It occurs to me why the whole Sims 3 hatred bugs me so much... People ask me why I go looking in forums, etc, when all I find is negative. The thing is? I'm not LOOKING for the negative. I read comments for the coming expansions hoping that others will be as excited as I am. Sort of looking for some common enthusiasm.
The reason I get so downhearted is because I feel so lonely in the Sims 3 community. I never was anyone that anyone cared about in the Sims 2 community. I wasn't the popular one that everyone missed when they'd vanish for months. I wasn't the one people were eager to read their updates and no one ever gave shit nor care to put my Sims in their neighborhoods.
Thing is? I want that connection. I want to see my Sims in other worlds to be enjoyed and to roam with the others' sims. I'd like to go "SQUEE! They thought my Sim was worth folding into their legacy! YAY! there's my Sim roaming and visiting with your Sims. Oh hey! There's X-sim playing in the arcade with your Sims!" it... feels nice to be recognized and thought of, creatively. It's FUN!
I think the reason I want to sell it so much to my friends is two-fold.
For one, I'm a defender of the kicked-down puppies and I hate how much people shit all over Sims 3 when it has so much to offer. People accuse it of having no sandbox, being totally anti story teller and builder and innovative anything. All of which I find unfair, especially with Generations. (I feel that expansion opened so many doors for story telling and have always had little stories roaming through my head when I play my families.) Yeah it has more goals now, but I think the goals add another facet to the sandbox. Some days I want to just build. Some days I want to play with wants/oppurtunities/achievements, other days I just want to let my Sims go about their little lives, achieve whatever little goals each family has.-Taliesen being my stable owner and breeder of pretty horses, things like that.
Also, I'd like to share the experience with friends. I have only one friend that when it does work, I send Sims to via Simport. (I think it only works when we're both online) and I get so excited to see what my performers do in her game and vice versa. I would love to send my Sims 3 sims to other towns, see them interacting around with my friends' Sims and vice versa.
I guess in the end, I feel like the isolated, red-headed step child and whenever I see all the forums; SnootySims, MySims Blog, Pixel_Trade, Sims Confessions on Tumblr, Sims Secrets, Facebook, ModtheSims 2, etc etc.... I go looking for others who may actually enjoy it... and all I find is hatred. It makes me feel very sad and lonely that I'm not even a part of a community like the TS2 people have and STILL have.
But I guess that's just how it is, now....I just sort of hope that at least people enjoy my silly, solitary updates at the very least, even if I'm the black sheep in the Sims community for actually LIKING Supernatural coming, Generations, Pets, Showtime.. and *GASP* the Katy Perry Sweet Treat packs....I always was the stupid, weird one in the world.