Interest Adjuster

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 easily.

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 interests.

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.

Installation:  The Interest Adjuster is installed in the usual way; unzip the folder to your Program Files (x86)\Maxis\Downloads folder.

I 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 don't get mail at, 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.

Have fun!