About

Hi! Welcome to Pleasant Sims!

My name is Cindy, and I love playing The Sims.

I’ve always loved gaming. I was given my first personal computer as a Christmas gift from my parents way back in 1997. I soon began playing every PC game I could get my hands on.

I started with the classics – Baldur’s Gate, Anno 1602 AD, Age of Empires – anything that would allow me to create or play a story. In the early 2000s, I moved on to games like RPG Maker and Roller Coaster Tycoon. I loved to build my own little worlds and make up my own adventures.

When I found The Sims series, I was hooked. There’s something so compelling about controlling the lives of these simulated pixel people. As I grew older, it was the ability to tell stories that kept me coming back to my favorite games.

Today, The Sims 2 remains one of my favorite games of all time, and I never tire of playing it. No other game compares in terms of creative control and storytelling ability. I will always be a story-teller at heart. I use games as a creative outlet, and I love sharing my creations with you!

Youtube & My Sims Career

I started my Youtube channel and this website in 2018. I initially started the channel as a companion to this blog. I love blogging and since The Sims is my biggest passion, I combined the two.

Much to my surprise, people really liked my Pleasantview Let’s Play series on Youtube and my channel started to grow. I currently have 89,000 subscribers on Youtube (and growing).

In June 2020, I quit my job to pursue Youtube as a full-time career. It’s been a fantastic journey. I’ve mad wonderful friends and learned so much about myself in the process. I’m recently back from a six-month hiatus and making content again on Youtube and Twitch

Personal Stuff

If you’re interested in me personally, here are some facts for you!

I’m married and in my late thirties. I’m originally from the Southern United states, but I moved to the Midwest about eight years ago. I spend most of my time with my husband and two lovely dogs – Bella and Mortimer. 

Yep, I named my dogs after The Goths. I’m dedicated. 

My two dogs, Bella and Morty.
My two dogs, Bella and Morty.

We recently added a new member to our family – our cat named Gibbons. (His name was originally Lazlo, but it didn’t stick.)

I do have other hobbies besides The Sims. I love reading – mostly Fantasy novels. My favorite author is Robin Hobb and my favorite series is The Farseer Trilogy – The Fitz and Fool Trilogy. I try to read every day unless I’m sick or on vacation.

I also love music. Going to live shows is one of my favorite things in the world. My favorite band is The Midnight, but I enjoy a wide range of music from 80’s new wave to Appalachian folk to post-rock. 

If I were a Sim, I would be a Pleasure Sim with a secondary Knowledge aspiration. My one true hobby would be Games.

PCOS & Wigs

I have spoken about my PCOS diagnosis publicly and my struggle with hair loss, infertility, and many other symptoms of this chronic illness. PCOS stands for polycystic ovarian syndrome. It’s a condition that causes higher than normal male hormones (androgens) in women, along with a whole host of other issues. 

I used to wear wigs to hide my hair loss, but I don’t any longer. You can hear more about my struggle in this video.

Thank you for stopping by!

159 thoughts on “About”

  1. Hi Cindy!

    First off, just want to say how much I love your YouTube channel, especially your Lets Plays. You’re awesome. 🙂

    I’ve been doing some work on default replacements and custom content for my game recently, using your oh-so-helpful guide – I’m after some non-default eyebrows in the NHS, but the two links in your guide go to dead pages now. I haven’t had a reply from the blog owner about where I can find the posts either. I don’t suppose you know where else I can find non-default NHS-style eyebrows?

    Thanks so much!

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  2. Hi Cindy

    I never comment on anything online, but I’ve recently discovered your Youtube channel. I find your videos entertaining, but also comforting, and your thoughts to be really insightful! I usually get frustrated watching other Sims channels – it’s just a combination of play style and narration that doesn’t interest me, not anything personal. Although I do occasionally watch Juno Birch torture her legion of Joy Desperates.

    I have fond memories of playing The Sims 1 and 2. My dad learned how to mod the Sims 1 for me so that I could have raccoons as pets haha.

    Thank you for making videos 🙂

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  3. Hey Cindy!
    I just randomly thought of rewatcing your TS2 LPs and decided to jump in to say that I hope you are doing well. I miss your streams and your positive attitude, your great sense of humor and the great energy you always gave off. I know what happened and I hope that you are further on the journey of forgiving yourself for what happened. You are truly, utterly missed! But I hope that life is treating you well and that it will bring nothing but happiness in your way.
    Take care, and always stay this amazing <3

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  4. Hello Cindy,

    I started watching your videos at the start of the pandemic and eventhough I played the Sims for many years you still taught me so much more about them! Thank you for all the content you created. I deeply miss having a new video to watch or blogpost to read from you, but understand your decision to take a break. I still hope you will come back to enjoy making content in the future. Lots of love and greetings from Germany!
    Denise

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  5. Cindy, I miss you every single time I go on twitch/YouTube. I found your content in 2020 and you helped me get through the pandemic with laughter! I adore your content and vlogs because of how authentic and hilarious you are! I absolutely despise the hate you got because internet trolls like to take things out of context and smear your name. And we lost a great content creator because of it! You are amazing Cindy!!! You have done so much for the sims community, the pcos community and just someone like me! I hope you take all the time you need to prioritize your mental health, because that is whats most important!! But lord… I miss your streams/videos!! I know it’s a parasocial relationship, and if you never come back I will still respect you just the same! Just know you are loved by a lot of people and I hope life is treating you the way you deserve!! ❤️❤️❤️

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  6. Hello Cindy! I think in this such a difficult period of your life you want to hear warm words from your truly fans. I have been watching your channel for one year, and I just cant explain how much you have done to me. I’ve learned English, now it’s quite better and I feel it. I can process English speech in my head now. I have found a friend that always lightens my day with her creations. I just cant imagine someone like you who would get so deep into my heart. I know this message is a bit spontaneous but this is what I feel. Its not about the game. Its about the community and you are the main reason we are connected here. I hope you will come back… From Russia with love

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  7. Dear Cindy,

    there is not a day thats passing by without thinking of you.
    I hope your doing well and are safe. I truly wish the best for you from the bottom of my heart.
    Please know that you are very loved and missed.
    Lots of love for you!

