If you have no interest in reading the essay below, I feel you. Please skip and go on ahead and vote in the poll. I’m sure you know what I’m getting at and that you know what you’re voting for.
Are the white ceilings a Build Breaker? For me the answer is a profound and resounding YES.
After 6 years I feel my builds are still incomplete.
Yes there is awesome wallpaper, flooring, roofs, glass roofs, stairs, ladders, columns, basic coloured doors, pools etc…but one thing that’s still giving me the UUURPP moodlet….are those glaring white ceilings.
Many of you may not even notice the ceilings -good for you- but I believe there are plenty of builders and storytellers among the sim4 community that agree at some level that the white overhead ‘things’ in their builds do not make sense whatsoever, when using full Camera mode, First Person View, All Walls Up, or whichever way you would like to look at it. The ceiling that is.
Why extra bothered? Because of Jungle adventures. What does Jungle Adventures have to do with those white ceilings?
Well, IF you have Jungle adventures installed, I suggest you to take a vacation and rent a holiday home in the humid land of Selvadorada, stock up on a decent amount of Machetes at the Puerto Llamante, travel to the Belomisia trailhead and start to work your way through the tangled thicket of the jungle (and the entire bundle of machetes) until you find yourself face to face with an impressive ancient construction called the ‘Omiscan Temple’.
Go ahead, wander around the temple in say, First Person. Look up before you get too dizzy. What do you see? Exactly. Zero White ceilings. Instead, the ceilings are covered with shimmering ancient Omiscan stone blocks. I can almost smell the moist rock…
What was the reasoning behind colouring the ceilings in this particular location? For the player to feel completely immersed in the adventure...of course.
So why am I not allowed to feel just as immersed while having a rest in the wooden tree hut I spent hours breaking my back over, just to satisfy the little sim brats. I’m glad I have Spa Day installed because I need a massage. Just close the weary eyes and don’t look at the ceiling. Why can’t I enter the old family barn and look up at the spiderwebs dangling from the rotten FLOORBOARDS from the room upstairs? Instead I shrink away from the horrifying blinding white monstrosity that calls itself a ceiling…
Providing this kind of immersion for one building and not others is an inconsistency in design and aesthetics. Obviously it can be done.
Would you like the option to paint the ceilings of your builds for the effect of...well...immersion and completeness?