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Version: 0.6 | Updated: 06/08/00
FAQ/Strategy Guide for The Sims by RawIsJericho (email@example.com) on 4/20/00 Last Updated: Version 0.6 6/08/00 THE S S S IIIIIIIIIIIII M M M M S S S S S I M M M M S S I M M M M S S I M M M M S S I M M M M S S I M M M M S S I M M M S S I M M S S I M M S S I M M S S S S S I M M S IIIIIIIIIIII M M S S S Hey, I know what you're thinking. Don't LAUGH! Whats New: Version 0.1 4/20/00- The release of this FAQ. Whew, I'm exhausted! Expect more in a few days. Version 0.2 4/24/00- Added some more Frequently Asked Questions. Also added a Patches/Skins/Interesting Facts Section. Fixed some errors too. Version 0.3 4/27/00- Added the new SimDay Item. Also added a lot of Frequently Asked Questions and some glitches from Joseph Peitler. Version 0.4 5/05/000- Added the new SimDay Items The WhiteHouse and a jukebox.. Also added another load of Frequently Asked Questions. Version 0.5 5/18/00- Yep, I know its been a while but I've been very busy lately. Added some new stuff from Joseph Peitler. Added a couple more frequently asked questions. Also dug up some info on the Sim's ExPansion Pak. The Sim's Expansion Pak was displayed at this year's E3 last week. Apparently it will be called The Sim's: Livin' Large. There will be a ton of new situations. Here are just a few: Alien abductions Roach Infestations Exploding Garden Gnome Crystal Ball There is even Castle Atchitecture Available. Version 0.6 6/08/00- Yeah I know its been almost an eternity since my last update. I have been very busy lately. And you can expect another large gap in between updates again. Well anyway, I Added some interesting facts and glitches from Joseph Peitler. And some new Frequently Asked Questions. Table Of Contents: (1.) Introduction/Review (2.) Personality (3.) Needs *3.1- Hygiene *3.2- Hunger *3.3- Bladder *3.4- Social *3.5- Room *3.6- Energy *3.7- Fun *3.8- Comfort (4.) Furniture (5.) Services (6.) Building a House *6.1- Getting started *6.2- Why needs walls? *6.3- Kitchen *6.4- Bathroom *6.5- Living Room *6.6- Outside (7.) Relationships *7.1- Friendly Social Actions *7.2- Mean Social Actions *7.3- Multiple Romances (8.) Death *8.1- The AfterLife (9.) Getting A Job *9.3- Careers *9.2- Missing Work *9.3- Quitting your Job (10.) Moving Out Of The House *10.1- Kicking other Sim families out of the house (11.) Disasters (12.) FAQ (13.) Patches/Skinz/Interesting Facts *14.1- Downloader Beware (special thanks goes out to Joseph Peitler) (14.) Codes/Cheats (17.) Bugs/Glitches (16.) Credits (17.) The End/Legal Stuff and Info (1.) Introduction This is a FAQ/Strategy Guide for The Sims. It may only be reproduced electronically with my permission. It may not be printed in a magazine, formatted to a CD, or Diskette! If you are going to put this FAQ on your site then please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions please e-mail me at email@example.com Brief Review: Gameplay: 10/10- You guide your Sim's through life. You have to get them something to eat. You have to get them a job so they can buy things to expand there own house and to move them in to a better house. You will guide them through relationships with other Sim's. And you can cause all the chaos you want in their lives! Graphics: 8- The graphics are pretty good and most of it isn't even 3-D. Sound: 10- The talking might sound like total gibberish but the music very realistic. If a bad thing happens a bad sound happens, if a good thing happens then you will hear a good sound. All depending on the situation. Difficulty: 9- You control a Sim's needs. Even controlling just one Sim is tough. Try controlling eight at a time. Nearly impossible. Lasting Appeal: 10- With all the new skins you can download at www.thesims.com and all the chaos you can cause you'll be playing this game for a while. OverAll: 10/10 If you haven't bought this game yet, BUY IT NOW! System Requirements: OS (operating system: Windows 95 or 98. Processor: Pentium II or AMD 233 MHZ RAM (memory) : 32 MB Hard Drive Space: 300 MB saved games will require more HD space. 3D Accelerator: No Video Card: High color capable 2MB PCI AGP Video Card with DirectDraw compatible drivers. CD Rom speed: 4X CD-Rom Speed Sound: DirectX 7 using 32 bit Windows (98 or 95) compatible sound card, keyboard and a mouse. My computer ran the Sim's well (with Maximum detail) on my 450 MHZ. I have heard that P133's and AMD133'S can run the game smoothly. So if your system doesn't meet the requirements you can still play the game at a nice smooth rate. -------------------------- (2.) PERSONALITY -------------------------- Neat- Does your Sim care about how his house looks? Outgoing- Does your Sim go outside and do outdoor activities? Active- Is your Sim energetic or just a lazy bum? Playful- Does your Sim like playing games/sports like pinball, basketball, pool, etc.? Nice- Is your Sim a nice person? Or is he a mean ruthless person? -------------------------- (3.) NEEDS -------------------------- Us people have needs in life. We need to keep clean, have fun, sleep, relax, talk, eat, exercise, go to the bathroom, etc. The same thing goes with the Sim. They have needs to ya know. And it is your job to guide them through life. 2.1* Hygiene- To maintain this just take a shower and wash your hands. If you do not do this your Sim will die from disease (by cleaning up garbage with flies hovering over it without washing hands.) 2.2* Hunger- The hardest field for a Sim to maintain. First your Sim will eat dinner then a few minutes later his hunger bar will be red and you will have to get him a snack or something. Just get your Sim to order a pizza or to serve dinner to keep this bar in good shape. 2.3* Bladder- Everyone has to go to the bathroom, even Sims! If your Sim does not go to the bathroom for a long period of time and his Bladder Bar is red then he will probably piss his pants and it will get all over the floor. If you order your Sim to the bathroom when his bladder bar is at its peak then he will dash toward the bathroom, which is pretty funny. 2.4* Social- Your Sims need to talk to people to make friends and lovers. Once you start to develop a relationship more options will come up. With a same sex relationship your relationship bar goes to 100 % or close to it you will get the option of asking him to move in with you. Sometimes he will get annoying and you will have disagreements which will lead to eventually a fight. Same thing with a female/male relationship you will propose to he/she and he/she will say yes depending on his/her mood. Once that happens you will have a baby (no you will not have sex) by a lot of kissing. Eventually the option of having a baby will come up. If your Sim is not social he will be insane and depressed and won't listen to your orders. 