    Greetings,
    Carrie <3

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  8. Hello Cindy!

    I just wanted to say that you’re beyond missed and that I hope that you’ve been getting all the healing and relaxation that you need over these past few months. Even if you don’t check/reply to comments all that often, I just wanted to share this edited Pleasantview neighborhood with you since I’ve been rewatching your Twitch stream Pleasantview series on Youtube again, and I know that at the beginning with the clean template that Bella being an NPC was beyond annoying:

    https://modthesims.info/d/666585/clean-pleasantview-without-bella-goth.html

    It’s pretty much the clean template, but it does what the original should have done in the beginning by removing her! I hope that this might help in the future for any personal gameplay that you do in your free time, or if you eventually come back to us someday and do another Pleasantview series, it helps make things a little easier!

    Have an amazing day, and thank you for changing the way I view and play the Sims. 🙂

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  9. Hi Cindy! I hope you’re doing great!

    I’ve been a huge fan for many years and you were my inspiration to start making sims content on YT and Twitch.
    I recently became Twitch affiliate and I’m super close to monetize my YT channel.
    I just wanted to thank you for being such an inspiration, for all of your content and for everything you’ve shared with the community.
    I really hope to see you again on YT and enjoy your streams one day (if you decide to come back). If not, I wish you all the best!

    Lot’s of love from Chile,
    Pekeniax.

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  10. Hi Cindy,
    I have been enjoying your YouTube videos since the start of the pandemic. Since I was home (and now retired), I started playing Sims again. I played the Sims when it first came out (2000); but because of “life” happening, I put it down until recently. I love the way you explain things so clearly, offer so much helpful information, and do it all with such great humor. I don’t know why you haven’t been on YouTube–someone posted that you were taking a break. I hope all is well and your health is good. You continue to do what is best for you–just know that there are many of us that really care, support, and appreciate you.

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  11. Hey Cindy!

    First time commenter, long time lurker here.
    Your sims channel is the only Sims YouTube I haven’t ended up getting bored of. I think your personality on YT is charming, and I love your anecdotes alongside the commentary. Stay you!

    I hope your break is serving you well, you didn’t deserve the toxicity you were delivered & I truly hope that the stress didn’t hurt your health.

    Sending ‘maxmotives’ from the U.K.!

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  12. Just want to let you know that you’ve opened my eyes to a way more fun way to play Sims 2, and for that I’ll be eternally thankful.

    I’m really sad to see what happened. I sincerely hope you will be able to heal and be able to come back on your own terms one day.

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  13. Hi Cindy! I’m currently trying to redownload TS1 on my laptop and It made me think of you. I hope you are well and happy! Thanks for all of the good times here in the community.

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  14. Hi Cindy! I’m sorry to hear what happened to you… I just thought to say that I’m the girl who always says I love to listen to you speaking on YouTube… I was binge watching your videos recently and hoping for you to post something new, wondering why you haven’t… so I decided to look up and found out what happened :/ I can’t express how sorry and saddened I am for this… my heart goes out to you entirely. I hope you are doing better now, and I hope you can recover completely from this. Remember, it is not your fault and you did not do anything wrong! Unfortunately the internet is a toxic place, specially when you’re on the spotlights…
    Remember also that you are a lot bigger and a better person than those who did this to you. They sure aren’t happy themselves, so they have to ruin someone else’s life in order to feel a little better: and they still don’t.

    I’m sending lots of love from Brazil and feel hugged, if you will. We all love and support you always!! <3 <3 and we miss you immensely.

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  15. I wish you well in all you do Cindy, You are more worthy of a Second Chance than most people i’ve ever met, I myself have the ability to say this definitively. if and when you decide to return, know that your faithful will still be here

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  16. Hi Cindy I found your channel through the YouTube algorithm and thank you for your content. The Sims four is my first Sims game because I was a SimCity player at heart and did not care for the Sims originally as a “spinoff” Because of your content I downloaded Sims three and I’m currently enjoying playing that. It’s way too overpriced on origin so I only have one expansion pack. Again thank you very much for your content and for opening my eyes to a game that I had previously excluded.

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  17. Cindy I hope you take some time to heal yourself and come back to us. I watch your videos over and over and I always learn something new that I missed the first time around. You are a sweet & beautiful woman.

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  18. Hi Cindy,

    I’m so sad to hear that you’re leaving YouTube! I want you to know that you’re amazing and, if it’s any consolation, you are very beloved in my family! Before my mom passed last month, she loved watching your videos with my sister and I. She thought you have a beautiful soul and I’m inclined to agree!

    I laughed with you during your streams and cried with you when you talked about PCOS and infertility, as the subject hits very close to home. I’m so sorry that you’ve been put through the wringer—it truly breaks my heart. If you ever decide to come back to YouTube one day, you can bet that you’ll be welcomed back with open arms. Either way, you have my support! Keep your chin up!

