Living the outdoor life is harder than I thought


The latest Sims 3 “stuff pack”, Outdoor Living Stuff, was released on Tuesday. I was hoping that there would be a smooth transition to patching up the game, and then installing Outdoor Living Stuff.

Not a chance.

First warning signal: No automatic update when I cracked open the installer program. My initial reaction was to uninstall everything and start from the beginning by reinstalling the base game and every expansion in order (which is what one usually does when things go really sour). Base game supposedly updates with little problem.

Second warning sign: opening the launcher displays the incorrect version number in the corner where all of the installed expansion packs are listed (I get 0.0.0.0 instead of 1.19.44.010017). Not noticing this, I tried adding the other expansions anyway, hoping that opening them up one at a time would expedite the updating process. No dice.

Last chance option: purge everything – saved games, settings, downloaded content, the works (not like I actually used much of that stuff anyway; I only downloaded it because the things I picked out were free) – and download and patch each game individually. I’ve loved playing the game so far in spite of its faults, but the moment I hit another big snag, I may just retreat to The Sims 2 for good. It may be a little more primitive, but I’m hopeful that all of the things I’ve downloaded and installed work as they should.
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Posted by WillyFourEyes

The latest Sims 3 “stuff pack”, Outdoor Living Stuff, was released on Tuesday. I was hoping that there would be a smooth transition to patching up the game, and then installing Outdoor Living Stuff.

Not a chance.

First warning signal: No automatic update when I cracked open the installer program. My initial reaction was to uninstall everything and start from the beginning by reinstalling the base game and every expansion in order (which is what one usually does when things go really sour). Base game supposedly updates with little problem.

Second warning sign: opening the launcher displays the incorrect version number in the corner where all of the installed expansion packs are listed (I get 0.0.0.0 instead of 1.19.44.010017). Not noticing this, I tried adding the other expansions anyway, hoping that opening them up one at a time would expedite the updating process. No dice.

Last chance option: purge everything – saved games, settings, downloaded content, the works (not like I actually used much of that stuff anyway; I only downloaded it because the things I picked out were free) – and download and patch each game individually. I’ve loved playing the game so far in spite of its faults, but the moment I hit another big snag, I may just retreat to The Sims 2 for good. It may be a little more primitive, but I’m hopeful that all of the things I’ve downloaded and installed work as they should.