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Alice and Kev: The Homeless Sims

by Trevor May | 17th June 2009 | Environment Social Video games | 3 comments

The Sims: Homeless

What if The Sims were played as homeless people? Robin Burkinshaw, a games development student wanted to find out. He’s created Alice, a girl with no money, no home, no food… and the worst Dad in the world.

When you create a Sim in The Sims 3, you can give them personality traits that alter their behaviour. Kev is hot-headed, mean-spirited, and inappropriate. He also dislikes children, and he’s insane. He’s basically the worst Dad in the world. He is a horrible human being, but he’s also amusing to watch.

His daughter Alice is a kind-hearted clumsy loser. With those traits, that Dad, and no money, she’s going to have a hard life.

I have attempted to tell my experiences with the minimum of embellishment. Everything I describe in here is something that happened in the game. What’s more, a surprising amount of the interesting things in this story were generated by just letting go and watching the Sims’ free will and personality traits take over.

The story that unfolds is at times funny, often sad and incredibly moving. (via Simon)

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  • Olivia June 17th, 2009 9:35 pm

    I love this. Just got done reading all the entries & subscribing to the feed. Well done — thanks for pointing it out!

    I almost want to buy a copy of this game — just to see all these great new features (I haven’t had a copy of Sims in eons!) I say *almost* though, cos I know it’d consume ALL my time ;)

    -Olivia

  • Olivia June 17th, 2009 9:38 pm

    PS I love the little emoticon next to my name! How adorable is that?!

  • Trevor May June 17th, 2009 9:52 pm

    I know, The Sims really is like that. I have a copy of the first two (actually, I think I sold the first one, but I digress…) and wasted a whole lot of time playing them.

    I installed it on Cassie’s computer while she was pregnant and she was totally hooked too. Of course, now that we have a kid we don’t have much of that “time” thing anymore!

    Thanks! The avatar is actually from Pinbunny. I replaced the default one with that for now, which reminds me… I really must sort out the layout of these comments!

    So much to do…

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