The Sims is a strange beast. The overwhelming degree of freedom offered by Will Wright's life sim has attracted and facilitated all kinds of bizarre and unexpected playstyles. On a psychological level, it makes perfect sense as to why you'd enjoy playing as someone that isn't you to enjoy the possibilities that real life just can't offer (or can, depending on how bold you are IRL).
If you've never played #TheSims before and want an idea what the hell they're talking about, here's an official trailer for the third instalment:
But alongside the actual gameplay, theres a load of peculiarities surrounding the game and lore, too. We'll get weirder as the list goes on...
1. Creator Will Wright met Maxis cofounder at "The world's most important pizza party"
In 1986 Wright met Jeff Braun who was interested in becoming an investor in video games. Wright described it as "The world's most important pizza party" which gives us an odd idea as to how they may have met.
2. Wright has built many fighting robots such as 'Kitty Puff Puff' and 'Super Chiabot'
The Sims creator enlisted the help of his daughter in the design of Chiabot, but surprisingly all the other robot names, from 'Kitty Puff Puff' to 'My Little Pony' were all his choice it seems. Fyi, Kitty Puff Puff fought by wrapping up its opponent in tape. This is now banned.
Somehow I have a video of Kitty Puff Puff in action. I don't know why this was recorded. The following scenes contain lots of tape:
3. A pre-made character WooHoo'd the Grim Reaper and they likely had a child together
Yes it's true, they made sweet sweet WooHoo. One of The Sims 2's official pre-made playable characters Olive Specter seems to be enamored with Death itself, and her son Nervous Subject — yes that's his name — is very probably the bastard child. They don't seem to be together at the moment but do not panic! Olive has a solid strategy for killing husbands, friends, and others to see her beloved as often as she can. She then buries them in her garden.
4. You could have your home invaded by a sad clown who tries to 'cheer you up'
After purchasing the Tragic Clown painting in the original game, this fun fella will come visit you and try to cheer you up when your Sim becomes depressed. Sounds really thoughtful but turns out he's not all that good at this task, and usually ends up being an unwanted houseguest that's not all that easy to remove.
Here are your options in achieving this:
- Call the Clown Catchers — of course...
- Burn the painting — then the clown burns and dies
- Sell the painting — when you buy it again he returns too
- Returning your Sim to happiness — no thanks to the clown
And my personal favorite: Slapping the clown again and again until he's happy.
5. There was once a lethal guinea-pig virus which infected Sims and spread to others
Whilst the developers were busy adding new extras to The Sims, they failed to see that when the lazier Sims forgot to clean the guinea-pig cage, the animals became little death-bringers. Once bitten by the dirty pet they would fall ill, and may end up dying. If they survived they could pass on the illness and infect other Sims. They later made it so that infected Sims would only catch a cold.
6. A half-alien half-Sim called Nymphea Sword fell in love with her imaginary friend
Um, yeah. Raised by a single mother, another pre-made playable character — this time from The Sims 3 — has aspirations of being an astronaut to go see her extra-terrestrial family. Her mother's side of the family consisting of witches and werewolves is apparently not interesting enough for her to want to stay. It does however come in handy when you ask your witch Aunt Moira to make your imaginary friend Lycopersicon come to life so you can have two children together. Their names are Nipudus and Zorlack if you must know.
Ok that's probably far enough down The Sims rabbit hole for the time-being, right?
Some other Sims-related strangeness you might enjoy: