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It's that time of year...
This is the time of year where I bring over half a dozen Type O Negative CDs to work and listen to them when I'm not listening to Radio KoL. Tis the season!

Thinking of that damn crack that is Sims 2, I finally started dabbling in ghosts last night. I was inspired, I guess, by earning the Necromancer title on Fable. In the first Sims, ghosts were simple beings. Something horrible would occur, and you would get a tombstone/urn (depending on where you put it). People would mourn, and a ghost would sometimes show up floating around and scaring the remaining sims. An expansion pack added the grim reaper, who you could gamble with to save the poor corpse, or tie (updated link here) with and get a zombie.

Not so in Sims 2. You've still got the grim reaper, but now you've got a ghost that imitates how the person dies. I think madolan will enjoy that one. I drowned a townie, now I've got a blue watery ghost that wanders around the place leaving puddles that turn into either a mess my maid has to clean up or weeds for my gardner to pull. If I starve a townie to death, I'll get a pale ghost that raids the fridge. Similar things for ghosts that die of fire, electrocution, or falling satellite debris.

So I've decided to start a collection. I put the urn of the drowned sim in a tiny hut out back, and had my sim paint a picture of the pool to hang behind the urn. Beautiful stained glass windows and candelabras complete the little nook. My knowledge lusting Hiro Protagonist loves seeing ghosts, so I'll see how many different ones I can get.

Unlike most people, I really didn't enjoy sim torture in the first one. Many of my friends, online and off, had tons of fun with moats and fire pits. easydamsel's sister made a female sim that took all of easydamsel's male sims, called them over, and walled them all in until they starved. Despite rumors to the contrary, some think I'm not evil. I just created, and didn't destroy. But the sad image of a watery ghost crying about how much she wanted a family is too precious to not produce. Soon I'll have another fiery sim crying about the woohoo they wanted.

I love this season. Halloween is up there with New Year's for my favorite holiday, not counting All Saint's Day, Kanamara penis festival, Day of the Dead or other holidays that we don't traditionally celebrate. Despite my lack of serious costumery in a while, I love it. And not just because I used to hit all the stores the day after and pick up cheap decorations to leave up year round. I'm lucky petemagyar lives with me, otherwise I'd decorate like I did back in college... Glowing little plastic skulls hanging from my windows in a cheap pseudo-goth Kurtzesque fashion, plastic bats and spiders everywhere, plenty of bones, and so forth...

And now, for _sterno_: Want to know what I really think of you? Just ask. I'll answer truthfully and bluntly. Except if you've posted the same offer in your journal, and have yet to give me a response. Which means that johnstevensaul, caniswolfie, and some others aren't getting responses. I think only windexcowboy is in the clear on that one.

Feeling: working working
Listening to: Type O Negative, Everyone I Love is Dead

Chorus of 7 demons || Preach it
From: graye Date: October 25th, 2004 12:12 pm (UTC) (Hard link)

(boy, this is going to be hard on the ego)


aside: I've yet to be abducted on the sims 2. I should play that more.
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kingfox From: kingfox Date: October 25th, 2004 12:34 pm (UTC) (Hard link)


Popular interests among kingfox's friends
1. computers (46) 11. history (22)
2. music (43) 12. sci-fi (21)
3. cyberpunk (30) 13. sex (21)
4. movies (29) 14. travel (19)
5. cybersphere (27) 15. art (19)
6. sushi (27) 16. coffee (19)
7. reading (26) 17. cats (19)
8. writing (23) 18. the simpsons (19)
9. drew university (22) 19. video games (19)
10. new jersey (22) 20. anime (19)
Interests gestalt
My most interesting friend is kingfox who has 13 of these interests,
followed by kingforks (13), killians1978 (12) and kujawski (12).
Normality Index
My friends are 70.4% normal.

Popular interests created by _imran_

kingfox From: kingfox Date: October 25th, 2004 03:48 pm (UTC) (Hard link)

Whoops, those results are out of date!

Popular interests among kingfox's friends
1. computers (36) 11. cybersphere (15)
2. music (29) 12. coffee (15)
3. movies (20) 13. history (15)
4. sushi (19) 14. video games (15)
5. cyberpunk (18) 15. sex (15)
6. new jersey (18) 16. sarcasm (15)
7. drew university (17) 17. cats (14)
8. reading (16) 18. art (14)
9. writing (16) 19. goth (14)
10. the simpsons (16) 20. dvds (13)
Interests gestalt
My most interesting friend is kingforks who has 14 of these interests,
followed by kingfox (14), kujawski (12) and killians1978 (12).
Normality Index
My friends are 74.8% normal.
Analyze me !
Popular interests created by _imran_
kingfox From: kingfox Date: October 25th, 2004 12:39 pm (UTC) (Hard link)

This quiz made me think of you and only you!!!

From: graye Date: October 25th, 2004 01:35 pm (UTC) (Hard link)
Also, i need to play the Sims 2 more. I was so focused on careers and keeping my sims ALIVE (yay for elixirs of life), that I've barely even started families and shit

But man, they are RICH.
kingfox From: kingfox Date: October 25th, 2004 01:52 pm (UTC) (Hard link)
Yay for elixirs of life, and yay for the aging off cheatcode. *sheepish look*

Families are awesome. I've played with having a child and a teenager, and tried working with babies for a bit with jenniever. The way a child pulls out books to sit on while playing chess is most awesome. Schmoozing with the private school's headmaster to get the child in was quite entertaining. Having a pair of babies crawling around attempting to play on their xylophones while an adult uses a teddy bear to talk to one of them was too precious for words.

Yes, my cold black heart was softened by watching a tired mother stand over a little baby holding a stuffed animal while making a funny voice. You're damn fucking right it was.

I think I need to detach myself from a family long enough to let them breed and die, just to experience the generations factor that I think will be most awesome.

I can't wait to see what they do with expansions in this version. The original Sims was awesome, but pretty boring without the expansions. The expansions added so much. Even if we merely reintroduce all that was available in the first game with expansions, we'll have:
  • A vacation island with beach, forest, and snow complete with memory-inducing trinkets
  • A fame path where your sim goes off to Hollywood, stars in movies, deals with stalkers, and tries to gain tons of fans
  • Pets that you can train and enter into contests, not to mention stray animals you can befriend
  • Magic spells
  • Plenty more career paths
  • Gardening, complete with training your pets to get rid of vermin and pee on the plants
  • Restaurants
  • The ``bubble machine''/hookah all the stoners loved
  • Warehouse themed items, wallpaper, and floor to make the ultimate industrial zone I crave
  • A bear that will attack your trash, cry at a bear carpet, and attempt to talk to a bear stuffed animal
  • Drew fucking Carey doing his own voice at your parties
  • Annoying clown summoned by the painting
And so on and so forth. I mean, the expansion packs added a fuckload to a simple base. With this amazing base game, once a bunch of expansions released, it will truly be freebasing.

Right now you and I are taking coca plants and pressing them against our gums. This is fun. Pretty soon we're going to be extracting a white powder, and it'll be party time. But a year out from now, we'll be cooking it with baking soda, and dedicating our lives to it.
bornofdivinity From: bornofdivinity Date: October 26th, 2004 12:08 am (UTC) (Hard link)
Chorus of 7 demons || Preach it