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  19. Hello Cindy, I’ve been watching your videos since last year and can’t get enough. It’s tragic that you’re on an indefinite hiatus from the sims, because I looked forward to watching you play the sims and teach me things I’ve missed or never learned. I hope you’re doing well and hope you come back.

    – With love, Danny.

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  20. Hi Cindy,

    I hope you are doing well, you’re a fantastic human being and I wish you nothing but the best.

    Your unparalleled passion for The Sims reignited my own passion during the early days of the pandemic and I’ve been playing obsessively ever since. You have such a warm and welcoming aura about you.

    I hope to see you return to producing content one day, but moreso I hope you do what is best for you.

    P.S. thanks for the book recommendations! I’ve just ordered the first book in The Farseer Trilogy and I can’t wait to get reading.

    Best wishes from the U.K.

    Tom

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    • Thank you Tom! I really hope you love the books as much as I do! And I do plan to return to making Sims content, but on my own terms this time. 🙂

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  21. Hi Cindy! I’ve been watching your sims 2 let’s play for a while and I love it! So much drama! So much narrative! I feel like it should have a TV Tropes page or something.

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  22. Hi, Cindy, hope you’re doing well.

    I was curious why you didn’t post in a while and noticed what has recently transpired. I hope you’re doing better, I know that what you must have felt must have been overwhelming. I liked your vlog channel especially because of how genuine you were. Please continue to do well in your life, feel what you need to feel and be happy. I would love to see you back, if you ever do.

    I also picked up a Robin Hobb book. 🙂

    Signed, a fan.

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  23. Hey Cindy
    I just wanted to let you how much I loved your vlogs on YouTube …..they helped me through dark time in my life….I lost my husband in September 2021 and vglogs helped me to smile and even laugh alittle …. I hope someday soon you are able to create content again ….bless you and take care of yourself

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  24. Hi Cindy! I sincerely hope you are well. I started reading Robin Hobb’s books at your recommendation and loved them. Do you have any other book recs? I like all genres. You’re the best!

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    • Thanks Hannah! I really only read fantasy and sometimes historical fiction. I’ll occasionally read a novel, but I prefer longer series. Besides everything by Robin Hobb, one of my favorite series is The Broken Empire trilogy by Mark Lawrence. But I will warn you, it is incredibly sad, brutal, and dark. But it’s SO GOOD. If you don’t like anti-heroes, it might not be for you. Another fantastic series I’ve read in the past few years is The Broken Earth trilogy by N.K. Jemisin. She is a fantastic writer – one of the best. This story is so unique, and it has a huge twist that will blow you away. I highly recommend it.

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  25. Hi Cindy, just wanted to say how much I’ve gotten out of watching your videos. You seem like such a kind and thoughtful person and you have helped reignite my love for the game (I too was most into The Sims 2). I hope you can look after yourself – I think online communities can run into so many problems that become hard to resolve in a way they wouldn’t in real life. I know for sure that many have also loved your videos and I hope that remains clear to you! Much love from the UK.

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  26. Hi Cindy, I just saw that you are pulling away from the Sims community and Youtube permanently. I had no idea how horridly bullied you were, I wasn’t even aware of the drama! I hope you are OK and taking time for yourself, please be kind to yourself. I stumbled across your content last year in the thick of the pandemic, and you completely revitalized the way I played and viewed the sims games. I even reinstalled and started playing the sims 2 again because of you! I have been so grateful for your content and presence in the community and I will miss you, your videos and streams terribly. But you need to take care of yourself, above everything!

    I am hoping, and I hope this isn’t selfish, that you keep up this website… if you don’t update it, that would be OK but it is such an invaluable resource for sims players like me. I swear I am on your page everyday, especially when I am playing the sims.

    Thank you for everything you’ve done for the community and for little people like me. I’m probably a broken record at this point but… take care of yourself <3 your supporters love you.

    Also, COMPLETELY off topic….. but you are one of the ONLY people I've come across in my whole life that has the name Cindy who's under the age of 60! I won't lie, that was another reason why I started really following you xD

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    • Hi Cyndi. Thank you so much. I appreciate your kind words. Yes, I do plan to keep this website up and I will be posting here again when I feel ready. This is my last safe place and creative outlet, so it won’t be going anywhere.

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      • oh thank goodness! I look forward to your next posts, whenever they come!

        Thank you for your response, and I hope you are taking it easy <3

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  27. Hi Cindy, I started watching your videos in 2020. It was nice to find someone around my age that also played the sims and had the same passion I do for it. Your videos were always entertaining and made me want to play the sims 2 again. I recently started playing a rotation playstyle which is a first for me. Anyways I’m babbling, I just want you to know that everyone makes mistakes but that those mistakes don’t define us. We learn and move on. I know our situations are not the same but I want you to know that things get better. It may not seem like it now but I promise they do. I just want you to know that the community is heartbroken but we also want you to do what’s best for your mental health! We will be here waiting if you ever decide to make videos again and if you decide not to we respect that too. 🙂

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  28. Hi Cindy, I’m don’t know what is going on in your life right now, but I hope you feel better soon and can make some content again. I love you and your channel and I watch you every single day. You’re my favorite simmer to watch and you’re absolutely amazing! Your videos always make me smile and I get excited to see that you have posted!

