The Much Needed Update

Maya and Mac the siblings from my let's play of The Sims 4.

Welcome Back

I know it's been an incredibly long time since my last update on this website. The Sims 4 has now been out for a couple of months, I've been to Japan, and I am now 24 years old. I've also remodeled my room quite a bit and I have a bunch of stuff to write about. So let's go ahead and get started!


The Sims 4

I've enjoyed exploring the base game of The Sims 4 these past couple of months. There are so many major improvements to the game but there is still a lot that needs to be done. People ask me frequently what I think of the newest installment of the series so I'll go ahead and list some pros and cons.

Pros:

  • The click and drag system in Create A Sim is incredible, I love how you can give your Sims very diverse body shapes.
  • Multitasking is the best thing to ever enter a Sims series.
  • The emotions in the game don't seem gimmicky and actually serves a purpose.
  • I love the different walk cycles available now.
  • The outfits and hairstyles don't suck and actually look really nice.
  • I am a huge fan of the new stylized look they have going for The Sims 4, the way lighting is rendered in the game is beautiful.
  • There are a lot of objects in the base game, though I wish there were more / better curtains and paintings.
  • Build mode is the best that it has ever been in so many ways. The way you can curve roofs, move an entire house or just one singular room. It's so fast and simple.
  • The gallery is so awesome, you can download and use content other people made within seconds. Where as with previous installments it was a much more tedious process.
  • They've added in ghosts and pools for free and more careers are on the horizon.
  • A very optimized game that runs smoothly and saves fast.
  • Plenty of skills for your Sims to learn.
  • You can size up objects.
  • Great music, I love that there is a Retro station with music from The Sims 1-3.
  • A crazy amount of collectibles. 


Cons:

  • No family tree! Which is such a weird thing to be missing.
  • Moveobjects On isn't available and it's annoying to do landscaping as a result.
  • Speaking of landscaping there is no terraforming.
  • Almost no services and NPCs. You can only order pizza and hire a maid, there are no robbers, police, or fire fighters in this game.
  • Lack of the color wheel. I don't care that create-a-style is missing, I just find it really hard to match outfits and furniture now that items are only available in certain colors.
  • No story progression.
  • Aspirations contain a lot of unnecessary repetitive actions.
  • Friendship levels decay way too fast and sometimes randomly reset.
  • No carpools, Sims just disappear off the lot.
  • Sims tend to reset in place a lot during live mode, I notice this when I queue up a bunch of actions and then once they're reset the queue is cleared.
  • When you have a Sim do the "Make Friends" interaction at school or work, they're not making friends. All they're doing is raising their social need while their performance lowers. Where as in The Sims 3 your Sims would actually socialize with fellow students and co-workers.
  • The idea of unlocking items from Buy Mode is interesting at first. But it gets annoying when you're unable to use any of those items in community lots.

I've logged in over 200 hours into The Sims 4 already and I think it's a solid base game. I'm looking forward to what the first expansion pack will be. I am hoping the first expansion pack will be one similar to The Sims 3 Late Night because there is a serious lack of night life in The Sims 4.

Tokyo

A panorama I took of Shibuya Crossing with my iPhone.
I went to Japan in September for about two and a half weeks! I went to visit a good friend of mine from High School. His name is David and I've been friends with him for a very long time. While I was there I was a guest at his apartment which was incredibly small but cozy. I got to sleep underneath the staircase which isn't as bad as it sounds. During my time in Japan I went to several districts in Tokyo and I got to eat a bunch of awesome food. I uploaded a lot of photos from my trip on my Instagram (http://instagram.com/andrewarcade).

I was lucky enough to attend Tokyo Game Show and I got to see Hideo Kojima in person! He was about 15 feet away from me doing an interview / demonstration of Metal Gear Solid V. I initially thought that Akihabara would be my favorite district because there's a bunch of stores dedicated to video games and anime there but Shibuya ended up being my favorite area in Japan. Shibuya has such a lively atmosphere and there are so many different types of shops and attractions.

We went to a karaoke place in Shibuya with a group of people and the booth was all decked out with Evangelion decorations. There was oddly a huge selection of English songs on the karaoke machine. Taylor Swift and One Direction both seem to be really popular over seas. Naturally though towards the end of our karaoke session we all sang Fly Me To The Moon which is the song they used in the credits for the Neon Genesis Evangelion anime. Anyways, my time in Tokyo was a blast and I'm glad that I was finally able to go.

