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Debugging the Sims 3 by kaelci

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Debugging the Sims 3
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During the past few years being a part of the gaming community on Hive, I've tried several times to do a Legacy Challenge in the Sims 3.

The Legacy Challenge is simple: start a lonely Sim, purchase the largest block of land, build a shack with the few measly dollars you have remaining, then work to expand your home and family over time. While you're doing this you have a set of rules for determining your "heir" who will continue this family rags-to-riches story until, at last, you have a Generation Ten Sim on your hands!

I think I made it to generation three in my best playthrough, before my game crashed so hard it caused my savefile to completely vanish.

The Sims 3 is a buggy mess — *even when using NRAAS mods like I've always done* — and that's putting it mildly.

I decided to install the Sims 3 onto my brand new PC when I first got it and tried out starting a new Legacy Challenge, and my Founder sim hadn't even met her soulmate yet, hadn't been alive for an in-game week yet, when the game started playing up with invisible sims all over the damned place. I was really hoping that a fresh install on a fresh harddrive on a fresh computer would really *just work*, but alas.

I uninstalled it in a fit. XD

Then, today I reinstalled it. Because I'm a glutton for punishment.

Today is the day that I try and work this out once and for all! I will install every mod I can find, every patch, every THING, until I can at last do just one measly playthrough and get this Legacy Challenge completed once and for all!

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First of all, here are the list of Important mods I've grabbed:

- <a href="https://www.nraas.net/community/ErrorTrap">NRAAS Error Trap</a>
- <a href="https://www.nraas.net/community/Overwatch">NRAAS Overwatch</a>
- <a href="https://www.nraas.net/community/MasterController">NRAAS Master Controller</a>
- <a href="https://www.nraas.net/community/Register">NRAAS Register</a>
- <a href="http://www.simlogical.com/ContentUploadsRemote/uploads/1450/">Invisible Sim Fixer</a>
- <a href="https://games4theworld.org/downloads/fixes/">The Sims 3 Ultimate Fix</a>
- <a href="https://github.com/LazyDuchess/AlderLakePatcher/releases">The Alder Lake Patch</a> for my gen 12 CPU
- <a href="https://lazyduchess.tumblr.com/post/657467259898527744/the-sims-3-smooth-patch-21">LazyDuchess' Smooth Patch</a>

I normally grab NRAAS's Story Progression too but due to its aggressive-and-unwanted-matchmaking-all-single-Sims even when fine-tuned, I decided to stick with default.

Then I hopped into the files and <a href="https://cloudwalkersims.tumblr.com/post/63397207980/if-you-have-more-than-4-gb-of-ram-you-can-give#:~:text=re%20up%20to.-,if%20you%20have%20more%20than%204%20gb%20of%20RAM%2C%20you,it%20up%20to%208%20gb.">increased RAM allocation</a> to 4gb up from its measly 2. I could go higher, but being a 32bit game there's no point. I also <a href="https://www.pcgamingwiki.com/wiki/The_Sims_3">allocated more VRAM</a>.

And then, even though I don't believe it really matters, I forced this ancient game to <a href="https://www.carls-sims-4-guide.com/forum/index.php?topic=26753.0">recognise my modern graphics card</a>.

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(and, of course, I plan to launch the game without the annoying launcher in the background. AND, OF COURSE, I've capped fps to 60 since there's no fps cap in-game)

(I have image scaling **on** due to using a 4K monitor and wanting to actually *see* my otherwise tiny UI)

I also chose to not install: Into the Future, Island Paradise, or University Life.

There's more located at the following Steam Guide: https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?l=brazilian&id=1131162350. 

But a few of the things there didn't seem relevant to me or I had already done in another manner. Hopefully this list of stuff may help others in the future. If you know of another mod/patch/thing that I've missed, please for the love of god *tell meeeeeee* so I can try it. (No point getting AwesomeMod — am already using a core mod)

Now I'm going to start a playthrough. The difference between this playthrough and all my others ones is simply previously I've only used NRAAS and capped my fps. This attempt has a LOTTTTT more going on to hopefully fix things.

If you start seeing Sims 3 posts in a week or so, you'll know that I'm cautiously optimistic about my progress. If you don't see any future Sims 3 posts, then you'll know this game, even when modded/fixed/patched, is a hot piece of garbage.

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<CENTER><h3>Until next time! 🔥*dumpster fire emoji*🔥</h3></CENTER><CENTER><sub>*Fingers crossed really tightly.*</sub></CENTER>

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<CENTER><sub>All screenshots in this post are courtesy of me, @kaelci.</sub></CENTER>
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@demotry ·
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WOOHOO. new sims 3 storyline in a new PC that will hopefully go past 3 generations!

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@kaelci ·
So far I've had no noticeable glitches! I haven't past gen one yet though. XD XD I'm hopeful... but still pessimistic and just waiting for something to go wrong.
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haha. It will be fine. 
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@malos10 ·
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Looking forward to see the outcome from this!
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@kaelci ·
Cheers 🙂 so far it seems to be working alright, but we'll see how it keeps going.
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