2.5* Room Rating- Your room rating is how neat and tidy the room that your sim is in. If you are in the bathroom or outside the room rating will go down. You can always put a mirror in the bathroom to bring it up but you have to look at it first. The room rating also affects proposing. It will bring down the other Sim's mood if he is in the bathroom or outside if you propose to him/her. 2.6* Energy- This is pretty hard to maintain too, especially with work. You need to get a lot of sleep. If your energy bar is still red then you didn't get enough. So miss a day of work (or more, but not consecutively or you will be fired, unless you want to). If your Sim's energy bar is fully red he will likely fall a sleep wherever he is standing. He will just fall to the ground and sleep. This might bring your energy back up but you will lose a lot of comfort. 2.7* Fun- There are a lot of ways to have fun. But the richer you are in this game the more fun you are going to have. Because you can afford basketball courts, swimming pools, computers, pool tables, hot tubs, and other things to bring the fun bar up. If your Sim;s fun bar is low then get him/her to watch TV. 2.8* Comfort- This is another hard one to maintain. Make sure your Sim sleeps on a bed or the comfort rating will drop dramatically. Sitting on the sofa watching TV also helps. Also buy a hot tub to increase this rating dramatically. -------------------------- (4.) FURNITURE -------------------------- If you have enough money buy the Hot Tub. The Hot Tub will increase the comfort, hygiene, fun and social if someone is in there with your Sim. In my opinion it is the best piece of furniture in the game. Here is what I recommend buying: Note: If I have a star beside the item then it is a must. *TV Set(any size, whatever you can afford.) *Refrigerator Stove Microwave *Telephone *Couch/sofa *Bed (twin size bed, recommended for a relationship) Dresser *Toilet *Something to shower in. *Sink *Burglar Alarm *Smoke Detector Paintings *Lamps *Mirrors Dish Washer (beats the sink for washing dishes) Book Shelf Alarm clock Flowers Note: I will add more in the future once I figure out there useful. -------------------------- (5.) SERVICES -------------------------- You can only get services by phone. The services will help you keep your house clean and safe from disasters. Pizza- Costs 40 bucks but is worth it if hunger bar is low. Also good if you have a guest. Repair Man- Will fix things and will sometimes clean your house. He will also take stuff. He could be at your house forever if you get him stuck (like put a table somewhere blocking something he needs to repair.) Maid- This is a good service. It will cost you $10 per hour and you can fire her if you feel she is not doing her job or stealing things. If you're like me and have a lot of trash, dirty plates, and spills laying around then the maid is a must. Fire Department- The use of a smoke detector comes in handy because it will contact the fire department when there is a fire and they'll be right over immediately. If you call them as a prank you will get a $100 Dollar Fine. Gardener- Don't care about my plants much. Some dude will come down and water all the plants around your house. It took her about the whole day with my mansion. She gets really annoying. Every time she waters your plants it'll load a PIP every few seconds. She'll charge $5 per every plant she waters. I fired her the same SimDay I hired her. Police- A burglar alarm comes in handy when a burglar comes in to steal stuff. Make sure your alarm is toward the outside so the burglar can be spotted. If you call the police as a prank the officer will scold you. -------------------------- (6.) BUILDING A HOUSE -------------------------- 6.1- Getting Started If you do not feel like moving into an already built house, then select an area of grassland and start building. 6.2- Who needs walls? The only reason you need walls for is privacy. The only really good place to put walls is the bathroom. Another place would be a private place where you and another lover will have some romance and you don't want anyone to see it. Other than that just start building floor tiles. 6.3- Kitchen Just buy a table, a fridge, a stove if you have the money, a microwave, a smoke detector, and a dishwasher if you have the money. 6.4- Bathroom Buy a toilet, something to shower in, a sink, and a mirror. 6.5- The Living Room Buy a sofa, TV Set, Pool Table, Lamps, a telephone, a computer if you have the money and if you want, a bed. 6.6- Outside- This isn't required. If you want to have your house look good then I suggest you use this. Buy a basketball court, hot tub if you have the money, a burglar alarm, a swimming pool if you have the money, and a table. -------------------------- (7.) RELATIONSHIPS -------------------------- All the Sim's need to be social in order to not go insane and die. Once you meet someone and things are going well you will receive a good relationship rating. If you do not socialize with your friend for a day then your relationship rating will go down two points. One way to stop this from happening is to call your friend by the telephone. If the rating is high enough he will come spend some time at your place. The more socializing that you do, the more your rating will increase with your friend. When you first start out a relationship just keep it simple by talking. It will bring the rating up and you will have more options to choose from. 7.1- Friendly Social Actions Talking- The best thing to do when you first meet a Sim. Compliment- This will likely increase your ratings with another Sim. Sometimes it will go the wrong way and you will lose ratings. Joke- If things are going well then this will increase your relationship rating. It will also increase your fun rating. Entertain- Your Sim will juggle a bunch of balls. If it increases your relationship rating once, it will do it again. It will also increase your fun rating. If the other Sim did not like it don't try it again until a little while. Hugs- Will bring up your relationship rating. Works with friends and lovers. Your relationship rating will go down if the other Sim shrugs you off when trying to do this action. Will make other Sim's jealous. Dance- This is pretty cool. It will increase your fun rating. Dancing will also make others jealous if you want to stir up trouble between the Sim's. Flirt- Before you are going to kiss you better flirt first. This will also make others jealous. Kiss- The best sign of affection. You know the relationship is going well if you kiss her. Rather hilarious rejecting scene if this fails. The rejecter will take the other Sim slap him and then shrug him out of the way. If this fails try other actions. Then try