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Here are the answers to all of your most frequently asked questions!
Q. Where Are You?
A. I am taking an indefinite hiatus from The Sims community. Playing The Sims as my job destroyed my passion for the game and took a toll on my mental health. Being a Youtuber is not for everyone – and I’m one of the people who cannot handle the pressure. After three years, I burned out completely.
When I tried to keep doing Youtube on my personal channel, I realized that it wasn’t necessarily making The Sims content that caused my burnout. It was Youtube, social media, and the whole culture of being a “content creator.” I had a mental breakdown, and for my own well being, I made the decision to withdraw from the public.
I no longer answer comments (they are now turned off on this blog), and I do not interact on social media.
At this time, I do not plan on returning to Youtube or Twitch in any capacity. I am working on my mental health, trying to be happy again, and moving on to other things. All my Youtube videos will remain up on my channel unless Youtube deletes them. I also plan to continue creating blog posts here on the site (with comments off) and maintaining my current mods lists.
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:
- Intel Core i7-7700 CPU @3.60GHz (8 CPUs)
- 16 GB RAM (GDDR4)
- Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070
- Windows 10 Home 64-bit
Q: What software do you use to record, stream, and edit?
Q: What mic and camera do you use?
My other streaming equipment includes:
- HP 24-inch Monitors
- Redragon Gaming Mouse
- Elgato Collapsible Green Screen
- Neewer Ring Light Kit
- Mountdog Softbox Lights
- VicTsing Extended Gaming Mouse Pad
- Elgato CamLink (for using my Canon camera to stream)
- Gator Cases Pop Filter (fits on my desktop mic stand)
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 seven 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: 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 camera mod do you use in your Sims 2 videos?
A: I currently use this one by lowedeus.
Q: What default replacements do you use for skin and eyes (Sims 2)?
A: In my early Maxis Match games, I used Phaenoh’s Correlated Skins which include body hair for males and baby hair. Go to the comments section to get the baby hairs. I used Bruno’s Behind These Eyes Maxified for eyes.
In my updated Maxis Match games (as of July 2020), I use Poppet’s Plain & Simple Eyes, Lilith’s Honey Honey Skinblend, and New Hair System hairs. You can read more about these hairs and default replacements in general in this post.
Q: Why does your Sims 2 game look so different from the original game?
A: I use a variety of different mods to update the look of my game including Clean UI and Loading Screens. For the Sims and the environment, I use many different default replacements. You can find out more about defaults in this post and see my video tutorial on how to beautify your ‘hood.
Q: What default replacements do you use for skin and eyes (Sims 3)?
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.
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: What happened to Edgewood?
A: Edgewood is a custom integrated neighborhood I built and used to stream on Youtube. It’s currently on indefinite hiatus. I became overwhelmed with playing an integrated ‘hood and I honestly don’t think it’s a playstyle I want to continue in the future. I would like to bring the neighborhood back with some changes, but I need to figure out some logistics. It’s not canceled, just in limbo for the moment.
Q: My mods aren’t working, something is wrong with my game, I’m having graphical issues, can you help?
A: No. There was a time when I could help individuals with troubleshooting, but those days have passed. I am too busy and get too many requests to help you with a specific problem you’re having with your game. Here are the suggestions I can provide:
- Google it. That’s right – just type your specific problem into Google and chances are someone else has had the same problem. Many times when someone asks me for help, all I do is Google it and direct them to the solution. I don’t have time to Google for you.
- Ask for help in the Pleasant Sims Discord help channel. We have many experienced Simmers in our Discord who may be able to help you. Join our Discord here. (I am no longer part of the Discord, but I still encourage you to join!)
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!
UPDATE: I no longer wear wigs. You can see my head reveal video and explanation here.
Q: Why Do you Wear a Wig?
A: I have polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), a hormonal condition that causes androgenic alopecia (female-pattern baldness) in some women. Not all women with PCOS have or develop alopecia, but unfortunately I drew the short straw.
Q: Where do you get your Wigs?
A: I get my wigs from cysterwigs.com – a small business owned by a woman with PCOS that caters to women with my condition. But anyone can buy from them! They have a great selection and lots of sales.