About

Hi! Welcome to Pleasant Sims!

My name is Cindy, and I tell stories. Games are my medium.

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

I publish Sims videos on my Youtube Channel where I currently have over 20,000 subscribers (and growing)! In June 2020, I quit my job to become a full-time content creator on Youtube and Twitch. Thanks to all my amazing subscribers for making this possible!

Live Streams

I currently stream on Twitch three times a week. In my live streams, I play the premade neighborhoods and sometimes my own custom worlds. You can see my current video and live stream schedule here

Contact Me

The best way to contact me is via email or Discord. Here are my social media links:

Personal Stuff

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

I’m married, child-free by choice, and in my late thirties. I’m originally from the Southern United states, but I moved to the Midwest about six 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 Lazlo. 

I do have other hobbies besides The Sims. I love reading – mostly Fantasy novels. My favorite authors are Robin Hobb and Mark Lawrence. 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 (currently) 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.

If there’s anything else you want to know, just ask! For safety reasons, I don’t answer questions that would reveal too much personal information, but I’m glad to chat with you about games, hobbies, or other fun stuff! You can also check out my FAQs if you still have questions.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope to see you on Youtube or Twitch sometime! 🙂

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42 thoughts on “About”

  1. 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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    • Hi Sarah! I don’t have any formal training besides some basic classes I took in college. But I have loved and used computers since I got my first one in 1997! I’ve always loved modding and gaming, so I’ve just learned a lot over the years through trial and error. Thanks so much for stopping by! 🙂

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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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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