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  • inge-jones

    July 29, 2019 at 9:48 am
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    With my long experience of The Sims 1,2,3 and 4, I would say the sliders of the early sims games made for more distinct personalities than the trait system of later games. With the trait system, Sims all react the same to most situations except those that their traits are programmed to respond to. And all sims who share one trait all react in the same way to that situation. A bit like the horoscopes in popular magazines that say one-twelfth of the entire population will have success in sport on Monday. With the sliders there is much more variation, since the properties actually factor together in each autonomous decision or reaction. For instance a sim with high Active slider and low Outgoing slider will want to do sport, but be put off team sport, prefering to exercise alone, so they will go to find a spot of grass to do push-ups. Whereas with a trait system, the Active trait will make them do the sport even if it’s with others, but while doing the sport they will get a bad buff about being with people. So the trait system leads to more dumb looking behaviour