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  29. Heyy Cindy, I was just checking out my Discord channels like I always do but I suddenly am not part of it anymore? I tried to verify myself by clicking the checkmark and suddenly the channel disappears? Did I get banned? But I never or barely said anything? I was mostly lurking for good Sims 2/3 CC and sometimes asking for help… not sure what happend. My Discord is AstriaFae#6449

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      • Hello Cindy,
        I also came here to check on you, because the disappearance of your Discord server made me worried. I hope you are doing well and/or that you’re feeling better soon! Don’t worry too much about the internet stuff, health is more important 🙂 !

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        • Hi Lucie, thank you. I unfortunately had to close down the Discord because I am no longer able to (or interested in) moderating it. I will be okay, but thank you so much for checking in. 🙂

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  30. Hi Cindy! Sorry in advance, this is a long comment! I just want to let you know that I have also struggled with a disorder that’s rarely understood by doctors, and seeing your head reveal video was so inspiring for me. My issue is called ARFID, and to put it simply, it makes it extremely hard for me to maintain a healthy weight (something I still have yet to accomplish). Every general practitioner I’ve had my whole life has been convinced that I’m secretly anorexic, or that I just need to stop being picky or something. My doctors and friends, as I’m sure you’ve experienced countless times as well, try to give me helpful, uninformed advice without realizing that I’ve already tried everything they suggest to me half a dozen times. Two summers ago, I finally went to a dietician and got diagnosed at 22 with something I’ve struggled with since the moment I started eating real food as a baby.
    All this is to say that, for me, it was extremely refreshing to hear you talk about following your own truth and trusting your own body instead of the advice given to you by people who just do not understand your struggle. If you haven’t already, I’d highly suggest connecting to a PCOS Discord server – doing that for ARFID was so encouraging for me, to see people all around the world living their lives in the same situation as mine!
    I also wanted to point out that, looking at your videos since your head reveal, you honestly look so much happier and healthier! I truly wouldn’t have known you stopped wearing makeup if you hadn’t said so in that video. Seeing this change and this bravery in you gives me so much hope to do the same for myself. Thank you so much, for the confidence and the fantastic Sims content – especially TS2! <3

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  31. Hey Cindy! I came to your site to try and find out if you posted what your favorite mobile games are right now. I watched one of your Vlogs recently and I think you mentioned you were playing a mobile game, but I can’t remember which it was. Can you recommend any mobile games? Thanks and Merry Belated Christmas!

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  32. Hi Cindy! I fell in love with the Sims 3 in 2012 and recently have attempted to play again on my 2019 MacBook Air. I’m having troubles downloading the base game, extension packs, and CC. What laptop (preferably) or desktop would you recommend to play on? I would prefer something more affordable, but I’m willing to spend extra if necessary. Thanks!

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    • Any newer computer should be able to run it fine. I’m not really familiar with Mac, but you can check my FAQs for my computer specs.

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  33. Hello! I recently found your YouTube channel and after watching some of your videos I began playing the sims 2 again. I think it has been 5 years since I last played it but you remembered me of all the fun I had playing the game when I was younger. Thank you for that!

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    • Hi Kaitlyn! Sorry, I no longer have a Patreon. I didn’t feel like I could keep up with creating extra content, so I closed it down a while ago. I appreciate your support so much though! Thank you!

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  34. Hi Cindy,

    I just wanted to leave a quick message to thankyou for all your work you do on Youtube and your webpage, I watch all your videos via Youtube and your streams on your other YT Channel. I’m 48 years old and from Melbourne Australia.

    I love your work and enjoy your videos on ‘Lore’, I’ve been playing since Sims 1 but forgotten about all those families so you helped me remember many of them! Also enjoyed the series you was doing on Sims2, the apartment complexes with 20 Sims. 🙂

    Keep shining !
    Tracey.

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  35. Hi Cindy, I just want to say I’m a big admirer of your work on The Sims 2. I look forward to it, every day. I hope you are doing well. Thank you for everything that you do.

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  36. Hi Cindy. I hope you are doing well. I’m watching Episode 50/2 and I saw that funny action “Does my bum look big in this?” Did you ever find out where it was from? It’s so funny. Lol. 😅

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  37. Hi Cindy, I just wanted to say how much I love your channel, videos, and your style. You are awesome. You are an inspiration to me and I’ve played The Sims 1-4 with my sister since 2000. And I still love it. And I look forward to your videos everyday. Thank you for brightening my day.

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  38. Hi, BRO, I f***ing love you anyways I have a question. I had the sims two games and installed them, but I ordered the Apt life and a few other expansion packs. If I play the game currently, build my neighborhood add mods, and make my sims. Can I keep playing the same neighborhood when I get the new expansion packs and install them, or will I have to delete my saved files and start from scratch? I want to avoid corruption etc.?

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  39. Hey Cindy, I could really use your advice, my sims 2 ultimate collection was working fine all day, and then i took a break for a little and went to try and load it up again and everytime im loading into any neighborhood it crashes. I have tried everything. I i have windows 10, successfully patched 4gb patch, graphics rule maker and a few other things that have worked for MONTHS and now all of a sudden, these same settings are not working anymore? I took my downloads folder out of my sims folder so I had a straight vanilla game..and nothing! im so sad and confused! LOL WHAT IS GOING ON?! it would be great if maybe you had any tips i could try?

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    • You might try repairing your game through Origin (which will reset all your settings and you’ll have to reapply the 4GB patch and use graphics rules maker again), but I don’t have any other ideas if you’ve tried taking out all your CC/mods and it’s still happening. Sorry! I hope you get it figured out!

