EA's The Sims, the new millennium's favorite way to play god, is coming to iOS and Android.Read More
For the first time in The Sims' 16 years, players now have access to a full range of customization options in "create-a-Sim" mode, regardless of a Sims' gender.Read More
Still have your old Star Wars bedsheets? Jen Vetere made a gorgeous dress for herself and a bowling shirt (with a Boba Fett back panel) for her husband by recycling his old sheets and they both look amazing!Read More
Gender is a social construct—but how is it constructed in-game? Why can't you pick an option outside of "male" or "female" in The Sims? And what would Judith Butler think about the game? All these questions and more are answered in this new video from PBS Idea Channel.Read More
"Quick! During GDC while no one is looking!" -EA, probably.
This was not on the list of pre-selected disasters; I don't know how to deal with it.Read More
Maybe pools are too hard to animate?
The Sims franchise has certainly changed a lot since its first game was released in late 2000. But according to EA, some of the latest innovations to Sims 4 are going to come at the expense of some of players' favorite past features, as well as an architectural staple that's been with the games since their inception.Read More
Next step: give our Sims the gift of the gab!
Say goodbye to pesky menus and limited choices when it comes to creating Sim characters. The Sims 4 allows so much customizable freedom that players will likely spend more time creating a Sim than actually playing the game.Read More
Game/Show will tell you what The Sims and BridalPlasty have in common.
Several games in The Sims series are the best selling PC games of all time. Game/Show is curious about why, and they think it might have something to do with the reason people love reality TV. Do people just love setting up a fake reality and seeing it play out with more drama than our real reality?Read More
EA, oft-called the worst company in the world, has just done something really cool: They've teamed up with Humble Bundle to release some of their best games this generation for however much you want. Finally, a reason to actually use Origin!Read More
A selection of defining uses of technobabble in sci-fi and beyond
Technobabble -- the scientific-sounding gibberish that scientist characters spew in every episode of Star Trek -- is the dilithium crystal in the warp engine that makes science fiction run. It can get to ridiculous levels. Ron Moore steered clear of it in Battlestar Galactica because his Trek scripts filled up with [INSERT TECH HERE], but ultimately it's hard to get by without it. Technobabble generally does make sense on a superficial level, since there's so much speculative science out there that there's bound to be a field related to whatever the story requires. For better or for worse, take a look at the greatest ways technobabble has been put to use.Read More
Electronic Arts has been on a losing streak lately. Their launch of SimCity 5 was a nightmare. They just won their second Consumerist Golden Poo Award in a row for being the worst company in America, and now they're closing down what were once popular Facebook games. The Sims Social, SimCity Social, and Pet Society all posted goodbye statuses to their Facebook pages informing players they have until June 14th before the games are gone for good. Considering the drop off in play, this probably won't upset that many people.Read More
Things We Saw Today
Things We Saw Today
Things We Saw Today
Mehmet Gozetlik has designed a series of posters riffing on a theme that today's techies have all thought about at one point or another: Today's software is very, very big when compared to the standards in place not too many years ago. (See: Moore's Law.) To hammer the point home, Gozetlik has calculated how many 3.5" high-density floppy disks it would take to hold the contemporary likes of Firefox and The Sims. (Formatted 3.5" floppies hold up to 1.44 MB.) His findings: It'd take 12 disks to hold Firefox, 36 disks for Firefox Add-Ons; 46 disks for notorious piece of bloatware iTunes; 358 disks for Adobe Photoshop CS4; 1760 disks for The Sims 3. Can you believe that all of Windows 3.1 fit on six floppies? (Behance via NOTCOT)Read More
IGN has uncovered Will Wright's next project, and it's not a game. The king of procedurally generated content and creator of Spore and the Sim games (including Sim City, Sim Ant, and The Sims) is instead working with the former president of Nickelodeon and Spike TV to create a television series.
Well, "create" implies a certain level of completion. Wright prefers to give his audience the tools to create their own fun rather than creating a single experience. Or, in the words of Penny Arcade, this.Read More