Shallow Life

So, Syrana put me under pressure to post, huh? I’ll do it, since I do need to live with her and I’m doing my best to keep her sane this week. Contrary to all online news outlets, she’s alive and well.

I haven’t been playing much WoW over the last few weeks. I’m in the semi-burnout phase, but there are also a lot of other things going on like yard work and the enjoyment some other games. I’m in a glass case of emotion!

Seriously, my virtual self died while making hot dogs. How humiliating is that? Right in front of my wife and my son. I guess Death didn’t want one. Good, cuz I never finished making them.

Who wants hot dogs?

Who wants hot dogs?

Even though I probably died the most humiliating death, Syrana went out in style. She bit the dust right at the beginning of her son’s birthday party around his guests. He hadn’t arrived yet. SURPRISE!

Corpse run!

Corpse run!

It’s not all about death, I promise. But, it’s still funny. Our son wasn’t too scarred (only for a few days) since he went on to become a rockin’ musician who plays guitar on the street for old guys in overalls.

I'll jack the first guy who yells, "Freebird!"

I'll jack the first guy who yells, "Freebird!"

On a serious note, I’m really enjoying this 3rd release of The Sims. They fixed a lot of the minor annoyances from the previous versions. The full, living city is a great feature and it makes everything feel much more alive. It’s not such a chore to travel to other locations and seeing other people age up and have kids is cool. I’ve played enough to have my current family just give birth to my first player’s (Me and Syrana) great-granddaughter. I kept the life length at the default, while Syrana pushed her’s up. So, you can go through a generation pretty quickly if you want.

A cool experiment with the game is a site I just found today (courtesy of @feliciaday) is called “Alice and Kev.” It’s a very clever idea by a chap in the UK using the Sims 3. He converted one of the parks into a “home” lot and created a small family to live there. Basically, he’s using the engine to see how a “homeless” family would live in the game. It’s actually very interesting, sad, and hilarious at the same time. Check it out.

Comments

  1. Kelinarra says:

    Is death a natural part of this game? The virtual homeless project sounds very interesting!

  2. Fulguralis
    Twitter: Fulguralis
    says:

    Ha, I just linked that blog today too before reading this and I don’t even play the Sims… yet. It’s a very good blog.

  3. Sideshow
    Twitter: brianjz
    says:

    Yeah, Death is usually a normal part. I’m pretty sure there is an option to disable aging, but for me that’s one of the more fun parts. I like to see the kids grow up, etc. I think Syrana turned up the aging on hers a little bit.