Glitches Make the Game!


Bad CC caused serious "birth defects" in Sims 3. Such children were affectionately referred to as "demon spawn".
Bad CC caused serious “birth defects” in Sims 3. Such children were affectionately referred to as “demon spawn”.

We’ve all had them in our Sims games. From the hilarious “clipping” issues of the original game, to the blips of Sims 2, the deformed babies of Sims 3, right down to the present-day problems of Sims 4, glitches and bugs have always been part of the simming experience.

We complain, of course. We post to the Technical Forum, and we quickly compile lists of known bugs and possible work-arounds whenever a new patch comes out.

Here are those helpful links in case you need them:

The Sims 4 Bugs and Issues

The Sims 4 Technical Discussions

Of course, we all know the truth. We’ll never get rid of glitches. For me, that’s all right, because I’ve discovered another truth. Glitches make the game what it is.

Although it would be nice to have a glitch-free game, I’ve come to understand that it’s not going to happen, so as the old saying goes, if you can’t fight it… well, I don’t exactly “join” the glitches, but I do look for imaginative ways to work little glitches into my storyline.

Remember the real-life story of Baby Jessica in the well? It was nation-wide news back in 1987 when 18-month old Jessica McClure fell into an abandoned well shaft and was trapped for 58 hours before being rescued. Later, in Sims 2, I had my own “Baby Jessica” story thanks to a little glitch. I went into one of my households and discovered that somehow the family’s toddler was “trapped” in the space beneath a stairwell. I don’t recall exactly what I had to do to fix the glitch — most likely it was no more than using the “move_objects on” cheat — but oh, what a thrilling story it was to write about this event! Imagining it to be a “dramatic rescue” was much more fun that groaning about a glitch.

And then there was the “jump bug”. Remember that? I do. It involved the “memory system” of Sims 2, and even though I can’t explain the cause — or remember the cure — I do recall how horrified I was when one of my favorite sims — Jerome Denzer — suddenly came down with it. Again, I simply wrote it into my storyline, noting how distraught his family was to learn he’d been diagnosed with an incurable disease.  Later, the “jump bug” disappeared, and Jerome was well again.  Hallelujah! Miracles do happen.

Some glitches — like the demon spawn toddlers — are both horrific and hilarious. They’re quickly fixed as often as not, or if not, they can usually be easily ignored. Many are caused by custom content, so if your game gets “glitchy”, checking your downloads and mods is usually a good starting point.

Houses and lots downloaded from the gallery can also cause little glitches in the game, so again, use common sense and reasonable caution before placing new lots into the game. Going back again to Sims 2 — my favorite of the series — I had a tragic event happen due to a beautiful home I downloaded. It came complete with a very wealthy elder gentleman, and he seemed a perfect match for the widowed Chantelle Picot. She married him, moved in, and planned to live a life of luxury. Instead, she nearly died. The house was huge, and it took me a while to locate Chantelle once I noticed her blood-red icon. What was going on? Simple. The house-builder had obviously not tested the home. The dining room, though spacious, was poorly-designed, leaving poor Chantelle trapped and unable to move.

My story line? Her husband — who at that point was fooling around and cheating on her — had obviously tried to get rid of his new wife. The nerve! I wasn’t about to let him get away with it. Chantelle fixed him a lovely dinner, called him to the meal, and watched with smug satisfaction as he got trapped in that tricky little space. He was laid to rest, Chantelle inherited his entire fortune, and she did, indeed, live happily ever after.

Most of the glitches I’ve encountered in Sims 4 have been fairly harmless. Yes, the “spicy foods” bug was annoying, and thank goodness, it’s gone now. I’ve occasionally had sims trapped beneath stairwells again, but exiting and coming back to the house at a later time has corrected the situation. I’ve dealt with the “sims-can’t-take-a-bath-because-there’s-a-baby-bassinet-nearby” problem and have learned to keep those bassinets a good distance away from the tubs and showers, and I’ve had problems with NPC’s coming to lots and refusing to leave. By the way, a good trick to resolve that problem is to let your sims travel somewhere. Usually when they return, the unwanted guests will be gone.

I’ve created a few glitches of my own with my haphazard building skills — which is why I generally use lots from other players. Back in Sims 2, I tried my hand at using the water tool with a lovely house and ended up with my sims swimming to the front door. It was rather embarrassing. Again, it became part of the storyline with the family forced to move due to flooding. I believe they also sued the homebuilder and received a nice settlement.

A little rough-housing thanks to a little game glitch.
A little rough-housing thanks to a little game glitch.

Back in the days of the original game, I had fun taking pictures and captioning them with ridiculous notes, such as “Belinda with her head sticking through the wall” or “Calvin and his wife getting really close”. I love to see old sim photos of “flying babies” and other sim silliness caused by little glitches.

Even today, when a glitch occurs in my game, my first reaction is usually to grab a screenshot…which leads to my next question.

“Who was that naked child at the door?”

Yep, while playing around once with the No Mosaic Mod by moxiemason, I did a little double-take when a child sim’s friend came over after school. Sims ChildEnough said.

Glitches are a nuisance at times, but the game wouldn’t be the same without them. Glitches can be a lot of fun, and with a little imagination, you can turn your glitches into very memorable moments in your stories.

Happy Simming!


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