I Designed My Dream Apartment in The Sims 4

Because what else would you do with a life simulator?

In all honesty though, I’ve wanted to do this since I designed my dream office a few months ago. Like with the office, it’s fun to think about your ideal living space. Maybe a little motivating, too!

In case you didn’t know, The Sims 4 is the fourth instalment in a series of life simulation games where you control the lives of the comical and slightly inept Sims. And you control everything – how they spend their day, what they eat, where they work, who they fall in love with. You design their house, pick their clothes, and choose their personality and their aspirations in life.

Once upon a time, these games were just an opportunity to live out my dream life. I would design my ideal self, give her the house I always wanted, and the successful career I dreamed about. It has this addicting wish fulfillment aspect to it. But the older I get, the more I enjoy playing Sims as a way of creating characters and telling new stories. I don’t want to control everything so much as I want to gently nudge to see how things play out.

Still, who doesn’t like to indulge every now and again? I love designing houses, especially interiors, so I always have a lot of fun doing things like this. It’s also interesting to think about what you actually would want and use – what would you keep inside the house or apartment of your dreams?

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2020 Most Anticipated

A new year means new content, and I love taking a look at all the books, games and movies that are going to be coming out over the next twelve months.

Compared to previous years, however, there isn’t as much capturing my interest. There are a lot of sequels coming out for series I haven’t read and there aren’t any big games I’m really excited about. That being said, there are a few books and games coming out this year that I’m hyped for even if it isn’t as much as in previous years. Movies are the one area that looks pretty lacklustre this year, so I’ve skipped that category this time.

Onwards, to my most anticipated books and games of the year 2020!

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19 Favourites of 2019

I love these posts. I love seeing people narrow down the best of the best and attempt to distil their favourite content from everything they’ve seen, read or played throughout the year. It’s fun to look back at, and it’s great if your looking for more recommended reads or games. It’s that sort of end-of-the-year staple content that I always look forward to. And I also enjoy taking the time to go through my own year of content consumption to see what I would consider a favourite.

But I’m also a lazy woman. I could have broken this up into a few posts – one focused on my favourite books, one about my favourite games, and another for any other random favourites I’d found throughout the year. But honestly, I didn’t consume as much as I have in previous years to make for very large lists, and I thought it sounded catchier if I wrapped up 2019 with 19 favourites. So I’ve lumped ’em all together.

Anyway, enough about my process. It’s been a weird and busy year, but there were still some gems that I want to talk about. Here are 19 of my favourites from 2019.

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Pokemon Sword/Shield: Favourite Galar Pokemon

A few weeks back I (painfully) narrowed down my top 5 Pokemon of every generation, so it’s only fair that I do the same for the new set. With all the controversy over the Pokedex changes, it’s not as big a roster of new Pokemon as we’re used to, but there are still some amazing options to add to your team.

So, even though it was brutally hard to narrow it down to just 5 the first time, I’ve done it again for the new Galar Pokemon. Suffering for content.

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Pokemon Sword & Shield: Remaking the Wheel

Let me start off by saying that this is not a review of Pokemon Sword/Shield. I certainly have some thoughts about the game that I’m going to share, but I won’t call it a ‘review.’ I made the decision not to do reviews on this platform, mainly because I’m not an expert, reviews are subjective, and I’ve never been comfortable assigning a numerical value to my experience with something.

Maybe I’ve just been put off by the book industry, but I find it really hard to come up with a system that can adequately capture my feelings about a movie, game or book. Instead, I prefer to have open discussions and talk about what I liked or what I didn’t like. I’ve been anticipating this game since it was first announced, and as the first core title on the Switch, I had some high expectations.

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