That Simmie Of ChelleJo’s Got A Face Like Play-Doh!

Posted in Uncategorized on May 2, 2016 by themaresnest

Let this be a cautionary tale to you all, best beloved:

chellejo's simmie's face looks like playdoh

From looking hot…

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… to looking melted!

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JoAnne65 at first thought that ChelleJo’s Simmie had simply pissed off the fairies:

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Meh! SuicidalSpat used to do that to his Simmies all the time – long before EA got the idea of Twinbrook as well we may add.

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GaiaHypothesis, OKBlondee7 and Igazor were there to offer sympathy:

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Okay, so we lied!

Thankfully BlackSand and Tangie-HappySimmer3 were on hand to proffer some practical advice:

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‘Chick could have taken a cheese grater to her face and come out with better results.’

slaplol  smiley-lol

Gitte2001’s Wrinkly Sky

Posted in Uncategorized on May 2, 2016 by themaresnest

The EA forum’s resident Sprout is finding her game’s gone up the spout.

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Hmmm, maybe your sky has aged up and is now elderly?

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Seriously though, there’s a simple explanation to this one: take it away Dreamerz13…

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If only it was permanently 32°c in real life instead of four seasons every five minutes just now. Any chance of NRaas Industries doing real weather mods please?

Two Days For LunaNova

Posted in Uncategorized on May 2, 2016 by themaresnest

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Two days? Is that all?

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For CK213, it brought back some nightmare times:

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Yes, but think of them as character building and a positive learning experience.

What do you mean ‘sod off Mares with the modern management-speak crap!’ ?

Jaletu2005 confessed to having been in the same boat:

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But if you really want to drive CK213 mad, give him a tractor:

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Wimp! What’s the point of getting the tractor set if you’re not going to spend hours laying out the perfect tractor path and trying to get the bumnugget to work. We suppose you never tried laying out your own romantic gondola route either.

Oh, you played the last piece of EA Store content once and never again? Just like everyone else?

evilgrin  evilgrin

SimStaff Bethelle Exposed – But Have They Also Been Doxxed?

Posted in Uncategorized on May 1, 2016 by themaresnest

Now kiddiewinks for something we’ve been keeping secret for some time concerning events on the EA forum, and which we hope may illuminate why events there have been taking place. The matter has been discussed at some length over at Mod The Sims, primarily because no one dares talk about it on the EA forum without the risk of being instantly permabanned.

Every tale has a beginning, and ours begins in November last year, when the Jazz-Hands half of the Mare’s Nest team made the following post on the EA forum.

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Pary’s quote is the only proof left that the post was ever made – for it was scrubbed with undue haste. In fact, a large number of posts made by Jazzy and by yours truly were being mysteriously scrubbed off the EA forum almost from the moment they were made … after the following post was made by us in October.

It seems that someone took a rather great exception to us saying:

‘For those of you who don’t know who T3ddy is (like SimStaff Bethelle, who may have had the sense to ban his sorry ass and be done with it had she done her homework…).’

No prizes for guessing the two words of importance – SimStaff Bethelle. The source of more discord and rancour in the new EA forum than all the trolls they’ve had since opening put together.

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But after Steven7859 was chided by Dariu for questioning Simstaff Bethelle’s dictatorial behaviour…

Since SimStaff Bethelle was appointed to the new EA forum and the disastrous release of Sims 4 has caused a multitude of rancour, anyone daring to criticise the Glitterturd, the running of the EA forum – and plumbob help you EA or the Simgurus themselves! – can expect to find themselves closely monitored by SimStaff Bethelle, who seems to pride themselves in stamping out any form of dissent, however slight.

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… guess who was banned in turn?

At the same time we were having a good pop at SimStaff Bethelle for being thick as shit over here, over at Mod The Sims, they were discusssing a certain World Explorer being subjected to false reporting…

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… although we reckon that this had more to do with SimStaff Bethelle abusing their authority.

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Pary was not the only World Explorer to find herself being monitored by SimStaff Bethelle for thought crimes…

We speak from personal experiences.

Within twenty four hours of the Jazz-Hands-OK post mentioned earlier being wiped, a message was sent by SimStaff Bethelle to our Jazzy telling her that ‘It has come to our attention’ that they had more than one account on the EA forum – or rather the new EA forum – and they needed to chose what account they wanted to keep and the other ones would be deleted.

Neither of us had ever made any secret of the fact The-Mares-Nest account or the Jazz-Hands-OK account were secondary accounts to our real ones on the old EA forum – and as all accounts were duplicated over to the new forum naturally they carried with it.

However, the accounts SimStaff Bethelle said were duplicates were the two we’ve just mentioned and – wait for it! – that of WaffenThinMint, who did help us out for a while a mere four years ago.

