Transcripts From Chat With The Sims 2 Tuning Team

Thursday, August 19, 2004 - 23:10

Thank You to everyone that showed up to our chat event. If you were unable to make it, we have posted the transcripts for you.

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maxiskane (Aug 19, 2004 6:03:16 PM)
Hello everyone and welcome to The Sims2 chat. Lucy Bradshaw is unable to chat with us today but will be chatting with the community in the coming weeks. Not to worry though, she has sent the fabulous Sims2 Tuning team to chat with you in her stead. Introducing Kevin Hogan, Thomas Vu, Hunter Howe, and Destry Davison.

koolneil (Aug 19, 2004 6:05:33 PM)
Hi lucy :-). Can you please tell us if the sims 2 has gone gold yet?

maxiskevin (Aug 19, 2004 6:05:33 PM)
The game is not quite done yet, we're working hard to get it into your hands a quickly as possible.

yesiamroxane (Aug 19, 2004 6:05:46 PM)
Do you have to be married to get pregnant? and if you are can you get pregnant with someone other than your husband?

MaxisHunter! (Aug 19, 2004 6:05:46 PM)
No, you don't! I know a lot of people have been wondering if it's separate interactions - they are. You can WooHoo or Try for a Baby. You just need to be in love to do either one. Isn't that beautiful?

ButterFliKisses (Aug 19, 2004 6:07:24 PM)
Can sims have babies in an affair?

MaxisDestry (Aug 19, 2004 6:07:24 PM)

yesiamroxane (Aug 19, 2004 6:07:41 PM)
Is there any other time your sim will have to go to the hospital other than when they are having a baby?

maxiskevin (Aug 19, 2004 6:07:41 PM)
Sims do not leave the lot when they have a baby.

ExTrAoRdAnAiRy! (Aug 19, 2004 6:07:50 PM)
Is The sims 2 out sept 17th for England aswell?

MaxisLucky (Aug 19, 2004 6:07:50 PM)
September 17th is the worldwide ship date.

yesiamroxane (Aug 19, 2004 6:08:04 PM)
Can sims have their own cars? and if so can they actually drive themselves to work and such?

MaxisDestry (Aug 19, 2004 6:08:04 PM)

simlover (Aug 19, 2004 6:08:11 PM)
what kind of sims are there besides romantic and family

MaxisDoctorVu (Aug 19, 2004 6:08:11 PM)
I assume that you are talking about aspirations. The five aspirations are: Fortune, Popularity, Knowledge, Family, and Romance.

Dusky (Aug 19, 2004 6:08:31 PM)
Do your Sims have time to smell the roses, or do you have to constantly rush to get aspirations done before they age?

MaxisHunter! (Aug 19, 2004 6:08:32 PM)
The Sims 2 needs to be a lot of things to a lot of different types of players. We've worked really hard to have game pressure (you gotta get those wants fulfilled!) while also allowing for people who like to just play casually. We think you'll enjoy it no matter what type you are. Happy

yesiamroxane (Aug 19, 2004 6:08:32 PM)
Can your sim children die as well? like from sickness or fire?

maxiskevin (Aug 19, 2004 6:08:32 PM)
Not until they become teens.

Mortimer_Goth (Aug 19, 2004 6:09:41 PM)
Why did you guys get rid of Bella?

maxiskevin (Aug 19, 2004 6:09:41 PM)
Are you sure we got rid of Bella?

livestrong04 (Aug 19, 2004 6:10:09 PM)
can sim moms have twins or triplets, etc.?

maxiskevin (Aug 19, 2004 6:10:09 PM)
Twins are possible, but not triplets.

Guest (Aug 19, 2004 6:10:39 PM)
will they be making expansion packs for the sims2?

MaxisDestry (Aug 19, 2004 6:10:39 PM)
Yes! We are starting to think about ideas as we are polishing Sims 2.

DoggyS (Aug 19, 2004 6:10:51 PM)
How long did it take for the Sims 2 to make, including the pre-Production time ?

maxiskevin (Aug 19, 2004 6:10:51 PM)
About 5 years

Simy_kid (Aug 19, 2004 6:11:19 PM)
Can you fall in love with the burgler? marry him? who else can you do that with?

MaxisHunter! (Aug 19, 2004 6:11:19 PM)
Oh yes, you can marry the burglar. The maid, gardener, handyman/woman, bartender, pizza delivery person...and more.

OD7142004 (Aug 19, 2004 6:12:09 PM)
This time are you guys sure your The Sims 2 is gonna come out Sep. 17th?

MaxisHunter! (Aug 19, 2004 6:12:09 PM)
Absolutely! Unless some manufacturing place blows up or something.

Holly_Gilmore (Aug 19, 2004 6:12:17 PM)
Can two sim teens maintain a romantic relationship if one becomes an adult before the other?

MaxisDestry (Aug 19, 2004 6:12:17 PM)
No, you will need to age the other teen to an adult.

Bobbert_McGeorge (Aug 19, 2004 6:12:34 PM)
I brought up a question on a TS2 tak forums and many people seemed to want an answer too. so here goes: Are aspirations genetic? If two romance sims had a baby, would their baby be a romance sim as well? please answer!!!

maxiskevin (Aug 19, 2004 6:12:34 PM)
Toddlers and children aspire to grow up. When they become teens, you choose their aspiration.

Ismael ( (Aug 19, 2004 6:12:57 PM)
Of the 500 objects that there are again... There will be bunks?

maxiskevin (Aug 19, 2004 6:12:57 PM)
Bunks are not currently in.

dpen2000 (Aug 19, 2004 6:13:14 PM)
can DoctorVu say Hello.... simcity fans are missing him

MaxisDoctorVu (Aug 19, 2004 6:13:14 PM)
Hello SimCity and Sims 2 fans, I've been heads down working hard on making Sims 2. I think SimCity 4 fans should especially enjoy it because you can create new Sims 2 neighborhoods with SimCity 4 terrains by importuning them into Sims 2!

Snz2 (Aug 19, 2004 6:14:04 PM)
Can a sim really be killed from falling objects? Like in the video?

MaxisDestry (Aug 19, 2004 6:14:04 PM)
You will have to give it a try. Who doesnt like to watch clouds?

