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question about phases

no seriously… are there particular triggers for certain phases?? because i literally ALWAYS get freaking mean streak and i am growing so tired of this lame stupid phase because it turns my sims into mindless idi0ts whom attack even their BFFs and their BF/GF like a rabid pitbull.
it is so tiresome if you Always get the same old phase every time again -.- just as annoying as the daily moodswings if they get back from school....classic EA overkill >.<
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  • DaepheneDaephene Posts: 428 Member
    I feel like they are just random. With anything truly random, you can get the same result several times in a row. I have had the loud phase more than any other. But I have never seen a pattern between lifestyle or traits or parenting types that influence it so I think it's just random.
  • ChazzzyChazzzy Posts: 4,586 Member
    The phases that came in Parenthood was the most annoying “feature” they’ve added to the game thus far. They make no sense.
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  • DanmanNefariusDanmanNefarius Posts: 438 Member
    edited December 2
    tell me about it -.- sure, we've all been teens and had our own "meanstreak" phase...i think?? but we loved directing it at folks like teachers and parents..not our best friends...right?? i mean, i never did... and if it truly is random my game sure has a big crush on meanstreak because it is the only phase i ever get... on Morgan Fyres i have never even gotten any other phase but meanstreak :/
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  • DanmanNefariusDanmanNefarius Posts: 438 Member
    Chazzzy wrote: »
    The phases that came in Parenthood was the most annoying “feature” they’ve added to the game thus far. They make no sense.

    if you don't count the huge influx of random generated pears then yeah...the phases are easily the most annoying feature imo: they are way too common and especially meanstreak makes no sense to me... unless someone can explain me what is so much fun about being a plum to your friends for no reason??
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  • DanmanNefariusDanmanNefarius Posts: 438 Member
    well... phase time again after one day...and guess which one -.- literally on the verge of removing parenthood permanetly atm because i am getting fed up with same old meanstreak every freaking time. please someone tell me there is a mod to get rid of those phases or at least not allow the computer to pick the same old ones all the time!
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  • Huiiie_07Huiiie_07 Posts: 913 Member
    I think there is a cheat to remove a phase, since the game handles them as traits.

    Just looked it up, it's traits.remove_trait ChildhoodPhase_[PhaseName] (without the []). However, I think you have to enable testingcheats for it to work.
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  • DanmanNefariusDanmanNefarius Posts: 438 Member
    edited December 4
    Huiiie_07 wrote: »
    I think there is a cheat to remove a phase, since the game handles them as traits.

    Just looked it up, it's traits.remove_trait ChildhoodPhase_[PhaseName] (without the []). However, I think you have to enable testingcheats for it to work.

    yeah i know. problem is tho: even if i remove the trait the sim will still spam mean interactions like crazy... yet another great bug EA has graced us with :D not sure if it ever got fixed yet? atm i just put the meanstreaker into a prison cell untill it wears of... i just have no love for abusive mean people, not in real life and neither in the game, especially not if they are mean just because, especially to their friends.

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  • invisiblgirlinvisiblgirl Posts: 1,244 Member
    Huiiie_07 wrote: »
    I think there is a cheat to remove a phase, since the game handles them as traits.

    Just looked it up, it's traits.remove_trait ChildhoodPhase_[PhaseName] (without the []). However, I think you have to enable testingcheats for it to work.

    yeah i know. problem is tho: even if i remove the trait the sim will still spam mean interactions like crazy... yet another great bug EA has graced us with :D not sure if it ever got fixed yet? atm i just put the meanstreaker into a prison cell untill it wears of... i just have no love for abusive mean people, not in real life and neither in the game, especially not if they are mean just because, especially to their friends.

    The cheat doesn't work anymore - it might remove the trait from their profile, but they're still in the phase. (If anything, I think they actually get stuck in the phase if you remove the trait.) The 'mean' phase doesn't bother me as much, since I play with autonomy off and simply don't let my Sim say anything mean to her friends and family. It's the 'loud and obnoxious' trait that I hate, hate, hate.
    I just want things to match. :'(
  • GalacticGalGalacticGal Posts: 14,762 Member
    Chazzzy wrote: »
    The phases that came in Parenthood was the most annoying “feature” they’ve added to the game thus far. They make no sense.

    Have you lived with teenagers? I'm not overly fond of the mood-swings in the game, when the affect they have on my Sim gets in his way on his rise to fame. Plus, I really get annoyed with that really freakish walk-style. I have never in my life seen anybody walk that way, mood-swing or not!

