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Re: Showtime - First Impressions
« Reply #25 on: March 06, 2012, 06:54:23 PM »
My first impression is, that so far, I really like this town and what it has to offer.  I haven't played too much yet, but will on my days off. :)
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Re: Showtime - First Impressions
« Reply #26 on: March 06, 2012, 06:56:08 PM »
On the third time, it just stopped playing, but the animations were still going (spinning plumbob, sleeping z's). Normally that's only for a few seconds, but I let it go for 10 minutes this time, and it never resumed and I couldn't click anything.

Ok I just had the same thing happen to me.   It just stayed there like that forever.  I also had a singer that couldn't get a singing career but I hadn't really gotten past the first day.  I like the town but I wish I could tell whether or not this is going to be a constant.
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« Reply #27 on: March 06, 2012, 07:16:12 PM »
Ok I just had the same thing happen to me.   It just stayed there like that forever.  I also had a singer that couldn't get a singing career but I hadn't really gotten past the first day.  I like the town but I wish I could tell whether or not this is going to be a constant.

Hm, I wonder if this is going to be a normal glitch? But when I moved my sim to a different town, the singer career was in the newspaper. I guess it varies from day to day. I wish all three were automatically in the paper, though. With the other professions, you can learn the skill then sign up at the town hall, no problem. But with these new professions, you just have to wait for it to come up in the paper/computer.

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Re: Showtime - First Impressions
« Reply #28 on: March 06, 2012, 07:24:01 PM »
That's because there is no skill associated with the new careers. 

The freezing thing happened again!  It's 2 am on the dot every time.  Was that when it was for you too?  Do you have any mods running?
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Re: Showtime - First Impressions
« Reply #29 on: March 06, 2012, 07:41:47 PM »
The new town is not impressive at all to me. It seems positively tiny! I may be the only person who thinks that, but I'm going to completely pass on playing this town again.

Most EA towns except SV seem small to me.  I love the look and feel of AP, for example, but there isn't enough room there to put all the different kinds of venues there that I would want for a long term game like a dynasty or legacy.  I'm excited to explore SS, though.  I've seen a few pics and it looks like there are some nice new houses along with all the new venues associated with the EP.

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« Reply #30 on: March 06, 2012, 07:44:49 PM »
The freezing thing happened again!  It's 2 am on the dot every time.  Was that when it was for you too?  Do you have any mods running?

How often do you delete your cache files?  Barnacle Bay had a similar problem for me and deleting my cache files on a regular keeps it from happening.

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« Reply #31 on: March 06, 2012, 08:12:16 PM »
That's because there is no skill associated with the new careers. 

The freezing thing happened again!  It's 2 am on the dot every time.  Was that when it was for you too?  Do you have any mods running?

I think it was 2:03 for me. And yeah, I have a few of Twallan's.

How often do you delete your cache files?  Barnacle Bay had a similar problem for me and deleting my cache files on a regular keeps it from happening.

I cleared my caches just before loading sims in my instance.



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Re: Showtime - First Impressions
« Reply #32 on: March 06, 2012, 08:20:13 PM »
I've also cleared them all at least twice today.   So I don't know.  I started a new file and it hasn't happened yet but then again this file I was able to get the singing career to pop up too.
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Re: Showtime - First Impressions
« Reply #33 on: March 06, 2012, 08:31:37 PM »
I haven't tried the game play, but the new furniture and stuff is AMAZING!!! :))

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Re: Showtime - First Impressions
« Reply #34 on: March 06, 2012, 09:16:03 PM »
I like it that the new careers can play for tips at level 1. However, it's a bit of a bummer that you don't gain guitar skill while singing with guitar...  :P And is it just me or are the tips more infrequent with singing? Most of my tips are made by canceling the play for tips cue, then playing for tips again... Loving Showtime so far.

