05May '15
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Sims 3 Legacy: Bringing in the 2nd generation

Continuing the soap opera that is Terra Nova’s life, things were not great but not bad. She was still alive unlike her predecessor, and although her new husband turned out to be a lot older than she expected, she was still happy with him. So happy in fact that they did a little “woohoo-ing” the next day.

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And then boom! She’s pregnant and puking up her lunch just a couple of days after that.

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But, one of the requirements for the legacy challenge is to continue it for 10 generations, so Terra would just have to live with it. Read more →

14Apr '15

Disabling text formatting in Skype

Skype is one of those programs that I have on every device I own, not just for the free/cheap calling, but also for text chatting with friends. It’s something that I use almost every day. It does have its issues however.

Such as the fact that sometime in the last year, they added automatic text formatting so that things like *asterisks* turn into bold text. Which isn’t a big deal in itself, except that there’s no option to turn it off if you don’t want it. I’ve seen programmers in particular who hate this “feature” because it can completely mess up code that they share with each other. For me personally, I like to use the asterisks to indicate an action rather than something I said (something I picked up from roleplaying in WoW).

Luckily, some industrious folks created a solution! It’s called the Skype Utility Project and all it involves is placing a single file in the same folder as the Skype executable. They say that it only works for the Windows desktop version of Skype, but I can confirm that it also works with the (unofficial) portable version. It also can do other things such as hiding ads and adjusting the position of the notification popup.

You’ll have to place the file again each time Skype updates but it’s a small inconvenience. Hopefully the Skype developers will realize that new features are great, but making them optional is even better. Especially since there’s nothing I can do about the Android version of Skype on my phone yet.

09Apr '15
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Unusual ways to make money in The Sims 3

I’ve discovered that I quite like the Legacy Challenge in The Sims 3, especially the beginning when you’re strapped for cash which adds a fun challenge to the game. I’ve also started a couple new saves with an even more difficult start: a family that only contains a single child and absolutely no cash or furniture (don’t try this without mods or your save will become bugged). Children cannot have jobs of any kind and are limited in the things they can do and the skills they can learn, including being able to grow and harvest your own food. Teens have less restrictions but still cannot have full-time jobs.

As a result, I’ve had to come up with some creative ways to earn simoleons which have turned out to be quite profitable and require little in the way of skills and investments. Here they are from quickest/lowest return to slowest/highest return. Read more →

21Mar '15
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Cave Clutter: Co-op Galore

Past Cave Clutter posts have been about MMOs or single player games, but this time it’s something different: co-op games. You see, I met a British fellow (aka Lord Crumb) online who has since become my partner-in-gaming of a sort. Neither of us have really had someone to play those kind of games with so it’s been a delightfully new experience.

We started off with Left 4 Dead 2 since both of us had it on Steam and the whole gameplay revolves around co-op. I had played L4D 1 and 2 previously on Xbox 360, but that was over 5 years ago and I was never very good at console controls (“spray and pray” is my philosophy when it comes to console FPSs). It turns out that L4D 2 on PC also includes the first game’s campaigns and characters so we were able to play through all of them without him having to buy L4D 1. I’m not sure if that’s part of a DLC or just came standard with the game. Luckily I have much better accuracy playing on PC rather than console, although Lord Crumb is still a better shot than me. We were usually able to complete each campaign with just one or two playthroughs, except for Cold Stream which we were just having the worst time with. Our only attempt where someone survived ended with only me dashing through hordes of zombies to get to the helicopter at the top of a tower. Your sacrifice was a noble one, Lord Crumb. Read more →

11Mar '15
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Tune Den: The Fall

Back in October, I wrote a post about how great I thought The Fall was, so you can imagine my delight when the official soundtrack was released on Steam!

The music is a mixture of eeriness and mechanical/electronic sounds, which fits well with the game’s setting of an abandoned planet populated with robots. My very favorite track though is the first one you hear, Planetfall.

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