I'm not entirely sure what it is, but it seems to be a growing trend in gaming that players will re-create other media within video games. #Minecraft seems to be the go-to game for this, but it's not the only one.
Case in point: One of the biggest shows of 2016 (#Westworld) is being recreated in The Sims. Even more surprisingly, the recreations are not exclusive to Westworld or even the most recent Sims title.
'Westworld' Can Be Made In 'The Sims 3' or 'The Sims 4'
Starting with The Sims 3 and a broader take on Westworld, one reddit user displayed their own diorama-like version of the game-within-a-show-within-a-game (whew). Up close, it's likely the characters don't have quite as much detail as The Sims 4 might offer, but the scene still showcases the characters strongly enough that anyone familiar with Westworld could recognize it in an instant.
For example, Bernard and Ford are both looking through the same sort of glass seen so often in the show's facilities, Maeve is in her dress outside her usual locale, and the Man in Black... is, well, he's dancing for some reason that probably involves "The Maze!!!"
Meanwhile, anyone looking for a more detailed take on Westworld's characters ought check out the next two entries. Both utilize the fine-detail customization options available in The Sims 4, and both show how strikingly sim-iliar in-game creations can be to their real-life counterparts.
Take, for example, Katverse. Not only does she have an entire video dedicated to making DoloreSim as realistic as possible, she also has an entire website dedicated to similar, equally impressive projects! If there's a point to be made, it's that The Sims 4 can seemingly bring any world to life.
But she's not the only one to recreate our favorite farm girl in The Sims 4. Over on Reddit, user obbycomma shared a Sim she shared with her husband. And while it didn't look like anything to him, the rest of the world saw another take on Dolores. This one doesn't feature the nightgown or robotic features like Katverse's, but it shows off a somewhat softer take on Dolores' features.
Obbycomma was also kind enough to include the custom content used to create Dolores above if you'd like to make your own Dolores and Westworld within The Sims 4.
'Friends,' 'Seinfeld,' And More Can Also Be Made In 'The Sims'
If you're one for the classics, then maybe the following creations by ian8000 will be more your style. ian8000 has recreated several television shows in The Sims 4, with the above image a scene straight out of Friends' Central Perk. Similarly, there are scenes from Seinfeld, Golden Girls, and Arrested Development — and each recreates those shows equally well.
My personal favorite is the still of Kramer walking into Jerry's apartment. It's not only quintissential Seinfeld, it's also classic sitcom. (Seriously, do any genres leave doors unlocked as much as sitcoms do?)
But as I said, there are several Sim-ized shows over on ian8000's forum post, and each comes with a gallery showcasing not only the characters, but the locales as well. It's some remarkable work, and I'm afraid to know how much time it would take me to accomplish something similar.
But You Can Pretty Much Recreate Anything In 'The Sims' With Enough Dedication
If you don't watch Supernatural, you might not realize the above images are three of the show's main characters. But if you do watch it, you're probably scrambling to fire up your own Sims copy and replicate them. They're one of many, many custom creations present over on The Sims forums as well as another example of what players have been able to make.
While I'm not surprised that the internet was able to create such things, I am amazed at how detailed The Sims appears to have gotten over the years. I admittedly haven't played much since the originals — I still remember the calming music and "rosebud," though — but it's still crazy to see what can be done now.
It all makes me want to see what I could come up with using the games... but at the same time, I think maybe the world isn't ready for such "beautiful" creations.
What's the most impressive in-game recreation you've ever seen?