Guest (Aug 19, 2004 6:14:17 PM)
We've read many estimates of how long the Sims lifetime will be. Can you give us a definite answer for this question?

MaxisHunter! (Aug 19, 2004 6:14:17 PM)
You want numbers? I got numbers. Baby: 3 days, Toddlers: 4 days, Children: 8 days, Teens: 15 days, Adults: 29 days, Elders: 11-31 days. Those are the numbers. Trust noone else. I put them in the game myself.

Dhunno (Aug 19, 2004 6:14:20 PM)
how exactly do we make TS2 lots in SC4?

MaxisLucky (Aug 19, 2004 6:14:20 PM)
We'll be providing a tutorial on how to do that on the new website that launches when the game ships.

oreobabe (Aug 19, 2004 6:14:47 PM)
Do Babies know how to crawl?

maxiskevin (Aug 19, 2004 6:14:47 PM)
No, but toddlers do.

simsgirl4ever (Aug 19, 2004 6:15:25 PM)
can u have more then one aspiration

maxiskevin (Aug 19, 2004 6:15:25 PM)
Each sim has only one aspiration, though many wants and fears.

Sorry (Aug 19, 2004 6:15:51 PM)
How much fun was it to decide which fears will be in-game?

maxiskevin (Aug 19, 2004 6:15:51 PM)
It was LOTS! Happy

jokerspyks (Aug 19, 2004 6:16:09 PM)
When babies are born do you pick their aspirations, I know that kids have the same aspiration of groiwng up, but like for teens do you ge tto pick the aspiration or is it random

MaxisHunter! (Aug 19, 2004 6:16:09 PM)
When you become a teen, you get to pick your aspiration. Before that, everybody has the "Grow Up" aspiration which includes the standards like learning to walk and talk, make friends, etc.

gladestone1 (Aug 19, 2004 6:16:29 PM)
can we get a answere on this is it true pre orders are on sept 14th?

MaxisLucky (Aug 19, 2004 6:16:29 PM)
The date that the game will be available worldwide is September 17th. That's when it'll be in stores.

Kelly (Aug 19, 2004 6:16:46 PM)
Will the sims be able to be homosexual?

MaxisHunter! (Aug 19, 2004 6:16:46 PM)
Yes they can.

Joanne4404 (Aug 19, 2004 6:16:47 PM)
In live mode(?) can you can hair color and style?

MaxisDoctorVu (Aug 19, 2004 6:16:47 PM)
Yes, Sims can change their hair color and style using the mirror object.

user (Aug 19, 2004 6:17:09 PM)
when do sims start talking, at what age?

MaxisDestry (Aug 19, 2004 6:17:09 PM)
You can teach your toddlers to talk, walk, and even potty train them.

holla (Aug 19, 2004 6:17:11 PM)
I like you Maxis Kevin. You seem COOL.

MaxisHunter! (Aug 19, 2004 6:17:11 PM)
He's okay.

Doumicall2 (Aug 19, 2004 6:17:40 PM)
how do u use the sims2 movie maker

MaxisLucky (Aug 19, 2004 6:17:40 PM)
We'll have a tutorial on how to use the movie making tool on the new website when the game ships.

guilty_sponge (Aug 19, 2004 6:17:50 PM)
Can you please tell us a bit more about weddings? How do you plan them and everything?

maxiskevin (Aug 19, 2004 6:17:50 PM)
You can prepare for a wedding by buying various objects like the wedding arch, the buffet table, the wedding cake, etc. Then you can invite all your friends and family over to watch.

AGCourtney (Aug 19, 2004 6:18:48 PM)
If sims have glasses, can they get rid of them later in life?

MaxisDestry (Aug 19, 2004 6:18:48 PM)
Yes, you can use the mirror to change your Sims appearance.

alexmas (Aug 19, 2004 6:18:52 PM)
MaxisHunter! Whats your real name?? LOL

maxiskevin (Aug 19, 2004 6:18:52 PM)
F. Huntington

nemesis (Aug 19, 2004 6:18:55 PM)
Will using the aging on/off toggle or cheat limit a sims ability to advance in their career or acheive aspirations while aging is off?

MaxisDoctorVu (Aug 19, 2004 6:18:55 PM)
It will not limit the Sims in any way.

hidey (Aug 19, 2004 6:19:17 PM)
can sims ever leave their lot?

MaxisDoctorVu (Aug 19, 2004 6:19:17 PM)
Yes, they can take a taxi to the community lot.

eduncho (Aug 19, 2004 6:19:19 PM)
Where is Lucy now?

MaxisLucky (Aug 19, 2004 6:19:19 PM)
Lucy apologizes for not being able to be here - she'll try and have a chat in a couple weeks - but she sent along the Tuning team who can answer lots of questions about the game...

KatEnigma (Aug 19, 2004 6:19:28 PM)
If an Elder takes the elixir of life shortly after becoming an Elder, and loses 7-8 days off of his age, will he regress back to an adult?

MaxisHunter! (Aug 19, 2004 6:19:28 PM)
Good question. No, you can't. You'll just go back to the very first day of that age range. Too much weirdness can happen otherwise.

thecoolone (Aug 19, 2004 6:20:22 PM)
How much are you payed?

maxiskevin (Aug 19, 2004 6:20:22 PM)
Less than minimum wage given the number of hours we work.

Chicken (Aug 19, 2004 6:21:07 PM)
About how many careers will the game have?

maxiskevin (Aug 19, 2004 6:21:07 PM)
There are 10 career tracks, each with 10 levels.

#Phoenix# (Aug 19, 2004 6:21:19 PM)
Is there also a funeral in The Sims 2? Or will it just a simple tombstone?

MaxisDestry (Aug 19, 2004 6:21:19 PM)
The Grim Reaper is still here and you can actually plead for the life of your dead sim unless they have died from old age.

SimGrl (Aug 19, 2004 6:21:41 PM)
Are funerals in the game?

maxiskevin (Aug 19, 2004 6:21:41 PM)
Not really, but the grim reaper is still around.

hope_19 (Aug 19, 2004 6:21:48 PM)
How can sims die in the sims 2?

MaxisDoctorVu (Aug 19, 2004 6:21:48 PM)
They can certainly die of old age or of hunger, but to have them die in other ways, you are just going to have to find out when you play.