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« Reply #35 on: March 06, 2012, 09:23:35 PM »
Another impression I have is about sharing memories, and that impression is both good and bad.  I think the idea to share and comment instantly on other people's memories is really cool, however the concerns about getting your page spammed into oblivion seems to have come to fruition. 

This is not a universal problem, as most people aren't doing this...however I've already deleted one person off my friends list because they felt that they had to post every last memory that popped up (not to mention a few custom memories) for no other reason than they had the ability to do so.  I posted a comment about this, and her response was essentially:  "It's new so I have to use it as much as I conceivably can," so I removed her.  For the record:  there is nothing new about this.  It's Facebook for your sims.  Facebook has been around for 7 years now so there's nothing left to figure out.

If you're using the social features, please do not do this.  It's annoying beyond all reasonable limits to be playing your game and have live updates every 3 minutes that someone else's sim just went to the park, or the library, or burned their dinner.

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Re: Showtime - First Impressions
« Reply #36 on: March 06, 2012, 10:22:14 PM »
I like it that the new careers can play for tips at level 1. However, it's a bit of a bummer that you don't gain guitar skill while singing with guitar...  :P And is it just me or are the tips more infrequent with singing? Most of my tips are made by canceling the play for tips cue, then playing for tips again... Loving Showtime so far.

I also noticed that my singer didn't get tipped until after I told her to stop singing.

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Re: Showtime - First Impressions
« Reply #37 on: March 06, 2012, 10:23:33 PM »
I am really liking Showtime so far. I did think the town was a little small at first but you have no problem having sims show up at your gigs. I didn't find the singing career through the paper or the computer. I went to see a Proprietor and the option was there for you to join the profession. So I guess I would say try that if you can't find it the other way. My girl is at level 4 now of the singing career. I think she has gotten better over time but not really with the voice so much as the moves she makes? Maybe. I noticed when she went to sing karaoke  that her voice didn't sound good at all but at that time I had just begun the career. I haven't went back yet to see if she sounds better now. As your sims progress in the career you have more songs that you can choose to sing. Very nice sounding songs I think too. The bull riding is so funny. So I think I really like this one and look foward to trying out the other jobs.

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Re: Showtime - First Impressions
« Reply #38 on: March 06, 2012, 10:30:03 PM »
With regard to posting memories, it's possible that you have to leave memory notification on in order to get achievement badges. That said, you can delete them by clicking on the little garbage can at the far left. That way, you don't store them. and nobody else has to see them.

My Sim went to play pool, and they actually play a game (in Sims 1 it was a general animation, and I can't remember what Sims 2 was like).

Enchanted 81 and I tried using SimPort. Her game crashed when it saved before sending the Sim to my park, but we both got stamps in our booklets. My Sim went and came back, but we didn't get the report, and the booklet says she's still on tour. Go figure.
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Re: Showtime - First Impressions
« Reply #39 on: March 06, 2012, 10:48:38 PM »
With regard to posting memories, it's possible that you have to leave memory notification on in order to get achievement badges. That said, you can delete them by clicking on the little garbage can at the far left. That way, you don't store them. and nobody else has to see them.

My Sim went to play pool, and they actually play a game (in Sims 1 it was a general animation, and I can't remember what Sims 2 was like).

Enchanted 81 and I tried using SimPort. Her game crashed when it saved before sending the Sim to my park, but we both got stamps in our booklets. My Sim went and came back, but we didn't get the report, and the booklet says she's still on tour. Go figure.

The memories will tone down a bit, some people are still working on unlocking their badges for it. I personally delete mine after I've posted a few so it doesn't clog up my wall and others. Unfortunately, I can't do anything about the in-game spam it does and I typically post and warn everyone a good deal of time ahead that I'm doing so.

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Re: Showtime - First Impressions
« Reply #40 on: March 07, 2012, 12:20:30 AM »
I personally delete mine after I've posted a few so it doesn't clog up my wall and others.

I've seen no way to delete anything from my wall after it's been posted.  How do you do this?

