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Re: What are your favorite traits to play with on the sims 3?
« Reply #25 on: April 06, 2011, 05:50:07 PM »
I got it from your Sims 3 trait guide. "I will never ever curse a Sim with this trait."

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Re: What are your favorite traits to play with on the sims 3?
« Reply #26 on: April 06, 2011, 05:54:16 PM »
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Re: What are your favorite traits to play with on the sims 3?
« Reply #27 on: April 06, 2011, 06:18:48 PM »
For me, the mean-spirited trait is one of the least useful not because it's bad or unpleasant but because it's not expressed very well.  I've had several mean-spirited sims where the trait got shoved into the background and I forgot they even had it.  Other than the outbursts of random anger which affect neither the sim nor those around them, you can't even tell a mean-spirited sim from who isn't.

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Re: What are your favorite traits to play with on the sims 3?
« Reply #28 on: April 06, 2011, 06:26:32 PM »
I never noticed that. However, I find it odd that a mean-spirited Sim can be good or family oriented. I thought that the mean spirited trait clashed with the family oriented trait until I played with the Alto Family, as Nick is both mean and family oriented. The same thing with loner and friendly. I thought loner and friendly clashed, until Claire Ursine's daughter was born.

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Re: What are your favorite traits to play with on the sims 3?
« Reply #29 on: April 07, 2011, 02:55:02 AM »
I could see a family oriented person who's mean-spirited.  Just because someone's mean doesn't necessarily imply that they don't like raising or having children around.  Actually, that would give them more people to be mean to.  :P

However, I do find the friendly and loner traits to be a bit at-odds with each other.  I keep trying to piece together a way to justify it, but as soon as I start to get it all arranged in my head, it evaporates.  I can see a loner making a few friends and knowing how to keep them, but if they were friendly, would they really be a loner?  It's kind of a paradox.

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Re: What are your favorite traits to play with on the sims 3?
« Reply #30 on: April 07, 2011, 03:00:55 AM »
I find it rather odd that a loner could be friendly. Another odd trait combo is a couch potato that loves the outdoors. The weirdest two traits a person could have together *drum roll please* mean-spirited and good. I find it really strange, and abnormal that a mean-spirited person would want to brighten another Sim's day, and donate money to charity. A mean spirited Sim donating to charity and brightening other Sim's days, as well as congratulating them on their wedding day, makes absolutely no sense whatsoever.

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Re: What are your favorite traits to play with on the sims 3?
« Reply #31 on: April 07, 2011, 03:06:48 AM »
I don't quite understand how friendly is at odds with loner.

The friendly trait is defined as:
    * Sim's friendly social interaction are accepted more often.
    * Friendly Sims make friends faster than other Sims.
    * Sim is a good listener, even when others repeat themselves.
    * Friendly Sims will have the desire to become best friends with their enemies.

I can see them co-existing just fine.

I think charismatic is the trait that is more at odds with the loner trait.
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Re: What are your favorite traits to play with on the sims 3?
« Reply #32 on: April 07, 2011, 03:10:48 AM »
Hmm. I think a big part of the Friendly trait is that it makes a Sim really nice around others. Even if they're a Loner or Shy, they'll still let you repeat social interactions and they'll build up relationships faster. It's because of their temperaments that Friendly Sims make more friends in the long run. It overlaps with the Good trait in that regard, I think.

For Couch Potato and Loves the Outdoors, I have one word: surfer  ;). Plus I know I'm one to sit outside with a book all day, so there's that.

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Re: What are your favorite traits to play with on the sims 3?
« Reply #33 on: April 07, 2011, 03:18:05 AM »
I see where this is coming from, in terms of the friendly loner combo. However, my odd trait combo, I mentioned before, a good person that is also mean-spirited, I don't think many people are aware, that having both the good and mean-spirited traits exist.

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Re: What are your favorite traits to play with on the sims 3?
« Reply #34 on: April 07, 2011, 03:21:00 AM »
Yeah, the good/mean-spirited combo and loner/charismatic as well as a few other combination really don't make much sense.
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Re: What are your favorite traits to play with on the sims 3?
« Reply #35 on: April 07, 2011, 03:25:35 AM »
Loner/charismatic. That's another trait combo I totally missed, that I find quite odd. Charismatic/mean-spirited is another rather strange combo as well as schmoozer/mean-spirited.

