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How did you start your first save?
I played the original The Sims title so I wasn't completely in the dark my first time playing The Sims 2. The first thing I did was load into Pleasant View and look to see how many families I would recognize, then I played rotating through the NPC families learning their stories and watching them live their lives. It was a long time before I made my own sims and homes.
Ask for help! Even if you only get comfort and commiseration, that's better than always wondering if anyone cares.
I was real young when my mother bought my Sims 2, but I'll never forget my first save.
This was maybe 2 years before Sims 3, so there were a lot of expansions. My mother only bought me the base game starting out, just to see if I liked it - She didn't want to waste any extra money if I didn't.
So, I started with the iconic 3 towns. I read all of their neighborhood boards before choosing one. I didn't like Romeo and Juliet, so no Veronaville. Strangetown seemed great for science Sims, but I didn't like aliens. Pleasantview had the most drama in the board, plus it had the Goth family which was my favorite from Sims 1 (Bella Goth forever goth goals), so I chose that one.
I started playing the Goths, found out Bella was never coming back, and left that family because no Bella, no play. The second family I chose during this was the Pleasant family. They were the perfect American suburbian family. Working woman wife with no love for her family. Husband who was cheating on her with the maid because he was lonely. Their two daughters left to do whatever they wanted, one being Little Miss Perfect, the other being Token Rebel Goth Girl (aka me IRL).
Playing the Pleasant family was how I realized I loved this suburbian dynamic for my Sims. So much drama! I could choose to help them through it, creating a strong family through it all, or just sit back and watch everything crash and burn, tearing the family apart. I played this family for a long while, then tried switching over to the others, but realized I really didn't like how the game worked for this. I didn't like having to switch back and forth for all the Sims in town to age. Eventually I just accepted this, and made my own Sims for the twins to marry when they aged up, then moved them out and ignored their parents forever. Rinse and repeat for the future gens of the twins, and eventually one of the grandchildren ended up dying before their parents and grandparents. At that time I didn't really care because I was too lazy to play other families.
My mother soon bought me all the expansions after that, and I remember doing a full reset on Pleasantview a few times to start over.
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