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  40. Hi Cindy,
    I’ve been following you for while now and I have to commend you for your authenticity and courage in the video you shared about your struggles with PCOS. Your positive attitude, darling giggle and the fun you create are what keeps me watching.
    I would like to watch your videos in order, such as the many series you have created…can you tell me how I can do that? I have found some on your
    “Playlist” tab on Youtube, but there are some that are not listed there and I can only find certain episodes here and there. It seems to be hit or miss on many of them.

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  41. i have been watching and following you for two years and love all your vidieos i see a kinderd spirt in you and just want to say how much joy you have brought to me and my family. i am dealing with a lot of personal health issuies that will one day leave me to the point i wont be able to play sims or write or much of anything and for now i have your vidieos and watching you brings such joy and i hope all the best for you and stay strong you are such an amazing person. also for christmas my kids want to send you a gift and i was wondering what your po box is and what name to put… thank you and may you have a great day

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    • Hi rebekah! thank you so much! I don’t have a public PO Box right now, but I will get one soon. When I do, I will post it on the “About” page and social media.

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  42. Just wanted to wish you well 🙂 I’m a very latecomer to The Sims (last year!) but since then have enjoyed your Sims 2 and 3 Let’s Plays, your thoughts on the various Sims games, and your vlogs. I’ve also found lots of ideas on this website for my own gameplay. Your hard work over the years on all of this is much appreciated.

    Keep looking after yourself <3

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  43. i have no accounts for the platforms you´re posting in so i´m typing here.
    you´re on some kind of break of the sims community and i respect that. i just wanted to say that you have inspired me, nearly 30 yrs old sims player for giving ts2 a new chance and playing with your rules. i´ve had so much fun realizing the possibilities of the game and the lore. i´ve spent hours of watching your videos. i just wanted to thank you for all of the effort.
    i hope you´re doing well, doing things you really enjoy.

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  44. Cindy, what can I say? You’re funny, kind and most importantly a good listener. Love your videos right from the first video of yours that I saw “scumbag Don Lothario”. Keep being you and you’re so brave <3 x

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      • Hi again, I have another question. I replicated your bakery from scratch because I had so much fun watching on youtube your streams (I’m on episode 4 Let’s Play Edgewood ) with a few changes but I can’t find recolors of the delivery truck I know it’s from http://www.sunni.us/objects-carstatues.htm but the site with download is not working I even registered and… nothing! And I realy want this pink (cakery) truck. Can you help?

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          • It worked FANTASTIC thank you so much and by the way the streams are hilarious…Brian was the stud of the Edgewood 😉

          • Hi Cindy, I just finished all Edgewood streams on your Pleasant Streams channel and now I’m on fourth video of Strangetown. I have a question: Will you make a video ‘how to safely remove sims from your game” I’m so confused with this batbox and how to navigate in SimPe, for you it would be 20 minutes to record and trust me this video is very needed, there is not one on youtube how to remove sim from lot, from game without all potential crashes! Just simple 6-10 minutes video how to do it (the shorter the better) I downloaded your toutorial video How to Package and Share Sims and I absolute love it – so easy to understand.

  45. Hi Cindy!
    About a week ago I got sick of my incredibly messy downloads folder and followed your downloads template. Seriously, so much of it was gibberish. I lost a lot of CC I loved, but I’ll gain it back in no time – plus, I’m enjoying my game loading quicker haha.
    Oh, and I also did a restart to my entire game. I know, severe, but I wanted a fresh start. I replaced each hood with clean templates and I plan to make each premade genetically correct.
    I’m messaging you to ask about lot installation. I saw your video on how to install lots and I’ve done everything you said to do. The lots I’m trying to install are all CC-free and they go into my teleport folder as normal, but the names still turn to gibberish. Is there anything that can be done about that? I’ve set a challenge for myself to recognise everything that goes into my game and that includes lots.
    Oh, and one more thing that’s been an ongoing issue is that none of my pets age! I thought that weeding out bad mods or CC would help, but nothing so far. I even ran hoodchecker to see what was up. I also thought doing a hard reset would help, but nothing changed. I’ve tested it in my burner hood after I’ve made all the changes from above and I’m really confused why none of my pets age – they are immortal!

    If you have any suggestions, please let me know. Thank you in advance and keep up your outstanding content. Sending love from the UK!

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    • Hi! The lots in your teleport folder will always be a string of letters/numbers, but once you start the game, they will move into your lot catalog and be given a number. You can’t change that, but you shouldn’t need to.

      If you mean there’s still gibberish in your downloads folder, that means there is CC still attached to the lot. Make sure you un-check anything except the lot itself in clean installer. Sometimes even lots that people think are CC-free still have CC attached to them. That’s the good thing about clean installer!

      Pets not aging sounds like a mod conflict to me. I would take all mods/cc out of your game, start a brand new ‘hood with NO cc. Then see if your pets age. If they do, you’ll have to use the 50% method to find the conflict. https://modthesims.info/wiki.php?title=Game_Help:Finding_Problem_Custom_Content#The_50.25_Method

      Hope that helps some!

