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i'm alive!

I am, really!

I've just been totally caught up in playing god.

A long time ago in a galaxy far far away, I started playing Sim City - I think it was the Sim City 2000 version. I enjoyed the idea, but for some reason I just couldn't get all that into it - it was frustrating not being able to do much in terms of city building without resorting to the "iamweak" cheat code (which added simoleons to my very dry mayoral account)... and besides, the focus was rather too broad, I wondered if there was a similar game out there that zoomed in on one neighborhood instead of a city, and allowed me to control individuals...

... and I soon discovered The Sims, and oh. my. gawd. it was exactly what I was looking for! I'd play for hours and hours on end at the expense of sleep and work, and had all the expansion packs too, although the "Making Magic" one was bought but never loaded (no worries, they were all pirated versions, costing only about RM5 per disc, LoL!). My absolute fave was the Superstar expansion - how sad is it that I worked more diligently on getting my Sim up to be a major superstar and got more out of that achievement than from work? :-)

Aaaanyways... so for the longest time I've not been Simming - for many reasons I won't get into. However, all that changed recently. We got our PC, finally. And I'd already warned Kosh that if/when we get it, I'm getting back into my Sims. It was decision I had to make a few weeks ago - get sucked back into The Sims 2 (gotta move with the times lah) and deal with all those expansion packs, or go back to the beginning.

I chose the beginning.

Of course, Sim City 4 Deluxe edition is a very very very old game, out since 2003 or so, but hey, I know me, and I'm better off taking it easy mah!

Anyhow... so, well, you kinda pretty much know what's coming next... after all, the neglect of the blog shows how much time I've NOT been online these past few weeks, LoL! Shall I go into how many cities and regions I created and destroyed as I got the feel again for the game? Or how I've been naming my regions after Animaniacs lingo (anyone who doesn't think Anvyllania is not a cool name should, well, go watch Animaniacs, and "let the anvils ring", LoL!)? Or how my cities have improved enough that I'll probably keep this current one and slowly improve on planning and layout on a city by city basis? Or how I love the new features that among other things allow me to move in some individual Sims into neighborhoods and see what they have to say about my Cities? And how this helps reduce the cravings I have for actually meddling in their lives the way I could in The Sims? Naaah, I won't tell ya about it. :)

What ELSE has been happening? Well, I ~have~ filled my weekly schedule up pretty well. French. Spanish. Fairy Tales. Figurations. Skipped my first Aquatic Exercise class last week, but that's in there too. And my ceramics/pottery class starts today. ... ... and yes, I'm STILL immersing myself in my Sim City despite the time crunch.

Ah, priorities...


  1. You crack me up! I had a game similar to Sims but I quit playing it because it was TOO addictive! ;)

  2. Have been for a while now that I did not play games.... I was more into strategy games...

    Good luck in building your cities again.... and these new games they are more interesting and so life like... they even have love life!

    Try playing playboy.

  3. Kim> yup... and I know all about addictive! Although back in 2002/03, part of it was feeding avoidance of work too (I was having... "issues")

    DG> getting to the level of love life would require The Sims (Hot Date expansion pack, if I remember correctly) or equivalent - been there, done that, although I was never able to get my sims to make nookie or however it is they termed the act, LoL! At this point in time, I'm content to be a bit more hands-off and stick to meddling with cities. For the moment. ;-)

  4. Hi Lynne, just dropping by to thank you for the postcard. I have no idea when it arrived but I found it (along with a hairpin, the gameboy and a bracelet) stuck between my couch cushions with one corner peaking out while I was looking for the tv remote. My kids must've gotten their hands on it first, as usual!

    Selamat hari raya to you and thanks again :-)

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  6. ohhh..yre making me addicted againnnnn


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