FAQs

Here are the answers to all of your most frequently asked questions!

Q: What are your Computer Specs?

A: I have an Omen gaming computer purchased in early 2018. This particular model is no longer available, but specs are as follows:


Q: What software do you use to record, stream, and edit?

A: I use OBS studio for recording and streaming. I use Wondershare Filmora for editing.


Q: What mic and camera do you use?

A: I use a Blue Snowball Microphone that I like better than the more expensive brands I’ve tried. I currently use the Logitech C920 webcam. It’s a great affordable, starter cam!


Q: Where are you from? Is that a southern accent?

A: Yep. I was born in the Southern United States and lived there for the first 30 years of my life. I moved to the Midwest about six years ago. My accent isn’t as strong as it once was, but you can still hear my southern twang. You can read more about me here.


Q: Why don’t you play The Sims 4?

A: I tried, but the game is lacking so much. The Sims are dead shells of what they were in The Sims 2, and they all feel the same. The game doesn’t lend itself well to storytelling, which is why I play The Sims.

My play style is wants-based, and in TS4, the “whims” are generic and useless. I don’t like to force my Sims to perform actions, but that is necessary in TS4 to make any story progress at all. The Sims don’t choose their own lives. They just stand around waiting on you to force your will upon them. That’s not enjoyable to me.

In TS2 and even TS3 to a lesser extent, I’m able to tell complex stories and follow my Sims through the generations. And the best part is, all my Sims have a unique personality and their own wants, hopes, dreams, and fears. In TS4, I just can’t care about the Sims because they have no personality, no dreams, and no wants that are unique to them. 

I once hoped that the game could become something I would enjoy, but after experimenting with it for years, I have lost that hope. The game is a dollhouse and not a life simulator. It’s too bad, but I will not be playing TS4 on my channel at this time.


Q: Where do you get your custom content (Sims 2)?

A: I play with a Maxis Match style and my CC comes from a variety of sources. See this post for a list of my favorite sites and creators. Additionally, you can follow me on Pinterest, where I try to catalog most of my CC finds. You are welcome to ask me where I got something, and if I remember I’ll tell you. 


Q. What default replacements do you use for skin and eyes (Sims 2)?

A. In my Maxis Match game, I use Phaenoh’s Correlated Skins which include body hair for males and baby hair. Go to the comments section to get the baby hairs. I use Bruno’s Behind These Eyes Maxified for eyes. 

In my non-MM game (Edgewood), I use these skins by WhySim and CuriousB’s Magic Theater Recolors as my eyes. 


Q. What default replacements do you use for skin and eyes (Sims 3)?

A. I use Sugar Pill Skin and Bruno’s Behind These Eyes Converted by Burntwaffles. 


Q. Where do you get the Maxis Match hair you use in your Sims 2 Let’s Plays?

A. Again, these come from a variety of sources. But primarily I use hair from Fanseelamb and various creators on Mod the Sims. You can see a list of specific creators I like on my Custom Content list

In my non-MM game (Edgewood), I use hairs with the following criteria:

  • io’s edits of Pooklet’s textures (or sometimes just Pooklet’s textures)
  • Pooklets naturals in the colors dynamite, depth charge, pyrotechnic and volatile

Q. Will you give me your entire Sims 2 CC folder? I want everything you have!

A. No. Sorry, but my CC folder has taken years of work – collecting and organizing. It is specific to my game and I will not make it available for download.

There are a couple other reasons why I won’t do this. First, many creators do not allow the distribution of their content except through their own websites. Second, there may be mod conflicts and I don’t want to be responsible for anything happening to your game. 

As I stated above, I will gladly point you towards any CC you’re looking for. But you’ll have to do the work of downloading and organizing it yourself. 


Q. How can I support your work?

A. Reading my blog posts and watching my videos on YouTube helps me tremendously. Watching, liking, and commenting tells YouTube that my work is worth showing, which means they’ll recommend it to more people. This is the best way you can support me! 

I have previously used both Patreon and Youtube Channel Memberships, but these are currently closed down as I don’t have time to produce extra content for supporters. Maybe some day in the future, this will be possible again. 

In the meantime, you can always give me a one-time donation through Streamlabs with a PayPal account. 