again. Note: And yes Sim's can seek homosexuality if you make them! *7.2- Mean Social Actions Insult- Make fun of the other Sim. Tease- Will bring the social rating up for the teaser but not for the teased. Brag- Sometimes will bring a relationship rating up but it is very rare. Will bring up the braggers social rating. Slap- If things get too heated you can just slap the other Sim. This will bring the social/relationship rating down for your Sim and will pave the way for a Fight! Fight- This will lower the relationship rating down dramatically. Usually the loser of the fight will be so depressed and heartbroken that he/she will not listen to orders. If this happens and you care about them then move them into a new house. If the winner of the fight calls the loser, the loser will say "I have a list of things to do and seeing you is at the bottom of my list." * 7.3- Multiple Romances Yes your Sim's can "cheat" on other Sim's. But if you get caught hugging, dancing, flirting, or even kissing another Sim. The other Sim partner that you are involved with will get jealous. Your 1st partner will slap or even fight the other Sim that you are involved with. How do I avoid having getting my other partner jealous? If you are going to avoid the jealously problem then get romantic in a good private place. Do not socialize outside. The last thing you want to do is be seen by all the other people. Get your 1st partner a job. So when he/she is away, call the 2nd partner and romance. Then tell your 2nd partner to leave before your 1st partner gets back and he/she won't notice a thing. Do your socializing in a private place. The best place is the bed room. Once your alone romancing your relationship will improve and your 1st partner won't know a thing! With enough planning your Sim's will have a big love life. 7.4- Mean Sim's Whenever a mean Sim does a bad action to you and you do not want it take place, simply go to the top of the screen where hers/his face is and delete the action. If a mean Sim teases you or brags to you he/she will gain relationship points with you but you will lose relationship points because he/she teased you. To stop this from happening simply follow the steps above. -------------------------- (8.) Death -------------------------- The only way death can occur in this game is when you do not take good care of your Sim's. Your Sim's cannot die by themselves. It is your responsibility to get them to fulfill there needs each day. But what if your Sim/roomate is getting annoying? You have no choice but to kill your Sim. *8.1- The Afterlife After a Sim dies a box will appear and it will say "Bob (whatever you name him) has died. He may be gone but his spirit will forever remain." Or something like that. The ghost of the Dead Sim will appear at 11 P.M. every once in a while. Mourning: Whenever your Sim dies he/she will leave a marker (tombstone outside, urn inside) whenever he dies. The surviving Sim will have to mourn for 24 hours. After that 24 hour period is over you can mourn anytime you want. -------------------------- (9.) GETTING A JOB -------------------------- There are two ways you can get a job, one way is the newspaper. You get the newspaper everyday. There is one job offer available each day in the newspaper. For more job availability, buy a computer if you have the money. You will have about 5 job offers available at one time. *9.1- Careers Law Enforcement: Security Guard: Hours: 12AM-6AM Pay: $240 Cadet: Hours: 9AM-3PM Pay: $320 Patrol Officer: Hours: 5PM-1AM Pay: $380 Desk Sgt.: Hours: 9AM-3PM Pay: $440 Vice Squad: Hours: 10AM-4PM Pay: $490 Detective: Hours: 9AM-3PM Pay: $540 Lt.: Hours: 9AM-3PM Pay: $590 S.W.A.T. Team Leader: Hours: 9AM-3PM Pay: $625 Police Chief: Hours: 9AM-5PM Pay: $650 Capt. Hero: Hours: 10AM-4PM Pay: $700 XTreme: DareDevil: Hours: 9A.-3PM Pay: $175 Bungee Jumping Instructor: Hours: 9AM-3PM Pay: $250 WhiteWater Guide: Hours: 9AM-3PM Pay: $325 XTreme Circut Pro: Hours: 9AM-4PM Pay: $400 Bush Pilot: Hours: 9AM-3PM Pay: $475 Mountain Climber: Hours: 9AM-3PM Pay: $550 Photo Journalist: Hours: 9AM-3PM Pay: $650 Treasure Hunter: Hours: 10AM-5PM Pay: $725 Grand Prix Driver: Hours: 10AM-4PM Pay: $825 International Spy: Hours: 11AM-5PM Pay: $925 Science Test Subject: Hours:9AM-3PM pay: $155 Lab Assistant: Hours: 11PM-5PM Pay: $230 Field Researcher: Hours: 9AM-3PM Pay: $320 Science Teacher: Hours: 9AM-4PM Pay: $375 Project Leader: Hours: 9AM-5PM Pay: $450 Inventor: Hours: 10AM-7PM Pay: $540 Scholar: Hours: 10AM-3PM Pay: $640 Top Secret Researcher: Hours: 10AM-3PM Pay: $740 Theorist: Hours: 10AM-2PM Pay: $870 Mad Scientist: Hours: 10AM-2PM Pay: $1000 Athlete Team Mascot: Hours: 12PM-6PM Pay: $110 Minor Leaguer: Hours: 9AM-3PM Pay: $170 Rookie: Hours: 9AM-3PM Pay: $230 Starter: Hours: 9AM-3PM Pay: $300 All Star: Hours: 9AM-3PM Pay: $385 MVP: Hours: 9AM-3PM Pay: $510 SuperStar: Hours: 9AM-4PM Pay: $680 Assistant Coach: Hours: 9AM-4PM Pay: $850 Coach: Hours: 9AM-3PM Pay: $1000 Hall Of Famer: Hours: 9AM-3PM Pay: $1300 Entertainment- Waiter/Waitress: Hours: 9AM-3PM Pay: $100 Extra: Hours: 9AM-3PM Pay: $150 Bit Player: Hours: 9AM-3PM Pay: $200 Stunt Double: Hours: 9AM-4PM Pay: $275 B-Movie Star: Hours: 10AM-5PM Pay: 10AM-6PM Supporting Player: Hours: 10AM-6PM Pay: $500 TV Star: Hours: 10AM-6PM Pay: $650 Feature Star: Hours: 5PM-1AM Pay: $900 BroadWay Star: Hours: 10AM-5PM Pay: $1100 SuperStar: Hours: 10AM-3PM Pay: $1400 Medicine- Medical Technician: Hours: 9AM-3PM Pay: $200 Paramedic: Hours: 11PM-5AM Pay: $275 Nurse: Hours: 9AM-3PM Pay: $340 Intern: Hours: 9AM-6PM Pay: $410 Resident: Hours: 9PM-4AM Pay: $480 GP: Hours: 10AM-6PM Pay: $550 Specialist: Hours: 9PM-3AM Pay: $640 Surgeon: Hours: 10PM-4AM Pay: $700 Medical Researcher: Hours: 9PM-4AM Pay: $775 Chief Of Staff: Hours: 9PM-4AM Pay: $850 Business- Mail Room: Hours: 9AM-3PM Pay: $120 Exec. Asst.: Hours: 9AM-4PM Pay: $180 Field Sales Rep. Hours: 9AM-4PM Pay: $250 Junior Exec. Hours: 9AM-4PM Pay: $320 Exec. Hours: 9AM-4PM Pay: $400 Senior Manager: Hours: 9AM-4PM Pay: $520 Vice President: Hours: 9AM-5PM Pay: $660 President: Hours: 9AM-5PM Pay: $800 CEO: Hours: 9AM-4PM Pay: $950 Business Tycoon: Hours: 9AM-3PM Pay: $1200 Politics- Campaign Worker: Hours: 9AM-6PM Pay: $220 Intern: Hours: 9AM-3PM Pay: $300 Lobbyist: Hours: 9AM-3PM Pay: $300 Campaign Manager: Hours: 9AM-6PM Pay: $430 City Council Member: Hours: 9AM-3PM Pay: $485 State Assembly: Hours: 9AM-4PM Pay: $540 CongressMan: Hours: 9AM-3PM Pay: $600 Judge: Hours: 9AM-3PM Pay: $650 Senator: Hours: 9AM-6PM Pay: $700 Mayor: Hours: 9AM-3PM Pay: $750 Military- Recruit: Hours: 6AM-12PM Pay: $200 Elite Forces: Hours: 7AM-1PM Pay: $325 Drill Instructor: Hours: 8AM-2PM Pay: $350 Junior Officer: Hours: 9AM-3PM Pay: $450 Counter-Intelligence: Hours: 9AM-3PM Pay: $500 Flight