Also keep in mind that for anything to actually appear on your wall you have to post it.  You have to go in to your scrapbook, select the memory and click the check mark.  That posts it to your wall.  Memories do not post automatically.  It takes an action on your part.  Likewise, you can go into your scrapbook and delete memories without them ever appearing on your wall.

I've seen no way to set your privacy settings for your wall, either.  Where do you do this?

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« Reply #41 on: March 07, 2012, 12:29:50 AM »
I've seen no way to set your privacy settings for your wall, either.  Where do you do this?

No Showtime for me yet (not released until Friday. :( ) but in the patch, go into your wall (ingame) and then somewhere in there are Privacy Settings.

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« Reply #42 on: March 07, 2012, 12:44:24 AM »
I've seen no way to delete anything from my wall after it's been posted.  How do you do this?

Also keep in mind that for anything to actually appear on your wall you have to post it.  You have to go in to your scrapbook, select the memory and click the check mark.  That posts it to your wall.  Memories do not post automatically.  It takes an action on your part.  Likewise, you can go into your scrapbook and delete memories without them ever appearing on your wall.

I've seen no way to set your privacy settings for your wall, either.  Where do you do this?

On the website if you hover over the right top corner of a post there's an X that doesn't show up until you hover. If it's your post then you click that and have the option to remove, if it's a friends post and you click it then you have the option to hide. If you go to the in-game profile/wall you can only delete your comments/posts by clicking on the trashcan icon.

I don't post them from my scrapbook, I purposely turn memory notification on in specific games so I can finish off the 200 memories and post them from that. Granted, I don't post 20+ of them in a few minute span and I do warn people ahead of time (at least 15-20 minutes before) that I'm going on a memory spree. Once I have my last badge, I see no point in posting another memory ever.

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Re: Showtime - First Impressions
« Reply #43 on: March 07, 2012, 03:57:35 AM »
If you're using the social features, please do not do this.  It's annoying beyond all reasonable limits to be playing your game and have live updates every 3 minutes that someone else's sim just went to the park, or the library, or burned their dinner.

Now that would be annoying! Do you have to upload memories? Or, can you just ignore that? Haven't gotten the game yet.

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« Reply #44 on: March 07, 2012, 04:11:48 AM »
Now that would be annoying! Do you have to upload memories? Or, can you just ignore that? Haven't gotten the game yet.

Uploading memories actually requires an action for you, but I guess you can set it to post them automatically.  However, if you don't have them set to automatic you can upload what you want and ignore/delete the rest without posting them.

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Re: Showtime - First Impressions
« Reply #45 on: March 07, 2012, 10:34:52 AM »
I'm kind of on the fence about Showtime so far.  I played for a couple of hours and had fun but also some frustration.  Perhaps that will change when I get used to the new features.

I love the houses in Starlight Shores - they are beautifully done (even the starters) - but I wish there were a few more in the mid-price range that were unoccupied.  Otherwise I found the town pretty unimpressive.  It felt emptier and smaller than other towns and there is no room to add community lots from other EPs.  I'll play it while I'm experimenting with this EP, but don't see myself choosing it for any kind of long term game.  There are other EA towns, as well as UC, that I much prefer.

I love the ability to 'chat' with friends who are online.  It was really fun to interact with some of you last evening as we were playing and I look forward to seeing more of our forum members in game.  I didn't find the social feature at all intrusive, and it was especially helpful when I had some questions about how to do something and could get immediate feedback from my friends.

I'm interested to experiment with Simport, but it seems to be somewhat inconsistent what with crashes and such.  There are also limitations to it that weren't clearly spelled out ahead of time.  For example, you can't send your performer to another town until they are level 2 - not really a big deal since it is pretty easy to achieve.  When I finally got my performer at the right level to travel I learned that I had to have at least 2 sims in the household in order to send one on tour.  It would have been helpful to know that ahead of time, but live and learn.

