The Sims 4 Kits are bite-sized DLC packs that cost less than a latte with non-dairy milk from a hip café in Brooklyn, yet their release has sent ripples of frustration through The Sims community. The $4.99 Kits let players be more granular with their DLC selection and tailor their purchases to better suit their play style, but for many it's just one more thing they need to buy during a time where many may be struggling with financial difficulties thanks to COVID-19. Not long after they were announced in early March, The Sims 4 Kits had the community raging about the cost of content . Prominent Simmers like lilsimsie and James Turner worried about the larger ramifications, pointing out how expensive it is to keep up with new content releases and questioning whether The Sims 4 would return to a Sims 3-style content release – which could bankrupt the average player. The Sims subreddit was littered with jokes about how EA continues to add more paid DLC in lieu of updating … [Read more...] about Unpacking the The Sims 4 Kits controversy and the community’s crucial role in content updates
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People give advice to each other all the time in all kinds of relationships. Whether it’s with your closest romantic partner, a family member, or a co-worker, it’s likely that advice-giving is a frequent aspect of your many interactions. “Should I wear this outfit today?”, your partner asks. You suggest something else you consider more attractive. Much to your surprise, your partner responds, “That’s okay, I’ll stick with my original choice.” Inwardly, you feel annoyed, but you decide to let it go as it’s not that important. But what if this is a regular pattern? What if your partner never listens to you, on matter small or large? Perhaps the person who ignores your advice isn’t as close to you as your romantic partner, but is an important individual in your life, nonetheless. You might have a relative who asks you for advice in planning a (socially distanced) family picnic. You spend several hours researching various potential sites, putting together a menu, and coming up with … [Read more...] about How do You Handle People Who Ignore Your Advice?
When I was 16, I spent a summer studying Spanish in Spain. Armed with a pocket-sized Spanish-English electronic dictionary—high-tech at the time— I stumbled through the country. Now language translation apps for smartphones can do much, much more than that old plastic device with the rubbery buttons and one-line display. Many of them let you speak or type a question in English and have that instantly translated into a foreign tongue, which the app can speak out loud or display on the phone’s screen. A response from a local can be translated right back into English for you. A single app may include the ability to translate dozens of languages—more than a backpack full of dictionaries. I put these promising features to the test by heading into Korean, Chinese, and Japanese neighborhoods in San Francisco with three translation apps—two on the iPhone and one that works on the iPhone or Android phones. The results were mixed. It’s quicker to use these apps than to look up words in a … [Read more...] about Apps That Keep You From Getting Lost in Translation
You might not know her by name, but you definitely know the portfolio of Sarah Robb O'Hagan. Earlier this year, Robb O'Hagan became the first president of the Equinox fitness empire, which includes Equinox , SoulCycle , Pure Yoga and Blink . Before Equinox, she worked on brand strategy, product innovation, technology and digital development at Nike , Gatorade , Atari Entertainment , Air New Zealand and Virgin Atlantic Airways . But sports and fitness is where Robb O'Hagan feels at home. in her position st Equinox, she strives share the brand's knowledge and fitness solutions with members in a seamless way, effortlessly integrated into their digital lifestyles. One of Robb O'Hagan's favorite initiatives is Q , Equinox's branded content site that offers fitness and wellness content, including jaw-dropping original videos , like The Contortionist , which has garnered 4.7 million pageviews. "These are not your average how-to clips, but rather highly … [Read more...] about Equinox President Shares Top 5 Health and Fitness Innovations
Manpacks, a subscription service for men's products (see gallery below), asserts that most men hate to shop, but whether you love it or hate it, finding time to buy all the little things you need in life is difficult. Subscription delivery services are popping up for all sorts of goods , from beauty products, clothing , shoes , healthy snacks and more . Some of these services have a targeted audience in mind. The latest crop of delivery services are directed at men. Check out this gallery of subscription and mail order service for men's products and let us know: Would you order grooming products, condoms or Kobe beef for yourself or your significant other? Birchbox for Men Birchbox Man is a monthly subscription service that's like getting a goody box in the mail. The men's Birchbox contains a menagerie of lifestyle and grooming products plus snacks. The subscription is $20 per month. Trunk Club Truck Club is a mail order service that hooks you … [Read more...] about From Condoms to Beef: 5 Goody Boxes to Send Your Dude