Officer: Hours: 9AM-3PM Pay: $550 Senior Officer: Hours: 9AM-3PM Pay: $580 Commander: Hours: 9AM-3PM Pay: $600 Astronaut: Hours: 9AM-3PM Pay: $625 General: Hours: 9AM-3PM Pay: $650 Life Of Crime- PickPocket: Hours: 9AM-3PM Pay: $140 BagMan: Hours: 11PM-7AM Pay: $200 Bookie: Hours: 12PM-7AM Pay: $275 Con Artist: Hours: 9AM-3PM Pay: $350 Get Away Driver: Hours: 5PM-1AM Pay: $425 Bank Robber: Hours: 3PM-11PM Pay: $530 Cat Burglar: Hours: 9PM-3AM Pay: $640 Counterfeiter: Hours: 9PM-3AM Pay: $760 Smuggler: Hours: 9AM-3PM Pay: $900 Criminal MasterMind: Hours: 6PM-12AM Pay: $1100 *9.2 Missing Work If you miss work 2 days back to back you will get fired from your job. If you are sick, then by all means miss work that day. And if any of your bars are red (besides room) and can't get them up within the amount of time that you have then miss work. *9.3 Quitting Your Job There are 2 ways to quit your job. The most fun way to quit is to skip work. You can do what ever you want for a whole day. After 2 back 2 back days of skipping work your boss will call you and tell you your fired. If you do not want to get fired then do not answer the phone. The other way is to look for a new job by computer or newspaper. ------------------------------ (10.) Moving out of the house ------------------------------ To get your Sim's to move out of a house, move your mouse cursor to the bulldozer button and select the house with the family you want to evict. The option, "Do you want to bull doze this house" will come up. It is up to you on that one. Now select the house that you want your Sim family to move into. Or you could just build them one. *9.1- Kicking the other Sim families out of the house If you want to move into a house and it is occupied simply kick 'em out. Just evict the family and they'll hit the bricks in no time! -------------------------- (11.) Disasters -------------------------- There are disasters that occur every now and then. Some can even cost your Sim his/her's life. I will tell you the best way to prevent them and how they happen. Fire- Usually started by cooking or a fireplace. Can even kill your Sim's if your not careful. Fires can also burn your whole estate down to the ground and kill your Sim's at the same time. Prevention: Buy a smoke detector. Using the phone will take too much time. By the time the firefighter comes the fire will already have spread to other places in your house. Floods- Usually started by bad plumbing (broken toilets, pissing your pants, broken dishwashers, sinks, etc.). If you do not clean them up when you see them they will slowly but surely spread and will flood your rooms. Prevention: Clean up the puddles on the floor and get your appliances repaired (call the repairman). Failure States- If your Sim is not balanced and you are not balancing his/her moods then this will cause failure states. If your Sim's energy bar is low and you send him/her off to go play basketball when you should send him to sleep. There are consequences for this. Some are even serious. Your Sim could fall into a deep depression and will not listen to your orders and will probably die. Prevention: Manage your Sim's moods and needs No Energy- Not a major disaster but still a pretty important one. When your Sim's energy bar is full red your Sim will collapse on the floor and fall a sleep. His/her's energy bar might go back to normal but the comfort meter will drop dramatically. Prevention: Unless that particular Sim is getting annoying and you are trying to kill them, send your Sim to bed. Bladder- When you have to go, you have to go. But if your Sim delays going to the bathroom he will piss his pants and it will get on the floor eventually causing floods. If your Sim's bladder bar is fully red and if you send him to the bathroom, he will run like crazy toward the bathroom. which is pretty funny. Prevention: When your Sim's bladder bar is red, send your Sim to the bathroom. Burglary- If you are really rich the bigger the chance is you are going to get burgulars. The burglars will take all of your valuable items when you are sleeping late at night. You can try to call the police but it will take too much time and it may be too late. If you are lucky the burglar will get caught and you will receive a reward. Prevention: Buy a burglar alarm and place it on the OUTSIDE! That way the police will be notified and they'll be right on it. Another way is to put tables in front of all of the doors so the burglar will be trapped and the police will be there just in time to catch him. Or you could build a fence around your house when the burglar arrives he'll be trapped just in time for the police to nab him. "R. Hathaway" sent this in: When a Burglar comes to your house, you can't get into build or buy mode. My personal favorite method of keeping burglars out is to just build a fence in front of all my doors before I go to sleep, so nobody can get in or out. I just have to remove it in the morning. Joseph Peitler Sent this in: On burglars: The more sims you have in your family house, the less chance your house would likely be burglarize. One house had 8 sims and after 100 days, their house was broken into only once. While the houses that had 1 to 3 sims got broken into 3-4 times in less than 70 days. Death- The big one. Your Sim's can die by many ways. They could die by accident, by trying to fix some appliances then they'll get electrocuted. They could die in a fire from severe burns. They could also die heinously from starvation. If your Sim is poor and he/she has no jobs to put food on the table then your Sim will die. This is also a good way to kill roommates. Just kick them out of the house and turn off free will. Another way is to build a fence around your house so your Sim is trapped outside and will die after a few days from hunger. Prevention: Take good care of your Sim's. -------------------------- (12.) FAQ -------------------------- This is the Frequently asked questions section. This section deals with the most frequently asked questions of the game. Q: How Do I change my Sim's clothes? A: Buy a dresser/armoire. You can change your Sim into formal attire, normal attire, swimsuits, and other pajamas. If you are going to work, some jobs will make your Sim change his clothes (like military, science, medicine, law enforcement, etc.) Q: My wife/husband is getting jealous because I am hugging and kissing another partner. Can I Divorce? A: Nope! The only way to get your 1st partner to move out is to propose to your 2nd partner and the 1st partner will get the boot. Q: How Do I get the propose/move in option to come up? A: Keep doing social things that have a positive impact. Eventually it will come up. Q: How Do I stop a burglar? A: Place a burglar alarm on the OUTSIDE of your house so when