This is my hobby and sub-hobby system for The Sims 2. I find the in-game hobby system too broad. I like to give my Sims a single hobby that they can focus on throughout their lives – such as football instead of just “sports” or violin instead of just “music.”
The One True Hobby (OTH)
Every Sim in The Sims 2 has a “one true hobby” (also known as a predestined hobby) assigned to them at birth by the game. Hobbies are chosen based on a Sim’s personality points and interests, which is pretty cool! Here’s a chart that shows which personalities and interests result in which hobbies:
|Film & Lit||Shy, Lazy||Entertainment, Culture|
|Tinkering||Shy, Nice||Toys, Work|
|Music & Dance||Outgoing, Serious||Entertainment, Culture|
|Arts & Crafts||Sloppy, Nice||Fashion, Culture|
|Science||Neat, Serious||Sci-Fi, School|
|Games||Playful, Grouchy||Entertainment, Toys|
|Nature||Sloppy, Playful||Animals Environment|
While you can typically figure out a Sim’s hobby by looking at their personality and interests, I prefer to have them try different activities in the game to find what they like best. I feel this is more realistic, as most people have to try out many different hobbies to find one that resonates.
You’ll know you’ve found your Sim’s predestined hobby when you get a notification stating that the Sim is excited that they tried this hobby activity. Then, the hobby enthusiasm meter will be highlighted on their hobby panel.
In my game, I usually go down the list and have Sims try an activity from each category until they find their predestined hobby. Here’s a non-exhaustive list of activities that you can try:
- Cuisine – Eating (unless you have a mod to prevent hobby enthusiasm from eating), cooking, studying cooking, watching the Yummy Channel
- Film & Literature – Reading a book, watching a movie, watching the Sims Broadcasting Network or KidzTube, writing in a diary
- Tinkering – Studying mechanical, playing with RC toys, repairing appliances & electronics, playing with blocks on the activity table (children)
- Sports – Playing catch or football, playing basketball or soccer, watching Sim Station Sports, playing kicky bag
- Music & Dance – Playing the xylophone (toddlers), watching Sim Station Dance, dancing, playing any instrument, singing karaoke or on the mic
- Fitness – Swimming, jumping rope, using exercise equipment, ice skating or roller skating
- Arts & Crafts – Drawing on activity table (toddlers), viewing art, painting
- Science – Playing with the peg box (toddlers), stargazing on the ground, stargazing with telescope, watching the weather channel, observing ants
- Games – Playing computer or video games, playing chess, playing darts or pool
- Nature – Catching butterflies and fireflies, hunting bugs, studying cleaning, cloud watching, smelling flowers, watching or feeding fish
If a Sim has not found their hobby by the time they’ve aged to a teen, I start trying to find it for them by having them do these activities. You only need to perform one activity per category. If you don’t get a notification within a few seconds, that’s not your Sim’s predestined hobby.
Choosing a Sub-Hobby
Once I know what my Sim’s predestined hobby is, then I roll to randomly choose their sub-hobby. This is the Sim’s real hobby (in my world), and it’s what they will focus on throughout their lives. Any time they need to have fun or have extra time, I direct them to work on this activity.
Here are the sub-hobbies that I use for each group:
- Cooking – Focus on preparing meals and cooking contests.
- Baking – Focus on baking and desserts.
- Bartending – Focus on drinks and tending bar.
- Film & Literature
- Reading – Focus on reading books, novels, and magazines, book club.
- Writing – Focus on writing novels.
- Blogging – Focus on blogging about film & literature.
- Watching – Focus on watching TV and movies.
- Restoring – Focus on restoring old cars.
- Robot Crafting – Focus on crafting robots.
- Repairing – Focus on repairing and upgrading appliances.
- Playing – Focus on remote-controlled toys.
- Woodworking – Focus on using the woodworking table (custom content).
- Baseball – Focus on playing baseball.
- Football – Focus on playing football.
- Soccer – Focus on playing soccer.
- Basketball – Focus on playing basketball.
- Golf – Focus on playing golf. (The Execuputter is a career reward unlocked at Business Level 5, so I restrict this hobby only to Sims in the Business Career.)
- Boxing – Focus on boxing. (The punching bag is a career reward unlocked at Athletic Level 5, so I restrict this hobby only to Sims in the Athletic Career.)
- Music & Dance
- Dancing – Focus on dancing and dance contests.
- Piano – Focus on playing the Piano.
- Synthesizer – Focus on playing the synthesizer.
- Violin – Focus on playing the violin.
- Singing – Focus on singing (microphone and karaoke).
- Guitar – Focus on playing the guitar.
- Bass – Focus on playing the bass.
- Drums – Focus on playing the drums.
- Banjo – Focus on playing banjo (custom content).
- Keyboard – Focus on playing keyboard (custom content).
- Swimming – Focus on swimming in pools and/or at the beach.
- Skating – Focus on ice skating and roller skating.
- Lifting – Focus on weight lifting using the exercise machines.
- Cardio – Focus on jogging and jumping rope.
- Yoga – Focus on doing yoga and/or Tai Chi.
- Arts & Crafts
- Painting – Focus on painting.
- Flower Arranging – Focus on flower arranging.
- Toy Making – Focus on toy making.
- Sculpting – Focus on making pottery.
- Sewing – Focus on sewing using the sewing machine.
- Photography – Focus on taking pictures. (The Luminous Pro Antique Camera is a career reward unlocked at Artist level 5, so I restrict this hobby only to Sims in the Artist career.)
- Drafting – Focus on making blueprints on the drafting table. (The drafting table is a career reward unlocked at Architecture Level 6, so I restrict this hobby only to Sims in the Architecture Career.)
- Stargazing – Focus on stargazing with telescope or on the ground.
- Weather – Focus on watching the weather channel and using the Weathernaught 57X.
- Science Games – Focus on solving the rubik’s ball and puzzle knot (custom content).
- Biotech – Focus on using the Biotech Station. (The Station is a career reward unlocked at Science Level 6, so I restrict this hobby to Sims in the Science Career.)
- Video Games – Focus on computer, console, handheld, and arcade games.
- Chess – Focus on playing chess.
- Darts – Focus on playing darts.
- Poker – Focus on playing poker.
- Pool – Focus on playing pool.
- Bowling – Focus on bowling.
- Entomology – Focus on hunting bugs, catching butterflies and fireflies.
- Fishing – Focus on fishing and keeping fish in aquariums or a koi pond.
- Gardening – Focus on gardening.
- Birds – Focus on bird watching and keeping birds as pets.
- Cloud watching – Focus on watching the clouds.
- Hiking – Focus on hiking.
- Womrat – Focus on caring for and playing with womrats.
For example, if my Sim’s OTH is Games, I would go to random.org and roll a number between 1 – 6. The result would determine their sub-hobby in the list above. Number 1 would be video games, Number 2 would be chess, etc.
This is how I handle hobbies in The Sims 2 and it works really well for me.
Instead of just broad hobby categories, my Sims focus on a single activity. Some Sims may play piano, while some like to garden. Others prefer star-gazing or toy-making or playing basketball. This system helps give my Sims focus and purpose in life while also giving them unique talents and interests.
Do you use a hobby system in your game? If so, I would love to hear about it. Leave a comment below and let me know!