I find the genetic system in Sims 3 fascinating. I wish I understood how they coded it so that certain traits become dominant and recessive. Two places in the legacy had me putting my Sims into the Sim Bin and then reloading them to the game…one was when I destroyed Susanne’s house. The second was when the game glitched so badly that I had to move the family off the Legacy Lot and purge Jabari who was causing the glitch. I don’t know if those two incidents changed the genetics that much, though. I do know that it messed with the family tree. But anyway, here are some of the things I observed about my Sims over the course of 10 generations.
P.S. I plan on doing an “Out Takes” soon. I have hundreds of screenshots to go through, though, so it’s taking me some time to put together.
Margie Kendrick Married Jebidiah Wilson. She had very full and pursed lips, light blue eyes and blond streaked hair. Jeb’s hair was red and his lips were thin and wide. He had green eyes. Margie’s nose was thin and narrow. Jeb’s was much wider.
Isaac Kendrick had Jeb’s red hair. I gave it black tips because he was a rock star. His mouth looks like a cross between his parents’ and his eyes were a striking almost teal green. I also thought his nose were a blend of Margie’s and Jeb’s. He definitely had Jeb’s ears. He married Shalonda Chung who had a thin, wide mouth, Asian tilted eyes and a very tiny nose. Her eyes were gray.
Deanna Kendrick’s eyes were a good blend of her parents’ but they were the same color as Shalanda’s. She seems to have gotten Margie’s mouth and Shalonda’s tiny nose. I think she’s one of the prettiest Kendricks, but she didn’t survive the culling process at TS3. She married Hugo who had light brown eyes and sandy blond hair. He also had darker skin. His nose is pretty normal looking, not tiny and not huge.
Duncan Kendrick ended up with his mother’s light gray eyes. His hair was sort of a mix between both of his parents’. His mouth looks a lot like Hugo’s or Shalanda’s. He seems to have a sort of smashed version of Jeb’s nose and Shalonda’s tilted eyes. He did not inherit Hugo’s darker skin. Stacia Kendrick, his wife, also had darker skin. She had light goldish brown hair. Her nose was not as thin or small as Shalonda’s, but it was much smaller than Margie’s. Her eyes were the same hazel brown/green as Hugo’s. She has a sort of heart-shaped face that seems to be pretty standard in service Sims, which she was one. Her mouth is fuller than Shalonda’s but not as much as Deanna’s or Margie’s.
Susanne Kendrick had her mother’s skin, mouth and nose. However, she got Shalonda’s dark hair again and her tilted light blue eyes. I always liked Susanne’s look. She married Jabari with his pale skin, wide mouth, big nose and brown eyes. His hair was a strawberry blond. Jabari’s genetics became quite pronounced in their children.
Avery Kendrick obviously favors her dad in coloring, but she has Susanne’s mouth, nose and eyes. She married another service Sim, Raphael, who has the male version of Stacia’s face. His eyes were a pretty dark blue. (Around this time I felt that all my Sims were looking like the Face 1 version of a Sim. I started adding new CAS Sims to the game to give more variety to the town.)
Avery and Raphael had kids with every color of hair from Shalonda’s black to Jabari’s red. Raymond, their youngest, ended up looking almost exactly like his father. The only difference between Raymond and Raphael was that Ray got Shalonda’s tilty eyes that were the color of Jabari’s brown ones. Those eyes were on a lot of Kendricks. Genevieve was a CAS made Sim that I created to give some diversity to the Kendricks’ looks. Her hair is more of a strawberry blond and her eyes were moss green. She has an oddly shaped nose and mouth that I hoped would be carried on.
I was happy with how Raymond’s genes mixed with Genevieve’s. Irene got Genevieve’s nose but the brown eyes of her father and Jabari. Her mouth was a throwback to Stacia, though. Again, I wanted to mix up genetics, so I had Irene marry a French Sim, Gustave. I liked his deep brown eyes and his square face. He also had a wide mouth with a thick lower lip that sort of pouted. I liked his deep-set eyes.
I wasn’t disappointed in Gustave’s mix into the Kendricks. His French eyes and square face were very strong. Henri looked like a blond version of Gustave. His eyes were the lighter brown of Irene’s, though. Henri married a Chinese girl, Ziyi, who had a completely different look. I didn’t know how her genes would impact their children. She has light gray eyes and a very strangely shaped mouth and a squished little nose.
You can see that both Gustaven’s French genetics and Ziyi’s Chinese genetics influenced the last generation quite a bit. Shan looks the most Chinese and Jian is a lot like Henri. Both Lian and Ai-Li look more French and Mei-Li looks very Asian even though she’s blond. Mei-Li’s mouth is also the same as Ziyi’s but the other kids have mouths more similar to Gustave. I’m not sure where Lian got such a full lower lip. Her upper lip is like Ziyi’s. I like how Shan’s nose looks identical to Ziyi’s except larger since he’s a male. He and Jian both have Gustave’s cheek bones, though. None of them seem to have gotten Ziyi’s smaller and rounder head.
It’s hard to believe that all of these Sims were the product of Margie Kendrick. I’m not sure I see much of her in the last group. Actually, Margie’s influence seems to have dissipated by Deanna. In my opinion Shalonda’s genetics were by far the strongest.
What do you think?