the burglar comes in he will be detected. You could also build a fence around your house. Or you could put a table directly in front of the doors so the burglar is trapped. Q: Can my Sim's seek homosexuality? A: Yes, but you have to control them and make them do it. Q: My Sim's bar is really low. He/she is about to die. What do I do? A: Move them into a new house. All there bars will be restored except the fun levels. Q: Is this game worth getting? A: Yup. Q: How do I kill a Sim unpurposely? A: There are many ways. You could just kill them by starvation. Simply turn off free will and don't order them to go to the fridge and they'll die. Another way is to kick them out of the house and build a fence around your house so they can't get in (with free will on.) Q: A Sim is dead. What happens after that? A: The dead Sim will turn into a ghost. Whenever he dies it says "He/she mat be gone but there spirit remains." The spirit will haunt that house at 11:00 P.M. if he/she is going to haunt that night. Q: I am trying to propose to another Sim but I keep getting rejected. What should I do? A: Work hard to get there mood (like, give them food and stuff) in decent shape. Then make sure you are in a room with a good room rating. Then propose. The best place to do it IMO is the living room. The worst places to do it is the bathroom and outside. Q: My Sim is sick! What do I do? A: Your Sim can die from this. And whenever your Sim gets sick it is contagious. Take plenty of rest and do not go to work or school. Q: How do I remove walls? A: Go to build mode and hold CTRL. Then drag the mouse to the across the junk wall that you want destroyed. Q: How do I type in a code? A: Type in CTRL ALT SHIFT AND C anywhere. But some depend on the screen where the game is at (neighborhood, live mode, etc.) Q: I no longer want to play with the neighborhood I have. Is there a way I can delete the saved file? A: Nope. The only way is to uninstall then reinstall the game. Q: Can you see Sim's naked? A: No. Depending on the position of your screen you are at when your Sim is naked you might get to see some of it in the shower. Q: Do Sim's Have Sex? A: Nope. Q: Is it true that you can get a skill point by swimming in the swimming pool? A: Yes. Keep swimming, it may take a while. Q: Is there a way to get more items to purchase in buy mode? A: Yes there is but you're going to have to download them at www.thesims.com Q: How do I get my Sim's to sleep together? A: It can only happen when you are married. Your relationship rating must be at least a 95. Q: Is it possible to buy a car? A: Nope it isn't possible. Sad isn't it? Q: Do Sim's get old? A: Nope. Q: My Sim keeps doing what he wants to do even though I give him orders. What do I do. A: It might be some sort of a risk. The best time to do this is when you are only controlling one Sim then I highly suggest you turn off Free Will in the options mode. If you are controlling two or more I highly suggest you have Free Will On. Q: I recently downloaded the patch and I tried to do the money cheat and it didn't work. What happened? A: Maxis changed the code to rosebud. Q: Are there any other Sim skins out there? A: Yes at www.thesims.com http://www.thesims.com Q: Can I leave my house to go to another Sim's house? A: Unfortunately, No. The only way you could is if you control another Sim and call them over. They'll come over if they feel like it but you will not be able to control them. Hopefully if there's a sequel (which is very likely, thanks to the great success of this game) then we'll be able to do this. Q: Do SimKids ever grow up? A: Nope. Q: If I move my Sim's to another house will they still have the same income? A: Yes. But you will lose a few thousand from the purchasing of the new house. Q: How do I increase the room rating outside? A: Recycle your newspapers everyday. And water your flowers. If you are lazy like I am and do not feel like doing that just hire a maid and a gardener. They'll do the work for you. Q: I have some tech problems. What should I do? A: Go to www.thesims.com If you Can't find any help there then e-mail Maxis. Q: How do I evict a SimFamily? A: Click on the bulldozer icon at the top of the screen. If you want to bulldoze the house then that is up to you. Q: How do I increase the room rating of a bathroom? A: First, clean up all the messes in there. Then add a mirror. Looking at that will give you a charisma point. Also add a painting if possible. Q: My Sim won't go to sleep. My Sim keeps getting up in the middle of the night. What is wrong with my Sim? A: The TV or Radio is on. Turn them off. Or your Sim has to go to the bathroom. After you do all that put your Sim back to sleep. Q: Can I control My Sim's at work? A: Unfortunately, No. You cannot leave your property while controlling one Sim. Maybe if there is a sequel (which is highly likely due to the great success of this game) we'll be able to. Q: Can I put my house on an island? A: Yes, with the water tool code. Or you could go to www.thesims.com and download the island house. Make sure you move in at least 2 people in there to keep your social meter up. Or have a piece of land connecting to your house so it won't be completely isolated. Q: How do I get to the game options? A: Go to the 3 dots on the bar on the left hand side. Q: Are there any trainers? A: I think there is a money trainer you can download at www.thesims.com Q: I go to buy mode and buy something but the game won't let me place it anywhere. What am I doing wrong? A: You are putting it in a bad place. The object is intersecting another object. Either that or you put it right through a wall. Just keep moving the object until it changes into a bright color. Q: Can I win the game? A: Nope. Like SimCity, just keep playing and taking care of your Sim's until you get bored of it. But that'll be a while, trust me! It's all about playing the game. Not completing it. You can't lose either, really. But you could kill all your Sim's. That could be losing. Depends on how you think of losing Q: My Sim got fired. Can I get a better job after that? A: Nope. You'll have to go back down to RockBottom. Q: Do Sim's ever get a day off of work or school (like a weekend or holiday)? A: Nope. Your Sim's will have to work everyday without even one day off. You could get them a day off but too many times will cost you your job. Q: Can I kill off my Maid, Repairman or gardener? A: Trust me, the Maid is indestructible. I would build a wall around her but then I went to live mode and she GOT OUT OF IT somehow. I have never tried it with the gardener. My Repairman did die when he tried to fix a lamp but was electrocuted for his efforts. Q: Can you take custody of a kid from a neighbor the same way you ask a neighbor to move in/propose? A: Nope. Q: How