My thoughts sims2,sims3

I have noticed that an awful lot of creators (but not all thankfully)use the term "new meshes" implying that they have actually modelled their creations when in fact these "new meshes" come from external 3D model sites and have been resized to fit into the sims games, which often accounts for atrociously high polycounts and a very prolific profile. I have been creating my own meshes long enough to spot the difference in a flash. I admire creators who actually state it, the ones who don't, I have zero respect for.

I do my own modelling and have never used anything from a 3D model site or any mesh parts from another creator (except the one mash up in the nursery set where I have stated that it is a mash up). Whilst it may not be the most complicated thing to do, it is painstaking work which requires anything from a few hours to weeks. As many of you know I pay particular attention to texturing and shading although nowadays I'd rather slap on a free internet found texture as a base rather than make my own (although I still do make them but it is a rarer occurence) because people do steal and it is hurtful. And that again takes alot of time.

I have never asked for money (call me conceited if you like but I do believe quite sincerely that the creations I have made generally are of better quality than most if not all paysite stuff)and I never will ask for money, even if....

Why such a long winded statement? Because I am constantly being pressured to allow conversions of my things and I have been adamant from the beginning that no, I do not want my things converted for a variety of reasons.

Where are they now, the people who converted things in 2009, or those who converted stuff in 2010 or those who converted stuff in 2011? Are they giving support for their packages or sims 3 packs if things go wrong or need updating? Have they become better creators? Nope, some simply stop, others have drama fits, delete everything to come back as someone "new" again or it's a new batch of converters and the whole drama starts over again.

Is there some unwritten rule that new meshes cannot be made? Considering that TSR is unfortunately in charge of object creating, with MTS not even realising that they have been totally screwed over and handing awards to aforesaid and banning original mesh making creators like me for intensely disliking puffball skirts (well spotted,tis me)....maybe.

The Tsr FA stock as it stands is pretty poor for handing over creations that people fall absolutely in love with and it must be very fustrating for them. Then again, that is what happens when you try and manipulate a community and don't then have the goods to feed them.

Am I bitter? Yes, about alot of things but not concerning the sims. I enjoy my sims 2 creating process. I enjoy making things the way I want to make them. I have had my huge download numbers in the past and don't care if I cater to a much smaller community nowadays. Obviously I want my things to be liked and used but I don't make things in order to be "popular" and never have. I would like recognition for what I have contributed but then again who wouldn't?

I am a perfectionist and my own worst critic. I see all the flaws in my creations.
I have urges to go back to stuff and "improve" it, no matter how old, so how could you possibly expect me let someone with no or little experience, with an aesthetic probably very different to my own, with a total lack of responsibility, make and maintain a decent working package that is my idea of cc?

My personal view is that there has been an enormous decline in creativity for both games but somehow more so for sims 3 than 2. Is this a "simming" thing or more of a general malaise? Or do you think the community is still creative but in different ways?


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  1. I agree with you! Your creations are MUCH better than any of the pay sites. It's ironic that your creations are the only ones I'd ever pay for. I'm glad you share them with us and I love your style. Please don't stop! Hahaa I can't get enough.

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  2. Sorry to hear you were banned. I know it hurts! I hate not being a part of mts even to this day, I really miss it so much. I am one of those creators who sometimes uses meshes from mesh sites, I've learned it's best to give credit or prevent a flame war. Although, now I don't use them as much as I used to only if requested. I do convert a lot of objects EA objects to TS2, but I do work very hard on all of them, it's not as easy as it seems to convert (depending on what type of thing you are converting). I've even done a few of my own new meshes that I think look rather nice recently. Now though, I'm having a lot of fun with Sims 3 game mods. Anyway, you probably don't care about all that. But I love all your hard work, I know it really is a ton of work to do what you do, and I so appreciate it. You are and remain one of my favorite creators and my inspiration.

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  3. Jennifer, thanks. I'll be having a little break now and actually play the game.
    Ninth Wave, I don't really care and don't miss it as I wasn't exactly active there. I'm not hurt, I'm amazed more than anything else. I think you are better off with your own site and can make what you want when you want which is exactly what you are doing. The best of luck to you!

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  4. I've just now LITERALLY came across this blog and just read this entire post. I definitely didn't know a lot of those things that you've mentioned. Your creations are very gorgeous and I'm going to download every single one. It's very noticeable that you take the time to make sure that the textures are perfect, they are soooo nice! <3 Keep it up please!

