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[OPEN] [BNSP] Bowling with NPCs almost impossible

by alanmichael1

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[OPEN] [BNSP] Bowling with NPCs almost impossible

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Product: The Sims 4
Which language are you playing the game in? Deutsch
How often does the bug occur? Often (50% - 99%)
What is your current game version number?
What expansions, game packs, and stuff packs do you have installed? all
Steps: How can we find the bug ourselves? Send your Sim to a bowling center and invite a townie or a NPC friend who travelled with you to a bowling match.
What happens when the bug occurs? The NPC almost never plays more than one round. He immediately gets distracted by other Sims or the bar and with 90 % probability leaves the lot before finishing the match.
What do you expect to see? The NPC finishing the game with my Sim.
Have you installed any customization with the game, e.g. Custom Content or Mods? Never used.
Did this issue appear after a specific patch or change you made to your system? Neutral/Not Sure 

This has been happening for a long while now. I usually play 3-round bowling matches,

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Re: [NEEDS INPUT] [BNSP] Bowling with NPCs almost impossible

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@crinrictalanmichael1 I wonder if the frequency of this bug varies depending on the design of the bowling alley? I can usually finish 3-round matches with NPC's and maybe 50% of the time I can finish 5-round matches (though this can take several game hours due to distractions from other NPC's as you described). I'm not using a Maxis designed bowling alley. I'm using a combo bowling alley (four lanes), arcade, and bar (designated in the game as a Bar).


I agree though, it would be a lot more fun if you could actually finish the bowling matches once they've started.

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Just chiming in to say that I have had this problem too, on console (PS4 to be specific). I've had it happen when inviting people from other households to bowl, but I have also had it happen when I have invited other members of my own household to bowl. I haven't tried it with the club system yet. I may give that a spin and report back later.

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I've also reproduced this on a new game with no mods or CC:


  1. Plop the bowling alley that comes with the pack.
  2. Go to the map.
  3. Go to the bowling alley.
  4. Select two Sims to come with you.
  5. Click the bowling alley and either choose Bowl... 3 / 5 frame game together OR choose Invite to Bowl... and select the two Sims.

Actual Result:

One person will bowl, then nothing else happens. The action stays in my queue, but no one else will try to bowl. After a few minutes, the Sims I invited will leave the lot, even though they're in a group with me.


Expected Result:

All invited Sims will bowl the number of frames selected until the bowling game is complete.


Other notes:

I tried going to the lot alone and inviting Sims to bowl who were already on the lot. They took FOREVER to take turns, but it otherwise behaved as expected (but I only stuck around to watch one frame).


I would really like for this to be escalated, considering the main feature of the pack that I purchased doesn't work and this has been a problem since at least May 2019.

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I am really getting tired of these bugs.  Bowling alley, playing chess and so many others not working.  Not sure if I post this at the right section, if not please let me know.  Would really love my money back for this pack, I am tired of spending money on something that do not work.  I refuse to get a mod to fix something, do not want any mods in my game.  So I am holding EA responsible for this.  My money back for this pack and then I will uninstall it.  Thanks.

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Yesterday I took my sim with friends in a group, to the bowling alley, we started a game and soon after they leave and leave me alone playing. Today I tried again and the same thing happened, it is impossible to finish a game, also, it is very boring to wait a long time between turns, the sims start talking, that is fine, but they talk and do not play, I think to finish a game it would take a whole night playing, that is if they don't go away and leave you alone. You need to fix this and the bowling games to be more dynamic, please!

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Tomorrow is gonna be the patch, but its not on the laundry list so i am not gonna hold my breath. Lets hope they fix it. I liked it better, when they didnt talk during bowling. I always cancel the talking out. A workaround for PC Players that use mods to use the ''Control any Sim Mod'' and just temporarily control them that way so they finish the game.

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