2014!

What I Got For Christmas 2014

Christmas has come and gone for the year, and once again I have been incredibly lucky to have received the amazing gifts that I did. Naturally, I’d love to share these gifts with you, but first it must be noted that I am very aware that my family gives expensive gifts, and others aren’t as fortunate. I am extremely grateful for all of the time, effort and money that went into my gifts, and I in no way asked for my family to spend so much. However, they chose to do so, not me, so please refrain from any “you’re spoilt” comments or anything similar. Christmas is the season of giving and the people around me just felt like giving quite a lot! So, without further ado:


Wii UWii U (shared gift)

This gift was a shared gift between my brother and I – both of us are born and raised Nintendo kids and have owned nearly all Nintendo consoles that have been released – I hadn’t wanted a Wii U all that much until such amazing games were released this year! My brother wanted it to play Super Smash Bros. U, whereas I wanted it to play Hyrule Warriors, The Wind Waker HD and Mario Kart 8. Mum surprised us both by giving us this one, I certainly didn’t expect her to spent so much on us! The Wii U package she bought came with Mario Kart 8 pre-installed, too!

Wii U Games

The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Warriors (Wii U)

I’m a giant Legend of Zelda fan, and just had to have the newest game!

The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker (Wii U)

I never owned a Gamecube so I never got to play this adorable game – until now!

Super Smash Bros. U (Wii U) (shared gift)

My brother and I are both into Super Smash Bros., him especially. My boyfriend and I played the Wii version of this game constantly, and we’ll be doing the same with the newest one!

A Link Between WorldsThe Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds (3DS)

Nearly the only reason I bought a 3DS early 2014 was to play this, but I never got around to buying it! Thanks mum for buying me this game, I haven’t had a chance to try it out yet but once I’ve finished Pokemon Y I will definitely have to give it a go – this is especially great because I can take this up to uni whereas I’ll have to leave the Wii U at home! I’ve never actually played a non-N64/Wii/Wii U Zelda game before with the exception of the Ocarina of Time remake, so I’m definitely interested in playing a mobile-console based game.

Peter Alexander Pyjama ShortsPeter Alexander Pyjama Shorts x2

I’ve never owned “nice” pyjamas and seeing as next year at uni I will be seeing friends in my pyjamas a lot more often I thought it’s time to ask for some decent ones! I definitely didn’t expect Peter Alexander pyjamas though! Mum got me the front lacy pair and Nana and Pop got me the back pair. They’re so comfortable and fit so well, too! I love the lacy ones so much, they’re definitely something I’d wear all the time. The other pair is still really nice, too, and I’ve already worn both of them to death despite only getting them a few days ago. This is definitely only the beginning of my collection of cute pyjamas.

SunshadeCar Sunshade

This was a pretty basic gift but definitely something I’ve needed all year, especially since my car sits in the sun all day every day when I’m up at uni.

Magic Bullet

Magic Bullet (shared gift)

I haven’t had a chance to blog about my healthy eating I’ve been doing this month but I’ve been really into making fruit smoothies with our old, dodgy blender that would always leave chunks of fruit no matter how long I blended it. Mum being the infomercial sucker she is bought me (and herself) a Magic Bullet so finally my smoothies will be chunk-free! The smoothies just make it so easy to eat healthy and lose the uni weight I gained this year while still getting my sugar fix (I’m a bit of a sweet tooth). I know infomercial products don’t always live up to expectations, but from what I’ve seen of it so far, it actually works just as well as it does on the infomercial!

Pandora CharmPandora Charm

Mum bought me a beautiful Pandora Christmas charm to fit with the blue-theme of my Pandora bangle I got for my 18th birthday in June – it’s the dark blue charm second from the left! I love it so much and it’s officially the first actual Pandora charm on my bracelet!

Revlon Brushes

Revlon Makeup Brushes

Okay, I’m a bit of a makeup noob – I have a foundation brush and that’s pretty much it. I definitely need to get better at applying more makeup and now I have decent brushes I might finally be able to.

Eyeshadow

Eyeshadow Palette

I only really owned dodgy, cheap eyeshadow, so this was the year to ask for some decent quality ones. Pop did a good job in the annual adult Secret Santa to get me this! I’m not too into harsh, bright colours either, so the browns and darker tones in here will definitely be used often especially when it comes to my second Vet Ball, so I’ll finally not have to borrow friends’ makeup!

Jewelled Brushes

Jewelled Brushes

This was the second half of my Secret Santa present from Pop and includes a few more brushes that didn’t come with the Revlon brushes mum gave me. Not too sure about the jewels (I am an adult after all) but I’m sure Pop meant well. Thanks anyway, Pop!

Earrings and RingSilver Stud Earrings + Matching Ring

These beautiful presents were from my wonderful boyfriend Sam. This gorgeous matching set is my new favourite thing! The ring was bought slightly too big ( 😦 ) so I have to get it resized, but the stud earrings do this really cool thing where you can slip the ‘outer ring’ off the earrings to turn them into smaller studs! Big props to Sam for picking so well (with the help of an old high school friend who worked at the jewelry shop), I love them!

