Get Friend to Move In With You

Why is getting a friend to move in with you so difficult? My sim Melanie began a relationship with the maid, Ronny. They were good friends, so I advanced it to boyfriend/girlfriend status. I think this was when Melanie was a young adult, and who knows what age the maid was.  I moved her out of her parents’ house so she could go live with Ronny, and she has a wish to ‘Move in with Ronny’ but the option never becomes available. I can’t find where he lives in the neighborhood in order to merge the households manually, so I think he’s a ‘Townie’. Is this the reason they can’t move in together? Or perhaps he’s still a young adult while she’s an adult now, and he’s not allowed to move in yet. I’ve read on Yahoo Answers that you just need to do numerous romantic interactions to get the Move In option. I’ve done this before with Mortimer and Bella Goth and it worked. But I don’t think they should have to be in a romantic relationship in order to move in together; the Sims 2 game allowed the interaction as long as they were good friends, and it seemed so much easier. And it was very easy to make a Townie move in with you, as long as they were the right age. I did turn off aging so I could work on this issue, but maybe I have to wait until Ronny ages. How can I tell if he’s a young adult or adult?

Also, how are you supposed to know when you’re in a relationship with someone who’s much older than you? I wouldn’t want to get married to someone if they’ll soon become an elder and won’t be able to start a family.  Relationships without the Story Progression just seemed so much easier.  You knew what age everybody was. Along with the issues with disabling Story Progression, and I’m getting pretty annoyed with the bugs in this game!

Story Progression Not Disabled Bug

If you’re wondering why unchecking the ‘Story Progression’ option doesn’t seem to work in disabling the aging and progression of other families in your neighborhood, you’re not going crazy. This is a bug and unfortunately doesn’t appear to be fixed in the version 1.3 update that came out around July 27th. The work-around is to create a shortcut to the program and add a -disablestoryprogression tag to the target. I have yet to test this out. And you’ll need to use this shortcut instead of the Sims 3 launcher, which means we may not know when an update is available unless we open the launcher every now and then.  Specific instructions for the workaround can be found here: I’m curious, do you prefer it disabled or enabled?

Sims 3 – Story Progression and Graphics

I finally decided to go ahead and buy the Sims 3. I wasn’t sure how much time I’d have to play it, or if it was really different enough from the Sims 2 to be worth it. I must say, it’s almost like a whole new game. Since the game centers around the town as a whole instead of the household, there’s always a lot more going on at once. Which makes the performance seem a little slow. Perhaps I should lower some of the graphic settings to see if that will help. But it already seems like the graphics are not as detailed as the Sims 2 unless you are zoomed in very close (and I stay a little zoomed out to see everything). An interesting concept is Story Progression. I guess it would be handy to have all your Sims friends grow up at the same time he/she does.  I tried it for a few days, but by the time I spend some time with one family, all the kids are grown up in another family, or some adults are almost elders and haven’t gotten very far in their careers. I would prefer having a chance to play each family throughout their development and guide them in what they do. So what if it means that my least favorite families are ‘left behind’ and never age. I try to make my rounds to each family. Luckily we can disable Story Progression. One disadvantage is that when you switch the ‘Active Household’, the current family loses their wishes that you’ve chosen. Not too big a deal, but when I come back to the family I’d want it to be the same as I left it. Another annoyance is how buying groceries and books work. Gone are the days where we can buy a bookshelf with all the books we’d ever need to learn skills. We have to buy each book separately based on the skill level we want to get to! And they are expensive!! And now you have to buy cooking ingredients separately based on the meals you want to make. Very annoying. Each family has a difficulty level — seems like based on the number of family members. Overall I think this game is more difficult, compared to the Sims 2. Needs may be easier to fulfill, but career progression (and therefore the lifetime wish) is so much harder. But these difficulties make the game more realistic and sophisticated (and still fun), so I won’t be switching back to the Sims 2 quite yet.