Q. What happened to the Discord Server?

A. I closed down the Pleasant Sims Discord in April 2020 because it became too stressful. It was a large public server and I was spending more time being a community manager than I was being a creator. It became something I did not enjoy. If you are looking for an active Sims 2 community, I recommend Mod the Sims. 


Still have a question that you need answered? Send an email to suggestions@pleasantsims.com and maybe I’ll make your question into a new tutorial!

24 thoughts on “FAQs”

  1. I can not join your Discord because I use an iMac and Safari tells me it can’t open the discord URL because OS X doesn’t recognize Internet Addresses starting with “discord”, otherwise I do like your youtube videos {I am a subcriber btw} and I like your website…I recommended your Web site on the Sims 2 Facebook Group, known as =The Sims 2=, that I belong too. If you could give me a way to join your discord with a normal URL that would be great. Also I am sorry about the passing away of your Mom, I hope that you are better in the future. Glad that you are doing as well as you are doing and do try to not crash and burn again…at least for a while. Take Care ok?

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    • Hi Dennis! I did a little searching and it looks like this is a common problem with Discord and Safari. You may have to download the Discord App first before it will recognize the URL. Unfortunately, those Discord links are the only way I can invite you. I hope you can get it worked out!

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  2. Hello, Cindy! I was wondering which CC skin you use. I checked your Pinterest board for your skins but couldn’t figure it out. Maybe I’m just blind.

    Good day!

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  3. Hello, again!
    Thank you for your help with the skin. It was much appreciated!

    Unfortunately, now I can’t tell which default eyes you use and I wanted to verify. Are they Bruno’s Behind These Eyes Maxified? Or one of the other ones?

    Thank you again and I look forward to your response. (And future videos!)

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  4. Hi Cindy, your site and YouTube videos have rejuvenated my love for Sims 2 and has introduced me to a load of new CC sites I had no idea existed – it’s fabulous that so many people are still creating Sims 2 content after 15 years!  So thank you for doing what you’re doing 😁
    I wanted to ask your advice re organising your custom content. I’ve watched your fab video on how you organise content you download now, and I have started to keep my new downloads in the original folders as you suggest and thanks to SimsPE I now have sorted everything into subfolders, BUT I don’t know where to begin in sorting out the 1000s of downloads I already had within my nice new subfolders!
    When you decided to re-organise your CC how did you manage to match up random meshes and files to put into mini folders, or have you still got a folder or 2 somewhere full of random files that you have idea where they came from or what matches with it?!
    I also have a couple of other questions as you obviously know the game very well 😉:
    1) Can you keep the CC files zipped up for them to work in the game or do they need to be unzipped?
    2) Do you place Collection files in the Collections folder or keep them in the Downloads folder?
    3) Have you ever re-catalogued CC objects and if so can you recommend a tutorial on how to do it – I can’t seem to find one 🤔
    I apologise for the long ‘comment’ but I’m a control-freak and these things are bugging me!
    Best wishes,
    Jennifer

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    • Hi Jennifer! Okay, there’s a lot to unpack here, so bear with me.

      1.) They need to be UNZIPPED.
      2.) You can place collection files in EITHER place and they will work. I prefer to place them in my downloads folder so it’s easier to remove them if I ever need to. But it really doesn’t matter.
      3.) No, I don’t recatalog my items. Sorry. But I’m pretty sure you have to open the objects in Sim PE and choose their location in your catalog to change them around. You might ask on the MTS Creators Forum. I’m sure someone can help you there!

      For your other questions about organization, I deleted my entire CC folder and started over. As I’ve gone back through again, if I can’t figure out what something is/where it came from, I just delete it. If you have a huge folder of just random files, it honestly might be best to delete everything and start completely fresh.

      That being said, the video I made on organization is sorely outdated and I use a much better method for organizing my CC these days (although this method still works LOADS better than just random files in a big folder). I plan to make a video about the new method as soon as I have the time. It’s basically the same principal – just with fewer subfolders so your game loads faster. Here is some more info that might help you:

      The method in this old MTS post is the one I use to organize now: http://modthesims.info/t/475390
      Here is a downloadable folder all ready for you to use: https://allisas.tumblr.com/post/32419863041/background-story-this-is-something-we-were

      I hope that helps!