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  46. Hi Cindy! I’m a long time viewer of your youtube videos and streams (I subscribed on your first channel during the first season of your Pleasantview Let’s plays). I really love Sims 2 and 3 and I gave up on the Sims 4 a long time ago!
    I started to watch your new Pleasantview video on youtube today about Angela Pleasant going to jail… You and the viewers who commented on this video, remember the whole story totally wrong: Lilith didn’t attack Angela, she was minding her own business (making out with Dirk!) when Angela was the one who attacked and Lilith just defended herself!
    (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q6_Uwj1MWXI&ab_channel=PleasantSims, “The Dreamer Girls, Adoption Story”, the video was posted on the 19th October of 2019).
    The people who commented on that video back then, told you what happened and you agreed that the fight was not Lilith’s fault but almost 2 years later everyone forgets what really happened and accuses poor Lilith again… I have a soft spot for Lilith and it makes me very sad when I see everyone being against her when she did nothing wrong in the specific situation and your video proves it, so please remember what you wrote in the comments back then and don’t punish Lilith for something that wasn’t her fault! I know that she is just a sim in a video-story and not a real person but I think that you can understand how easily, we who play this game for so many years (my love for the sims started from the Sims 3 on 2010 and on 2014 I started to play also the Sims 2), can get attached and be a bit overprotective of our favourite sims…
    Anyways, keep up the good work and I hope someday I’ll be able to watch one of your streams live because I’m getting a bit jealous when I watch the videos on youtube, lol! These days I’ve been binge-watching the Strangetown streams and, even though Strangetown is not one my favourite premade hoods (my favourites are Pleasantview and Riverside) and I don’t play it often, you made me go back and play there again!

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  47. Hi Cindy 🙂
    I’m highly in love with your 10/10 lvl of charisma, reviews and let’s play’s! I also have done so much tune for improving TS2 graphic and neighbourhoods thanks to your tutorials.
    It’s breathtakingly that so many simmers still do stunning improving mods for TS2, like CleanUI or Story Progrssion, which gradually makes this game even better than third game.

    Have you heard about the «Traits project» from PlumbBob ? They did traits from TS3 avaliable in TS2. What do you think about it, is it safe? I have not found youtube reviews about this mods as if it isn’t popular, and that’s strange – it may have so much potential.

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    • I haven’t ever tried it out myself, but yes it’s perfectly safe. The original mod itself only contains the traits as objects, but they don’t do anything gameplay wise. You have to download the individual mod for each trait to make them work, and I think that’s been confusing for a lot of people – probably why it isn’t more popular. It’s certainly why I’ve never bothered with it. But I might look into it someday!

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  48. Hey Cindy! Are you planning on making a Sims 3 Veronaville? I love your Pleasantview world and I would love to play Veronaville in TS3 as well. I tried several recreations but none was really perfect.

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  49. Hi!

    I really love your videos and commitment for the sims games👍😃 When I saw you get your first computer 1997 I realise you must bee 30+? Or maybe you just was very young in the days?

    Do you know what to do when you cant open up ts2bodyshop? I got w10 and have made it worked but cannot still open bodyshop, it just crashes 🙄
    And I also wonder why the colours and necklesses doesnt lockes up when your pets get promoted (as they supose to)? Do you know why and if that the case what to do?

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    • Hi! Yes, I am in my late 30s. I’m lucky to look much younger! Haha. I usually have to try several times to get body shop to open up. Try deleting your cache files in your Documents > EA Games > Sims 2 folder (accessory.cache and groups.cache). That will sometimes help! I have no idea about your third question, sorry! I almost never give my pets jobs.

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  50. Hi Cindy, I wanted to tell you that I really love all of your videos. You have made me miss Sims 2 so much but I am very worried that my laptop can’t handle so I am playing your Pleasantview for Sims 3. I am having so much fun reliving Sims 2. I started playing with Sims 1 but 2 will always be my favorite for the lore and of course all of the nostalgia. I got back into the Sims because I have to self isolate until all of this is over as I am extremely immune compromised. Sims has helped me with my depression and anxiety so much during this time and so have you and a few other creators. I wanted to thank you for making things better. I do play Sims 4 but I do it with all the mods for more depth. I get why you are not a huge fan though! Have a wonderful day!

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    • Hi Persephone! So glad you’re enjoying Sims 3! To be honest, if your laptop can handle Sims 3 it should have NO problem running Sims 2. But you will have to apply the 4Gb patch and use graphics rules maker. Either way, I’m glad you’re having fun and I wish you well until your isolation is over.

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  51. Hi Cindy! I just wanted to know, and make a request: have you ever played the custom neighborhood “Riverside”? If the answer is no, it would be really really cool if you start a series of Riverside, at least I would love to watch!

    *Aprecciation time* -> I love your channel and I always find a way to watch your lives! They really put me in a good mood… You’re awesome! haha
    Hugs and kisses from Brazil <3 <3 <3

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  52. Hi Cindy!

    I recently discovered your videos and thought they were good and interesting. I love your comparison videos of Sims 2, 3 , and 4. Though I was wondering what is your favorite packs from each game (stuff pack and game pack too)?

    Much love <3

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  53. Hi!
    I’m obsessed with your videos!
    Your so good and talented!
    Unfortunately I don’t watch the sims 2 videos because I don’t have it and I never played it..🙁
    But your sims 4 videos are really interesting and helpful!
    And I love your hairrrr
    It’s so cool!💙
    But I’m curious to know why you wear a wig, you don’t have to answer and I’m really sorry if it’s too personal but I just wanted to ask..
    Love from Israel!🇮🇱

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    • Hi! I have polycystic ovarian syndrome, a hormonal disorder that causes androgenic alopecia. I lost most of the hair on my scalp so I wear wigs. 🙂

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  54. Hi Cindy! Have you ever played the console version of the sims 2 (psp/ds) ? They are quite different from the pc sims 2 game as they offer a different (equally as interesitng!) story line and the story takes place in a brand new area of the sims 2 strangetown. I highly recommend you to check out the sims 2 for psp, it’s my childhood memory and it is very fun to play. Also, if you are interested, you can check out chrisnewbie on Tumblr, he remakes the console version of strangetown in the pc game and I’ve been having so much fun playing with his version of strangetown

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  55. I just wanted to say I stumbled on your videos yesterday and they took me back. I’ve played every sims game and I was so nice to know someone out there shared the same feelings about the sims 2/3. I really want to like the Sims 4 but I still feel like its so shallow but alas as I’ve switched from PC to Mac the older games don’t run very well at all, so TYSM for your content I especially loved you showing the scripted events and OFB in the Sims 2.