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  5. Hi Buggy... I LOVE all of your creations. They're not only clever, but SO Beautiful.
    I've recently decided to set up a game where I can put CC in and actually PLAY once in awhile instead of building my No CC Lots for my site.
    Anyway, looking through here I can't see what's for Sims 2 and what's for Sims 3. Are they all Sims 2 or a mixture or both 2 & 3. How do I tell the difference?

    Thanks in advance for help with my query.

    Cheers, Lisa :)

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    1. I only play and create for Sims 2....it says so up there in the header:)

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    2. Thanks, Buggy. I didn't notice that bit, only the blog title "My thoughts sims2, sims3". Sorry about that.
      Also, I love your latest creation. ♥

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  6. Hi, did you know about this? http://buggysims3.tumblr.com/
    i though it was you and now i read in MySims3Blog that is not your blog. and just for you know before was another tumblr with the name buggyboozsims3 with a lot of sets with kitchen basic, an outdoor set a bedroom (but i coudnt find it) and i think its the same person because both pages have the same theme (but its just a guess). You should make a post about this or something

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    1. I see what you did there. Yep you....

      I'd add a smiley but no, it really isn't that cool, it is creepy and changing username at MTS the same day as you post here, seriously?. I was Ok with the quiet file sharing over at Sunset sims for the cooker and fridge which looked decent but not this. I'm not giving you any more of my time though, not worth it.

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  7. I'm just reading this. Buggy your perfection to detail shows. I did not know what was going on behind the scenes, I just knew I didnt see you creating on MTS anymore. Thats such a shame because your work is amazing. Like someone else said It's definitely worth paying for! You are amazingly talented and so very appreciated. Thank you so much for sharing such awesome work!!

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  8. Buggy dear, your work is always truly appreciated by me, and always will be. Just to let you know, I have put a very direct warning on my own web site, pertaining to your policies in regards to conversions made of your objects for TS3. I have done a recolor of the Bindi set, of which you are fully aware, as it is housed at both BPS and my own web site (https://sites.google.com/site/gbgsims2designs/home). I cannot get enough of your work!! The time, talents and imaginations you pile into your creations is something that is both beautiful, and unique! I love your work!! Keep on keeping on dear one! <3

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  9. I refuse to download conversion of people's items if they never received permission. I think it's so rude!

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  10. there is alot of work on this site. the creations are beautifull. the site is very informative, and easy to understand. again this site is full of intense work! my hats off to u and yr staff! thank u

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  11. I was late to playing Sims and much of what was going on was very confusing to me at first. Part of it was my total ignorance of the internet and the protocols for the Simming community. It has been 4 years now and I am learning more about quality vs. quantity, the painstaking care that goes into meshing and the absolute brilliance that is needed to get a 1st class texture made.
    Thank you for taking the time to make your statement, it has helped my Simming education.

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  12. I have no idea what the protocols are for the Simming community. They change continually, they are confusing and they are often quite hypocritical with double standards (although I don't think that that is intentional). I say what I think and I probably have a thousand and one critics and a majority who don't share or even understand my point of view which I can in turn, understand since we all play and create for different reasons. If you take something positive from it I'm happy.

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  13. Hi there,

    Just a friendly note to tell you that your creations are AMAZING. I have been playing since the release of Sims1, so well over a decade, and I can safely say that you are one of the absolute best in the history of the game. And as far as the game 'these days'...Sims2 will always be the best. Sims3 was fun for a minute, but something about building in 2 that is oodles more satisfying. Thank you a million times over for making it so. All the drama sounds like a nightmare, and I have only ever been marginally aware of it, but thanks for sticking around.

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    1. I am always in awe when a long term player would say something like this. Thankyou!

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  14. Just want to let you know how absolutely amazing your CC is. Perfect colours for homes, textures are amazing and the items are realistic and not like some CC which is lovely but you can't fathom ever using. I think most of my builds have one of your kitchens in them as they are so beautiful. I must admit I can't create CC so have the uptmost admiration for anyone who does but particularly when such beautiful creations as yours are available. Thank you for lettig me be able to enhance my Sims game and give my little Sims their ideal homes.

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    1. I don't know if it is amazing but I stick to my style and try and do the best that I can... always. If my CC has enhanced your game that makes me happy!

