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Hello Again…

I was tweeting back and forth with @SnarkySims about TS3 and I figured I should likely update this. I haven’t forgotten or abandoned it. Honestly, the one thing that keeps me from jumping back into blogging and playing right now is… the world. My save file for Aperture is now several gigs large. I’ve saved it from three giant crashes that, if I did not have backups, I would have lost everything. I’ve recovered/saved missing characters; they just vanished or ceased to exist, others have gone invisible, some even managed to spawn dopplegangers that just… hang out in one spot. Fun, fun.

Needless to say, keeping Aperture going is a labor of love and torment. It’s hard, you guys. I have a game-breaking issue crop up about every few households, if not more frequently. It’s only getting worse as sims reproduce and the game conjures of more needless junk data. I hate to say it, but they had the right of it to get rid of the open world… their handling of it is abysmal, as far as long-term stuff goes. It becomes this giant cluster, constantly junking itself up with needless crap, sigh.

I’ve spent many, many hours repairing my game. I’m honestly terrified to even boot it up. I fear for the sims I have in university right now! I’ve had it happen three times now where I couldn’t get them home, nor could I even get to the main world again. Gah!

For all my complaining, I really do love my world and its sims. You may say, “Mao, why not just clone them and start a new world?” Because to me, that’s not the same! I’m weird. I did storytelling and to me, this is different. This is organic and alive. I’m not really posing my sims so much as putting words to their actions and making their whims make sense. If I throw down some freshly cloned sims, they’re not the same sims! They’re blank slates. I know it’s stupid, but it is what it is. It isn’t an option. Even the idea of cloning sims and sending them to a University in a different world irks me. Then they don’t have the life experiences that the real sim version does. Bah.

I guess the short of it is this–I’m going to try and put my big girl pants on and just dive in again. I’m going to ride this train until it crashes and burns. I’ve been getting world errors for two generations now and I know it’s only going to get worse. I’ll keep putting out the fires while I can, but the days where I can devote endless amounts of hours to keep things going are gone. I barely get three hours to myself at night anymore and sleep? What is that? Someone please inform me what this majestic beast called sleep is, because I’d love to meet it!

Anyway, once I can pull my head out of Heroes of the Storm, I’m going to try and get back into it. I may have to reroll my old ROS as my notebook seems to have gone missing, haha.

Until then, thanks for hanging in there. Sorry for the rambling. And again, seriously, sleep. Hit me up. I miss you, bro.

ETA — This is why I don’t sleep. At least she’s cute, right? Right? Arrrgh…

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