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Test Subject
Original Poster
#1 Old 28th Jul 2014 at 6:25 AM
Default Is this a bug or just a (gamebreaking) illusion?
Hi all,

i am oretty unfamiliar with this series so excuse me if i ask for something that was already answered. a couple of times So here is that little fact that really bothers me. I started a new game some time ago today. Met a sim in the park, went back home, phoned him (via mobile phone), he answered my call, we tlaked to each other BUT in "reality" (i moved the camera back to the park) he was still sitting there eating... . Yea, i was kinda disappointed (.
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Lab Assistant
#2 Old 28th Jul 2014 at 6:37 AM
Yup, if you call another sim on the phone, you're not expecting to be on the same lot as that sim.
Field Researcher
#3 Old 28th Jul 2014 at 6:46 AM
He's digesting every word of the conversation.
Theorist
#4 Old 28th Jul 2014 at 6:49 AM
No, it's not a glitch. The non-active sim is being controlled by Story Progression, so it probably wasn't considered important to have them suddenly go through a phone animation when you probably wouldn't see them anyway. But it's disconcerting when you do see them doing something else, thanks to open world.

Much as I like reasonable persons, I hate completely rational beings. Lin Yutang
Test Subject
Original Poster
#5 Old 28th Jul 2014 at 6:56 AM
Okay, thanks guys.
Theorist
#6 Old 28th Jul 2014 at 10:54 AM
With University Life, if you send texts to another Sim, the recipient will actually receive the text, complete with the "receive text" interaction and animation. It's pretty neat.

Just call me Nikel
Theorist
#7 Old 28th Jul 2014 at 12:50 PM
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Originally Posted by Kaiko Espurr Mikkusu
Yup, if you call another sim on the phone, you're not expecting to be on the same lot as that sim.


Quote:
Originally Posted by Eksclusiv
Hi all,

i am oretty unfamiliar with this series so excuse me if i ask for something that was already answered. a couple of times So here is that little fact that really bothers me. I started a new game some time ago today. Met a sim in the park, went back home, phoned him (via mobile phone), he answered my call, we tlaked to each other BUT in "reality" (i moved the camera back to the park) he was still sitting there eating... . Yea, i was kinda disappointed (.


Pretty sure OP's Sim and the call's recipient were on different lots.

But yeah, EA done goofed there. It would've been great if they'd changed that so you could see Sims answer calls like the texts Nikel mentioned.

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Lab Assistant
#8 Old 28th Jul 2014 at 1:31 PM
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Originally Posted by BL00DIEDHELL
Pretty sure OP's Sim and the call's recipient were on different lots.

But yeah, EA done goofed there. It would've been great if they'd changed that so you could see Sims answer calls like the texts Nikel mentioned.


Yup, but texts were suppose to be made for 2 sims that happened to be in the same lot at the same time, right? So if both sims were at the park, or both of them were in her house, the guy would also be talking to the phone. But they were not in the same lot, so... (It's very impropable that the girl's home and the park were in the same lot, though i once had a girl named Rachael Lay live in Central Park, but it was a modded game. The park still functioned as a park, and people were still visiting it. Rachael was actually rich and could afford an house (she had like 14000 in her household funds) but she had the Loves The Outdoors trait and was a member of the Town Loon (but she was not insane) so that might explain it.
Mad Poster
#9 Old 28th Jul 2014 at 1:57 PM
I guess the game was not designed around the idea that players wander around with their game camera and be not constantly focussed on their active Sims all on the same lot. Because if you play it just like that (never pan around, send the whole family to the same lot together, and never pay any attention to what's going on on different lots) you'd never notice that inactives don't answer their phones. You cannot call Sims on the same lot and when you call a Sim that happens to enter the same lot the call stops immediately. [sarcasm] So, rejoice, because TS4 won't have that anymore that your game immersion "breaks" because of that! [/sarcasm]
Mad Poster
#10 Old 28th Jul 2014 at 3:02 PM
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Originally Posted by Eksclusiv
... he answered my call, we tlaked to each other BUT in "reality" (i moved the camera back to the park) he was still sitting there eating... . Yea, i was kinda disappointed (.
I'd be disappointed, too! It's bad manners to talk with your mouth full. I hope he wasn't eating with other Sims. That would also be very rude.