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  15. Hello Buggy,
    I do respect everything you say, but I do have some points I want to make an opinion on.
    "My personal view is that there has been an enormous decline in creativity for both games but somehow more so for sims 3 than 2. Is this a "simming" thing or more of a general malaise? Or do you think the community is still creative but in different ways?"
    While this is true, I noticed that the Downloaders have become more entitled and the creators are also becoming so too. in the Early days of Sims 3 modding the communities were lively with people willing to help, offer opinions, fix stuff, and encourage newbies to practice and try. Now with a full fledged TS2 and TS3 download community with conversions between games occuring like no one's business, it seems that downloaders have become entitled in a way that if there is something off about it that they dislike, it is instant trash and this creator just sucks. Sadly we have lost many TS2 and TS3 creators to assholes like this who believe that The creators have to fit *their* standards or share every little thing they make. This in turn has created a hostile community, where newbies are being pushed out rather than being encouraged to keep on trying, which leads to outdated or broken items. there is also an influx of creators who feel that the items they create are the sole idea of them and that anyone who fixes it, makes a better version or Makes something similar is branded a theif with "sims or a style that looks like *insert creators here* sims/Style ". this attitude has turned away good creators, new creators and in turn has plainly made the community dormant due to this "Mean girls/Most Popular" Attitude. This has also turned the community into a popularity contest with CC where certain Pieces of CC are being retextured to hell just for popularity (look throught the TS3 hairs on MS3B and you can see how many creators retexture the same hairs or CAS stuff). it may not be noticable on big sites like BPS or MTS, but you see it all the time elsewhere or on SimSecret. This also leads me to a new point of where you get the downloaders who believe they "speak for the whole community" and because they can go on anon, they decide to spam a creator with hate, rudeness and general asshattery (this is common on Tumblr and smaller sites). in a way, our community has went from a welcoming community to a practical clique, where it is a pissing contest for popularity. Where new creators are shunned rather than encouraged, and where we backstab and compete for stupid shit (Downloaders).

    Point 2: I do respect your policy on no conversions, but I am depressed about this because of the fact that a proper conversion of the sets would look so awesome in Sims 3 (this combined with the CAST tool would be the most amazing thing in the universe). but as I believe, how can we have beautiful content, when we can barely encourage creators to try? When we drive out newbies and set in Creators with bullshit hatred, an elitist attitude and a "Mean Girls" like atmosphere?.

    Point 3: TSR is actually not as good as it seems ;) They are suffering as much as the rest of the community is. The only difference is that they just sit and bullshit like madness. I noted that some creators are outright leaving TSR sans notice. Example, Steffor. He/She Has a tumblr with free content now and has been demoted from FA to SA. They also seem to implement a "10 (picked) Free downloads a day" thing (a desperate attempt to get download numbers)

    All in all, I adore you and you are my inspiration to create, I wish you well and excuse me for any profanity, or grammar/Spelling mistakes (lack of sleep and sickness don't do a wolf too well)

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    1. Sometimes I have a little rant so you really shouldn't respect every word that comes out of my mouth:D
      That said you do offer some valid opinions. I am not sure that in the early days of Sims 3 modding that the attitude was much different tbh. I remember very clearly the entitlement issues from a number of vocal downloaders (and certain creator/converters) was there from the start of Sims 3. I also think it is part of a general trend and not just gaming. Read the comments under articles on any online news site, youtube or the less heavily moderated forums and entitlement and trollish attitudes are rife.

      The bigger sims forums don't have much influence anymore so the general codes of conduct for creating and downloading that we had for the Sims 2 have been lost and it seems like everything and everyone is fair game. If you ask me I think it is all a rather big shit fest (there you have my opinion on profanity:)) and tumblr takes top position. I like Tumblr as a medium for sharing pretty pictures and stuff, it is a great idea but there does seem to be a lot of competition and general asshattery amongst the (is it younger?) TS3 crowd.

      As far as new creators are concerned it seems to be that, for reasons I still cannot fathom, people in general now seem to think that certain skillsets are above them and they are not even going to try. Meshing/modelling seems to have taken on an almost mythical status as hardly anyone is doing it for either games, many people aren't even making new textures (Sims 2 seems to mainly be colour action orientated with the same textures) and it seems such a shame. Unless creating content is just for the popularity and therefore stuff has to be "good" from the word go. I remember towards the end of 2006 wanting to make things for my game that were missing and I started with really simple shapes. I love texture and so I experimented as much as possible and I didn't understand immediately why things were "flat", I had to work it out. I played around for a good three months before I uploaded a single thing. Would someone think of working on their basic skills for that amount of time now? There is no instant gratification (apart from the pleasure of creating which for me has always been the biggest most satisfying part actually). Too often nowadays I read something along the lines of "I was too lazy to..(insert whatever excuse)" accompanying a download. What is the point then? I think one of the problems of Tumblr is with this "followers" thing and everyone has to give a gift when they reach 100 or 200 or 2000. Gifts can be very nice but if someone feels obliged to do it and it seems like it has become obligatory, it loses meaning.

