Daily Diversion #2: The Sims 3

Hello, Teddy here. I’ve returned to college this week and I’m a bit miserable without Pie. That being said, I really like school a lot. My courses are fantastic, and I like to imagine I’m a heroine off on some grand adventure in the conquest of higher learning. I’m attempting to be a full time student this semester with 12 credits, which hasn’t exactly been a walk in the park so far. But as any POTS student knows, all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. And by Jack I mean Teddy, and by dull I mean tuckered out. Some days it takes more than my converse high tops and a cup of orchid oolong tea to keep me going. A favorite diversion of mine (and Pie’s) is Sims 3. For those unfamiliar, its a computer game in which you control a person throughout their daily life. But its incredibly more engrossing then that simple definition. You design their clothes, house, furniture, looks, personality, and their life. For a POTS kid that has less control than she would like, you can see how this would be incredibly appealing. The best part about the game (aside from the incredible graphics) is how versatile it is.

If you like story telling, make complex characters that interact together as life long friends/enemies/lovers.

If you like architecture, you can make splendid houses that reflect your tastes.

If you enjoy interior design, go crazy with patterns and furniture. There’s really no set way that you HAVE to play, and thats what I love about it. Plus, sims are gosh darn adorable!

Especially that one 😛

Anyways, moving right along, people who play the Sims (affectionately known as simmers) are an incredibly creative bunch. They haven’t stopped at enjoying it alone in their bedroom, oh no. They make music videos (think about it, they’re most dependable actors ever), blogs with stories about their characters known as legacies, and upload the houses they build to a sim website called The Exchange so other people can play with them. It sounds like the nerdiest computer game ever created, but in actuality it’s a fine way to unleash your creativity.

I love to write so I’m usually overly critical about sim stories. That being said, there is one which blew me away. She’s a blogger named Berry, and has started a sims 3 fad known as Berry Sweet sims. You see, you can change the colors on sims to be any color you like. Most people prefer natural colors, but all of Berry’s sims are bright and cheery with sweet personalities to match. She’s an exciting writer and you all should check out her blog which records the antics of her sims in novel fashion.

http://pastelrainbowcy.wordpress.com/

Berry also makes music videos, my favorite is ‘Sweet Escape’ in which normal sims get transported to Sugar Valley (the saved file of her Berry Sweet sims). It’s quite darling and well done to boot!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bO-1CvVew0c

(That’s my sim, Lavender Fleur, but she’s done in the Berry Sweet style so you get the point)

One blog I am surprised to find myself recommend is http://medleymisty.wordpress.com/ It’s a horror story told  by using the sims. I hate scary things; I read it sheerly by accident and was hooked. But, for those brave of heart and admiring of someone who can flip a phrase, check it out!

Another sims music video maker (they’re known as machinimas) named lReMi07l on youtube is spectacular. His videos are riveting portrayals depicting the rawest human emotions. No idea how he accomplishes them, but they certainly are worth a look (even if you don’t play).

http://www.youtube.com/user/lReMi07l#p/u/9/qvNCnUg8D7E This one is ‘Eternal Child’, I love the ending, it’s thought provoking.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=USQMkJmRn6s This is ‘When A Firefly Dies’. He must have used a ton of game modifications, because it looks as if you are in an animated version of feudal Japan. It’s heart wrenching, yet beautiful nonetheless.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j8fLR-9bT3M&feature=channel This is my very favorite.  It’s done by the same artist as the prior 2, but the premise is fantastic. I cannot get over this video, I have seen it far too many times. I can’t explain the premise, it would somehow detract from the experience. So, stop reading this and watch it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GNTTXt63cn0 And last but not least, ‘In Another Life’. Pie insisted I include this one because she loves the song. It’s a sad, yet beautiful story of how two childhood friends grow apart. It’s by someone who just started making machinimas.

Well, that should be enough fun things for a week! If you have a soul, you will probably enjoy playing the Sims 3. So ask for it for your birthday, christmas, work in a sweat shop, sell a sibling, whatever! It’s well worth it. Pie agrees with me, so we have her final seal of approval 😛 She’s the artsy-fartsy one of the family, so you should listen to her! I hope you all have a lovely week, be well!

Love,

Teddy