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    • Hi Dylan! Thank you! And yes, I feel the same way about The Sims 4. I keep trying to make it work, but it’s just a shallow, soulless game with hope of redemption at this point.

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  56. Hey Cindy,
    I absolutely love the storytelling aspect of your streams. Just wanted to ask if you looked into some publications in order to improve it or is it a natural talent?
    You’re awesome
    x

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  57. Hey Cindy!! I found your channel some months ago and I watch your videos on a daily basis now. I just wanted to say that you are an extremely sweet person and I love your dedication to the Sims 2. Also, do you work as a teacher? Because you have such a beautiful way of telling stories and explaining how to do certain things in the game (very detailed and step by step) I just can’t see you having another job (besides being a streamer/youtuber). If you don’t then you should certainly do!! You seem to be that kind of person that everyone loves. Sending hugs from Romania❤️❤️

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    • Thanks Mel! I wanted to be a teacher when I was younger because I love to teach. But I’m not cut out for a normal job. Lol. I am a full-time Youtuber/Streamer. Thank you and I appreciate you stopping by!

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  58. Cindy I just stumbled across your YouTube videos and I love them. It’s also REALLY nice to see a YouTuber my age, still loving and playing the Sims! Super inspiring 🙂

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  59. Hi Cindy!
    I just want to tell you that my little sister and I love your videos. You made our quarantine more entertaining <3.
    Greetings from Argentina 🙂

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  60. Hi! I love your you tube videos so so much. and have been trying to get my hands on the sims 2 ultimate collection for a while now. I have checked Amazon and E bay and have had no luck finding it. What do i do now i love the sims 2 like a child but i have no clue. Please help me.

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    • Hi! You can no longer get the Ultimate Collection legally. It was a limited time release on Origin that ended in 2018. The best thing you can do now is get the individual discs. Sorry!

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  61. Are you in Colorado? I noticed that your mailing address is in Colo Springs and your Twitch times are in Mountain Time. I’m originally from the Southern United State (Kentucky) and could immediately recognize your accent as likely a Southern accent but maybe not deep south. I live in Colorado, Parker in Douglas County with my husband. I am in love your content and channel. You have, without a doubt, the best Sims 2 content around. Please, please keep up the good work. I started playing the Sims in 2003 and the Sims 2 when it first came out – through the final Apartment Life updates. I played The Sims 3 sporadically through college and only started The Sims 4 with the Island Living x-pack, but The Sims 2 is still by far my favorite iteration. I always had a problem with The Sims 3 and Sims 4. It felt like I was just going “through the motions” but never expressing my full creativity. Your content has inspired me to download TS2 again and I’ve been having so much fun.
    Sorry for the rambling comment, but I am just so impressed with your content. The fact that you use a play chart is so cool. I always used a play chart/spreadsheet for my TS2 ‘hoods.

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    • Hi Tyler! I don’t like giving out my specific location for safety reasons, but I live near the Rocky Mountains. 🙂 I am originally from the “Upper South” and my dialect is considered “Southern Interior Highland.” I have always lived near or in the mountains. Now, my original accent is a bit watered down by living in the midwest (which I don’t like), but what can you do?
      I’m so glad you’re enjoying my content. I know just what you mean about The Sims 3 and 4 – it just doesn’t feel the same and you can’t express your creativity the same way through those games.
      Thank you for stopping by and happy Simmming!

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  62. Hi Cindy, finally got some time to actually go through your blog properly. First time seeing a picture of your dog’s too – very cute. Hope all is well and keep up the good work with your content 🙂

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  63. Hey Cindy,

    I was new to your channel a couple of weeks ago when I was looking for some tips on TS2. However, since then I have been ADDICTED to your TS3 LP and have started playing in your Pleasantview save! It has been awesome! My current household is Cassandra Dreamer (formerly known as Lothario and Goth), her husband Dirk (like your LP) Her teenagers Bella and Max (with Don Lothario) and a toddler with Dirk. I would really love if you had a blog where your followers could post their stories? If that’s possible! If not, I may post further updates on this thread (if that’s okay).

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    • Oops! Sorry for the late reply! Your comment was lost in the shuffle some how. I’m so happy that you like the new LP and the new world! I have considered creating a forum for users to share, but I just don’t have the time to moderate it unfortunately. But I would love to hear more about your game! Feel free to comment here or on my Youtube channel! 🙂

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  64. Hi Cindy, I’m so happy to finally have a TS3 Pleasantview I can play in! So much nostalgia kicking it… Thanks for doing this! I have a suggestion too, maybe you can create some lore-friendly extra lots (EP specific lots like fire station, festival grounds, bars etc) and new houses that could fit the Pleasantview feel and upload them separately on your site so those with the proper EPs can install and place them. TS3 versions of the TS2 downtown would be cool to have as well. Of course all is up to you, just wanted to suggest! Thanks again for the hard work 🙂

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    • Hi! So glad you like the world! Some extra lots will be released in the future. I’m mostly creating them as I need them in my own gameplay. I tend to use the Sunset Valley Festival Grounds and the Ambitions lots for Firehouse, Salon, etc. because they’re already done! But who knows? I may remake some of them in the future. Thanks for stopping by!