      Sometimes I think it would be nice to start a tumblr as there some others that I really like and then I think oh no, if perchance I get reblogged on a TS3 one and then the hassle and pushing that will no doubt come from that, so it's no. Bad enough that people already comment for conversions here (something that didn't happen before) or people wanting me to edit a mesh just for them.... entitlement comes in all shapes and forms nowadays.

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    2. ....and here is part two (I can't believe I wrote this much!)

      Point 2, A properly remapped, thorough reworking of some of my "popular" meshes with a properly created multiplier would be ok. But now there are even fewer creators than before and someone who has actually taken the trouble to further their skill sets and who is capable of remapping, creating a multiplier and creating a nice working package that looks as close to the original as possible is without a doubt making their own meshes and really wouldn't want to take on that kind of workload. I was a beginner at meshing and texturing and just worked really hard to improve (yes, repeating myself but I think it needs repeating). Why aren't newbie creators trying that anymore? I speak as an object maker here and not talking about the other realms of creating as I don't know much about hair meshing/recolouring. There is a limitless supply of things to be inspired by in real life (where I sit now there are 5 or more objects in my visual field that do not exist in the sims games and wouldn't be complicated to make). Then there is imagination, I have made plenty of things that popped out of that even if they look like they could be RL objects and I'm sure there are far more imaginative people than I. Basic meshing is not that hard to learn so I do not understand why people are limiting themselves by only converting, actually I think it's quite sad. I like the fact that I make stuff for the game that I play. I hope that other people who still play the sims 2 can also appreciate that.

      Point 3 Tsr actually doesn't seem in good shape, I agree. They started off well enough with the market cornered but there hasn't been anything remotely interesting for a long time. It's all a bit insipid and the more interesting object creators are gone for now. I think you misjudged the Steffor thing though. As far as I can tell they only recently started creating for Sims 3 so it is a "promotion" to SA but hey, not my beef, not my problem. Not that I would be enticed to re register and download anything from them but the Sims 2 all for free tells you that there is no profit anymore from that side of it (and probably why Steffor has stopped TS2) and doing so is a quest to get more people there to see the TS3 stuff, it's obvious. Download numbers tell you a fair bit about what's happening and even the for free numbers on the TS3 side are pretty low. Comparing that to the last year of Sims 2 (over at MTS) when CC was very very popular it is a pretty dire state of affairs.

      I think Tumblr is the main stay nowadays for CC and the community at large. All the forums have quietened down. I don't think the difficulty people have with getting CC into game, glitchiness and bugs, the continual game patches and updates and the majorly prolific Sims 3 store have helped either. Maybe people are using a lot less CC and more proper mods to sort out their game bugs, that is what it seems to me as an outsider. The other thing is that there seems to be an awful lot of trashy stuff, I mean really blingy and really ugly. Maybe I'm just getting too old and set in my ways:) Maybe, I'm just not that interested anymore.

      Gosh, I didn't mean to waffle so much but I hope it's a vaguely interesting read for you. And I wish you well too:)

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  16. Banning you from MTS was rather stupid to do. I have been active at MTS for over four years, I today my download folder contains about 10.500 files. And I truly believe your creations are the most realistic and beautifull of all.

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  17. I enjoy your beautiful goodies, and respect your terms. Agree, there's WAY too much DRAAMUUR in this community, but I suppose it's what we have to expect when a vast number of the people in it are very young. Those adults who play, have to accept that I think.
    I switched back recently from Sims 3 to Sims 2, and am continually delighted with the wonderful custom content available. There's not only SO MUCH MORE, but there is (if you look for it) SO MUCH BETTER!
    All I can say, as an aspiring creator still struggling to understand the basics, is much respect to you for your craft. And THANK YOU.

    Family Motto: Don't let the b***ards grind you down!

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  18. Hello my name is Tish, I just found this site about a month ago and I love your work! Thank you for what you have created and shared.

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  19. Hi! I'm Mik. I, too, just found your site. I'm late to The Sims 2 band wagon, having only recently gotten a computer that can play it. However, I've been playing The Sims 1 forevever, it seems :) . I'm so glad you stuck around! Finding your site is like finding treasure. With the Sims1, I'd gotten carried away and did quantity over quality with my downloads. Not this time. Nope. Learning to be picky, and I'm totally enjoying that Wow-big-grin feeling from finding your beautiful creations. Much appreciation! Thank you!

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