Bottom line: any social trait that involves unlocked nice social interactions, goes really odd with the mean-spirited trait.

Here's another odd trait combo: Inappropriate/friendly.

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Re: What are your favorite traits to play with on the sims 3?
« Reply #36 on: April 07, 2011, 03:29:12 AM »
I don't think schmoozer and mean-spirited are at odds. Schmoozer gives the impression of being a total suck-up and saying things for personal benefit, whereas friendly/charismatic interactions are more genuine and heartfelt, I guess.

Inapproriate/Friendly - I haven't really thought of that particular combo. A bit on the fence for that combination.
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Re: What are your favorite traits to play with on the sims 3?
« Reply #37 on: April 07, 2011, 11:48:32 AM »
Haha, I know a few people in real life that would have the Inappropriate/Friendly trait combination  :D For example, somebody who randomly sleeps in your bed or uses your shower could still be nice, right? As long as they don't start implying that your mother is a llama, of course.   ;)

I think the Good/Mean Spirited combo is the strangest. 
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Re: What are your favorite traits to play with on the sims 3?
« Reply #38 on: April 07, 2011, 12:26:24 PM »
Ahhh I see. Schmoozer seems quite genuine to me. I can however see how a schmoozer could be mean-spirited now, particularly your typical female highschool bully.

In the meantime, as many people said. I find it hard to believe the same Sim that wants to get in fights with everyone would want to help the poor, and congratulate me on my wedding day. Perhaps if a mean Sim donated to undermine charity it would make much more sense.

Has anyone played with absent-minded sims, or daredevils? I don't hear much talk about those two traits.

PS: Put your absent-minded Sim in the kitchen or at the dinner table.  :D

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Re: What are your favorite traits to play with on the sims 3?
« Reply #39 on: April 07, 2011, 12:58:31 PM »
Has anyone played with absent-minded sims, or daredevils? I don't hear much talk about those two traits.

PS: Put your absent-minded Sim in the kitchen or at the dinner table.  :D

Christopher Steel is the spouse of my founder in my dynasty, he has the Daredevil trait. The trait unlocked some very funny social interactions, including certain typical duties were marked as 'extreme' (i.e. 'Extreme Sleep' instead of 'Sleep' and so on). Nothing really special except Daredevils will get a +50 moodlet while on fire, and it will last for 3 hours, before they burn to death (if that's possible, but I doubt it is). Never had the strenght to play an Absent-Minded Sim, though. ;D I am not that cruel!
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Re: What are your favorite traits to play with on the sims 3?
« Reply #40 on: April 07, 2011, 01:54:13 PM »
For me, the mean-spirited trait is one of the least useful not because it's bad or unpleasant but because it's not expressed very well.  I've had several mean-spirited sims where the trait got shoved into the background and I forgot they even had it.  Other than the outbursts of random anger which affect neither the sim nor those around them, you can't even tell a mean-spirited sim from who isn't.

In my dynasty I've had interactions with 2 mean-spirited townies:  Jared Frio was a best friend of my founder and Jeremey Langerak married my 3rd generation heir.  It was pretty clear that both were mean-spirited because they would randomly end up with negative social interactions if left to their own devices.

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Re: What are your favorite traits to play with on the sims 3?
« Reply #41 on: April 07, 2011, 02:15:44 PM »
@TheCronicR: An absent minded Sim will randomly leave their food on the floor, completely unaware of what they're doing.

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« Reply #42 on: April 07, 2011, 02:26:27 PM »
@TheCronicR: An absent minded Sim will randomly leave their food on the floor, completely unaware of what they're doing.

Ah, I see. See, I've never played one. :)
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Re: What are your favorite traits to play with on the sims 3?
« Reply #43 on: April 07, 2011, 03:24:50 PM »
Absent minded is a trait that (in my opinion) really serves no purpose or benefit to a sim. In my opinion, it is of those traits that children develop when their parents fail to nurture their toddlers with the proper guidance, and attention they need in order to become successful children.

