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When I Broke The Sims 4

Last night, after a couple weeks of playing Final Fantasty XIV and Star Wars: The Old Republic, I wanted to play The Sims 4. They are currently having “Triple Boost Week,” in which your sims can obtain skills three times faster than the normal rate, so I wanted to try it out on some of the sims that I had been playing.
You may already know, but I dislike taking screenshots. I don’t have evidence to show you about this multigenerational sims family that I had been playing. 

However, after updating the game in Origin, my save file was nowhere to be seen! It immediately brought me to the Create-a-Sim screen, with no households available to choose from. I checked the folder that contains the save files for The Sims 4—it was empty.

Once again, I felt totally screwed out of a game that I had been “working” on for a while, kind of like when I broke my Skyrim save file months ago. I tried to google some solutions to my problem, but since I didn’t see any save files at all to salvage, I didn’t have the patience to try anything else.

On the bright side, my boyfriend made me feel better about this situation. He asked, “Don’t you start new sims households all the time?” That is somewhat true. I normally play The Sims in binges, and then I take long breaks. I guess I can just start another household and “legacy.”

However, another thought that I had about my save file completely disappearing is that life for sims (and for us) is short. You never know when your save file or someone/something in your life is going to be gone for inexplicable reasons. (I think that was maybe it a little weird and dark for a post about The Sims 4, but I’m trying to motivate myself to blog here.)

Why I Don’t Like Taking In-Game Screenshots

As a blogger, I feel like I should be sharing what I’m doing in-game, and I think pictures are the best way to show my characters and what I’m working on.

I hate taking screenshots. I hate stopping in the middle of gameplay to take a picture or get the perfect angle. When I play video games, I get “into the zone,” and stopping to take a screenshot is not something that ever comes across my mind. I think it’s disruptive and removes immersion from what I’m doing.

However, without a picture or screenshot, I cannot “prove” that I’m actually doing what I’m saying I’m doing, and then I don’t feel like writing a blog post at all. I prefer writing over posting a bunch of pictures and even video. I hate clicking on links about news stories, expecting to read an article, and then getting a video pushed at me to watch. I don’t have the time or patience to watch videos, and it’s extremely annoying because I already gave them a hit on their website expecting an article.

Anyway, I would like to work on my blog, but I hate the feeling of wanting to include pictures, because I just don’t like taking in-game screenshots. Maybe I should just suck it up and stop being lazy about including pictures, because it does make blog posts look better, but I hate stopping to take a picture of what I’m doing in-game. I’d rather just play.

Playing Stardew Valley


A few weeks ago, I picked up the farming simulator and country-life RPG, Stardew Valley, after seeing and considering its popularity on Steam and Twitch. I had never played Farmville, Harvest Moon, or anything like that, but I decided to give it a try. I had hardly been logging into SWTOR (weeks, even months of not playing that), and I had completed a play through of Pokemon Red on my Nintendo 3DSXL. I wanted something else to play that wouldn’t frustrate me too much about learning how to play. After receiving Fallout 4 and simply not getting into it, I didn’t want to buy anything similarly priced and be disappointed, so Stardew Valley at $14.99 on Steam seemed like the perfect “casual” game to play.


Becoming a Preferred Player in SWTOR

Dianah in her Preferred player handcuffs

Dianah in her Preferred player handcuffs

A while ago I wrote on the blog about how I had become disenchanted with Star Wars: The Old Republic. I was no longer logging in and playing like I used to. I knew, eventually, that my account would go into the Preferred status, because I removed my payment information from my account before my subscription ran out to prevent it from auto-renewing. However, even though I knew it was coming, I was a bit shocked when I did finally log in, because my guild needed a fill-in for an operations group, and I was available.


Corellian Run Radio Episode #161: Have a Nice Day!

This week on Corellian Run Radio, Jason, Mox, and I talk about our experiences playing SWTOR Knights of the Fallen Empire Chapters 10 and 11, and I talk about what it’s like becoming a Preferred (non-subscription) player. We also meet Knite and Sin from the Have a Nice Day, a primarily PvP guild that is working on releasing their own SWTOR podcast called Have a Nice Daycast!

Download the podcast on iTunes or listen from the Corellian Run website here!

Black Desert Online Beta


I recently had the opportunity to play Black Desert Online in their second closed beta session for their upcoming Western release. Thank you Joe of Gadgets & Khajiits for providing me with a code! I hadn’t been interested in the game prior to trying it. In fact, my first impression of the game was negative. From what I had seen and heard about the game before I even played, I thought that the “boob jiggle” animation, gender locked classes, and revealing female outfits perpetuated sexism and objectified women. However, I tried the game, and I liked it a lot! None of that other stuff mattered anymore. Do not judge a book by its cover! Here’s what I thought about Black Desert Online after trying it out.


When I Broke Skyrim

If you’ve been following me on Twitter, you might know that I’ve been playing a heck of a lot of Skyrim! I’ve had the game for a while, but I like to go back to it every now and then because there is so much to do and so many different builds you can try out!



“Disenchant” is an action you do in Skyrim to learn new magical abilities (enchantments) to add to your weapons and armor. In the process of disenchantment, you destroy the item. (Currently, I think I’m at level 98 out of 100 Enchanting skill in Skyrim!) I’ve been playing a lot of Skyrim for the past few weeks, and I can’t help but think: I am disenchanted with Star Wars: The Old Republic.


Too Many Games, Too Little Time/Energy


My usual game consumption per week involves logging in for my SWTOR operations three or four times a week for about 2.5 hours per session. Filthy casual, right? Sometimes I feel like it’s too little and too much gaming at the same time. I spend a lot of time at work, at the gym, doing housework, taking care of my dogs, and running various other errands. I am so impressed how people can balance their lives around gaming. I’m so tired all the time, and sometimes playing games is more taxing than I’d like when I want to relax. (I’ll expand more about being exhausted all the time when I tell you about my aerial classes in a future blog post!)


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