How to be Homeless in the Sims - a Truly Great Tale

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Stories in videogames... we're largely either against them or bored with them. Then along comes Robin Burkinshaw, a student of games design at Anglia Ruskin University in the UK, and he brings us Alice and Kev. Here's how:

"This is an experiment in playing a homeless family in The Sims 3. I created two Sims, moved them in to a place made to look like an abandoned park, removed all of their remaining money, and then attempted to help them survive without taking any job promotions or easy cash routes. It’s based on the old ‘poverty challenge’ idea from The Sims 2, but it turned out to be a lot more interesting with The Sims 3’s living neighbourhood features.

"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."

We've read Alice and Kev, and frankly it's one of the most interesting things we've seen about The Sims and gaming for quite a while, we'd suggest you give it a read as well... before it gets dandified turned into viral marketing... which it may already be.

Kev & Alice...



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