MJean36 (Aug 19, 2004 6:21:48 PM)
are the sims still tempermental about the bathroom... i.e if a sim walks in to the bathroom while another is already in there, would he/ she shoo the other one out before going about their business?

MaxisHunter! (Aug 19, 2004 6:21:48 PM)
They will, but it's less annoying. For one thing, lovers wont shoo eachother out of the bathroom, which is nice.

sim_luvr (Aug 19, 2004 6:21:56 PM)
Is Cassandra a teen or an adult? She looks like an adult in the screenshots released.

maxiskevin (Aug 19, 2004 6:21:57 PM)
She's an adult.

Let me in!! (Aug 19, 2004 6:22:33 PM)
What happens if a toddler becomes an orphan?

maxiskevin (Aug 19, 2004 6:22:33 PM)
The social worker comes.

Guest (Aug 19, 2004 6:22:48 PM)
Will the sims have the option to ask another sim to be their boyfriend/girlfriend.

MaxisHunter! (Aug 19, 2004 6:22:48 PM)
You can Go Steady"

flyingsquirrel (Aug 19, 2004 6:23:19 PM)
my friend (couldnt access chat) wants to know if any of you were so overworked that you started breaking down and rocking back and forth, chanting in foreign languages.

maxiskevin (Aug 19, 2004 6:23:19 PM)
Oddly, yes.

EstherB (Aug 19, 2004 6:23:29 PM)
If you freeze aging, with your Sim's Wants and Fears freeze also?

MaxisDoctorVu (Aug 19, 2004 6:23:29 PM)
No, but you can lock any aspiration you want to concentrate on by right clicking with your mouse on the want.

EmilyStar (Aug 19, 2004 6:23:47 PM)
Is there an in-game option for anti-aliasing?

maxiskevin (Aug 19, 2004 6:23:47 PM)

juicygurl01 (Aug 19, 2004 6:23:51 PM)
is the rosebud cheat still in the game?

MaxisDestry (Aug 19, 2004 6:23:51 PM)
Hmmm. Good question. There will be some cheats but what will they be. I will leave that up to the community to figure out.

linsey (Aug 19, 2004 6:24:24 PM)
macis hunter, r u married?

maxiskevin (Aug 19, 2004 6:24:24 PM)
MaxisHunter is very available

sim_in_the_shadows (Aug 19, 2004 6:24:42 PM)
if you marry the you get free drinks ?

maxiskevin (Aug 19, 2004 6:24:42 PM)
Sadly, no.

simsgirl4ever (Aug 19, 2004 6:24:58 PM)
can the sims move out

Kitsie (Aug 19, 2004 6:24:58 PM)
Will a Mac version of BodyShop be released (anytime soon...)? Will there be a DVD version of the game for mac? How long after the PC release will the Mac version of the game be released?

MaxisDestry (Aug 19, 2004 6:24:58 PM)
Yes. You can kick out that annoying roomate.

MaxisLucky (Aug 19, 2004 6:24:58 PM)
There will probably be a Mac version of the game. Not sure about Body Shop, tho...

BlackHawkSE (Aug 19, 2004 6:25:25 PM)
when you plead for a sim will you have to play rock,paper siccsors like in the sims?

MaxisHunter! (Aug 19, 2004 6:25:25 PM)
It's more of a "guess which hand behind my back I have your loved one's soul in" kind of game.

Guest (Aug 19, 2004 6:25:28 PM)
If a man is abducted by aliens and returned impregnated, will he show the same signs of the impending joyful event as a woman in the same condition?

maxiskevin (Aug 19, 2004 6:25:28 PM)
If by joyfulness you mean vommiting, yes.

ldg8907 (Aug 19, 2004 6:25:58 PM)
What are some of the cool objects that are newly created that have never been seen before?

MaxisDoctorVu (Aug 19, 2004 6:25:58 PM)
All the new aspiration and career reward objects are super funny and creative. One of my favorites is the SimVac, which can suck skill points from other Sims.

kirstycovey (Aug 19, 2004 6:26:15 PM)
What would be the benefits to sending Sim kids to a private school? Would they gain more skill points while in school?

maxiskevin (Aug 19, 2004 6:26:15 PM)
You can gain skill from chance cards.

nick3000 (Aug 19, 2004 6:26:24 PM)
do sims receive pensions?

MaxisDestry (Aug 19, 2004 6:26:24 PM)
Elders can receive a pension when they retire.

Nehilania (Aug 19, 2004 6:26:55 PM)
I don't want my sim to get old! Is there anyway I can disable the aging process while in a teen or baby stage?

maxiskevin (Aug 19, 2004 6:26:55 PM)
You can turn off aging through a cheat that will remain nameless. Happy

SpidersAndSprinkles (Aug 19, 2004 6:27:11 PM)
Can you divorce your husband/wife for no good reason?

MaxisDoctorVu (Aug 19, 2004 6:27:11 PM)
It's entirely up to you, but you have to making them hate each other first so the breakup interaction unlocks.

Joao*PortugalSiMFAN (Aug 19, 2004 6:27:31 PM)
hi there ! Is there gonna be a Portuguese version of The Sims 2? And if so, will it be Portuguese from Portugal or Brazil?

MaxisLucky (Aug 19, 2004 6:27:31 PM)

dtm14 (Aug 19, 2004 6:27:38 PM)
are you still able to breast feed or bottle feed

MaxisDestry (Aug 19, 2004 6:27:38 PM)
No breast feeding but you can definitely use a bottle to feed your babies and toddlers.

dpen2000 (Aug 19, 2004 6:27:55 PM)
in tim's video, a key appears over don's head when he is on the sofa, what is this key?

maxiskevin (Aug 19, 2004 6:27:55 PM)
That no longer exists.

oreobabe (Aug 19, 2004 6:28:02 PM)
Can sims fall in love with more than one person at a time

MaxisDoctorVu (Aug 19, 2004 6:28:02 PM)
Of course!

simlover (Aug 19, 2004 6:28:18 PM)
when you make a meal can you choose to make different things? i.e. for breakfast can you make eggs and pancakes

MaxisHunter! (Aug 19, 2004 6:28:18 PM)
Yes. Some breakfast items include pancakes, toaster pastries, cereal, and tasty omelets.