Link Commission

Framed Watercolour Link Painting (Commission from Katie Cook at Supanova Brisbane 2014)

As soon as I saw Katie Cook’s tiny watercolour paintings at Supanova, I loved them. However, there weren’t any paintings on the table that I loved enough to buy. Little did I know that Sam, who headed into Supanova on a second day without me to collect another commission, commissioned this cute Link painting from Katie for me! He even framed it for me, it’s so cute!

Alpacasso AlpacaAlpacasso Purple Stuffed Alpaca

I saw girls carrying these all around Supanova and thought they were so damn adorable. Adorable stuffed alpacas?! Yes! They were a little on the pricey side though, especially since I already spent heaps at Supanova. Sam managed to buy one of these for me when he went into Supanova on day 2 and somehow hid it in his backpack the entire rest of our week-long trip! I have no idea how he did it but he definitely pulled it off and surprised me on Christmas Day 🙂

Papercraft Zelda

Papercraft Christmas Zelda

As you’ve probably guessed by my already-huge Zelda haul, I’m a huge Legend of Zelda fan. Sam spent countless hours making this huge papercraft Zelda figurine for me and lost so much sleep Christmas Eve because of it! I love it so much, that boy is definitely very talented when it comes to handmade gifts. I would never have the patience to do this myself! Doing papercraft involves such little tiny paper pieces and such intricate cutting and gluing… I’ve only ever done papercraft of small figurines let alone attempting a huge one like this! It’s so Christmas and Elsa-like, too. I definitely appreciate the effort Sam put into this!

The Sims 4The Sims 4

I’m completely aware that I wasn’t a huge fan of TS4 when it was released, and I even blogged a first impressions review of it based off information online about it. However, EA has since patched a lot of the features missing from the initial release and I’ve watched so many playthroughs by my favourite YouTubers that I decided to give it a go – especially thanks to AmazingPhil and danisnotonfire‘s TS4 series on their gaming channel. The game is actually pretty good – goodbye social life!

Body Butter

Body Butter from The Body Shop

My aunty Tash got me these little body butter samples from The Body Shop, and they seem like they’re from a Christmas collection. The flavours I got were Glazed Apple, Cranberry and Vanilla Brulee (not pictured). I never take care of my skin so this body butter is a great place to start.

Movie Tickets

Movie Tickets

I deliberately asked Sam’s family not to get me anything for Christmas, but they just had to get me something so they got me some movie tickets. I love getting movie tickets as presents, up here seeing a movie costs nearly $20 a ticket! With snacks and a drink, it ends up costing a lot of money so movie tickets is honestly such a help.


So there it is, my 2014 Christmas haul! I’m so so grateful for all of the gifts I received and I’m so glad I got to spend the day with my family, Sam, and his family – this was our fourth Christmas as a couple but the first we’ve been able to spend together so it was really nice 🙂

I apologize for the post delays lately, I’m house sitting my aunt’s place with Sam for ten days so I don’t really have much time to sit and write a blog post lately! I have so many posts lined up waiting to be written that just won’t make it to 2014 but I’ll put them out as soon as I can!

I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas, have a Happy New Year!
Sarah May xxx
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1 Step Forward, 2 Steps Back: The Sims 4 Review

015 The Sims 4 ReviewI’m a massive Sims fan, having played every series since the first. All expansions and stuff packs of the Sims 3 are installed on my computer and on my uni holidays I play them religiously (my favourites being Generations, Pets and University Life). Naturally, I was excited for the release of The Sims 4. I did not, however, expect my reaction to it.

First Impressions from Official Teasers

Leading up to the release, many videos were posted on The Sims’ YouTube channel showing the new emotion-based system and new Create-A-Sim interface. Emotions seemed to me like the main marketing point for the new Sims – and to be honest I didn’t feel like the game needed it. The promotional work told fans that their Sims are now “so smart, they’re weird”, which didn’t appeal to me as I like my Sims to be relatively normal! I didn’t see much of a need for such an emphasis on emotions, as in The Sims 3 you could see if the Sim you’re interacting with thought you were being friendly, weird or even very alluring. I thought this was enough, as it did actually alter how social interactions went down – so why were emotions the main marketing point? Edit: upon gameplay, I still find emotions unnecessary. They barely affect gameplay at all!

Starting the Game

The Sims 4 is not Mac compatible! This came as a shock to me when I found out. Even though I don’t own a Mac, I feel like a large proportion of the population owns one these days and to create a game that’s incompatible with a rapidly growing PC platform is just… odd. One thing that has been raved about is the short loading time of the game, as compared to the long-loading opening screen of The Sims 3! The new game engine allows the game to be played on low-performance devices, including the Surface Pro tablet! Edit: I can confirm that loading time is incredibly short and very impressive, however I haven’t tried this on my Surface Pro yet. The game seems to be pushing the limits of my Toshiba laptop as it is.

