Thank Grog It’s Firday!!
I want to be clear about something. I have done my best to remain “relatively Not Cranky” since my return to the “land of the Bliss-Ninnies.” (inside joke). But, the fact remains, every once in a while, I look at my screen and say, “ARE YOU FREAKIN’ KIDDING ME???” when EA dangles a carrot in front of our faces, then snatches it away to replace it with a hammer.
And then, I am forced (yes, forced!) to break the serene calm of a TSTOAddicts culture that mostly just wants to “keep it happy.”
Case in point.
“So…you think that Cletus is actually going to DRIVE that huge Monster Truck around your town???” I hear EA Chuckle…
Pffftttttttt…. “THINK AGAIN, LOSER!!”
So…after grinding for weeks…in order to get the “final prize,” we gleefully tap his new task, “Make Manager Cletus Go for a Spin (1h, Cletus’ Monster Truck)” expecting the truck to move around our towns with Cletus waving wildly from the driver’s seat…
But NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO…. He is stuck in the mud. Literally…wheels turning…truck bouncing…mud flailing…going NOWHERE. (Sorry to spoil the surprise for any of you still grinding to get him!).
And then there is the snake on the side…some weird “throwing shade” reference to Taylor Swift??
We know that EA COULD program vehicles to move around our streets. They did it with the Street Sweeper. We know that they COULD have even just had the giant Monster Truck drive indiscriminately around our towns…ignoring barriers, trees, roads (as in “off-road”), and just had a load of fun, watching it randomly cruise with Cletus at the wheel. They made the annoying Arnie Pie animations that seem to disregard time and space…why not Cletus???
And to TEST THIS THEORY…I actually BOUGHT the StreetSweeper…because so many of you reminded me that it actually drove on the streets, and I had missed it the first time it was offered…
The results? Underwhelming…but DID prove that they could do an “Off Road Vehicle” easily.
I placed my Street Sweeper… and it instantly headed toward tents. Across land, water, and yes, even a water wheel. It remained completely confused. Imagine a Roomba (this thing is kinda small) running around in a catacomb of rocks and water…bouncing around and hiding, while being completely obsessed with tents…and then simply getting stuck in my Western town, as most of you have reported.
So…they COULD have made an Off Road Vehicle…(even if it is haunted).
But, what they did instead, was to simply make fun of us…drawing attention to the fact that no matter how large the vehicle… it just isn’t going to move. It is perpetually “stuck in the mud.”
I was originally going to post a long list of all of the vehicles we have available in TSTO…but once I got past 14, none of which moved at all, I got Cranky. It takes a lot of energy to be Cranky…and frankly…I’m trying to be done with it.
So…I’ll back off from being Cranky about this latest slap in the face, and just resolve myself to the fact that I can, and will, now have to do something more interesting with my Monorail. I’ve been collecting spare track for months and months. Perhaps I’ll simply place all of my vehicles near the monorail stations, as a way of mobilizing what is clearly going to remain immobile. You might not be able to drive, but you can take the train! Some effort to make us think about saving the planet with “Forced mass-transit planning?” Maybe. But, I really think the EA programmers are just being lazy…
Fie on you EA!!! Once again…you could have done something cool…that actually warranted the number of grinding hours dedicated to reach a final prize…that is little more than just more mud in our eyes. BAH!!!
ON ANOTHER NOTE… I REALLY Need your help.
We are WAY behind in our fundraising for this round of School Books. We only have ONE WEEK to raise more than $1,000. So…PLEASE…turn over your couch cushions, raid the change jars…and help. Every dollar helps. If we just had 1% of the people who come through here every day donate just $5…I’d never have to “beg” again! (1% would fund 10 years worth of books!)
So far…just 19 of you have raised $790 (with a big chunk coming from Alissa!)… that is a fraction of those who benefit from this site. Please step up… we only have a couple of weeks until the term starts!