"The Sims" : Making Friends

Friendships can be complicated. "The Sims" is no different. They can be fickle, drop you as a friend for no reason; or steal away your love interest. Relationships are important to the game. You need friends to advance your career and keep your social motives up.

Making friends is an art, not a science. It takes time to learn what interactions to perform and when. Luckily, it does get easier with time.

You can use cheats to make friends. But before I tell you about the cheats, I'll tell you about the "right" way to make friends.

Steps to Making Friends

  • Greet the potential friend and complete a couple interactions of talking.
  • When the friendship points are low, you need to be careful as to the interactions you choose. For example, don't kiss a Sim you just meet. Keep it to talking and telling jokes.
  • If at the house, go inside and make dinner. Sims love to eat - it's a sure way into their hearts.
  • After eating, watch TV or another group activity that is fun and gives your Sims a chance to talk.
  • Before it is too late say good night.
  • Call them the next day to chat or invite them over.

More Tips from the Forum

"When you see other sims walk in front of your sims' house, click on the sim walking past. Then have the sim you are controlling talk to the other sim. Do things with the other sim- eat together, talk, watch tv together, dance, play chess, etc.

Once you have met a sim, you can call them on the phone and invite them over. The more you talk to them and do fun things together, the higher the relationship score gets until it gets high enough to be counted as a friend. Only one sim in a family has to befriend the other sim for the other sim to be counted as family friend." - galensgranny

"Make plenty neighbors for your sims. Add some larger families with sims that are friendly. Buy the balloons or birthday cake and have a party. Talk to the visitors. Make some gifts to give, like gnomes or preserves from the canning bench." - coconutpalac

Some object creators don't just make furniture; some of them get into the technical aspects of an object and find ways to make them work differently. Many objects are for improving skills or motives for the Sim using it. But there are hacked objects that help in the friendship area (i.e. keeping motives high for longer social interaction).

Hacked Friendship Objects

"The Sims Hot Date" expansion pack makes it a little easier in some ways to make friends. It also adds new interactions and a lifetime and daily relationship meter, which make it more difficult to make friends.

Taking a Sim on a date for dinner is a great way to make a friend. Why? Because a 3-course meal takes a long time to eat, giving lots of time for the two to chat about interests. If the conversation starts to take a nosedive, change the topic.

It never hurts to take them shopping and have them try on clothes usually boosts fun and friendship points.

A tip from a forum member will get a large group of friends in no time.

"Have one of your sims in an empty neighborhood (this only works if you have Hot Date, Vacation, or Superstar) and get them the genie lamp. When they wish for love, they will fall in love with a townie. When I have done this, they ended up with 40 friends!" - ELLENCZ

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