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      • Hi Cindy, sorry to have bombarded you with so many questions! But your reply is super helpful, thank you.
        I’ve downloaded the folder from allisas and plan to start a major reorganisation soon!

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  5. I’ve followed your channel on and off since you started doing more live streaming back in early 2019.
    I enjoy your content a lot and didn’t know that your website existed.
    At least you’re honest as to why you don’t like The Sims 4, but just from the simple text list you made on it, it seems fairly obvious you’ve not put much time into it. The Sims 4 is more about building up a sim to develop who they are, developing their personalities your way through gameplay, skills, learning the ins and outs, etc… I just thought I’d share that info as not to be rude, I felt like your explanation was very lazily thought out.

    Either way, I love your content and it’s nice to see you’re still around in some capacity, maybe soon you’ll dig up something new and view TS4 a little different eventually.

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    • Hi Leslie. I’ve played The Sims 4 for 755 hours – and still, it is a lifeless thing to me. I don’t enjoy playing it. I like to create and manage worlds filled with unique Sims with intricate personalities. I’m not able to do that with TS4. I’m glad you’re enjoying it, but it’s not for me. It’s true I could have written more about my reasons for not liking the game. I’m sure I could write thousands of words on what I feel it’s lacking. But for my FAQ, I kept it short for the sake of brevity. Thanks for stopping by!

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  6. Hi Cindy I’m from the UK and have been in two minds about buying a gaming laptop (I have zero space for a computer set up) to play Sims 2. Do you think the game will run on this?

    https://www.argos.co.uk/product/7631427

    I feel like it’s a lot of money to spend just to be able to play my favourite childhood game, but if I know for sure it would run good I’d buy it in a heartbeat!

    Thank you 🙂

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  7. Hi 🙂 Happy Simming
    I was wondering if you use any hyper realistic skins and eyes and if you do could you maybe link them…..it’s ok if you can’t I know you are probably a very busy simmer and I don’t want to bug you but I’ve been looking for some realistic skins and eyes for The Sims 2 and nobody seems to be able to point me in the right direction

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  8. Hi! do you have plans to do a game play series on some of the other sims 2 neighborhoods like Veronaville or Belladonna Cove?

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  9. Hi Cindy!

    Hope you’re doing fine.
    I know you are playing Sims 3 rn (I enjoy your Playthrough a lot!), but I have a question about my Sims 2 UC game and hope you can help me…
    Maybe I’m just stupid, but I couldn’t find anything on the web for my situation x’D

    I want to uninstall my whole game and reinstall it again just bc I want to start completely fresh and without any of the problems my game has rn (actually everything is fine except I want to play Pleasantville but everytime I load Don’s lot, the game crashes. I tried to delete and repaste the neighborhood folder several times with a guide but that didn’t fix it) Also I didn’t have the essential things like the anti-corruption mods installed in my recent game, but many others from your recommended mods-page (and some other furniture cc).

    So I wanted to ask you which steps in what order must be taken to uninstall the game properly, and install it again with all my backup cc’s and mods that i want to keep.
    Maybe it’s super simple but I’m just anxious that I won’t do it right .__.”
    I need professional advice! I would be so happy if you find the time to answer me.

    Friendly Greetings from a passionate austrian Simmer ~ ♥

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    • Since you have the UC, it’s easy to uninstall and reinstall through Origin. Just go to your Game Library, right-click on The Sims 2 and choose “Uninstall.” Once it’s done, then you can reinstall it the same way. Move your Downloads folder to your desktop to keep it safe. You can move it back afterwards. Hope that helps!

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  10. Hi Cindy,

    I recently stumbled upon your youtube page and was so surprised to find out how much more we can add to our Sims games! I’m not very tech savvy and I’ve been having difficulty downloading the mods. I use a MacBook Pro and am not sure if they’re compatible with apple. I tried to reach out on Instagram but I don’t think you use that platform anymore. Can you please help me? I really just want to download the Sim Blender mod but after I try to unzip it, it won’t open and says there is no application set to open the document “Sim Blender.package.” I’m not really sure what I’m doing wrong.

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    • Hi there! The Sim Blender package file is the file you put in your downloads folder. Unfortunately, I don’t have any experience with a Mac. But I believe it should work for you. You don’t need to open it. Just put the file in your Documents > EA Games > The Sims 2 > Downloads folder. Good luck and happy simming!

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