At that moment, a lot of things fell right into place. Jazz-Hands and The Mare’s Nest had both found a massive spike in their stats for about a month. The strange part was that it wasn’t any singular post which had done this, more a haphazard range of posts across the board. Moreover, there were posts that hadn’t been viewed for as long as we can remember that were flagging up… as if someone out there was looking for something.

It didn’t take our Jazzy to put two-and-two together and realise that Simguru Bethelle was simply choosing to pick out the accounts from people known to be working or have worked in the past for the Mare’s Nest that were in the public domain – not from any knowledge that had come from those at EA – and setting an impossible ultimatum which would lead to the banning of two unrelated accounts.

Indeed the ‘it has come to our attention’ phrase appeared a less than remarkable echo of the beginning to a spoof article done over at Jazz-Hands.  Perhaps lucky really that the recently returned to Simming ways Skeletal Screams doesn’t have any connection to the EA forum or she’d have also been banned as well!

Now whilst Tangie-HappySimmer3 and your humble narrator may be blessed with the gift of silver tongues in awkward situations with authority figures finding their inner Hitler, our Jazz has but two modes – shy and retiring, or full scale nuclear holocaust. And there’s nothing quite like a bare faced liar blatantly abusing their position to provoke unsubtle comment.

Jazzy’s blunt reply to SimStaff Bethelle was that ‘she’ knew damn well the accounts weren’t connected, that IP records and set up records would confirm them not to be related, and that perhaps they ought to be paying more attention to multiple banned idiots such as Colton147 returning and posting right under their noses in the same threads as themselves rather than indulging in petty spite.

End result: all three accounts were permabanned faster than you can say ‘plumbob’ – and the first your humble narrator knew about it was when a sheepish e-mail was sent over from JH explaining what had gone on.

Meanwhile, a certain forum owner also discovered they’d been banned weeks later courtesy of CaspinSim:

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The March Violets’ resident Kraftdinnerland member Simspeaker4 had it more right than they realised with their surmise – but it also turned out that Minty had never even logged into his account on the new forum!

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‘Getting banned without even trying is great going even by EA standards… But how nice to be banned from a forum I never joined or was asked if I wanted to join and never took a single part in!’

So if Minty wants to know why he was banned from ‘a forum I never joined or was asked if I wanted to join’ , now he and the rest of the Sims Forums March Violets knows.

(Yeah we should have told you, but it felt awkward after… well, you know. Sorry about that).

And that largely was that… until by a bizarre coincidence Jazzy was checking up in March on the welfare of a certain Jessamine Diane over on Deviant Art (our one time Pink Plumbobber has been going through tough times…) and during some random wanderings there afterwards, discovered the following post:

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Wait? What? This Realitysquared aka $Realitysquared over at Deviant Art is also SimStaffBethelle?

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Realitysquared (real name Daniel Sowers Jr) has been a moderator over at Deviant Art for longer than most there care to remember, and is the only moderator there to have been the subject of a series of petitions demanding his removal in addition to being a staple target over at Encyclopedia Dramatica (not exactly the most reliable source in the world, but useful for picking up some clues to past and present bumnuggetry…).

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Interestingly that ‘come to our attention’ phrase turns up in the doxed chatlogs from 2007 over at ED. Hmmm…

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The strange part is that this LadyWeasel doesn’t appear to have any Sims 3 or 4 connections – more games such as shooters. So how does she know these two are one and the same?  Certainly the cack-handed incompetence and over-the-top authoritarianism appear identical, but LadyWeasel’s apparant doxing raises more questions than answers.

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Not least of all, if LadyWeasel’s accusation is true (and we really don’t know what to think of that one), why the hell did EA employ someone with no Sims series tradition to mod their forum?

The only explanation we can think of is that EA may have chosen to employ people with professional forum experience (ie. salaried to do it rather than volunteers) in the hope of getting ones that will do some work for once.

If so, we’d be asking for our money back, EA!

Certainly it’s not unheard of for people to make a (piss poor) wage out of forum moderation/administration (usually people working from home because of family commitments or because they’re basement dwellers…) – and if doing it for one, why not two or three to maximise your paycheck?

Anyway, if anyone has anything else to add to this mystery, we’ll be glad to read about it.

scratchhead  scratchhead

Isn’t The Solution In Your Own Hands, DarciTheFox? (Surreal Shows You What You’re Missing!)

Posted in Uncategorized on April 30, 2016 by themaresnest

darcithefox on sims 3

You miss all these things – the color wheel, the animals, the occult, the toddlers, the open world… so why bother playing Sims 4 ?

Time is short, leisure time even shorter. Don’t play a game because you feel you have to justify the expense you shelled out for it. Play what you like and be happy.

GaiaHypothesis confessed to already having gone back, DreamsInPixels suggested an intriguing switch, whereas King_of_Simcity7 decided as ever to shove in someone completely random!