do I win the slot machine? A: Just lower your fun rating. I know it sound weird, but the lower your fun rating is, the better chance you have of winning! Q: There is a marking on the lower right corner of one of my character's face photo. A red plus with a circle around it. I got it when both of my characters reached the final job levels. What does it mean? A: It means that your Sim is at the top job ranking level. Q: I've heard about if two people who live in the same house get in a fight, one of them leaves. What if they were neighbors who live in different houses. Suppose my character want to get Sim "lowlife" out of the neighborhood. Can the same action work on this as well? A: No, your Sim's will never leave the neighborhood unless you delete them. You could evict them, but they'll be still on the Neighborhood Family Screen. Q: I set my game on English when I first installed The Sim's. But when they talk I can't understand a word they're saying. What is the problem? A: You have no control over it. They are supposed to talk in just plain gibberish. What they meant is what language the text should be in. Q: Can you sell an urn after you are done mourning over it? A: Yep. You won't make very much off of it though. About 4 bucks off of it. Q: Does the Maid cook food? A: NO. She just cleans the place up for several hours until it gets dark which is usually at 6PM in the game. Q: Is there a Demo to this game? A: Nope. Q: At the beginning of the game when I first activate the game, I click play and these two numbers come up: 800X600 and 1024X728. What do these mean? A: The resolution of the game. At 800X600 the graphics will look good but not as good as 1024X728. Q: How do I go back to the Neighborhood, without quitting? A: Go to options (...) and click on the house. Q: Help! I have just ran out of food. What do I do now? A: If you run out of money, you also run out of food. To simply avoid this, just get a job. You should have enough money to have food in the refrigerator. Q: My Sim has a night job. Can I take the day off without getting fired? A: It is a bug if your Sim gets fired after just missing one day of work. Simply download the Patch Version 1.1 to fix this problem. Q: Help, time goes too fast! Is there a way to slow it down? A: Yep. Look under the Mode Bar and they'll be a bar for game speed. Q: Can I get MP3 files to play on my radio or stereo? A: Yes! Place the MP3 Files (or shortcuts) in C:\Program Files\Maxis\The Sims\ Music\Stations\ Q: My Repair Man keeps getting killed. How do I stop this from happening? A: If you aren't in the mood for funny glitches, then download the patch 1.1 Q: Should I download the patch? A: Depends if you crack up whenever a glitch occurs. I do but I still downloaded the patch after watching those glitches over and over again.. Once you get tired of the glitches then it is is time for you to get the patch. Q: I lost my serial number, can I have yours? A: No. Just e-mail Maxis or look in the Frequently Asked Questions Section of thesims.com under technichal problems. Q: Only two people have visited me and I'm a good way into the game. How do I get more people to visit me? A: Pick up that phone and call people. As long as you've met some people you'll be able to call them. Q: How long does it take for a Sim Ghost to appear? A: The ghosts come out after every two days, after 11:00 PM (mostly 12AM-1AM) and go back around 6AM or sooner. Q: I know that a sim must ask a visiting sim with any kids to move in/propose in order to adopt the sim kid. But suppose the kids DON'T have any Sim adults? Can a simkid ask any adults to move in if he has no parents? A: No, they can not. They do not have the option to move in/propose with other kids or adults, nor can adults ask a visiting kid to move in with them. In other words, no adults can adopt any older sim kid in the neighborhood. This could be bad if all the sim parents die, leaving the kids to fend for themselves. This means they'll spend the rest of their "lives" eating pizza and potato chips and getting money only from "grandpa" and selling their artwork. -------------------------------------- (13.) Patches/Skinz/Interesting Facts -------------------------------------- Check www.thesims.com Every Thursday for new updates on skins and patches. You'll have to spend a few minutes registering your game first before you can get in on the goodies. The newest patch out for the Sim's is Version 1.1. It'll fix the glitches/bugs when you first bought this game. The skins out so far are: Professional Trash Can Elephant Foot Trash Can Visa's Desktop JukeBox The White House (mansion for yout political Sim's!.) Flowerbeds (purple, orange, white) Topiaries (animal statues made out of vegetation, like chia pets) The "MTV" Skins Elwood Skin New "Fit" Skins New Plants Guinea Pig Wall Lights Slot Machine 5 New Skins 5 New Houses Moose head Decoration Cuckoo Clock Money Trainer The Sim's outsold Sims City 3000 in first month sales. SC3K was the no. 1 sale grosser in 1999 (didn't beat tycoon in sales, but made more money than tycoon). The Sam's will definitely be a top seller in 2000. The Sim's has just recently hit 1 Million Sales! Congrats to Maxis. The Sim's Expansion Pak is coming out soon. It was recently displayed at E3. From INCITE PC # 7, June 2000: Joseph Peitler sent this in: Game BRIEFS: "You've played THE SIMS enough times by now to notice those scary progress messages that appear while loading. So just what is the program doing when "Reticulating Splines," "Inserting Chaos Generator," and "Balancing Domestic Coefficients" flash across the bottom of your screen? Absolutely nothing, actually. "They're inventions of (Creator) Will Wright's imagination," says a Maxis spokesman. Speaking of the SIMS, expect Maxis to release an expansion pack this fall... From the magazine INCITE PC #5 April 2000, under the article: "The inside scoop from the real experts". Who better than the folks that THE SIMS to dispense a little gameplay wisdom? We go straight to the source at Maxis to give you the best advice. Don Hopkins, Software Engineer 1. Here's an interesting way to subtly "tilt" the game by distorting time, one person at a time: If you point to the selected person while they're walking, they will speed up. If you point to an unselected person (or a visitor) while they're walking, they will slow down. Applications: you can follow the selected person around with a cursor to make them more efficient! If a hot babe comes over and two wild and crazy guys are racing over to her for some one-on-one social interaction, you can give one guy the advantage by slowing the other guy down. Rationale: The "real" reason for this feature is to make people easier to select for social interaction: they slow down when you point at them