Create-A-Sim

The new Create-A-Sim interface just looks amazing. Creating unique looking Sims appears to be so easy by just clicking and dragging hips, shoulders, noses etc. Finally, Sims can be made to look slightly on the plump side without being forced to have huge hips and huge breasts! However, the heights of teens, young adults, adults and elders are identical, meaning only children are shorter than the rest of their Sim family (well, toddlers would too, but they kinda removed that life stage completely?!). The selection of hair styles and clothing options is limited, as is to be expected in a base game, but one of the most surprising omissions is the exclusion of the colour wheel – no longer can your Sims have quirky hair colours or that perfect shade of green eyes, and no longer can their clothes be edited to a new pattern or colour to make them appear just right. We’re stuck with the presets, which, frankly, can be ugly. Overall, I think the new Create-A-Sim is fantastic and I can’t wait to try it out.

Build & Buy Mode

I feel like this is something I need to experience before I give a full opinion on it, but from what I’ve heard the building experience is great. The Sims 4 offers a great amount of building opportunities, such as adjusting the heights of walls and where windows sit on said wall! The ability to move fully furnished rooms is fantastic, so you don’t have to completely rebuild your bedroom if you want to move it to the other end of the house. However, the ability to adjust the height of the landscape has been removed as all lots are flat – removing the ability to create rises or ditches in the landscape to build upon. A surprising number of staple items have been removed from this game – most notably, pools. On top of this though, vehicles, dishwashers, hot tubs and pool tables have vanished from the game, but will no doubt be added in further expansions. I really can’t justify spending so much money on an expansion pack to receive features that have been included in base games for generations! Even the original The Sims had swimming pools, so their omission is really weird. As in Create-A-Sim, the colour wheel has been removed. We’re stuck with presets, which are apparently not all bad, but the lost ability to customize will certainly be felt by Sims home design fanatics. Edit: pools have been added in as a free DLC. I love the new build mode, however building rooms that weren’t perfect squares proved difficult for me as they weren’t recognized as rooms despite being closed in on all sides.

Gameplay

Huge improvements have been made to how Sims interact and behave, but huge omissions have been made too. The ability to have group conversations, multitask and have complicated emotions is great and should be praised – especially the inclusion of an autosave feature (great for those whose Sims games crash after hours of gameplay)! Additionally, players can now super-speed through sleeping and working – tasks that seemed to go by so slowly even on the highest speed in The Sims 3. Time in general is also slower in The Sims 4, so your Sims now have more time in a day to perform tasks. The neighbourhood setup of The Sims 4 is weird, with much smaller worlds than we previously know. Just like The Sims 2, we’re back to loading screens whenever your Sim wants to travel anywhere in the neighbourhood – which is disappointing, as this was a major improvement from The Sims 2 to The Sims 3 and it has now been removed again. This has likely been sacrificed for the purposes of smooth running, and although these loading screens are very short, reverts us back to the old situation of once one Sim is out of the house, the player cannot control the Sims left behind in the house until the first Sim returns. This also means that the other Sims in the neighbourhood do not have progressing stories as they did in The Sims 3 – they grow old, but do not have the drive to start a family. The neighbourhoods no longer show schools or workplaces, either! When your Sim goes to work, he or she just disappears into nowhere, with no visible presence in the world around him/her. The community lots of The Sims 4 are limited to just a museum, library, gym, lounge and park – no grocery stores, police stations, public pools, theaters… Actual gameplay is said to be glitchy in the game’s early stages. Pirates are met with a pixelated version – a smart move from EA to curb internet piracy (although pirates have apparently fixed this issue already). Sims walk in to walls and are trapped by invisible objects, and it can only be hoped that a patch will be released to rectify this. NPCs have taken a huge hit in this new generation of the Sims, which is seen by the complete removal of repairmen, gardeners, mail men, repo men, firemen, burglars, grim reapers and ghosts. Maids are said to come less frequently, too. Why have these been left out when they were small, yet incredibly useful aspects of previous Sims games? Edit: my opinion still stands on this after hours of gameplay. I miss the NPCs and I wish that I didn’t have to endure a loading screen just to visit a neighbour!

Summary

Overall, the game looks beautiful, albeit a little less realistic than The Sims 3. The addition of emotions and multitasking is great, in addition to a revamped Create-A-Sim and Build mode, but I just don’t see why so many old aspects had to be omitted in the base game when they’ve been included in nearly every previous generation. With EA’s huge budget and the huge fanbase surrounding such a popular game, fans are sure to be disappointed when they compare The Sims 4 to its predecessors. These missing aspects are sure to be included in expansion packs – a clever ploy from EA to rake in more money for users to pay for key features that should’ve been included in the base game anyway. For new Sims players, they are sure to see a fantastic, smooth game – but it just doesn’t make the cut for anyone who’s played The Sims 3 before, even without any expansions. I’d love to give this game a try, but I just can’t warrant spending so much money on what feels like an incomplete game. Sarah May xx