I didn't buy too much  but while I was there I did pick up a white PS Vita! I've been playing Persona 4 Golden and FFX-HD on it. The handheld is a lot better than I thought it would be.

New Battlestation

I'm so much happier with this new setup, my old one was so gross.
If you watch my Twitch streams then you've probably heard me go on and on about how I finally ordered a new chair. Thanks to people who have subscribed and donated on Twitch I was able to save up for a DXRacer! I've had it for a couple of weeks now and I can already tell it's made such a huge difference. My back pains are non existent now and my new chair doesn't squeak at all. 

Also I was originally going to move into my own apartment in December but since I'm going to be staying here with my family for at least another year I decided to remodel my room and buy some more furniture and equipment. This is what I've purchased recently:

  • Three matching ASUS monitors
  • New Razer Naga Hex mouse (old one had a few broken buttons)
  • New Corsair mechanical keyboard
  • Smaller mouse pad
  • A black leather futon
  • A bunch of wire management crap so I could finally hide all my wires.
  • End table / night stand
  • Book case
  • Sound proofing materials
  • Memory foam pillows
  • A buttload of Bath and Body Work candles

MY GROSS ASS DESK AREA BEFORE REMODELING MY ROOM
DO YOU SEE THIS SHIT? This is what my desk used to look like. Also no that is not lube next to my mouse, that is Jojoba oil which I use to help make my gauged ears heal faster. (I just saw the bottle there and felt I should clarify) Also look at the nasty non-matching monitors and way too big Dota 2 mouse pad. Also my desktop mic stand could only be attached with one of the drawers slightly open which is why I got rid of them. Jesus Christ I can't believe this is what my desk used to look like. Though part of the blame was on AT&T...

ALL THESE WIRES AND MODEMS WERE FROM AT&T, GROSS.

Ugh and thankfully I got rid of my AT&T internet. I've upgraded to Time Warner Cable and holy crap it has been SO much better. I used to get 20 down and 2 up with AT&T where with Time Warner Cable I now get about 300 down and 22 up. It's a MASSIVE increase. Which means now I can stream at a higher quality and also upload videos much faster. Also what the fuck is with AT&T using this much shit for their Internet? I don't have a picture of it but thankfully with Time Warner Cable I just have one modem and it has like 3 wires.

Weird panorama of my room, I swear it looks a lot more cozy in person.
It's kind of hard to take a picture of my entire room. Also the lighting on my phone makes it look super gross. Anyways on top of my window I have a shelf where I had a bunch of books and figures. I sold them all because I thought I was going to be moving and I wanted to have some extra cash in my pocket. Which is how I was able to afford a lot of the new stuff in my room. But this upcoming year I'll be buying stuff for my new bookshelf and window shelf. Also it's not pictured here but behind my monitor I've placed some soundproof foam tiles to help improve the quality of my mic.

Candle Hype

All from Bath and Body Works, I WISH YOU COULD SMELL THEM.
So... I'm sure many of you are familiar with AZ4Angela and her viral video. Basically thanks to AZ4Angela I've been exposed to the magical world of candles. Also my good friend Aquamatey has discussed in the past about how good his candles from B&BW smelt. So originally I only ordered ONE candle which was Winter Candy Apple. However that candle sucked and it had no scent throw at all (hehe I know some candle terminology). Anyways I was told by a few people that I probably just got a dud and thanks to loudernownico, aquamatey, and katvela09 I took the plunge and ordered a handful of new candles based on their recommendations. 

The reason I have so many is because they had a 2 for 22 sale, which is apparently a common thing that they do. SO IF FOR WHATEVER REASON YOU DECIDE TO BUY SOME CANDLES AFTER THIS POST don't do it until they have a 2 for 22 sale on their 3-wick candles.

Ahem, anyways a big thank you to loudernownico who recommended Pumpkin Pecan Waffle. Like I said before with the Winter Candy Apple candle I couldn't smell anything at all. However Nico informed me that Pumpkin Pecan Waffle is the strongest candle she's ever had. She was not exaggerating at all,  I burned the candle for about 10 minutes and it filled my room instantly. I kept it burning for about 2 hours and then blew it out and the scent remained in my room until the next day which was nuts!