Sim_Fanatic_Kris (Aug 19, 2004 6:28:25 PM)
MaxisKevin, may I call you Bob? O_o?

maxiskevin (Aug 19, 2004 6:28:25 PM)

fogog (Aug 19, 2004 6:28:48 PM)

maxiskevin (Aug 19, 2004 6:28:48 PM)

Guest (Aug 19, 2004 6:28:59 PM)
WIll there still be the regular "Photo" in the sims 2? or does the cameraman mode replace it?

MaxisDoctorVu (Aug 19, 2004 6:28:59 PM)
There will be both photo albums and new camera modes in Sims 2.

Sasami29 (Aug 19, 2004 6:29:04 PM)
Will sims have homework?

maxiskevin (Aug 19, 2004 6:29:04 PM)

Holly_Gilmore (Aug 19, 2004 6:29:55 PM)
When do Sims move away from home. I heard they can leave when they become a teen, but that seemed a little young to me.

MaxisDoctorVu (Aug 19, 2004 6:29:56 PM)
Only adults and elders can move out, but they can bring whoever they like with them.

unitedbubbles1 (Aug 19, 2004 6:30:28 PM)
What happens if a sim dose not have enough money to look after a baby?

MaxisHunter! (Aug 19, 2004 6:30:28 PM)
Social Worker takes em away. It's sad, really.

Ilovesims2Meg (Aug 19, 2004 6:30:29 PM)
please answer! can you create a same sex couple in CAS or have a same sex wedding?

MaxisDoctorVu (Aug 19, 2004 6:30:30 PM)
Yes, and Yes.

_DaRockWiLdeR_ (Aug 19, 2004 6:30:39 PM)
Will there be mobile phones in the game?

MaxisDestry (Aug 19, 2004 6:30:39 PM)
The only person with a mobile phone in Sims 2 is the grim reaper. Maybe an expansion pack!

boogah (Aug 19, 2004 6:31:07 PM)
Are fears and wants random, like, if a woman has a fear of being cheated on, how did that fear ever come about?

maxiskevin (Aug 19, 2004 6:31:07 PM)
Fears and wnats are based in large part ont he aspioration of the sim. Fear of being cheated on came from one of our scorned designers. Happy

TheSidDog (Aug 19, 2004 6:31:53 PM)
Can we add sound to albums that we upload to the exchange? Or are sounds only for movies? Please answer this one Maxoids Happy

MaxisMojo (Aug 19, 2004 6:31:53 PM)
Neat idea! But no. No sounds for albums.

redfreak (Aug 19, 2004 6:32:01 PM)
If you are playing Sim A and they fall in love with Sim B, they get married and Sim B moves in with Sim A, will Sim B's money get combined with Sim A's money? Wink

MaxisDoctorVu (Aug 19, 2004 6:32:01 PM)
There are special rules for this, but as a simple answer, a portion of the money is brought over from the Sim that is joining the family.

BadgerMum (Aug 19, 2004 6:32:03 PM)
Important Romance Sim Question We've all seen the videos of "cheating Don"... Is it possible to make a Romance Sim who is monogamous? Can a Romance Sim fulfill that aspiration while remaining faithful to only ONE other Sim?

MaxisHunter! (Aug 19, 2004 6:32:03 PM)
Valid question. You can succeed as a monogamous romance Sim, but it's not easy.

sain369 (Aug 19, 2004 6:32:18 PM)
Do you love your job?

MaxisDoctorVu (Aug 19, 2004 6:32:18 PM)

devon061688 (Aug 19, 2004 6:32:21 PM)
can you still get electocuted in the hottub?

MaxisDestry (Aug 19, 2004 6:32:21 PM)
You cannot get electrocuted in the hottub. However you can get electrocuted by repairing it so watch out.

megydagurl (Aug 19, 2004 6:32:49 PM)
Bob I.E. Kevan What would you say is the most important and fun new part of ts2?

maxiskevin (Aug 19, 2004 6:32:49 PM)
My favorite new aspect to Sims 2 is the aging and generational gameplay. I like the time pressure it puts on you as you try to climb the career ladder.

Guest (Aug 19, 2004 6:32:55 PM)
can you get a job when you're a teen?

MaxisDoctorVu (Aug 19, 2004 6:32:55 PM)
You can get a job when your Teen, Adult, and Elder.

alexmas (Aug 19, 2004 6:32:56 PM)
TS2 at final or beta??

MaxisLucky (Aug 19, 2004 6:32:56 PM)
Neither. has an earlier build and is not beta or final...

devon061688 (Aug 19, 2004 6:33:19 PM)
are there asian sims?

MaxisDestry (Aug 19, 2004 6:33:19 PM)
Of course.

devon061688 (Aug 19, 2004 6:33:28 PM)
does the grim reaper actually have a cell phone like in the video?

MaxisDoctorVu (Aug 19, 2004 6:33:28 PM)
Indeed he does.

AGCourtney (Aug 19, 2004 6:33:55 PM)
I heard of a fear of public toilets?

MaxisHunter! (Aug 19, 2004 6:33:55 PM)
Yeah, it's in there for really neat Sims. It's not a killer one, though. Wants and fears have different scores. It's certainly not going to be like losing a family member.

downright (Aug 19, 2004 6:34:12 PM)
How does it look when a Sim dies? Does a tombstone just appear? Or do you actually see the Sim dying?

MaxisDoctorVu (Aug 19, 2004 6:34:12 PM)
Depends on how the Sim is dying.

Guest (Aug 19, 2004 6:34:32 PM)
can you PLEASE elaborate more on how the sims pretty much take care of their own needs!!

maxiskevin (Aug 19, 2004 6:34:32 PM)
We've made autonomy much more robust, allowing Sims to satisfy most needs on their own, but not perfectly efficiently. And you need to intervene to satisfy wants, build skills, and develop relationships.

Ryzig220 (Aug 19, 2004 6:34:44 PM)
Will the sims 2 sims walk into objects and become stuck in them like the original sims series?

MaxisDestry (Aug 19, 2004 6:34:46 PM)
We sure hope not.

Bmw4z (Aug 19, 2004 6:35:08 PM)
If a social worker takes a child, can he be put up for adoption?

