Tuesday, July 10, 2012

My Experience with SimCity Social / Buh-Bye Lag!

Okay, so today I want to talk about two things, the first of which being my first impression of SimCity Social and then the magical (and ridiculously simple) thing that completely fixed the lag in my game.

So I've never played SimCity before, but I always give the Sims games on Facebook and mobile phones a try just for the heck of it. I honestly wasn't expecting much from this game, given how horribly simple Sims Social was, but I was actually surprised. The whole dependence upon energy thing bothers me a little, but it's a cute little game. I might keep playing it... I'll probably get hooked on it for a month and then completely abandon it, like my experience with FarmVille. I do like watching this little cartoony town grow, though... Anyways, the Facebook adaptation of the game has given me motivation to buy the new SimCity game, as I think if I enjoy the simplified version of the game to some extent, then I will love the real deal. There was certainly quite a gap between my love for Sims Social and Sims 3. :/ The only thing that's really, truly bothering me about SimCity Social right now is that I can't figure out how to send a freaking hot air balloon. It's driving me insane! I've scoured the net in search of something to point me in the right direction, but I still can't figure it out! And for that reason (as well as the very exciting elimination of all lag in my game), I have Sims 3 running instead at the moment.

I can't believe I didn't think of this before. I feel like a total peabrain for not realizing that I had accumulated over five thousand items in my laptop's recycle bin! You see, I have this nagging feeling every time I chuck something in there that I will need it again in the future, which is what has kept me from emptying that thing out since the day I first got my laptop over a year and a half ago. Today I finally got up the courage to just wipe the thing out, and holy chiz. I started up my game and there was no freaking lag. I just sat there in awe with my mouth hanging open as my sim chopped her veggies for her salad without once freezing. Heck, I could even turn my graphics back up to High like they used to be at. That, too, made such a great difference in my enjoyment of playing, as I once again had top-notch graphics. The sunset was so beautiful, I took a picture just to share with you guys:


This is a little after sunset, but whatever... Beautiful plants! Reflections! Detail! Ahhhh! :D

All this time... It was the evil recycling bin. I kept taking content out of my game, hoping that would fix my problem, but the actual problem was not with the amount of stuff in my game but the amount of stuff lying unused in my computer. And now that it's gone and my game is running beautifully, I am in a very good mood. :D And I am off... To enjoy Sims. :)

-Siminoid

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