Have you ever noticed in TS2 when Sims have been to a community lot a few times less Sims show up the more your Sim travels there? For instance, it might have something to do with AL's rating of a community lot.
The first time you build a community lot, no matter what it is, if placed in the main neighborhood (I rarely put anything downtown anymore) there will be quite a few of Sims there (due to processor speeds etc. mainhood can have as many as fourteen or more and this may include clerks etc.)
The Sims are like oh wow, a new place to go! Lol But if you keep sending your Sim back to this place (if not very expensive decor or walls, floors etc.) over weeks less and less Sims show up with as much enthusiam as before. They may walk in and walk out again. True, this is also controlled by how many Sims are allowed on your community lots of how fast or good the game rates your pc, but also to do with other factors, such as AL's rating of lots. You may still see the fourteen or more but they aren't all there anymore just waiting to get in and see this new place.
Example of this theory is they get bored with the same old site. I built a school as a community lot for adult Sims. It had everything a school should have that can be added to a lot like that, gym with indoor basketball, a lecture hall with podium, class rooms with different things to do or use, a caffeteria, music rooms, art rooms, science rooms, etc. etc.
The first time my Sim went there it was full of Sims as if many wanted to check this out. But the more my Sim goes back to this school the less Sims are there at any given time. It fell from fourteen or more Sims to around three or four each visit. Never all packed in there just eight or so now. And the stagger in over time not all there at once. True, time of day also affects TS2's community lots. Like a place will always start to clear out (after some later EPs) around 11:00 P.M. You may have to wait another hour or so before others show up again. That's a thing they changed from the base game after one of the later EPs about lots clearing most Sims at eleven.
If I build a new lot, it's like magic again, it's full of Sims but over time each time my Sim returns there seems to be less and less interest in places.
It's like the towines are like, yeah, that place is boring we're leaving and we've seen it. lol
To try to add more interest we all try to add more things but that doesn't always work, either. It's more like townies think been there, done that.
Trying to use the lot change rating with the AL cheat doesn't actually work or didn't in my game.
Anyone know what is really happening with lots Sims (townies) don't seem to be interested in visiting anymore. I'm aware of the rule that every cashier or NPC on the lot replaces a townie that can show up. It's why you will see one leave so another can show up. But I have this one little bar (dive bar if it were TS3) where they all used to hang, but it has very few Sims that want to show up without a DJ booth and or something like that. Just a jukebox doesn't interest them as much anymore.
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