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  65. Hi Cindy. Thanks for the tips you’ve been giving about the Sims 3. They have enhanced my gameplay 100%. Are you going to continue to post on your pleasant plays channel? Also have you been playing FF14?

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    • Hi there! I don’t know if I’ll post again on Pleasant Plays. Right now, I have no plans to. I haven’t played FF14 for over a year, but I will mostly likely return to it eventually. 🙂

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  66. Glad to see the latest post, I love your stories and all the tips you give out. Hope you are much better. I again keep coming back to playing the sims as it is has been an outlet for me the past thirty years. Do not let anybody get to you, I have come to the realization it does not matter what others think about what you do as long as you are happy with yourself. Looking forward to playing with Sims 2 again, I did load it following or your tips, but playing Sims 3 still most of the time as I can play it for shorter times. Working from home at this time and for another two weeks, and I actually like it. I am not alone I have five men in my house. Hope to see you soon keep safe.

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    • Thank you! That’s very kind of you to say, and I agree with you! I LOVE working from home. I’ve been doing it for the past two years and I never want to go back to an office. Stay safe too! 🙂

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  67. Yo!

    So, I was wondering if there is any way to convert items such as clothing or hair from the sims 4 to the sims 2 since I have some really cool stuff that I’d like to have on both.

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  68. Hey,

    I appreciate your blog and your Youtube channel and I enjoyed watching your LP’s. It seems that you took a game that was older, and loved by many and showed it to other people so they see for themselves how not everything has to be bland as in the Sims 4.

    However, there is something off about the Sims 2 and 3. It seems that you can’t just play one hour and tend to your day-to-day life. The game is asking a lot of your time by default.

    It also stresses out one’s brain because there’s so much stuff going on at once. That sounds your brain into overload and it’s called cognitive hyperactivity.
    And that leads to anxiety, stress, panic attacks, insomnia, getting testy with your loved ones. All of a sudden that game that’s supposed to be fun seems like WORK because you have to give so much of your time, energy, and attention, and you don’t get very much in return.

    TS3 *seems* a bit easier to play but so much bad stuff has happened karmically in the community — The Queen’s death, Lifesimmer having a nervous breakdown, AshleyBB quitting and calling its community toxic.

    And real talk, I never found The Sims to be spiritually nourishing. There were games that I’d play and feel fulfilled afterwards and relaxed, but playing the Sims always made me feel more stressed and worried and isolated and it would often lead me to burn out.

    All of that is not to say I hate the game but that’s the problem, isn’t it? It’s easy to like a game and not realize how much you’re putting in, and how little you’re getting out, and how you’re trading your mental health (and your life and your time) for a game.

    Honestly, I’m just weirded out by how much bad vibes I’ve felt on forums and bad things that happened to people that played the Sims 2 and 3. People slip into depression and have a nervous breakdown while playing a game that’s supposed to uplift them. Something’s wrong.

    Anyway, just my 2 cents and my observations. The Sims 2 never changed my life. I got it, but I had school, real friends, amazing experiences and I don’t think I would have experienced any of that if I got hooked on it. Playing both TS2 and TS3 makes me feel dread.

    Just offering a different take on the game, not making a dig at you – feel free to edit this comment out if it doesn’t work with your website/brand.

    Liz

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    • Hi Liz. Thanks for your comment. I did edit out the part where you referenced another Simmmer. I’m sure you can see why.
      I understand what you’re saying, but in my opinion, it’s not the game itself that causes these problems. It’s the pressure put on players/creators by the community. I have pretty much removed myself from the Simming community outside of my website because of this very thing (including my Youtube channel). I’ve had numerous “breakdowns” and episodes of burnout because of the enormous pressure to create more and more Sims content at the expense of my health and real life relationships. When I play the game alone without sharing, it relaxes me and becomes a hobby again – a positive thing in my life. So that’s what I’m doing now.
      I am really sorry you don’t enjoy the game anymore. I still do and play it regularly – but now it’s something I do for myself and not for others. Thank you for stopping by. 🙂

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  69. Hi Cindy!
    This is the second day since I’ve found your channel on YouTube and… I already love you and your videos, because your stories and the way you tell them are truly amazing! Thank you for your work 🙂

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  70. Hi Cindy….love you so much….I got an issue though….My ACR 2.0 doesn’t work properly no more since I reinstalled the sims 2 on my laptop….tried downloading it back from your link but sadly your link to it doesn’t work no more as the site closed it seems so now I’m devastated can you please help me…Ty in advance…also hope all is great with you and your family and as always keep up the great work

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    • Hi! Yes, I’ve played (and own) both of these games. TS3 is fun in it’s own way, but I find the Sims to be…well, ugly. It doesn’t suit my rotational playstyle, but I’ve had fun playing challenges from time to time. You can read more about my thoughts on TS4 on my FAQs page here: https://pleasantsims.com/faqs/ Thanks for asking! 🙂

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  71. Hi Cindy! I just wanted to let you know that you’re awesome! Do you have any background in computers, graphics, electronics, etc? You are so great with computers. Love your blog and videos!
    Sarah

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