Posts Tagged ‘The Sims 4’

PlantSims: A story of tragedy and romance

The Sims Plant Challenge

Checking in on The Sims 4 [official site] I realised it’s having a PlantSim challenge at the moment! PlantSim purists who remember the photosynthesising supernaturalness from previous games seem to be having mixed reactions (too casual/just right/hate it/it’s fine/love it/what did you expect from a free update/etc etc) but for me who missed all that I decided to hop in and see about collecting these magic seeds from my green-skinned residents. It… spiralled somewhat and there was at least one disaster. Read on (by clicking the arrow buttons or using the left and right cursor keys) for the whole sorry story…

The importance of cultural fashion in games

Virginia never imagined she’d be telling a Black woman it was okay to wear Black clothes.

As an African with lighter skin, Virginia had feared accusations of cultural appropriation when she first started making traditional African outfits for The Sims 4. Though she had spent the first 12 years of her life in West Africa, her mixed-race origins marked her as an outsider, and she worried people might see her creations as inauthentic. That only made the response she received to one of her West-African wedding dresses all the more surprising.

‘I’m African-American, I’m Black, but I don’t feel strong ties to Africa,’ read the email. ‘Would it be cultural appropriation if my Sim wears it?’ Read the rest of this entry »

Sims 4 invents awful new stage of human life, ‘toddler’

Discovering the consequences of playing god, the fools behind The Sims 4 [official site] have invented a new stage of human life and this so-called ‘toddler‘ is truly dreadful. These squished children throw temper tantrums, injure themselves, throw things, fall over, demand attention, and have the most ghastly taste in decor. They seem awful. What did Sims players do to deserve this, EA? Simeers, your only chance to avoid this nightmare is to destroy your router and stay forever offline, lest you accidentally install the free Sims 4 update which added toddlers yesterday. Read the rest of this entry »

The Sims 4 getting vampiric mini-expansion this month

Bela Lugosi may be dead but soon you’ll be able to revive him and stalk around undead undead undead in The Sims 4 [official site]. The next DLC ‘Game Pack’ for EA’s live ’em up will introduces vampires who, sure, will have supernatural powers, drink blood, and own ha-ha-hilarious spookhouses but ultimately live the same as everyone else. That’s the ennui of the vampiric condition for you. The Sims 4 Vampires is due on January 24th so you’ve got a bit to dust off your crushed velvet frock coats, gang. Read the rest of this entry »

The Sims 4 City Living Expansion Moves In Today

The Sims 4 City Living

The Sims 4 City Living expansion [official site] is due out today (and already out in North America) so this is probably a good time to look at what it actually involves. I’ve lived in several cities over the course of my life so, if nothing else, I feel really well placed to look at the features list and see if they fit with my own recollections. Read the rest of this entry »

The Sims 4 Tries City Living With Next Expansion

The big city! Bright lights! Pop-up shops! Festivals! Karaoke! Worthless landlords! Angry neighbours! Ah yes, the big city. Land of one thousand dreams! Land of six hundred crushed dreams! Yes indeed, the big city. The siren call of high-rise living! Culture so bleeding edge you’re almost thankful when the carmine puddle you stepped in this morning turns out to only be vomit. Where else but the big city. And what feeds this pounding heart? Arteries of road and rail carrying fresh erythrocytes from the towns, the suburbs, each bearing their precious cargo of deposit + first two months’ rent + credit check fee + reference check fee + social media check fee + misc. admin fees.

That’s what City Living, the next expansion for dolls house simulator The Sims 4 [official site], is all about. Mostly. Some of that, anyway. A bit. A bit of it.

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10 Games Run Through The Prisma Photo Filter App

You might have noticed all your friends’ avatars and profile pictures turning into comic book drawings or impressionistic paintings over the last few weeks. That’s because of Prisma, a photo editing app for iOS and Android that let’s you apply a couple of dozen filters to images you feed it. The app goes further than simply messing with the hue like Instagram does, using a process similar to Google Deep Dream to warp and twist photographs – without shoving fucked up dogs in every corner.

I spent last night feeding it game screenshots, to find out what No Man’s Sky, Half-Life 2, SimCity and more would look like if their artists abandoned realism.

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