so they won't slip out from under the mouse as fast. The slowing down when you point at deselected people was such an interesting way to subtly effect the game that we decided to make it speed up when you point at the selected person too (since you don't need to click on the selected person). Snakeyex7@aol.com Sent this in: Okay, well, i read about that Virus deal, and i noticed something. The only way you can contract a virus from a gerbil is if it bites you, i had a family going on with a scrapbook and everything heh, a whole gerby the gerbil murder mystery. But i can't upload it because the whole family has died/moved out. anyway, besides that, Here's a neat fact i found out the hard way, all status effects remain in a household, IE i had Martha Mayor of the gerbil infected house move in with Michael Bachelor, i then moved in The Roomies to the house to see if the urns still remain in the house, inside was Martha Crying still, then she sneezed and fell asleep, she woke up and died in the house, i then returned to Michael Bachelor's home, Martha's ghost was taking a shower then proceeded to watch TV and talk with Michael as if she wasn't dead. I kinda thought that was neat, Downloader Beware Joseph Peitler Sent This in: The guinea pig virus! "Oh my god, it killed SimKenny!" I also found an article in the Monday May 1, 2000 of the St. Petersburg Times. It was in the Tech Times section. It was also in the New York Times. It might be in the TIMES website. The article was titled: "Something's killing the Sims" and it explains that Will Wright created a virus and put it in the guinea pig, so that when someone downloads it and uses it, their Sims get sick and possibly die. Some people had mixed feelings about this, from shock (" I spent dozens of hours developing my Sims and now they keep getting a cold and dying. Has someone something to this game or is this possible?") to acceptance ("I had a family of eight who all came down with thing, and through common sense game playing they all survived quite well and only one even missed a day of work."). Special thanks goes out to Joseph Peitler. -------------------------- (14.) CODES/CHEATS -------------------------- From www.cheatplanet.com Cheat Screen You push and hold the following buttons: Shift, control, alt, c That will get you to the cheat screen. Also. You can enter multiple cheats at once by typing a; between cheats. such as the following for money "klapaucius; !; !; !; !" etc Now enter a code below KLAPAUCIUS-gives you 1000 dollars WATER TOOL-you can put water around your home CAM_MODE - Camera Toggle MUSIC - Music toggle SOUND - Sound toggle HTML - Web page creation toggle SOUNDEVENT - Toggle sound event RELOAD_PEOPLE - Total reload of skins, animations, suits, people SET HOUR-set (1-24) what time you want to get up SIM_LIMIT <milliseconds> - Set max milliseconds for simulator SETSPEED-(-1000 to +1000) SIM_SPEED <-1000-1000> - Set sim speed INTERESTS-it will let you change your personalities and interests AUTONMY-let's the sims to think on their own (0-100) GROW GRASS-make the grass tall or short (0-150) MANSION - The Best House BUBBLE_TWEAK <Z offset> - Set thought bubble z offset ASSERT - Force assert to test SIM_LOG END - Stop sim logging SIM_LOG BEGIN - Start sim logging DEBUG_SOCIAL - Show social dialogue choices DRAW_ORIGINS - Show person's origin DUMP_HAPPY - Send person's recent interactions to file DUMP_MC - Send person's motive contribution curve to a file EDIT_GRASS <number>- Make grass change value LOT SIZE <number> - set lot size EDIT CHAR - Create a character mode DRAW_ROUTES ON - Show person's route DRAW_ROUTES OFF -Show people's Route off HISTORY - Save family history file HIST_ADD - Add new family history stat to family IMPORT <FAM File> - Import Family file VISITOR_CONTROL - Toggle to control visitors with keyboard LOG MASK - Set event logging mask DRAW_FLOORABLE ON - Enable floorable grid DRAW_FLOORABLE OFF - Disable floorable grid MAP EDIT ON-self explanatory on MAP EDIT OFF-self explanatory off MOVE_OBJECTS - Move any object PREVIEW_ANIMS ON - Preview animations on PREVIEW_ANIMS OFF - Preview animations off PREPARE_LOT - Fix required lot objects ROTATION <number 0-3>- Rotate camera ROUTE BALOONS ON - Enable basic tutorial ROUTE BALOONS OFF - Disable basic tutorial LOG MASK - Event logging mask set DRAW ALL FRAMES ON - Draw all frames DRAW ALL FRAMES OFF - Disable draw all frames TILE INFO ON - Show tile info TILE INFO OFF Hide tile info SWEEP ON - Enable ticks SWEEP OFF - Disable ticks Repeats Last Cheat Typed In Press shift+ctrl+alt+c then ! - Repeats last cheat code entered. To do more than one repeat type in !;!;! , etc. As many as you like Credit: Francis (firstname.lastname@example.org Trap Burglars: All you have to do is pause your game and build a fence around the burglar/roomie. For Burgler:Trap and call Police. Roomie:Lure out side far away from house and trap.(they get sorta annoying) Credit: Lionel -------------------------- (15.) BUGS/Glitches/Tips -------------------------- Carpool doesn't come. Sim walks around naked. Sim will be permanently censored. Repairman will die. Sim gets killed because of a Guinea Pig. Can't delete tasks. Neighbor asks YOU to come to there house. Kissing without contact (just a graphical glitch) Drowning other Sim's. Place Sim's in your swimming pool and then go to buy mode and remove the ladders. Your Sim will keep swimming until he eventually runs out of energy and falls a sleep in your pool and drowns. Stopping a Burglary Whenever a burglar comes in simply go to buy/build mode and put tables in front of all of your doors or put a fence around your house and the burglar will struggle and keep trying to get out and will be eventually be caught by the police if you call them. "R Hathaway" Sent this Hi. I just finished looking over your Sims FAQ. It looks pretty good, except for the part about the burglars and keeping them fenced up. When a Burglar comes to your house, you can't get into build or buy mode. My personal favorite method of keeping burglars out is to just build a fence in front of all my doors before I go to sleep, so nobody can get in or out. I just have to remove it in the morning. "Joseph Peitler Sent This: Here are three glitches I recently saw: This one is similar to the ones Aaron Pieper described, but not as bad. Sim"Jim" was working out, while the visit sim "Tim" was walking towards him, to speak to him. I cancelled Jim workout order, but not before Tim was standing over him, blocking the workbench exit. You know the character finishes his workout, his arms drops and he says "WHEW!" Well, Jim was doing that 5 times before Tim moved away to a distance. He was a visitor, so I couldn't control him at that time. 2. One of the floor lamps burned out, so I made my character call the repairman. He came over, touch the lamp and got electrocuted. Thanks for the patch, he didn't die (there is a joke in there, somewhere). He finish it and went on as usual. It was funny seeing him light up like a Christmas tree, though. 