I am loving the new “Laundry Day” pack for The Sims 4. I’m enjoying all the variety built into the simply act of a sim doing their laundry. I also like (I guess) that there’s a new way for a sim to die. This pack has added a whole new level of unreal-realism to this game.
I especially like the fact that this new pack will change the game only as much as you want it to. If you add a washing machine to a lot, the sims living there will have to do laundry. If a lot doesn’t have a washing machine, they won’t. I think the programmers did an excellent job with this one.
I’d love to be able to build a laundromat, but I understand that that isn’t possible.
When I bought the pack, on the day it became available, the first question I had was: Where do I put these machines? I’m currently playing several households, in houses I’ve built, in houses that came with the game, in remodeled game houses, and apartments. None of these homes had laundry rooms.
But the need for creativity is what I love about The Sims 4.
Spouses Felicia and Jonas live in a house I built on Potters Splay, in Willow Creek. They discovered they had just enough room on the back porch for a washer and dryer, without any remodeling. Their daughter Agnes, although still a child, shows great responsibility and does the laundry without being asked to.
Also in Willow Creek, siblings Serenity and Irving live in an extensively remodeled house on Daisy Hovel. (A second story and a basement was added.) When their parents were still alive, the house was overcrowded, and Serenity moved a bed into the basement. She still sleeps there, but she now shares the space with a washer and dryer.
Vampire spouses Daryl and Alexander persuaded Alexander’s family to move out of the old Goth Mansion, in Willow Creek, so they could move in. (Daryl is quite charming and the Goths will do anything for their son-in-law.) They kept the place pretty much as it was, although they did add a rooftop deck (for night use only) as well as two levels of massive, labyrinthine basements. It was a simple matter to find some unused space in the creepy sub-basement for a laundry area. There’s a karaoke machine around the corner, for passing the time while the washings being done.
Tanvi and her daughter Siya live in the pre-existing house on the Domus Familiaris lot in Brindleton Bay. They’ve done some work to the yard, but have kept the house as it was when they moved in. There was just enough room for a washing machine in the kitchen, so they dry their clothes on a line in the back yard.
The Hollows household lives in a house I built on the Dachshund’s Creek lot in Brindleton Bay. It’s quite a large house, with plenty of space to add a laundry room. The most logical option, however, seemed to be to remove the first-floor closet beneath the stair and convert that space. It was eventually discovered that the closet could remain in place. Once a door was added, there was space behind the closet to stack the washer and dryer.
Finding room for this new laundry equipment turned out to be not much work at all. Neither of my apartment-dwelling households have laundry equipment. I imagine they go to some San Myshuno laundromat only they know about.
No one knows where Francine Cha came from.
Francine offers no clues to her past, and evades all questions about it.
A persistent rumor says that Francine Cha was adopted as a teenager by Patty Holmes and Martha Unger, and that she grew up in a house in Newcrest. Francine was single until, after a single date (her first date ever), she married their next door neighbor, Frank Redding – so says the rumor.
Patty Holmes, despite outliving Martha, and at least two other spouses, cannot be found. No one knows what became of Frank Redding. The Grim Reaper has a strict code of confidentiality, so death can be neither confirmed nor discounted. The house that Francine Cha allegedly grew up in does not exist.
If the rumor is to believed, Francine Cha seems to have simply disappeared around the same time as Patty Holmes and Frank Redding.
Years later, a teenager named Aquarius Burke answered a “Roommate Wanted” ad, and moved into a tiny San Myshuno apartment with a teenager named Francine Cha. Having never heard the Newcrest rumor, Aquarius found nothing odd in the existence of this young Francine.
Aquarius’ parents had heard the rumor, however, and were concerned enough for their son’s safety, that they launched a police investigation into the background of Francine Cha.
The police later released an official statement: “Ms Cha’s evasiveness is concerning, but we have been unable to find conclusive evidence of wrongdoing. We have found evidence that a Ms Holmes and a Mr. Redding did, in fact, exist at some point. As we are all well aware, it is not unheard of for sims, or entire buildings, to disappear without explanation. It just happens. As expected, The Grim Reaper has not returned our calls regarding this investigation. We have uncovered screenshots which suggest that a house, matching the description of the rumor, did exist in Newcrest, and that a sim matching the description of the subject of this investigation lived there. That sim, however, was an elder at the time of what we’re calling ‘The Newcrest Incident’. We can therefore conclude that we have been investigating two different sims.”
The police report contained an addendum which stated that Francine Cha (Aquarius Burke’s roommate) is good friends with a sim named Daryl Robards, and are frequently seen in public together. Daryl, coincidentally (or not), is also rumored to have disappeared at the time of The Newcrest Incident.
Francine Cha and Aquarius Burke were both socially awkward loners. They existed well enough together as roommates in their cramped apartment. Then, after a short romance, and a date or two, Francine and Aquarius surprised everyone by getting married. They moved to a bigger apartment and raised a family.
Francine Cha outlived Aquarius. She outlived their three children. She has, so far, outlived two of her following three spouses.
Sims once wondered if Patty Holmes was going to live forever. That made her disappearance so much more mysterious. It now appears as if Francine Cha is going to live forever.
There are those who still believe that that the elder named Francine Cha who disappeared in Newcrest and the teenager named Francine Cha who appeared in San Myshuno are the same sim. No one has come up with a plausible explanation for the age reversal, however. There is a fringe theory out there that Patty’s and Francine’s longevity are somehow linked.
Francine Cha is the only sim who knows the truth.
At work today, I listened to a just-published video from The Sims VIP. The video detailed a new patch for The Sims 4, just released today.
Later in the afternoon, Phillip sent me a text message. He and a coworker were going to see the movie Thor: Ragnarok after work. (Phillip knows I’m feeling a little burned out on super hero movies.)
I decided to take the bus home. I got to 4th & Pike just as a 47 was leaving. So I caught an 11 a couple of minutes later and walked home from Olive Way.
As soon as I got home, I booted up the computer and started that patch going. It was going to be a three-hour download, at least.
So, while the download was going, I completed my Yellow Submarine Lego build. And I did some reading.
The new patch for The Sims 4 is related somewhat to the new Dogs & Cats DLC, just a few days away. I’m excited about it.