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Thursday, June 11, 2021

There’s no shortage of blogs chronicling “Sims”-generated storylines. But Alice and Kev takes frivolous avatar-watching to a more sobering level:

This is an experiment in playing a homeless family in The Sims 3. I created two Sims, moved them in to a place made to look like an abandoned park, removed all of their remaining money, and then attempted to help them survive without taking any job promotions or easy cash routes. It’s based on the old ‘poverty challenge’ idea from The Sims 2, but it turned out to be a lot more interesting with The Sims 3’s living neighborhood features.

I’m no “Sims” expert, but I’m guessing those “living neighborhood features” are meant to emulate real-life human societal interactions. If so, I’m sure the other characters in this “Sims 3″ scenario will encounter Alice and/or Kev sporting some new trinket, and automatically assume that the homeless bit is a scam

by Costa Tsiokos, Thu 06/11/2021 07:10:05 PM
Category: Bloggin', Creative, Society, Videogames
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wingin' it
My brother hopped onto Twitter only recently, and only after the requisite amount of peer-pressured prodding.

Now that his “Dear Documentary Filmmakers” series of tweets led to an invitation for him to expand that theme into an indieWIRE article, I think he’s glad that he signed up.

He was concerned about coming off too snarky with missives like these two (which happen to be my favorites):

Dear Documentary Filmmakers: Next time, please try to have a point before making your film. Filming your search for one is not new or fun.

Dear Documentary Filmmakers: Having ponderous voiceover narration = bad idea. Having it delivered by inarticulate children = worse idea.

But I say, snark sells. Internet communication can be blunt enough, and 140 characters is hardly enough room for nuance. No way would indieWIRE have come calling had this tweeting been “nicer”.

Nice way to parlay his Sundance Film Festival credentials into relateable advice for budding documentarians. I’m sure he’s well on his way to becoming a Twitter celebrity…

by Costa Tsiokos, Thu 06/11/2021 05:58:19 PM
Category: Creative, Movies, Social Media Online
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