Aquamatey told me to get Marshmallow Fireside which I was skeptical about because it's a much more subtle scent and I prefer candles that are sweeter and much more potent. Anyways, Marshmallow Fireside is one of my favorites for sure. It's super calming and I love burning it during the night time. 

Katvela09 recommended Merry Cookie to me, I haven't burned it yet but I can already tell that I'll love it. It smells like sugar cookies and it's wonderful. The other candles were ones I just tossed into my cart (they had good reviews on the website) and so far they have all been treating me well. I'm trying to burn Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin and Pumpkin Pecan Waffles as soon as I can so that I can move onto the holiday scents for December and January.

Jingle Bell Rock


I'm incredibly excited for Christmas! I'm one of those people that basically starts celebrating Christmas time after Halloween is over. As I'm typing this I'm listening to Kelly Clarkson's Christmas Album WHICH I DIDN'T EVEN KNOW EXISTED UNTIL TODAY. OH! On the topic of music I've really been loving Taylor Swift's new album 1989 too. Which is really weird to me because I'm not a big fan of her older songs. 

Well... I've rambled long enough now. 

But before I go! I have a lot of shelf space and I really need some book recommendations. I made a GoodReads account but I haven't filled out anything yet. I really like memoirs, young adult novels, and comedy books. So tell me what you've been reading lately and if you recommend it! 

That's all for now and I'll see you all next time!

- Andrew "Arcade" Garcia

E3 2014


Hi everyone!

Sorry for the long break between posts. Anyways this week has been great so far! In case you didn't know, E3 2014 has been going on. The Sims 4 has an official release date which is September 2nd, 2014!!! EA also uploaded a new trailer which you can watch by clicking here. I went ahead and pre-ordered the physical version of The Sims 4 Premium Edition on Amazon. I figured if I was going to spend $80 on a preimum edition that I should go with the physical copy that way I can actually flip through the fancy art book while still getting all the cool digital rewards. In case you're wondering what comes with the premium edition I'll put a picture of it's contents below.


Speaking of premium editions, Persona Q is also getting one! I pre-ordered that as well and on top of that I went ahead and pre-ordered the Destiny PS4 Bundle. So yeah... I'll be spending quite a bit of cash this Fall thanks to all these awesome video games coming out. I loved Nintendo, EA, and Sony's conferences this year at E3. So not only am I getting The Sims 4 and a PS4 in September but I am also going to Japan in September! I recently booked my flight and I'll be there from September 16th until October 2nd. I'll hopefully be attending Tokyo Game Show 2014 while I'm there!

As most of you might know I'm currently in Vegas but I'm moving back to California really soon. Things just didn't work out the way I thought they were going to when I was in Utah. My roommate was awesome and we got along great but with him being super busy at work I was pretty much home alone most of the time. It was getting really lonely and depressing and I couldn't really stand it anymore so I've decided that it would be best to move back home. But I'm glad I at least tried out Utah because now I won't wonder about how it would have been if I didn't try.

Again, it's been a while since I've made a post... so in case you didn't know I have been pretty busy on YouTube. I started and completed Let's Plays of Dreadout, Clock Tower 3, and Mario Kart 8. I've also been going steady with videos of The Sims 3 Combined. The third season is coming really close to an end and then the fourth and final season of The Sims 3 Combined will start. Here's links to all the videos since the last blog post.

The Sims 3 Combined Season 3


Dreadout

Clock Tower 3

There is a highlights video of my first Tomodachi Life stream which can be found here. I also have been streaming Tomodachi Life and a lot of Mario Kart 8 at my twitch page, Twitch.tv/AndrewArcade as part of my 2 Year Twitch Challenge. 

Anyways that's all for now and I'll see you all next time.

- Andrew "Arcade" Garcia

Sweet Loot

Hey everyone! So in case you did not know I have started a two year challenge at Twitch this week. So far it's been going great and so many of you have subscribed to me on Twitch, so thank you very much! Once I reach 100 subscribers on Twitch I'll be able to submit two new emoticons for all the subscribers to use so I'm incredibly excited for that. I'm going to have one of the emoticons be the blue spiny shell from Mario Kart since I stream that pretty often and also one of Crystal Maiden from Dota 2, which I stream occasionally.