MaxisDoctorVu (Aug 19, 2004 6:35:08 PM)
The child is put into a pool where they could randomly be selected for adoption by another family.

Guest (Aug 19, 2004 6:35:55 PM)
Help! I am a perfectionist and I don't think my Sim's will ever get a house because I'll be too busy making them look perfect. Any advice?

maxiskevin (Aug 19, 2004 6:35:55 PM)
My advice is to have fun with create-a-sim. I spend a lot of time there too.

Simmy3 (Aug 19, 2004 6:35:59 PM)
how long is this chat

MaxisLucky (Aug 19, 2004 6:35:59 PM)
This chat ends at 4:00 pm PST.

Mortimer_Goth (Aug 19, 2004 6:36:21 PM)
Is it true that Sims can invite the principal over and convince him to let your Sim's child to go to a private school? Is so it would be really cool.

MaxisDoctorVu (Aug 19, 2004 6:36:22 PM)
The Sim can invite the headmaster over to convince them to let your Sim's children into private school.

SiMsRoCk2000 (Aug 19, 2004 6:36:56 PM)
Do you guys at Maxis enjoy tormenting us with your sneaky answers?

maxiskevin (Aug 19, 2004 6:36:57 PM)
Of course not...OK, yes.

vetmike (Aug 19, 2004 6:37:16 PM)
What is your favorite job in The Sims 2?

MaxisDoctorVu (Aug 19, 2004 6:37:16 PM)
I like the Law Enforcement track because you could eventually become a super hero.

cher (Aug 19, 2004 6:37:38 PM)
Which career track do you make the most money at

maxiskevin (Aug 19, 2004 6:37:38 PM)
Politics and business are the tops.

Snz2 (Aug 19, 2004 6:37:50 PM)
When a NPC gets married do they keep their jobs or does a new npc replace them?

MaxisDoctorVu (Aug 19, 2004 6:37:50 PM)
A new NPC will replace them.

Mortimer_Goth (Aug 19, 2004 6:37:54 PM)
Can Sims take sponge baths if there is no shower in the house?

maxiskevin (Aug 19, 2004 6:37:54 PM)

lomelindi (Aug 19, 2004 6:38:12 PM)
Do fears and wants change over time?

MaxisDestry (Aug 19, 2004 6:38:12 PM)
Yes! Wants and fears have a chance of changing on a daily basis. They will vary based upon the direction you decide to take your Sims.

UltraVioletFeline (Aug 19, 2004 6:38:35 PM)
Can divorces get ugly?

MaxisDoctorVu (Aug 19, 2004 6:38:35 PM)
Divorce can get really ugly. Lots of crying and families get broken up.

Princess_Zoe (Aug 19, 2004 6:38:37 PM)
Everytime you full fill a want does it give you money? And does full filling a fear cost you money?

MaxisHunter! (Aug 19, 2004 6:38:37 PM)
Nope, it gives you aspirational reward points, though. You can use those to buy reward objects like the elixir of life, SimVac, and LoveTub! (and yes, fears make you lose them...)

alexmas (Aug 19, 2004 6:39:08 PM)
Is it true that PC Gamer will include a demo of TS2 next issue??

MaxisLucky (Aug 19, 2004 6:39:08 PM)
There won't be any demos of the game.

sim_in_the_shadows (Aug 19, 2004 6:39:16 PM)
if sims dont have jobs...will they collect welfare ?

maxiskevin (Aug 19, 2004 6:39:16 PM)

DrunkDwarf (Aug 19, 2004 6:39:45 PM)
what kind of superpowers can you get through the law enforcement path?

MaxisHunter! (Aug 19, 2004 6:39:45 PM)
Hover at level 6, and Flight at level 14. Wait, I think that's another game...seriously, though. You do get to fly to work.

lilmisstomluvr69 (Aug 19, 2004 6:39:53 PM)
when will the transcripts be posted?

MaxisLucky (Aug 19, 2004 6:39:54 PM)
We'll post the transcripts as soon as we can.

QueenKamisha (Aug 19, 2004 6:39:54 PM)
How many surprises are in the game?

MaxisDoctorVu (Aug 19, 2004 6:39:54 PM)
Depends on what you count as surprises. There is quite a few.

redfreak (Aug 19, 2004 6:40:33 PM)
What happens if the kids don't do their homework?

maxiskevin (Aug 19, 2004 6:40:33 PM)
Their grades go down. Eventually, if they get too bad, the social worker might come.

SimFan88 (Aug 19, 2004 6:40:47 PM)
what is the lovetub?????????????????

MaxisHunter! (Aug 19, 2004 6:40:47 PM)
A special hottub with extra romantic powers...a must have for the lusty Romance Aspiration Sim.

Nowt2004 (Aug 19, 2004 6:40:47 PM)
When Sims fight can one or both get hurt?

MaxisDoctorVu (Aug 19, 2004 6:40:47 PM)
Sims can get into huge fights. Their relationship would definitely get hurt after each of them.

pikachu31 (Aug 19, 2004 6:41:56 PM)
once u marry an MPC can u control them?

MaxisDestry (Aug 19, 2004 6:41:57 PM)
Yes and let me tell you we had fun playing with that. I think Hunter ended up marrying almost all of the NPC's including the burglar.

EmilyStar (Aug 19, 2004 6:41:58 PM)
What are some of the new jobs for teenagers?

MaxisDoctorVu (Aug 19, 2004 6:41:58 PM)
Pick pocket, dishwasher, school crossing guard, etc.

lilmisstomluvr69 (Aug 19, 2004 6:42:14 PM)
will we be able to drive cars in the sims 2????? I saw a screenshot that a sims had a fear that had an X over a car!!!! PLEASE ANSWER THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!! I LOVE U GUYS!!!!!!!!!

MaxisLucky (Aug 19, 2004 6:42:14 PM)
You can't drive cars in The Sims 2.

nærd (Aug 19, 2004 6:42:16 PM)
let's settle this once and for all: how many floors are there reallY? 3, 5, 6? does split levels count as a whole floor?

maxiskevin (Aug 19, 2004 6:42:16 PM)
5 without a foiundation, and 4 with a foundation. We don't really have split levels.

