The Sims 4 is a buggy game. It always has been.
I don’t blame the game developers. I can’t even comprehend the complexity of this game. It’s an entirely open-ended game, with no script. Players can do just about anything they want to with it. Plus, there are a lot of game packs, stuff packs, and expansion packs out there. The number of combinations of these packs a player can own, or not own, is enormous. I don’t know how a game developer can foresee every possibility.
The team behind The Sims 4 does a pretty good job of releasing bug-fix updates regularly.
I’ve put up with the bugs. Sims walk through solid objects. Sims get stuck inside solid objects. Sims ride bicycles through restaurants. Sims go to bed exhausted, immediately get out of bed, and then pass out from exhaustion. It’s kind of funny, most of the time.
However, this new bug – the cake bug – has been making me not want to play the game until it’s fixed. It’s not a game-breaker, but it makes the game too annoying to play.
The Sims living in Daisy Hovel are constantly baking cakes. It’s usually white cakes, but they do occasionally bake sugar-free carob coconut cakes. Cakes pile up, in various states of completion, in the kitchen and dining room.
This happens in other households, but it’s a minor issue compared to Daisy Hovel. I think this is because Daisy Hovel contains the most Sims – six Young Adults, Adults, and Elders.
It’s more than just an excess of cakes. Sims bake cakes, but rarely eat them. They bake a cake, don’t eat it, become hungry, and bake another cake, and don’t eat it. When I direct them to eat a slice of cake, or on the rare occasion that they eat cake on their own, they become ill from an unbalanced diet (i.e. too many desserts).
I’ve reported this bug to the Sims 4 developers, along with over a hundred other players having the same experience. I saw a solution that blamed it on the Foodies Unite! Neighborhood Action Plan, but I don’t think that’s it. I can’t find any neighborhood in my game that has that N.A.P.
While I was waiting for the bug to get fixed, I started moving cakes into the refrigerator. I think there’s at least 20 cakes in there.
Then, I started moving cakes outside, onto the deck, and into the yard. Sims seem more likely to eat them outside, for whatever reason. And, if they don’t, cakes go bad and the maid will clean them up. At least the kitchen and dining room look less cluttered.
But then, I came up with what may be an interim solution, until the bug is fixed.
What if I removed the oven from the Daisy Hovel kitchen? Sims couldn’t bake cakes, and they could live off those 20 cakes, and whatever else is in the refrigerator – until the bug is fixed.
Then I wondered what to do about the microwave. Should I leave it? Sims could make quick meals, which also makes them ill over time, but at least they couldn’t bake cakes.
Then I came up with a better solution. I put the oven in the household inventory, and replaced it with a grill. Sims could still cook healthy meals. I left the microwave.
So far, it’s working. The Sims of Daisy Hovel are eating healthier meals, and they’re eating the leftovers from the fridge.
The cakes are disappearing from the yard.