While I certainly don't regret getting Showtime, so far for me at least it isn't really living up to all the hype.

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« Reply #46 on: March 07, 2012, 12:48:46 PM »
I found the bull was hilarious, sorry for so many pics.  I do have a few of the town I will put in another post.







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« Reply #47 on: March 07, 2012, 12:58:49 PM »
I made the man at Gamestop laugh...first, I wasn't going to buy ST at all due to the social stuff which I didn't want.  Then I changed my mind because of all the neat stuff it comes with and the patch gave us most of the social stuff anyway. ::)  Then I was only going to get it this week, only after I read about any possible bugs...I wound up at Gamestop at 11 AM the day of release. :P  At least I can hold my head up that I wasn't there at 10 AM. 8)

I really like it...the animations are fantastic and really funny.  I have a singer and the singing telegrams are adorable.  I can't wait to see what the other careers do. ;D

There's just so much in the ep, it's going to take time to explore but from the first day, I don't regret buying it. :)

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Re: Showtime - First Impressions
« Reply #48 on: March 07, 2012, 01:38:50 PM »
I played last night and so far so good. I haven't used Simport yet, but hopefully tonight after I put another Sim in my Singer's household I can send Billie DuRone on tour. I am hoping to host someone soon. I felt a little uncomfortable sending out requests, but that's my own issue not a game issue. I didn't want anyone to feel obligated or spammed.

The two highlights for me were

- Performing for tips. Wow! I was surprised and very pleased when my sim whipped out her guitar and started singing for a whole group of people...it was even more fun when she performed on stage in the park and the audience threw things at her; good things: A teddy bear and A Ducksworth Bathington.

-Secondly, going to see an acrobat perform. I saw in the paper there was a show that night at 7:30 in the big venue that doubles as the theatre. I got there in plenty of time but didn't know what to do, couldn't enter or make a selection to watch the show. The show was supposed to start at 7:30 but at 7:45 my sim and every other sim in the area walked to the door on the side of the building on their own and went inside where the sim was performing.  I was -very- surprised at the quality of the show, the way the sims looked and every little thing about the show. It was like they looked better? A higher quality graphic than I was expecting.

What I don't particularly like and I don't exactly dislike it, either is when performing sing-o-grams and how many pop ups for work appear later in the career. Your sims are running from job to job for a quick little song. Edit: This is in line with what a singing telegram person actually does do but they seem to roll in right after another with no real set hours save you don't seem to get any at night. Which also makes sense.

I also learned not to take all the new traits at once. I got way too many social butterfly wish rolls (which makes sense, you are a social butterfly) and the It's Like I'm Invisible negative moodlet popped up at 8:01 am Sunday, Day 1 Week 1. Managing my Social motive was a little interesting. It drops real quick if you have this trait.  I noticed the social bar continued to lower while on the phone with the occasional big boost during the conversation, but not a continuous green arrow boost. It still wasn't completely full when the call ended, a sim hour or more later.

I am curious to any benefit Diva has besides the social options and doing everything with Flair kind of like Evil and Daredevil Sims.

My singer got heckled on her way to the bookstore without ever having performed anything at all yet. It was kind of funny but gave me a brief Unlucky Feeling negative moodlet.

I give my overall experience 8 out of 10.

I razed the equestrian center and reoriented the salon, consignment and fire station. I added my favorite club from Late Night.  I think the clubs can be easily adapted for Late Night (if that's your thing) with dropping a proper bar in place of the default ones inside.

I thought I would be able to go into the coffee shop, but it doubles as the Diner rabbithole with a stage outside. A little disappointing.

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« Reply #49 on: March 07, 2012, 03:10:23 PM »
When I finally got my performer at the right level to travel I learned that I had to have at least 2 sims in the household in order to send one on tour.  It would have been helpful to know that ahead of time, but live and learn.

Actually, they were quite clear about that from the start.  They weren't as clear on the career level, but if you think about it, this stands to reason.