BC7641 (Aug 19, 2004 6:42:54 PM)
Are aspiration reward objects aspiration specific? (Can a romance sim get a money tree?)

maxiskevin (Aug 19, 2004 6:42:54 PM)
They are not aspiration specific. You earn aspiration points that you spend on the objects.

MJean36 (Aug 19, 2004 6:42:57 PM)
can you plead with the social worker to not take your child?

MaxisDestry (Aug 19, 2004 6:42:57 PM)
Nope. She is EVIL!

Saintdark (Aug 19, 2004 6:43:11 PM)
Can Elders still fall in love with over people? (like have affairs)

MaxisDoctorVu (Aug 19, 2004 6:43:11 PM)
Most definitely.

BellaTruini (Aug 19, 2004 6:44:04 PM)
Can the sims really go jogging or is that just a gimmick?

maxiskevin (Aug 19, 2004 6:44:04 PM)
Sims can jog by your house, but they cannot be directed to jog.

Guest (Aug 19, 2004 6:44:11 PM)
What inspires you guys?

MaxisDestry (Aug 19, 2004 6:44:11 PM)
Fans like you and lots of boba tea!!!!!

MJean36 (Aug 19, 2004 6:44:25 PM)
will you be able to receive phone calls at home from other sims ?

MaxisDoctorVu (Aug 19, 2004 6:44:25 PM)
Yes, Sims that have relationship to your Sim will call your Sim at home.

Guest (Aug 19, 2004 6:44:36 PM)
Who does the grim reaper talk to on the phone?

maxiskevin (Aug 19, 2004 6:44:36 PM)
His agent.

kapaya5 (Aug 19, 2004 6:45:02 PM)
can you drop your baby?

maxiskevin (Aug 19, 2004 6:45:02 PM)

Guest (Aug 19, 2004 6:45:16 PM)
Can our sims gossip about real things happening around them? Like, someone tells Heather that her husband is cheating on her...

MaxisDoctorVu (Aug 19, 2004 6:45:16 PM)
Sims will be able to gossip about events and memories that occur near them.

guitarkid89 (Aug 19, 2004 6:46:07 PM)
can sims really get hit by a satelite?

MaxisDestry (Aug 19, 2004 6:46:07 PM)
All I can say is that Sims like to watch clouds. What happens after that is up in the air?

lilmisstomluvr69 (Aug 19, 2004 6:46:11 PM)
can i have a hug??? u guys r the best?

maxiskevin (Aug 19, 2004 6:46:11 PM)
Here you go:{{lilmisstomluvr69}}

Chris_Simsfan (Aug 19, 2004 6:47:10 PM)
What do you guys look like?

maxiskevin (Aug 19, 2004 6:47:10 PM)
We're all pretty homely.

MaxisHunter! (Aug 19, 2004 6:47:25 PM)
Speak for yourself!

lattyware (Aug 19, 2004 6:47:42 PM)
will sim children try to lie to thier parents? can sims lie?

maxiskevin (Aug 19, 2004 6:47:42 PM)
Teens can sneak out of the house.

sim_luvr (Aug 19, 2004 6:48:09 PM)
Can you call the adoption agency to adopt a kid, or is it still a random phone call?

MaxisDoctorVu (Aug 19, 2004 6:48:09 PM)
You can call the adoption agency to adopt a kid.

Hello_Moto (Aug 19, 2004 6:48:10 PM)
Kevin did you know my name was kevin as well?

maxiskevin (Aug 19, 2004 6:48:10 PM)
Strangly, I did!

Holly_Gilmore (Aug 19, 2004 6:48:27 PM)
Is there a curly hair style in the game?

MaxisDestry (Aug 19, 2004 6:48:27 PM)
There are many curly hair styles. I am sure you will find one that you like.

Simmy3 (Aug 19, 2004 6:48:28 PM)
can teens really get arrested.

MaxisHunter! (Aug 19, 2004 6:48:28 PM)
Then can get brought home by the cops. They never get thrown in the clink, though.

Sashin (Aug 19, 2004 6:48:34 PM)
What is the scale difference between SimCity 4 and The Sims 2?

MaxisLucky (Aug 19, 2004 6:48:34 PM)
We'll be posting information about the neighborhoods on the website in the next few weeks.

nemesis (Aug 19, 2004 6:48:56 PM)
Do a sims school grades have an effect on what careers they can choose from?

MaxisDoctorVu (Aug 19, 2004 6:48:56 PM)
Sims in private school could potentially give them an advantage in their careers.

Kelly (Aug 19, 2004 6:49:22 PM)
Is there any chance ts2 will come out early??

MaxisLucky (Aug 19, 2004 6:49:22 PM)

Murray the Skull (Aug 19, 2004 6:49:22 PM)
How does online chat work? do you chat with people you know? or anonymous people?

MaxisHunter! (Aug 19, 2004 6:49:22 PM)
You can go to the computer and see a list of everybody who's online (other neighbors, townies, or npcs). You can talk to any of them and form a new relationship or strengthen an old one.

Guest (Aug 19, 2004 6:49:24 PM)
where can sims "play"

maxiskevin (Aug 19, 2004 6:49:24 PM)
Bed, hot tub, clothing booth.

Nikki (Aug 19, 2004 6:49:43 PM)
I love you guys!

maxiskevin (Aug 19, 2004 6:49:43 PM)
We love you too!

Ambsu89 (Aug 19, 2004 6:49:52 PM)
Who is more EVIL- The Social Worker or one of your fellow Maxis co-workers?

MaxisDestry (Aug 19, 2004 6:49:52 PM)
I would say it is an even tie between the Social Worken and the Insidious DoctorVu.

Guest (Aug 19, 2004 6:49:59 PM)
how do you know if a sim is pregnant??

MaxisDoctorVu (Aug 19, 2004 6:49:59 PM)
They have morning sickness and their bellies get larger.

hidey (Aug 19, 2004 6:50:07 PM)
do people still visit you from other houses?

maxiskevin (Aug 19, 2004 6:50:07 PM)

Keymasterkel69 (Aug 19, 2004 6:50:17 PM)
There has been some dispute about this. At what age level can Sims start accumulating skills? The German site says not until teen, but I've seen screenshots with the skill bar over the toddler.