    But, yeah, teens can have all sorts of random mood-swings. The insecure thing is real. The stop looking at me, is also real. The meanness is real, or at least my older brother was in a permanent state of mean, rest his soul.

    Right now I have four teens in the same household. All four are experiencing some sort of phase. Now, that's annoying. I'm just waiting for their kid brother to suffer a phase of his own. Yikes. That would certainly make my life complete, not. LOL
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  • ChazzzyChazzzy Posts: 4,586 Member
    Chazzzy wrote: »
    The phases that came in Parenthood was the most annoying “feature” they’ve added to the game thus far. They make no sense.

    Have you lived with teenagers? I'm not overly fond of the mood-swings in the game, when the affect they have on my Sim gets in his way on his rise to fame. Plus, I really get annoyed with that really freakish walk-style. I have never in my life seen anybody walk that way, mood-swing or not!

    But, yeah, teens can have all sorts of random mood-swings. The insecure thing is real. The stop looking at me, is also real. The meanness is real, or at least my older brother was in a permanent state of mean, rest his soul.

    Right now I have four teens in the same household. All four are experiencing some sort of phase. Now, that's annoying. I'm just waiting for their kid brother to suffer a phase of his own. Yikes. That would certainly make my life complete, not. LOL

    It wouldn’t be so bad for me if we had a way to disable them.
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  • DanmanNefariusDanmanNefarius Posts: 438 Member
    edited December 6
    Chazzzy wrote: »
    The phases that came in Parenthood was the most annoying “feature” they’ve added to the game thus far. They make no sense.

    Have you lived with teenagers? I'm not overly fond of the mood-swings in the game, when the affect they have on my Sim gets in his way on his rise to fame. Plus, I really get annoyed with that really freakish walk-style. I have never in my life seen anybody walk that way, mood-swing or not!

    But, yeah, teens can have all sorts of random mood-swings. The insecure thing is real. The stop looking at me, is also real. The meanness is real, or at least my older brother was in a permanent state of mean, rest his soul.

    Right now I have four teens in the same household. All four are experiencing some sort of phase. Now, that's annoying. I'm just waiting for their kid brother to suffer a phase of his own. Yikes. That would certainly make my life complete, not. LOL

    yeah sure, i lived with two sisters plus i was a teen myself once and trust me: it is hard to have a meaner streak than me ór my sister (a clash between us was the nightmare of my parents...trust me on that one, we were the worst enemies back then) but even we were not mindless with our mean remarks: we never treated our friends like dirt for no reason but some stupid phase, and our personal vendetta had more to do with our personalities than with some phase: we both have strong and dominant personalities and especially back in our teen years we couldn't stomach being second to anyone Xd especially eachother so yeah haha nowadays we are very fond of eachother tho ^_^

    but if a teen sim hits meanstreak she/he will do nothing BUT mean interactions just because of the phase like so many other annoying features in this game have too much emphasis put on them. and they are just way too common, just like the daily moodswings every time they get back from school

    and my personal gripe atm is that the game can't think of any phase but meanstreak for me and it is really getting on my nerves. my teens have that stupid phase almost all of their teenhood making socializing with them annoying thus they tend to get ignored into oblivion by my other sims (by my hand)

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  • SharoniaSharonia Posts: 1,224 Member
    I hate the bear phases. Seeing kids walking round in that ridiculous bear costume drives me nuts.
  • KiniHokulaniKiniHokulani Posts: 86 Member
    Yikes. I seldom play nuclear families so that was my main reason for not getting the Parenthood pack, but the mood swings, phases and the kids making messes... reading all of this has definitely solidified my decision to never buy that pack.
  • DMDCTDMDCT Posts: 71 Member
    What's even worse is that when playing in rotation, those phases never go away. Ever. I've played thousands of hours with hundred of households and not once have I seen a phase end by itself, no matter how skillful the parents are or how many times they talk them through it. It's an acknowledged bug on AnswersHQ, and it's gone unaddressed for years.

    I also find that when removing a teen phase via cheats, it's best to replace it with another, less annoying one for that sim. This way, the effects of the old trait don't stick around in the back. Personally, "rebellious" is my go-to one. But if a teen lives away from their family (or doesn't have one), the "distant" phase is better.

    In addition, I have come across teen phases that simply cannot be removed via cheats. They're permanently stuck on a sim for some reason. The only way to get rid of them is to age that sim up, and then age them back down in CAS with fulleditmode. Oh the sheer madness!
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