3. I have 8 sims in a household. One works at night. Four starts work at 8, the last three at 9. When 8 o'clock carpool arrived, the four got to work with no problems and the work pictures showed up on their face photos. When the 9 o'clock carpool arrived, the first one went at 9:30, the second one at 9:45. I had trouble getting the third one out of the swimming pool (It seems that I had to click on the "get out" order before the "go to work" order, because she kept swimming and swimming, ignoring the "go to work" order). By the time she went towards the car, it was 10:10, the car went off. When that happened, ALL OF THE SIX PEOPLE WHO WENT TO WORK MAGICALLY APPEARED IN THE READING ROOM OF THE HOUSE WITH THEIR WORK PICTURES GONE. This is not the first time it happened. It seems that whenever any one sim misses work, the other sims who work the same or close to it job time, who is already at work appears back home. This also happens to my other 2 sims in a different house (in the bathroom, this time), but not as much as the 8. I got the version 1.1 patch when this happened. The bad news is those 6 sims won't get paid, even though they went to work. If this happens again, I'll see if I can make them miss work the next day to see if they get fired. See if I can make them miss work twice and not get fired using this glitch. I have an idea that you can use. Why not make a SIMS HOROSCOPE FAQ. Unless Will Wright made this game simple that not only the characters with similar signs can mate, but practically everybody. You can make a list of which star sign is compatible and, more importantly, which are not. You might want to look into those Zodiac novels or mini-books in libraries or supermarkets to compare notes. 1. If you have 8 sims and decided to bring in a kid or ask marry/move in option and the visiting sim says yes, the game will crash. When my 8 sims raised a baby, I took photos. When the baby became a kid, the game stopped and revert back to the PC choice option (the one with all objects shown when you first turn on your PC). Even though it didn't save the events that happened, the photos of the baby still remain. 2. I had my sims purchased some party balloons one time. There are five balloons tied together on a weight to be put on the floor. Every hour or so, one of the balloons pop, leaving confetti on the floor. In the end, it leaves a pile of confetti in less than five hours. Something for the maid to do. Kind of waste of time and money, really. I discovered another speaking action that a sim can use. When a sim starts flirting with sim mate 1 and is seen by sim mate 2 (that's when you hear the trumpet sounds of the "Woody Woodpecker" theme), that sim can over and "apologize" to sim mate 2 after the damage is done. It doesn't eliminate all the negative relationship points, but it does get rid of sim mate 2's negative reactions, such as slap, shove, and fight. Simkids are not a waste of space. They can make a lot of friends for your sim family while adult sims are busy doing other things, such as cooking, working on their skills, or sleeping after work. One thing I noticed is that alarm clocks doesn't go off for the sleeping simkid. Is this a glitch or has this happen to anyone else? Also, since simkid don't "love", they can't go to the bathroom with another sim without being "shooed off" or shooing them off. Answer: sim 1's photos will disappear when he moves in with sim2's house and change his last name to his. An update to the glitch about 8 sims going to work and suddenly appearing back in the house. This mostly happens when a sim is already in his work clothes and misses his car pool. The car will stay there until around 10 minutes after the departure hour (even a bit longer if the sim is already on the street and on command to "go to work"). Also, If the sim get delayed or "bumped" into standing still, delaying him from going to the car, the car will leave. If he still has the command, he will go to the street where the car was and then disappears. Then, he will reappear back in the house in his regular clothes, If he was wearing work clothes at that time. This also happens if you sent your sims to work, then save within a "sim" hour and went into another house, where they ask one of the working sims to move in or purpose and he said yes. When you go back to the working sims' house, you would find that all the working sims appear in a room except for that one sim that moved out. Dead Sim Walking It takes a lot longer to kill a sim by isolate and starve him off then it is to drown him. On a full stomach, it takes 4-5 days for the hunger gauge to reach zero and red and another 1-2 days for him to die from. It is even longer if it is a visiting sim, although I don't know you can actually kill a visiting sim that way (you can drown them). Drowning is quicker, by it doesn't show any devatating effects like screaming or gurgling sounds the way a starving sim before he dies. The most disturbing death of a sim is from a flu by a GPV (Guinea Pig Virus), because even with energy and hunger guage at halfway, the sim could die when you least expect it. It doesn't matter where a sim dies, if you move he's "death marker" outside, it becomes a tombstone. Move it in a house, it's a urn. But suppose you want the urn outdoor? Place the urn on any desk/table/counter (no end table), then move the table out of the house. -------------------------- (16.) CREDITS -------------------------- Joseph Peitler (email@example.com) - For the Frequently Asked Questions and the giant load of glitches. Thanks A lot! Snakeyex7@aol.com- For the Interesting Facts R. Hathaway (firstname.lastname@example.org)- For the tip about stopping a burglar. Gremlin397@aol.com- for a faq question GameFaqs- (www.gamefaqs.com)- For putting up this FAQ CheatPlanet (www.cheatplanet.com)- For the codes Maxis (www.maxis.com)- For making this great game. The Sims (www.thesims.com)- Go there if you want patches/skins and other stuff. -------------------------- (17.) THE END -------------------------- This FAQ/Strategy guide may only be reproduced electronically with my permission! It may not be printed in any magazine, or formatted to a CD or Diskette. And please give me credit if you are going to put this guide on your site! If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions e-mail me at email@example.com If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions then E-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org Thank you, and HAVE A NICE DAY!