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Lab Assistant
#11 Old 28th Jul 2014 at 4:50 PM
You can also go to the prom with a Sim who is clearly not at the school. Now there's an immersion breaker. Text saying your Sim is dancing close with the other, and they you notice the other Sim is sitting over in the park, or something. Or better yet, a guest in your home.
Lab Assistant
#12 Old 28th Jul 2014 at 5:22 PM
The guy at the park was on the phone, he was just using a Bluetooth ear-thing. But it was kind of rude of him to talk to you while eating.

But seriously ... considering how laggy the game can be sometimes, we should be happy that they don't spend time animating Sims that we will almost never see.
Test Subject
#13 Old 29th Jul 2014 at 11:51 PM
@amberland
"...we almost never see"!!!
Yeah! Almost...
I witnessed that situation twice just yesterday when I was playing my Sunset Valley save. I have a girl there who lives at the house which is between Claire Ursine's and Hank Goddard's-Pauline Wann's house. She was playing online video games (or so I thought, lol!!!) with Claire Ursine... But (what a pity, EA breaks the illusion OP is talking about!) the same time Claire passes outside my sim's house with her toddler in her arms!!!
And the same night I sent my girl to the Grind (I always have clubs and bars from Late Night EP in all my towns). When she was in her car her phone was ringing so when she reached the club she answered it. It was Marty Keaton... The same Marty Keaton who was just coming out of the Grind and he was not talking on his phone, but my sim was... lol!!!
... Probably EA never thought something like that could ever happen
Mad Poster
#14 Old Yesterday at 5:54 AM
I've had sims call me and when I'm chatting them, they will walk to my house for a visit

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Originally Posted by McNum
You can also go to the prom with a Sim who is clearly not at the school. Now there's an immersion breaker. Text saying your Sim is dancing close with the other, and they you notice the other Sim is sitting over in the park, or something. Or better yet, a guest in your home.

This is so sad your poor sim is probably so lonely he had to pretend to be popular enough to get a date to a prom.
Lab Assistant
#15 Old Yesterday at 8:36 AM
My sim called her boyfriend to a date. After couple of hours he didn't show up, so I went to look for him and saw him flirting with another girl . He then showed up after six hour and acted like nothing ever happened. I even got the pop up saying people have been seeing them around the town and they should slow it down before someone gets hurt. So as you can see, TS3 isn't that different from real life.
Theorist
#16 Old Yesterday at 9:36 AM
it is just a game, afterall.
Test Subject
#17 Old Yesterday at 1:12 PM
Since others already told you about the texts and calls and all, here's a little story/story of my sims life/song/song that I just singed,
I remember when my sims first met (Music playing) they were madly in love and never went (Parody of a song) anywhere, ever, not, together! Ohhh. oh oh oh oh! He called her, they broke up, Ohhhh! oh oh oh oh oh! But he never called her!

Does that explain anything?
just a girl
#18 Old Yesterday at 2:17 PM
Well, I'd share my stories too.
1. My sim had a date with a girl, who invited him to her party at that evening (sent invitation during their date). They spent whole evening on community lots doing different stuff, and once they got home she send a text complaining he didn't show up at the party! I guess, she didn't mind she wasn't at her party too.
2. My sim invited someone to his place. The notification poped up, saying the sim had unexpected stuff to do and couldn't come, yet he came over anyway...
Theorist
#19 Old Yesterday at 5:30 PM
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Originally Posted by christmas fear
it is just a game, afterall.

I fail to see your point. If calling Sims is just an illusion and the reason is "it's just a game" to get it out of the way, then what makes evil showering and extreme jogging to be unlikable illusions if "it's just a game?"

Just call me Nikel
Lab Assistant
#20 Old Today at 5:47 AM
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Originally Posted by nikel23
I fail to see your point. If calling Sims is just an illusion and the reason is "it's just a game" to get it out of the way, then what makes evil showering and extreme jogging to be unlikable illusions if "it's just a game?"


Evil showering is normal showering but done by evil sims. Same for extreme jogging and daredevils.
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