Clumsy is another trait along the same line as absent-minded. It really serves no purpose, the only thing really is that they will run into trash cans, and trip up the stairs.

EDIT: @TheCronicR: Yes, daredevils will get killed in a fire, but it is quite rare. However, when freewill is turned off, the chances of a daredevil being killed in a fire increases by 45%.

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« Reply #44 on: April 07, 2011, 03:45:02 PM »
Absent minded is a trait that (in my opinion) really serves no purpose or benefit to a sim. In my opinion, it is of those traits that children develop when their parents fail to nurture their toddlers with the proper guidance, and attention they need in order to become successful children.

Clumsy is another trait along the same line as absent-minded. It really serves no purpose, the only thing really is that they will run into trash cans, and trip up the stairs.

EDIT: @TheCronicR: Yes, daredevils will get killed in a fire, but it is quite rare. However, when freewill is turned off, the chances of a daredevil being killed in a fire increases by 45%.

Most sims I've aged up early without them learning the basic toddler skills, or being on the honor roll got the Absent-Minded trait. Though, it's rather random.
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Re: What are your favorite traits to play with on the sims 3?
« Reply #45 on: April 07, 2011, 04:04:49 PM »
Even though Christopher Steel doesn't actually have the lucky trait. Don't forget to mention that.

You know what clash between Sims I find rather strange, and even almost frivolous? A childish Sim finding an Insane Sim creepy after automatic interaction. Same with a neurotic Sim. The reason why it's nearly frivolous to me, is because Insane Sims, have very similar mannerisms, and even the same unlocked interactions, as childish Sims. As far as neurotic Sims finding Insane Sims creepy, that's actually hypocritical in my book, as the tow go hand and hand. I didn't think a neurotic Sim could be turned off by an insane Sim until Gus Hart (the only Insane Sim in Sunset Valley other than his wife Dorie) had talked about conspiracies (also available to neurotic Sims) to Marty Keaton (who happens to be neurotic).  ??? Marty Keaton's creepy moodlet, was simply the pot calling the kettle black in my book.

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« Reply #46 on: April 07, 2011, 04:22:31 PM »
Well, he's lucky either way. :P
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Re: What are your favorite traits to play with on the sims 3?
« Reply #47 on: April 07, 2011, 05:37:36 PM »
Absent minded is a trait that (in my opinion) really serves no purpose or benefit to a sim. In my opinion, it is of those traits that children develop when their parents fail to nurture their toddlers with the proper guidance, and attention they need in order to become successful children.

Failing to train a toddler only means that you don't get to pick the trait yourself.  In fact, under these circumstances you are just as likely to get Genius as a trait as you are Absent Minded.  This very thing has happened at least twice in my games.  Other times the game has picked traits like Athletic and Love the Outdoors.

The game doesn't see any trait as bad.  It is only our perception of the traits that make them good or bad.  Often times, this view is determined by undesirable side effects, such as your sim forgetting that they are on their way to work or being saddled with a negative moodlet for the entire day simply because they woke up.  The fact of the matter is that if all of the traits "served a purpose" and provided positive benefits, there would be no risk in failing to train toddlers or skipping school every day to train skills.  Since this provides an underlying motivation for many players, they do serve a purpose.

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Re: What are your favorite traits to play with on the sims 3?
« Reply #48 on: April 07, 2011, 10:42:06 PM »
Anyone ever play with a vegetarian Sim? That's another one of my favorite traits, also one, I believe is quite underrated, and very beneficial to a Sim. For best results: make sure the vegetarian is a natural cook, or a green thumb, even eco-friendly. Your sim will naturally grow better produce, and will even learn vegetarian alternatives to their favorite recipes they once loved back in their carnivorous days. The only issue with the trait, is that when you feed your veg-Sim meat, they will get sick.

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« Reply #49 on: April 07, 2011, 11:29:25 PM »
Vegetarian is indeed underrated. I gave it to my first Sim ever in the Sims 3, and she lived to be 107. At first I thought it was the game's usual aging mechanics, I was wrong. It was nearly two years ago and I still remember it as clear as today. Aurora Tyson, that same Sim, was resurrected to become the founder of my Tyson Legacy, linked in my signature.
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