MaxisHunter! (Aug 19, 2004 6:50:17 PM)
That's rubbish. Toddlers can build skill. It's a good idea to get them started early.

PurpleRain (Aug 19, 2004 6:50:38 PM)
Can sims make whoopee in the lovetub?

MaxisDestry (Aug 19, 2004 6:50:38 PM)

Ilovesims2Meg (Aug 19, 2004 6:50:39 PM)
how does the whole "sims instant messaging each other" thing work?

maxiskevin (Aug 19, 2004 6:50:39 PM)
Sims can chat with each other if they have a computer.

Sam121 (Aug 19, 2004 6:50:45 PM)
how does a sim become afraid of bugs, like in the screenshots? (i'm TERRIFIED of roaches!)

MaxisDoctorVu (Aug 19, 2004 6:50:45 PM)
Some Sims have fear of seeing bugs. If they happen to see them, their aspiration meter will take a hit.

sreamer11 (Aug 19, 2004 6:50:56 PM)
Do you choose in CAS to hav a homosexual sim? like if u just want ur single male or single female sim to only be attracted to guys or girls?

MaxisHunter! (Aug 19, 2004 6:50:56 PM)
You dont set their gender preference in CAS, but you can make a married homosexual couple and that sets their preference automatically.

bak4545 (Aug 19, 2004 6:51:11 PM)
can you create an indoor pool? build walls around an outdoor pool?

maxiskevin (Aug 19, 2004 6:51:11 PM)

smarteasers (Aug 19, 2004 6:51:24 PM)
Hi I am very tired its 11:30PM here so please answer! if you marry a rich sim do you get some of their money? can you give money to others? if people come to your house do they sometimes bring gifts? if so what?

MaxisDoctorVu (Aug 19, 2004 6:51:24 PM)
If you marry a rich Sim, they will most certainly bring over some money.

brsims (Aug 19, 2004 6:52:04 PM)
Is is true that skills decade?

MaxisDestry (Aug 19, 2004 6:52:04 PM)
Skills do not decay. That would be mean.

bluesky1504 (Aug 19, 2004 6:52:10 PM)
I LOVE to draw, and want to have that as my profession. Can sims become artists?

MaxisHunter! (Aug 19, 2004 6:52:10 PM)
Hm. We have no "artist" career track, but the easel is in Sims 2, and you can do a lot of cool new stuff with it. Make portraits of other Sims, paint things in your Sim's house...

Hail_Maxis (Aug 19, 2004 6:52:25 PM)
More chat times soon?

MaxisLucky (Aug 19, 2004 6:52:25 PM)
We'll try and schedule some more chats before we ship the game - and then some after we ship once you have questions about the game.

TheSims2Freak (Aug 19, 2004 6:52:33 PM)
In a couple of the screenshots a sim has a white dimond over his or her head what dose that mean?

MaxisDoctorVu (Aug 19, 2004 6:52:33 PM)
This is when the Sim is in platinum aspiration mode.

kapaya5 (Aug 19, 2004 6:52:48 PM)
can they see their neighbors house from theirs

maxiskevin (Aug 19, 2004 6:52:48 PM)
Sims can spy on their neighbors with the telescope.

Seb (Aug 19, 2004 6:53:12 PM)
can you freeze the aging of a sim without using a cheat?

maxiskevin (Aug 19, 2004 6:53:12 PM)
Yes, using the elixir of life, one of the aspiration reward objects.

redfreak (Aug 19, 2004 6:53:19 PM)
Is this game going to rock?

MaxisHunter! (Aug 19, 2004 6:53:19 PM)
We have people who have been working on the game for years that play it for fun in their precious little free time. I think that's a pretty good indication that you guys will like it too!

Kelly (Aug 19, 2004 6:54:10 PM)
Can sims commit murder?

maxiskevin (Aug 19, 2004 6:54:10 PM)

_DaRockWiLdeR_ (Aug 19, 2004 6:54:35 PM)
Do you like chatting with fans?

MaxisDestry (Aug 19, 2004 6:54:35 PM)
We love it. Plus it gets us out of work for an hour;o)

Murray the Skull (Aug 19, 2004 6:55:06 PM)
How do you marry the burgler? Stop them when they try to robe you with an engagement ring?

maxiskevin (Aug 19, 2004 6:55:07 PM)
It is possible to marry the burglar, but how to is one of our dirty little secrets.

FalloutShelter (Aug 19, 2004 6:55:11 PM)
Can you pawn off your paintings like in The Sims 1, because I made a sim who made a living out of painting/selling... I think I had to turn the fridge around more than once though....

MaxisHunter! (Aug 19, 2004 6:55:11 PM) can make a pretty good living selling painting and/or writing novels. The money tree is also a nice living if you manage to get a bunch of them.

SilverandCold516 (Aug 19, 2004 6:55:51 PM)
So, is Lucy still in that hermetically sealed chamber?

MaxisLucky (Aug 19, 2004 6:55:51 PM)
perhaps that's why she couldn't make it to the chat today.... MaxisNeil wouldn't let her out....

PurpleRain (Aug 19, 2004 6:55:59 PM)
If an elder man gets an adult woman pregnant, can the elder man die before the child is born? And if so, will the child have no memory of him therefore not missing a father?

MaxisDoctorVu (Aug 19, 2004 6:55:59 PM)
An elder could potentially die before an adult woman gives birth. The child may not have any memory of his/her father.

Rainy26 (Aug 19, 2004 6:56:38 PM)
Could you have twins in all eight births?

maxiskevin (Aug 19, 2004 6:56:38 PM)
Improbable, but possible.

BadgerMum (Aug 19, 2004 6:56:39 PM)
What do the pinkish heart and the double pinkish hearts signify in terms of relationships? Are these related to familial love, romanic love, crushes...

MaxisDestry (Aug 19, 2004 6:56:39 PM)
The pinkish heart stands for Crush and the double pink heart stands for Go Steady.

Ashleighx165 (Aug 19, 2004 6:56:55 PM)
Are you exhausted from working on the game?

maxiskevin (Aug 19, 2004 6:56:55 PM)
Pretty much.

sim2freak241 (Aug 19, 2004 6:57:03 PM)
can sims be stupid?

