February 6, 2016: Sims 3 Content Explosion

I was the first one up today at eleven.  Liesl was up after me and came down to the game room and we played video games together for a little while before anyone else woke up.  We tried playing Snuggle Bus which is one of the forty or fifty new games that we got last night in the Steam Lunar New Year’s Sale.  It was fun and Liesl was able to play it herself pretty easily and made it through the tutorial and all of the easy levels on her own in no time!

Dominica was up before noon and we spent a bit of time this morning going through the Steam Lunar New Year’s Sale together to see what we wanted.  There is a ton of new stuff on sale this morning that was not on sale last night – the big thing being all of the DLC for The Sims 3 which Dominica and the girls have been waiting for, as well as the DLC for The Sims Medieval.  So we loaded up on that and set up the Steam system to download as it is sixteen gigabytes of new content to download just for TS3!!  That is going to be an entire day process (thank goodness we have twice the Internet speeds here on Crete than we have when in Texas.)

I did a bit of writing and posting today.  I got quite a few articles in my series on Linux System Administration written today.  That is going to be a project that will go on for a long time before I have accumulated everything that is needed for it to be a real guide, but I am getting a good start under way.

One of my projects today was building out an ELK server on our Scale HC3 cluster in the lab.  I’ve had a few ELK servers in the past but this is my first one built from scratch and running internally.  This was a good Saturday project.

Everyone was very impatient for all of The Sims 3 downloads to happen.  It was a whole day of explaining to the girls that the game would not work again until all of the updates were done.  So of course all three of them insistent on watching streaming videos instead, mostly all at the same time, using the bandwidth instead of letting the updates download making it take at least twice as long as it needed to.

Liesl has gotten hooked on watching the classic episodes of Laverne & Shirley which we have introduced her to this week.  Luciana does not like them and prefers when we watch Keeping Up Appearances because she likes the “mean lady.”  Hulu has a few select episodes of Laverne & Shirley and of Happy Days, which we have not tried yet.  It is very depressing that they only have a few episodes from each season because the story is not continuous in any way and you only get quick glimpses of what the show was like over time.  It’s maybe three episodes per season.  It would be really nice if they had the whole things.  There is so much great television out there that no one seems to be willing to license for anyone to watch.  What a waste.  To believe that we live in 2016 and have, as a society, lost access to a huge wealth of social and historical entertainment with great significance to earlier generations.

Around midnight the downloads completed and Dominica moved into the game room for several hours.  There is so much new content, it is overwhelming.  She is loving all of the new gaming opportunities.  The girls are anxious to get a chance to play it tomorrow.  They all like that game so much, they all want to see the new stuff.

We got another huge batch of games on sale today.  Today’s crop includes: Detective Case and Clown Bot in Murder in the Hotel Lisbon, Khaba, It’s Spring Again, Cheesecake Cool Conrad, The Sims 3 Ambitions, The Sims 3 Late Night, The Sims Medieval: Pirates & Nobles, The Sims 3 Seasons, The Sims 3 Pets, The Sims 3 Generations, The Sims 3 Into the Future, The Sims 3 University Life, The Sims 3 Island Paradise, Ferrum’s Secrets: Where is Grandpa?, 100% Orange Juice, 15 Days, Square Heroes, Gumboy Tournament, Snuggle Truck, Type:Rider, Fortix 2, Reversion, Way to Go, Equal Sums Collection, Big Secret of a Small Town, Secret Order 2, 9 Clues 2, Portal of Evil, Ladra, City of Fools and Al Emmo’s Postcards from Anozira.  Mostly all games for Dominica today.