Lexxims February Feature

My name is Lexi. I am 25 years old and I work at a community health center in my area. My title is centralized services, so I do a range of things. I specialize in health records but I also do referrals and call center work. I love computers, they've always made sense to me. I have been married just under two years, have two cats, and one dog. I live in the country on my own 20 acres of land about 40 minutes away from the city, and I work from home.

I have been playing The Sims since 2002-03. I still play because the game never ends. There isn't an "end goal" you have to meet in order to beat it. You set your own goals, your own rules. I love structural game play and having an end point is satisfying, but at the end of the day once you finish a game, you're done. The Sims goes as long or as short as you want. You can do new things every time you open the program.

I loved when The Sims Makin' Magic came out. It was easily the best expansion that we got during that first series. Sims 2 was just great. I loved all the expansions with that one. When the Sims 3 came out I was definitely most excited about Supernatural and Seasons. They are the only two expansions I never take off when I get the chance to play. The Sims 4 has been hard for me. I enjoy the game but I don't have a stand out favorite. I guess if I had to choose one it would be Realm of Magic. I am a huge fantasy/science fiction nerd so any game play representing that I am all over. 

I play partial stories. I make up this grand story that will span over multiple generations and within about 10 minutes of playing I get side tracked with something and before I know it there is no way I am able to get myself back on track. My longest "generational" game play was probably 7 generations in the Sims 3 and that took a lot of discipline and easily a hundred hours of play time. Recently though I've been just really taking advantage of the build mode in The Sims 4.

Don't get me wrong, I love the franchise. It has been in my life for almost 20 years. But the reason I would stop playing is laziness on the part of the creators of the game. They have this amazing platform to create unbelievable things, but because they are the only ones who do it, it feels like they don't think they should put any more effort into the game than they need to. But when we get mismatched roofs, stairs that lead to no where, and an entire house without a single toilet, it really makes me question what they are doing behind the scenes. Sims YouTubers should not have to make a "We FIXED the world!" save/series every time a new pack is released.

The best things about The Sims 4 is the build mode and CAS. The game play generally falls short. The build mode is the most advanced and give more freedom for customization than any of the games before it. CAS is the same way, Sims 3 was a big leap from 2, but 4 really jumped ahead with it. We have the technology to do it, and it's great that it's one thing the creators are really taking advantage of. It could all use improvements, but I think they did a really good job with those two aspects.

What I hate about The Sims 4 so far is the gameplay. Hands down. It is extremely hard to get motivated to try any type of story line in the game. Besides climbing to the top of a career or partying with the random Sims that call or show up, there's nothing else there. Every age range, aside from young adult/adult, has nothing. They are one dimensional. There's not enough to do the same types of generation game play that there was in any of the other series, and we all played The Sims 1. We know how lacking in age groups that game was, and the children to me were still more interesting.

Listening to the community more think would help improve The Sims 4 for the better. Yes, we have community voted packs sometimes, but how long did it take just to get toddlers back? Something that shouldn't have been removed in the first place. There are hundreds of creators on YouTube that throw out ideas on a daily basis that would make the game better and I think they get ignored more often than they should. We have been playing the game longer than some of the people working on it and I think with a franchise that has been going on this long, and really has a monopoly on the game style, the community is the most important part. Also, pets and babies that aren't basically NPCs.

I love the community. I have been a "lurker" among the community for many years, it was really recent that I officially decided to stop sticking my toes in and just dive. I have a Twitter account that I'm active with and I participate in build challenges that are done through it. I love being able to interact with other builders and creators. I also have my own YouTube channel that is still very new, but currently focused on speed builds and will hopefully move to "Let's Plays" soon.

I upload every speed build I do there for anyone who wants to download them, and if you find my builds on the gallery, there's a high chance I have a video about it!  You can find me on;

Twitter: Lexxims1
Youtube: Lexxims
Gallery: Lexxims