Welcome to Day 1 of my Sims 4 Agoraphobia Experiment. If you missed the primer for this experiment, click here to read it. Today, Mia’s story truly begins as she moves to the big city and into her first apartment. Will she be able to make it on her own? Will she be able to socialize and make some friends while suffering from agoraphobia? Only time will tell so read on to find out!
Mia begins her story by moving into 17 Culpepper House in San Myshuno. With some extra money on hand thanks to the cheap rent and deposit, Mia buys some new things for the apartment like a desk and PC while also buying an upgraded TV, bed, etc. Not everything was upgraded or replaced, just the essentials. I also changed the lot traits to Fast Internet, Homey, and Peace & Quiet. As soon as she steps in the door of her new apartment, she is hit with a random bout of social anxiety but that is quickly overtaken by a manic episode so Mia is now bouncing off the walls. Time to play some video games and complete that first part of her Computer Whiz aspiration goal.
After a couple hours of playing video games, it was times for the neighborhood Welcome Wagon. Four neighbors came over and Mia was stressed out being around so many strangers at once plus they forgot to bring the fruitcake. This is going to be fun, I say sarcastically. Hey, at least maybe Mia could make a friend or two this way. She needs at least one friend in this big city, right? Two would be even better! She does not look like she is looking forward to this however. In fact, I think she would much rather be back in her apartment by herself playing video games. I know I would be in her shoes.
I forgot to set the personal lock on Mia’s computer so one of the neighbors kept surfing the web on it the whole time they were over. At least they weren’t using the computer to watch porn! There was another neighbor, a cute neighbor, in a fedora out in the hallway who wasn’t part of the Welcome Wagon. Mia decided to go say hello even though she was stressed out. That was probably not a good idea.
Yeah, this was a terrible idea. Mia is too stressed out and when she tried to flirt, the cute neighbor was completely uninterested. Story of my life. Finally, it was time for everyone to leave poor Mia alone so she could try to make herself some dinner since the idiots forgot to bring her a fruitcake when they barged in. Seriously, I looked everywhere and there was no fruitcake! You do know some Sims actually like fruitcake, right? I bet Mia was one of them. We’ll never know now.
One of her first aspiration goals is to practice programming for five hours and she has a whim to practice programming. I think I know what Mia is going to do next! She practices her programming! It’s going well too and Mia’s programming skill increases quickly. This is good! This is very good! Maybe today won’t be a totally bad day after all.
I spoke too soon. One of the neighbors is having a very, very loud fight and keeping Mia from sleeping. She could knock on their door and ask them to keep it down but that’s if she wasn’t agoraphobic. There’s no way Mia could just up and knock on a stranger’s door like that. So, she’ll just wait them out since they can’t argue forever. Sure enough, at about midnight, they stop and Mia finally goes to bed and gets some much needed sleep.
Mia will spend today working on her skills. She needs to get a few skills up to level 3 or 4 so she can apply for some scholarships to get into university. After hilariously (and somehow familiarly) making herself breakfast, I purchased three books for her to read (handiness, logic, and research). It only took a few hours for her to get up to handiness skill level 3 through reading. Nice! While studying her next skill book, research and debate, she is hit by a depressive episode but keeps on reading. After getting to level 2, she quits reading to take care of some basic needs.
She wakes up the next morning to an anger flash and takes an angry poop before breakfast. The anger passes and Mia then goes for a quick jog around the block. While out, she goes collectible hunting by scouring each cardboard box of freebies left out in the street and looks for posters left around the city. She finds two posters and three snow globes! This gives puts her in a good mood as she is a geek who loves finding collectibles… like me!
One of Mia’s neighbors, Destiny Fort, whom she has spoken with in the hallway once or twice since the Welcome Wagon, came over to her apartment and the two played video games. They are now friends! Yay, Mia has a friend! And she completed her first aspiration milestone which was to play five hours total of video games. Double yay! She also checked the mail and found out she was awarded three out of five of the scholarships she applied for! Triple yay!
After Destiny leaves, Mia does something I meant for her to do in the beginning but kept forgetting to do, she gets a job as a freelance programmer. (I must be getting senile, I swear.) While working on her first gig, her computer gets the dreaded blue screen of death. Let’s hope it’s not literal because those sparks are worrying me as she repairs this thing with a screwdriver. Thankfully, Mia is able to repair it without getting singed or killed. Once the computer is fixed and she finishes her freelance gig, Mia applies to the universities and hopes to get into a distinguished degree program for computer science…
It’s now Sunday and hey, she’s been accepted to Foxbury Institute for a Distinguished Degree in Computer Science! (She hasn’t got her letter yet as it’s Sunday but she checked her status online and this popped up.) Now it’s time to pack up all of Mia’s collectables into her household inventory so they aren’t lost in transition and then head off to university to get her degree!
Mia chooses her first four classes to attend for her first term at university. Yes, she only needs eight classes thanks to a mod I downloaded. (You can find this mod at Mod the Sims.) I probably should have picked something else for her elective to expand her horizons a bit but I’m determined that she graduate with honors and since she’ll be mostly studying programming anyway, she’s sure to ace this elective if she aces her other programming classes which I’m sure she will… because she is going to work her ass off at university!
Ah, I miss the moving truck and waving goodbye that happened during the move to university in The Sims 3. 🙁 If only the dev team hadn’t taken so many shortcuts this time around. Hmm, maybe they’ll makeup for it in the Sims 5?
That’s all for today’s installment. Join Mia tomorrow as she goes to study for her degree at the university! Remember, all posts for the Agoraphobia Experiment story begin with the prefix SE2 so you can find them easily. They can also all be found on the Stories page. Be sure to follow Simularity on Twitter and/or Tumblr for updates on when the new entries to the experiment are posted. Thank you for viewing!