MaxisDestry (Aug 19, 2004 6:57:03 PM)
Turn off free will.

pianoman (Aug 19, 2004 6:57:03 PM)
Do you guys play jokes on eachother like pour hot coffee on someone whos sleeping or other fun stuff?

MaxisHunter! (Aug 19, 2004 6:57:03 PM)
I superglued stuff to Destry's desk once. That started a large debacle that I dont hope repeats itself. Also, foam darts are popular around here.

MaxisLucky (Aug 19, 2004 6:57:25 PM)
Then there was the silly string incident...

esim (Aug 19, 2004 6:57:27 PM)
What about inheritance? Is it still in the game?

maxiskevin (Aug 19, 2004 6:57:27 PM)

Trixie9819 (Aug 19, 2004 6:57:38 PM)
More importantly, will there be DIFFERENT colored lawn gnomes? besides the blue TS1 ones, and the Green TS2 on I've seen?

MaxisHunter! (Aug 19, 2004 6:57:38 PM)
The garden gnome supports design mode. I'd say there's probably 6 or 7 variants on the little guy.

Snz2 (Aug 19, 2004 6:57:43 PM)
If a sim proposes in front of people will they notice? Like stop and OOO and AHHH

MaxisDoctorVu (Aug 19, 2004 6:57:43 PM)
Sims are now a lot more aware of their surroundings and of other Sims, they will turn their heads and watch other Sims as they are walking by or look at objects that are interesting.

alexmas (Aug 19, 2004 6:58:20 PM)
How do you get the money trees???

MaxisDestry (Aug 19, 2004 6:58:20 PM)
Satisfy your wants and save up your points.

ThatGuyBob (Aug 19, 2004 6:58:42 PM)
How many different "cut-scene" type events are there, and which is your personal favorite?

maxiskevin (Aug 19, 2004 6:58:42 PM)
There are 16 unique cinematics. My favorite is woohoo.

maxiskane (Aug 19, 2004 6:59:12 PM)
About five minutes left in the chat folks.

SimDeSol (Aug 19, 2004 6:59:18 PM)
What is a typical day like for you guys?

MaxisHunter! (Aug 19, 2004 6:59:18 PM)
Get in around 9:30am, leave around the same time at night. Longer or shorter work days depending on how much we're in crunch mode. We often break in the middle of the day for a spirited lunch which is usually Dim Sum or Pho and Boba Tea.

DoggyS (Aug 19, 2004 6:59:46 PM)
Will DoctorVu or any other Staffmember be in the game ?

MaxisDoctorVu (Aug 19, 2004 6:59:46 PM)
You'll have to play to find out...

alexmas (Aug 19, 2004 7:00:14 PM)
Can you still beg for money?

MaxisDestry (Aug 19, 2004 7:00:15 PM)
If you get low on your Fortune aspiration there is a chance that your Sim will beg for money.

unckelsyl (Aug 19, 2004 7:00:36 PM)
Did Bella run off with Luc? Wink

MaxisLucky (Aug 19, 2004 7:00:36 PM)
Only the shadow knows.....

nærd (Aug 19, 2004 7:01:39 PM)
Can you chase away the burglar?

MaxisDestry (Aug 19, 2004 7:01:39 PM)
No but the cop can catch them.

smarteasers (Aug 19, 2004 7:01:55 PM)
Why are some sim ghosts different colours

MaxisHunter! (Aug 19, 2004 7:01:55 PM)
Cause of death. Also, those different ghosts have different behaviors. Ghosts are really cool in TS2. Happy

lilangelndisgize (Aug 19, 2004 7:02:37 PM)
whats the highest amount of money a sim can get from selling a painting?

MaxisDoctorVu (Aug 19, 2004 7:02:37 PM)
They can make quite a bit from painting, but if you leave a high skilled painting on the lot for a long time, the painting could appreciate and make your Sim a lot of money.

brsims (Aug 19, 2004 7:02:43 PM)
By foundation, you guys mean basement...right?

maxiskevin (Aug 19, 2004 7:02:43 PM)
Foundation is different then basement.

Snz2 (Aug 19, 2004 7:03:07 PM)
What was the most difficult part of making this game? In ur opion.

MaxisDestry (Aug 19, 2004 7:03:07 PM)
Working with Hunter! Just kidding.

smasher_999 (Aug 19, 2004 7:03:27 PM)
are you guys SICK of TS2 now?

maxiskevin (Aug 19, 2004 7:03:27 PM)
No way!

BlueHatKat89 (Aug 19, 2004 7:03:38 PM)
Why do you guys tease us so?!

MaxisDoctorVu (Aug 19, 2004 7:03:38 PM)
Because we love you guys! And we want you guys to be surprised when you find out on your own!

maxiskane (Aug 19, 2004 7:03:48 PM)
The chat is now over. Thanks for chatting everyone. There were some great questions. Thank you Kevin, Hunter, Thomas, and Destry!

cccrowe1990 (Aug 19, 2004 7:04:01 PM)
Thank you for chatting with us Maxis Team!!

MaxisHunter! (Aug 19, 2004 7:04:01 PM)
You're very welcome. We love the opportunity to chat with you guys. We've worked really hard on this game and we hope you guys love it. I definitely know what it's like to have to wait for a killer game...but September 17th isn't far away, guys. Thanks!

maxiskevin (Aug 19, 2004 7:04:18 PM)
Bye everyone! Nice talking with you!

MaxisHunter! (Aug 19, 2004 7:04:25 PM)
Talk to you later, guys! Hope you enjoy the game. Happy

MaxisDestry (Aug 19, 2004 7:04:26 PM)
Goodbye everyone we look forward to talking to you again.

QueenKamisha (Aug 19, 2004 7:04:32 PM)
I really want to thank you guys for making such a great game! One more question please! If a woman is married and she has a baby from her affair who will it show as the baby's father? The husband or the lover?

MaxisDoctorVu (Aug 19, 2004 7:04:32 PM)
The lover.

MaxisDoctorVu (Aug 19, 2004 7:04:45 PM)
Thank everyone!

MaxisHunter! (Aug 19, 2004 7:04:49 PM)

MaxisDoctorVu (Aug 19, 2004 7:04:53 PM)
Bye all!

MaxisLucky (Aug 19, 2004 7:05:06 PM)
Thanks for coming to the chat!


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