Last October I began as a beta tester of The Sims Online and became very addicted to it for a time (I’ve posted about that and some of the other angst associated with my off-and-on online habits in a previous entry) and later to another online community, There.
Even before Jeff and I started dating, though, I’d pulled way back from both TSO and There; by April of this year already I was rarely on TSO, and by early summer my attention to There similarly had diminished. There wasn’t costing me anything, but I was still paying for two monthly TSO accounts. Even though I wasn’t accessing the service, I was finding it difficult to actually cancel my accounts and end the lives of my virtual personas.
Last night, though, I finally thought about it again and decided to start cutting the cord; I logged onto my secondary account and transferred that character’s cash and belongings to another, and then called and cancelled the account. My primary character will be more difficult to resolve; not so much because I’m still as attached to the Sim itself, but because of the time, thought and passion I put into developing the property he owns, a beautiful park. Even as I type this, though, I realize that I really do need to just let go of that Sim and the property, and I’m not feeling any real anxiety about it. I need to arrange with Roger a time for us both to log on so I can transfer the property and all its contents to him.
I am keeping the There account, though, even though it’s moving to a pay model (albeit a very affordable one, since as a beta tester for it I’m eligible for a lifetime subscription with a single payment of under $30).