Tasha Monet February Feature

Hey Simmers! My name is Tasha Monet -first and middle name; not first and last. I've been going by my first and middle name for so long that it's usually how I introduce myself. Funny story or maybe not: when I was younger, I used to believe my mom chose my middle name because of the painter Monet and thought she was so cultured. Turns out my mom named me after a Monet watch. Not as cultured, but they're nice watches!

At 30-years-old, living in Miami, Florida, many people believe my life is an exciting adventure spent having drinks on South Beach. In truth, I am a middle school teacher and a homebody who enjoys lazing around with my grumpy, nine-year-old dog, Phoenix, aptly named after my favorite Harry Potter book, The Order of the Phoenix. That gives me the perfect segue to mention that I am a Harry Potter enthusiast. Proud representative of Slytherin house, I love everything Harry Potter. Of course my top three favorite characters Draco Malfoy, Bellatrix Lestrange, and Voldemort, often make people raise their eyebrows at me, but hear me out: I am a fan of villains, anti-heroes, and antagonists in general. They usually have the better story and as a writer, I am a sucker for a great story. That's not to say I do not appreciate protagonists or that I want the antagonists to win. Rather, it just means I appreciate the complexity and nuances of characters, and antagonists usually serve that up the best for me. 

Simming has been a part of my life for 20 years now. It sounds insane as I put that in writing because I don't think I've committed to nearly anything else as much as I've dedicated to being a player of The Sims, besides Harry Potter and being a forever student. Seriously, I am getting my 5th degree in May. I need to be stopped! While I am a teacher currently, I am better described as a writer. I've been writing and making up stories since I could string words into coherent sentences. Probably longer than that, but no one can confirm, so I'll settle for that start date. Having played Sims since the very beginning, -February 2000; Happy 20th Anniversary The Sims!- I've been through the many iterations of the game. With each iteration, there are always things I love, but what keeps me playing is that it gives me the opportunity to play out the tons of storylines constantly bouncing around in my mind. I have plans on being a published author, and, as a storyteller, The Sims has a special place in my heart. I keep playing because I love my Sims, I love my stories, and I'm a sucker for nostalgia. The game has been a part of my life for so long, how could I give it up now? Not that I want to!

My favorite Sims game is Sims Medieval. Although it is definitely a niche game and limits my storytelling in that aspect, there is so much gameplay involved with this game that I absolutely adore it. When it came out in 2011, I was amazed by how well done it was and how much it had to offer. Nine years later in 2020, I still have not completed everything in the game. Not to mention, I'm also a history teacher so the game really speaks to my other nerdy interests. For anyone who has not played this version of The Sims before, I highly recommend it.

Gameplay for me is all over the place. Due to my storytelling nature, I definitely play out Sim lives, complicating them with drama and conflict. What's a great story without it? I also spend a lot of time in CAS with custom content, and I guess it makes sense to mention here that I absolutely play with mods. Although I've been playing Sims forever, I'm fairly new to building. It is one of my new favorite things to do, but it takes me forever. Landscaping and roofing are still my bugaboos, but I can furnish a lot like no other.  Recently, I've been sharing my custom content free creations on the gallery and I plan to share more. I would say that I play challenges, but at some point, I always "forget" the rules in favor of the storyline I created to go along with the challenge. Basically, I'm really a challenge rule breaker, so can I really say I play challenges? 

If at any point I had to quit playing The Sims, I believe it would be because I am incapacitated in some way. I mean, I currently play The Sims while having a demanding career that requires a lot of work outside of contractual hours; being a grad school student that requires a lot of reading, writing, and crying; and taking care of an older, needy dog who does not understand personal space or time. Somehow, I still find time to put serious time into The Sims, so what's really going to stop me from playing this game?

My favorite thing about The Sims 4 so far are the cute little add ins that I discover. For instance, I've had Seasons since it was released, but I didn't know until last year that when it is Winterfest, sims you're acquainted with will send gifts in the mail. I'm late, I know. But, you just have to click the mailbox on Winterfest Day and the interaction is available. Once, my Sims aunt sent her a potato and folded laundry. Both unusual gifts, but also memorable. I've never appreciated folded laundry more. It's little things like that which make me really love the game. 

There isn't really anything I hate about The Sims 4 so far. Hate is too strong of a word for me, and there is no feature that I hate. I do find some things annoying at times, like welcome wagons or Sims traveling to the bathroom sinks at the end of the Earth to wash a dish rather than the kitchen sink right in front of them. None of those things are game ending for me though. I think Sims 3 Generations style family interactions and relationships would help improve The Sims 4 for the better. I want my Sims to recognize the nuanced relationships that come with families when there are marriages, divorces, and other things of that nature. While my imaginative nature makes this not much of a problem, I'd really love to see those things come back new and improved for The Sims 4.

The Sims 4 online community has become a great place for me to express myself. I've only been active in the online community since September of 2019, although I've been a Simmer forever. Within the online community I have met some of the kindest, most supportive people I have ever encountered in my life. Like any community, and I cannot stress enough that this is not exclusive to The Sims community, there can be negativity. However, I focus on the beauty that I see and feel within the community each day. I am mostly active on Twitch -as a viewer, soon to be streamer-, Twitter, and YouTube.