I've been playing the game all last week. Mostly I've been experimenting with the body shop and the building mode. I really like building houses with diablolical layouts with this thing.
Only on Saturday (two days ago) did I really sit down and play Sims 2 as most people would play it.
I created myself and bought a two floor, one bedroom house. It didn't allow me to have a lot of stuff in it. I bought a sofa and a small table for the living room, then I installed a telephone. For the kitchen, I bought a table and some chairs. Upstairs, I bought a bed, a cupboard and a book shelf. Needing entertainment, I bought a TV, and a study table to put my pc. A couple of lights and then I began playing.
She walked around the house and approved of the computer and the bookshelf. She wanted a $650 bookshelf but we have to wait till she earns some money. Some neighbours came around and she greeted them. She was a clumsy host and forgot to serve them lunch. These rude people went into all her rooms, switched her TV on, played on her computer and ate her sandwich. (She didn't complain but I would have!) She ended up chatting up real well with this lady and this man. They talked about everything - tv, news, money...
My sim alterego has knowledge based aspirations, so we spent two 'days' looking for a suitable job in the papers. She finally got a job as a paramedic. Starts work at 7am and gets back at 2 pm. (How I wish I have hours like that!)
I don't know how people manage. The sim has to eat, go to the bathroom, take a shower, change, sleep, etc. Two weeks went on in sim world and I find myself barely coping. She's now in a bad mood because she's not having enough fun. It is all her fault. I mean, going to the bathroom takes her half an hour in sim world. (She's got some bladder.) Everything seems to take too much time. The cheap toilet and sink needs regular cleaning or else they can get clogged up. One time, she tried to fix the sink by herself but she couldn't. She began to stamp about in frustration. There was water all over the place, and so she had to mop it up. Outside, the phone was ringing. I could just imagine, "Not Now!"
She also wanted a social life but there was barely enough time for that except for a few phone calls. She did invite her friend over on her day off and they talked a lot. She keeps fishes but keeps forgetting to feed them. Tired, all she does when she gets home from work is lie down on the couch.
Things that happen at work seem rather bizarre. There was a chemical spill, and when my sim helped to clean it up, she was instead reprimanded. What she should have done is ask someone else to do it. Doesn't pay to be helpful I guess. Then the ambulance broke down, she decided to walk and was fined for negligence. I might have misread something, oh well.
It was kinda amusing. I did note some striking similarities between my sim and me.
1) When my sim was talking to a guy friend from work, whom she invited into the house, they talked mostly about gaming (symbol of control pad).
2) I find very little time for social life.
3) I do get into quite the bad mood if during the week I don't find enough time for fun - reading and playing games. That actually does happen quite a bit.
4) My sim is kinda grumpy. Sometimes she waves and points at something and I can't even see what's the problem.
Bigger differences -
I'm a better cook than my sim -- who keeps burning the toast.
I have more time on the computer.
I do not sleep quite as much.
I do not throw newspapers and bills all over the floor.
I wonder what will happen if I just leave her alone. *g*