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University in The Sims 2...


I am so tired of it! So here's the story: you're a baby until you're three years old. You're a toddler until you're seven. You're a child until you're fifteen. You're a teen until you're thirty. Huh? What? Okay, never mind, moving on. You're at university until you're fifty-four. You're an adult until you're eighty-two. You're an elder until you die, which will be between ages ninety-one and one-hundred and thirteen.

See anything wrong with this? Besides the fact that the teen age is too long, because that makes sense - it used to transition right to adulthood, without the young adult age, so it made sense that it lasted until you were thirty. But...

Can someone please explain to me why it takes twenty-four years (at least!) to get a college or university degree? I'm playing my neighbourhood in a cycle, one year each then repeat. That means I play all of my Pine Valley households for half an hour, and then all of my MNU households for THREE HOURS. Two semesters, three days each. What a crock of bullshit! I realize they wanted to make their first expansion immediately noticeable in the game, but I think it's possible you guys went just a teensy goddamn bit too FAR...

I'm thinking about what I might do to amend my rules. One possibility is eliminating the second semester of each year, cutting university time down by half. I could also shorten both semesters but play them all... the problem with THAT is that it would leave no time at all to socialize, or even EAT AND SLEEP, because my Sims would have to be madly raising their GPA to meet the exam deadline. I don't want to have them just meditate through University to speed it up, either, because some of my Sims can't meditate.

Playing it as it stands is no longer an option. I have a LOT of fun playing this game, but University isn't fun at all anymore. It's a fucking CHORE.


(P.S. Chapter Twenty-Two A is up, and Twenty-Two B will be up as well within a few days.)


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Dec. 31st, 2010 10:17 pm (UTC)
I've never really thought of Sim ages being a days-to-years equivalent of humans, but then it's hard to imagine them being anything else if they aren't equal to each other (like, a day as a teen being less than a day as a child). But it might be the illusion of aging as an adult would see it: childhood flies by so fast and then you're becoming an adult and getting responsibilities and everything seems to slow down.

And if that doesn't do it for you, have you looked around for an aging mod to fix it? Or maybe the College Adjuster to make things go by as fast as you want?
Dec. 31st, 2010 11:48 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I always figured it was MOSTLY day-to-year but university was expanded, as were holidays, to allow more detail.

I've been looked for a length mod (for university, people, minds out of gutters!) for a while, and they don't appear to exist. Think I'm gonna use the College Adjuster to skip the second semester of each year. It ain't perfect, but screw the three hour years.
Dec. 31st, 2010 11:15 pm (UTC)
College is only fun when you've done it once or twice. Then it's a fucking chore. Maybe you should allow a little cheating and do the Fly Through College thing, not sure how that works but it's got to be better than suffering through it hour after hour!
Dec. 31st, 2010 11:48 pm (UTC)
I've decided to suffer an hour and a half instead of three hours for each year. It makes the entire thing seem so much lighter and so much less ridiculously BORING.
Jan. 1st, 2011 05:16 pm (UTC)
I have one Sim at college because I wanted to try it. Uch. Soooo boring. I just kind of left her there.
Jan. 2nd, 2011 05:21 am (UTC)
I really can't blame you.
Jan. 1st, 2011 08:06 pm (UTC)
God, I feel your pain. I remember how boring it was the first time I sent a Sim through college, back when I first got the expansion pack (it probably didn't help that I played all four years in a row, rather than cycling through households).

Since then, I've taken drastic measures - I've shorted semesters to 36 hours, I combine everyone into big househoulds to get more Sims done at once, and my current neighborhood has a rule that only teens from rich families go to college (but since the plot is about rebuilding civilization, that'll change . . . ). I also abuse the hell out of career cheats, so that Sims who want to go into one of the Uni careers don't need to have gone there, and it's all become much more bearable since then.

It doesn't sound like my methods would work for Pine Valley, but good luck with the college adjuster!
Jan. 2nd, 2011 05:21 am (UTC)
I'm already enjoying the game a LOT more, let me tell you.
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