EA has introduced a new type of virtual reality. In The Sims, you don’t exactly play as an alter-ego of yourself because the characters in the franchise are semi-autonomous. And thus, players don’t necessarily live this experience through the eyes of their sim. Rather, it’s as an omniscient entity that extinguishes them when they set the house on fire after attempting to cook franks and beans.
The premise of The Sims involves following your virtual buddy through life by using the “started from the bottom, now I’m here” concept. Start in a small house, get a job, and then work your way towards the top so you can make a better life for your sim. But, honestly, who does that anymore? Not since the discovery of cheats at least. Taking the long path to success is a bothersome task, especially in video games, which is why “the console” was invented as a way to catapult us to the top. Without it, we’d be stuck with these 5 Cheats That The Sims Is A Lot More Annoying Without.
We can all agree that as far as money goes, we were all really relieved to find out that there’s a way to quickly add copious amounts of cash to your household. The “motherlode” and “rosebud” cheats have become so famous that they might as well be official features of the game.
Money without its respective cheats is extremely frustrating. You need to spend almost all of your household’s funds on purchasing a small and uncomfortable house. Even if you buy it unfurnished, decorating manually is going to end up being just as costly, if not even more. After all, it’s pretty tough to resist the temptation of buying this and buying that when they’re right in front of you.
For the majority of a sim’s life, you need to struggle with wisely spending money. Because, if you don’t, you risk not being able to afford as much as a meal and your sim will die of starvation.
2. Good Grades In School
Anyone who’s ever had a child or a teenager in their household knows that school is one of the most frustrating aspects of the game (a true reflection on real life). The child needs to perform well in school in order to climb the hierarchy and get better and better grades. But for that to happen, they need to perform daily tasks and take off to school in a good mood.
Generally, that daily task is homework. And, boy, is it one of the most annoying things a Sims player needs to deal with. It takes essentially ages to complete and, in many cases, the child also needs to tackle some extra schoolwork in order to make the leap from an F-grade student. And don’t think you can just ignore it because if your child’s grades don’t improve, social services are going to remove them from the household.
Fortunately, you can avoid having to deal with this exasperating feature by instantly promoting your child to an A-grade student level. At least this way, children will actually get to spend family time and raise skill stats instead of spending roughly eight hours a day on homework.
3. Buying A House
I don’t know why, but it’s become a general rule that every new household must start off in a terribly underwhelming house. Maybe it’s a life metaphor, but what player has the patience to deal with this when playing a game? Many people, myself included, followed the strategy of moving the household in an affordable lot, using the money cheat, and then moving them out into their new four-story luxury villa.
Fortunately, the console enables a feature which makes every estate free and affordable to anyone, regardless of budget! When you’re moving your household into a lot, bring up the console by pressing SHIFT + CTRL + C, type in “testingcheats on,” and then write “freerealestate on.” This will get your family a nice mansion with everything a sim could possibly want. Plus, has anyone played The Sims the fair way long enough to get to the point where they can afford moving into one of the luxury houses? I doubt it, so it’s a good thing this handy cheat is here to help us.
4. Paying Bills
Sims 4 introduced this demonic “bills and taxes” feature as if we didn’t have our own bills and taxes to worry about. There’s nothing more frustrating than working hard so you can earn enough money for your sim to afford a good fridge, only to receive bills in the mail. Most of the time, these bills are going to eat practically ¾ of all your hard-worked money. This means you’re stuck in a vicious earn-and-pay cycle forever.
Unfortunately, there isn’t a feature which makes your household elude tax-paying (no one escapes the government, not even in The Sims). However, there is one which automatically takes care of bills, so you won’t need to worry about them piling up. It’s easy to forget you even have bills to pay, which can often lead to a scenario where you discover in horror that you owe 16,000 simoleons. The money is still gone, but, at least, you know you won’t forget about it.
5. Item Placing
I’m trying to place this vase on the table, but the game tells me it doesn’t fit even though it clearly does. It sounds familiar, doesn’t it? The grid system in The Sims makes it so that you can only place objects the way the game allows you to. This means that something as small as a chair needs to occupy two squares despite it clearly only needing one.
Thanks to a particular cheat, you are able to make all your decorations come to life. Pile chairs on top of tables, crowd as many items on the kitchen counter as you want to, and build stunning houses. With this cheat, you are allowed to let your imagination flow freely.
In order to summon the magical console and make all your dreams come true, press SHIFT + CTRL + C. There are countless of other cheats, all of which can be easily found (and in an organized form too) with a simple Google search. Still, these are the 5 Cheats That The Sims Would Be A Lot More Annoying Without.