I've heard a LOT of people complain about the difficulty of making
friends in The
Sims 1. There are
some reasons this occurs that are easily worked around if you
understand how the game works. There's also my Interest
Adjuster, which will let you set your sim's interests to a specific
pattern. Use this on every sim in your neithborhood, and
you'll be able to make friends very
This will set the interests that adults and children have in common --
Weather, Sports, Music, and Outdoors -- to 9, and all your other
interests to 4. Four points isn't enough for you to start a
conversation about that topic, but it IS enough that you won't LOSE
relationship points if someone else talks about it.
It looks like a lavender flamingo and can be found near the other
flamingos in the catalog.
When the Hot
Date expansion pack came out,
sims acquired a wider range of possible interests, and sims became
uninterested in any conversation that wasn't about one of their
interests. Given that there are 15 possible interests, and the average
sim has five of those interests, it's very easy to find your sim
talking about things that the other sim doesn't care about.
The problem was that Maxis forgot to go back and give interests to the
sims that existed before Hot Date came out. So people like Bob
& Betty Newbie or Bella & Mortimer Goth didn't have ANY
interests, which meant they hated Every Single Topic of conversation.
But it's easy to give those sims interests! Just play their household
for a couple of minutes and take them to a community lot. You can take
them to Old Town (if you have Unleashed) or Downtown (if you have Hot
Date) or Magic Town (if you have Makin' Magic). Taking the sims to a
community lot automatically gives sims interests, so once you've taken
them somewhere, bring them home, save the game, and they'll now have
Of course, since there are FIFTEEN possible interests, and your sim
will only have around five interests, it's completely possible to have
no overlap between your interests and the interests of the sim you want
to make friends with.
That's why I've made the Interest Adjuster; to have a quick and easy
way to set a sim's interests to a single pattern, so all the sims will
enjoy talking with one another.
The Interest Adjuster is installed in the usual way; unzip the
your Program Files (x86)\Maxis\Downloads folder.
made these mods for my own use, but I went to
the trouble of uploading them in an attempt to make my fellow simmers
happy. So if
you enjoy any of these mods, I'd love to hear about it! I
mail at corylea.com, but you can leave a comment in the thread
announcing these mods at ModTheSims or Reddit or send me a PM at either
of those places; I'm Corylea at both.