By the way I am now a Loot Crate partner! Pictured above was April's theme "Dragon"... which included a lot of awesome stuff from Skyrim and Game of Thrones. May's theme is going to be "Adventure" and there is going to be stuff from The Legend of Zelda, Minecraft, and Adventure Time!

If you're not familiar with what Loot Crate is, it's a monthly subscription where you get a assortment of items delivered straight to your door step! If this interests you please go to www.LootCrate.com/AndrewArcade and use the promo code "arcade" at checkout! You'll get a discount, cool stuff in the mail, and you'll support me as well! Also each month you have a chance to win a Mega Crate that has a lot of awesome stuff!


I've uploaded a handful of new videos and also wrapped up a couple series on my YouTube page, here area all the new videos since last time!

I finally wrapped up my Animal Crossing and The Sims Let's Play so currently I just have The Sims 3 Combined Season 3 going. I think in the next week or two I may possible start my series of Clock Tower 3. I took a peek at other people who have played through that game on YouTube and it seems to be about 13-15 parts, so it will be a relatively short series. Also at the end of this month Mario Kart 8 comes out! So I will most likely be doing a short Let's Play of that as well. Plus I will also be streaming that game a lot on Twitch.

By the way you should really buy Mario Kart 8 sooner rather than later because in America and Canada Nintendo is having a special promotion where you get Mario Kart 8 and 1 free digital download! You get to choose from New Super Mario Bros. U, Wii Party U, Pikmin 3, and The Legend of Zelda : Wind Waker HD!

Anyways that is all for now and I will see you all next Friday!

- Andrew "Arcade" Garcia

2 Year Twitch Challenge


Oh hi! So if you follow me on twitter you've probably seen my tweets that looked like a bunch of random numbers. Well each number I tweeted out was related to the length of two years. This is because I will be doing a two year Twitch challenge!

This was inspired by Twitch user Lethal Frag, who started and completed his own two year Twitch challenge a couple years ago.

So what is a two year twitch challenge?
Starting April 28, 2014 I will be streaming at least once a day for 730 Days. This will all take place at www.twitch.tv/andrewarcade! So be sure to make a Twitch account and follow me so that you can get e-mail notifications when I go live. I will also continue to give a heads up on Twitter and YouTube when I'm about to begin streaming.

As of right now I don't have a set schedule but I'm going to try to start most of my streams around 4PM PST for at least a couple hours. Now don't worry!!! This doesn't mean YouTube will be completely out of the picture. I'll still be updating my YouTube page and I will most likely begin to upload stream highlights to my YouTube account as well.

Now I am making some house rules for missing a day of streaming:

  1. If the Twitch website is down for an entire day I will not count it against me and I'll just add another day to the challenge to make up for that lost day.
  2. If the weather in Utah obstructs my internet connection either by a long black out or if the ISP has to perform maintenance for over a day, I will not count it against me. I'll just add another day to the challenge to make up for that lost day.

Basically if something is out of my control I'm not going to count it against me and the challenge will go on. Now if my PC happens to crap out... which is very possible since I have the worst luck. I will get it situated as soon as possible. In fact I'm saving up money to buy a laptop as a backup for streaming. I may also get a PlayStation 4 in the near future so I can stream directly from the console and have another backup.

I hope you're all excited as much as I am! In case you aren't familiar with Twitch I do a have a subscription feature where viewers can optionally subscribe to me for $5 a month to directly support me and Twitch. So if you enjoy the streams please consider subscribing if you can, it helps me out a lot with getting better equipment for streaming. Of course this is 100% optional but you do get some cool features like access to special emoticons in all the Twitch chat rooms and also a sweet joystick badge next to your name in my chat room. To my current subscribers I'm sorry I haven't been streaming in the past month but I am prepared to make it up to all of you with this two year challenge.

Overtime I imagine I'll get common questions about the challenge... so I'll eventually add a FAQ here specifically for the two year challenge. Also once I have more of a routine going on Twitch, I'll try to implement a solid streaming schedule.

If you can't attend the streams live, you can always access the previous broadcasts here:
www.twitch.tv/andrewarcade/profile/pastBroadcasts

Thank you for reading and once again be sure to follow me at twitch.tv/andrewarcade to watch the daily streams!

- Andrew "Arcade" Garcia

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