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As for Lucky25…

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Preach it man, PREACH IT!
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Hmmm, this is all sounding far too sensible and serious. This thread needs to be more surreal – ah, right on cue…

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You’d think she’s try casting an icy blast instead of making for the extinguisher!

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Mind you, she’s not the only one in Surreal’s game that’s starting fires – for plumbob’s sake Sharkloverplayer and CravenLestat sit down – and especially you Bookygirl13! – you’re likely to have heart attacks when you see what’s coming up next…

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thOMG  thOMG

Holy crap on a cracker, Surreal – that’s born-in game Simmie is VOLCANIC!

And her imaginary friend’s not exactly a windfall from the ugly tree either.

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Krabby_Pattiess was equally as bowled over, and it appears DarciTheFox was seeing the light.

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And of course, our Tangie-HappySimmer3 has also got some goodies of her own to whet your Sims 3 appetites…

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Including her inevitable World Explorer duties test driving TS1Depot’s Riverside:

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Although we’d like to know what a mid-80s Gary Numan with a baseball cap is doing in her hundred and twelve day challenge?

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Sigzy05 also had a hot Simmie to show off…

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TadOlson however does not play Sims 3 on TadOlson’s computer in preference to Sims 4 – TadOlson never got it.

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TadOlson plays Sims 3 on TadOlson’s computer because TadOlson is... TadOlson.

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Stdlr9 On A Familiar Theme

Posted in Uncategorized on April 30, 2016 by themaresnest

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Tsk! Silly Stdlr9! You cannot ride a unicorn through a neighbourhood!

Don’t you know you are only supposed to ride unicorns down the sides of erupting volcanoes whilst drinking from a chalice filled with the laughter of small children and the blood and tears of your enemies? It’s the rules!

(By the way Voltaire fans, in case you missed this…)

But we digress.

Opinion appeared to be split:

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Sorry TS1Depot, but that’s simply not true. In the early days of Sims 3, older players would bounce back and forth between the two, but Sims 3 also had a lot of new players on board drawn in by the open world promise.

The only real moans of any note came from the easily ignored Mod The Sims and More Awesome Than You orbits because both had a far more sizeable contingent than the EA forum of people using the game as a masturbation aid and who weren’t going to touch the game until the same sicko mods available for Sims 2 were available for Sims 3, whereupon – surprise, surprise – the whinging stopped.

The Sims 2 nostalgiafest only started after the World Adventures patch debacle broke the game for many, and quickly disipated once it was patched properly. There was a renewed wave of Sims 2 revivalism a year later in 2011 for which the Simlogical and the Dead End Knights lot were largely to blame for what was little more than one of those silly bursts of gamers’ snobbery all gaming communities suffer from time to time from the self-appointed ‘important ones’ – the main effect of which was a terminal split in the ranks of Crazy Town but apart from that little else.

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…which is the year when TS1Depot by their own admittance actually joined the Simming community. We rest out case, m’lud!

One old stalwart of the early EA forum for Sims 3 returned to chip his tuppenceworth in, along with the omnipresent Tangie-HappySimmer3.

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And it wouldn’t be a talk about the old days without Rflong7/13 now, would it?

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Not much surprises the Grand not-quite-that-Old-please-don’t-kick-us Dame of the Simming community, but she was utterly astonished at TadOlson’s revelations on how many of Twallan’s/NRaas Industries mods are in TadOlson’s game.

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We’re not sure there is ninety seven mods from there available. Ah, sorry, we forgot of course the golden rule: TadOlson has ninety seven mods in TadOlson’s Sims 3 game because TadOlson…

… okay, okay, we’ve done that gag already today!

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Which reminds us, we’ve got a special message for returned failed troll ScottDemon:

hey fuck off

But to come back to the point about what happened back in 2009, as Surreal said to the naysayers, just remember the old EA forum still remains up (and oh, there’s also us too snapshotting the Simming world from that time onward!)

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Not that it appears it’s going to stop TS1Depot talking complete and utter shite about events they’ve already admitted they weren’t around to witness.

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Yes, why let facts get in the way of barfing the MTS/GoS/MATY historical revisionism line?

Thankfully JoAnne65 and Sk8trblaze weren’t letting them away with it:

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JoAnne65’s work was not yet done – swapping tag team partners for World Explorer Pary to take care of the latest flame warrior SimFan298:

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bravo  bravo

Okay LaBlue0314, We’ve Not Saw This One Happen Either!

Posted in Uncategorized on April 30, 2016 by themaresnest

Has anyone else saw this?

okay lablue0314 we've not saw that either

We’re with you MiyuEmi on that – and we’ve been playing the bloody game for seven years!

Unless of course there’s mods involved which expand story progression… just a thought…

scratchhead  scratchhead

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