Simulating the Homeless with The Sims 3

July 13, 2009 -

In a remarkable game-based social experiment, Robin Burkinshaw is using The Sims 3 to model a two-person homeless family.

The U.K.-based game design student tracks the virtual lives of the father-daughter pair via his Alice and Kev blog:

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.

New American Media has more:

Kev is an insane, middle-aged man with a bad temper, who hates children. He often behaves inappropriately around others... His daughter, Alice, is a teenager who is constantly exhausted from school, the part-time job she holds, and the cold hard bench she sleeps on at night. And because she gets most of her meals at school, she becomes worried every time the weekend rolls around. You will usually find Alice desperately trying to find a bed to sleep in...

GP: It's fantastic to see someone addressing a real issue in a meaningful way via off-the-shelf game tech...


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Re: Simulating the Homeless with The Sims 3

İstanbul'da araba kiralamak için Oto Kiralama sitesinden Araç Kiralama yapabilirsiniz. Bununla beraber Vip Araç Kiralama ve Rent A Car işlerinizi Kiralık Oto sitesinden yapabilirsiniz. Digitürk ve Digitürk Yayın Akışı için Digiturk sitesine girebilirsiniz. Parke modelleri için İstanbul Parke sitesine girebilirsiniz. Kiralık Araçlar için ve diğer Kiralık Araçlar için web sitelerimize girebilirsiniz.......

Thank you informationn..

Jeep Kiralama hizmetleri için kiralik jeep sitesine, Digitürk kampanyalari, Digitürk Plus, İstanbul digitürk bayileri için digiturk sitesine girebilirsiniz. Digitürk kampanyalari için ise digitürk kampanyalari
sayfasına, günlük yayın akışı için ise digitürk yayın akışı sitesine girerek yayın akışını güncel olarak takip edebilirsiniz.
Araba Kiralama, Oto Kiralama ve araç kiralama hizmetlerini yapmak için, şöförlü araç kiralama veya şöförlü minibüs kiralama sayfalarına gidebilirsiniz. Bütçenize göre araç kiralama yapmak istiyorsanız, ekonomik araç kiralama, spor araç kiralama, lüks araç kiralama, panelvan araç kiralama ve
vip araç kiralama sayfalarına giderek kiralık araçlarınızı görebilirsiniz.
İstanbul genelinde parke sitesi olan bahçelievler parke ve istanbul parke sitesine bakarak, parke modellerini görebilirsiniz.
sanalika oyununu oynamak için sanalika oyna sayfasına gidebilirsiniz. Birbirinden güzel hileler için sanalika hileleri sayfasına, en yeni Metin2 Hileleri için ise
Metin2 Hileleri sayfalarına gidebilirsiniz. Hepsinin haricinde digitürk sitesine giderek, digitürk paketleri kısmına giderek digitürk üyelik paketlerini görebilirsiniz.
Bu kadar basit.. Degil..

Re: Simulating the Homeless with The Sims 3

İstanbul'da araba kiralamak için Oto Kiralama sitesinden Araç Kiralama yapabilirsiniz. Bununla beraber Vip Araç Kiralama ve Rent A Car işlerinizi Kiralık Oto sitesinden yapabilirsiniz. Digitürk ve Digitürk Yayın Akışı için Digiturk sitesine girebilirsiniz. Parke modelleri için İstanbul Parke sitesine girebilirsiniz. Kiralık Araçlar için ve diğer Kiralık Araçlar için web sitelerimize girebilirsiniz.......

Thank you informationn..

Jeep Kiralama hizmetleri için kiralik jeep sitesine, Digitürk kampanyalari, Digitürk Plus, İstanbul digitürk bayileri için digiturk sitesine girebilirsiniz. Digitürk kampanyalari için ise digitürk kampanyalari
sayfasına, günlük yayın akışı için ise digitürk yayın akışı sitesine girerek yayın akışını güncel olarak takip edebilirsiniz.
Araba Kiralama, Oto Kiralama ve araç kiralama hizmetlerini yapmak için, şöförlü araç kiralama veya şöförlü minibüs kiralama sayfalarına gidebilirsiniz. Bütçenize göre araç kiralama yapmak istiyorsanız, ekonomik araç kiralama, spor araç kiralama, lüks araç kiralama, panelvan araç kiralama ve
vip araç kiralama sayfalarına giderek kiralık araçlarınızı görebilirsiniz.
İstanbul genelinde parke sitesi olan bahçelievler parke ve istanbul parke sitesine bakarak, parke modellerini görebilirsiniz.
sanalika oyununu oynamak için sanalika oyna sayfasına gidebilirsiniz. Birbirinden güzel hileler için sanalika hileleri sayfasına, en yeni Metin2 Hileleri için ise
Metin2 Hileleri sayfalarına gidebilirsiniz. Hepsinin haricinde digitürk sitesine giderek, digitürk paketleri kısmına giderek digitürk üyelik paketlerini görebilirsiniz.
Bu kadar basit.. Degil..

Re: Simulating the Homeless with The Sims 3

I concur with DarkSaber--there is nothing meaningful about this. And let's be real--the Sims has no capacity to compute or offer representations of the social and economic conditions that cause homelessness--many of these individuals don't have the opportunity to reject the upward mobility of "promotions" and "easy money". Postmodern laziness to assume the simulations can even touch on lived realities.

Re: Simulating the Homeless with The Sims 3

I read the story, it's very touching and heart felt. I hope this girl can turn her life around.

Re: Simulating the Homeless with The Sims 3

I simulate the grief of the families of burn victims every day by spawning Sims in closed rooms with a lot of wooden furniture and a fireplace to play with

Re: Simulating the Homeless with The Sims 3

I found that strangely fascinating, but then, I always enjoyed the 'Sims 2 - House of Evil' experiment they did on the SA Forums as well. It's more, I think, a testament to the excellent writing of the blogger than anything else.

Re: Simulating the Homeless with The Sims 3

While I did not have a serious pupose, I did something similar in the first Sims Game. When they released the update that gave you a completley empty neighborhood, I went through and started creating an oddball group of people living in the neighborhood.

One of my characters was a man named Ugly Bum. He was fat, bald and wore a stained wife beater, boxer shorts and penny loafers. He lived in a barren lot with nothing but a shack in it. This shack was big enough to have a pay phone, a bail of hay to sit and sleep on and an outhouse in side.

I put all his personality points on his out going and friendly stats. Completely if ignoring his cleanliness traits.

He was a blast. Visiting other people in the neighborhood making messes in their houses and trying to be their friends.

Other people in the neighborhood consisted of a family of crooks who lived in a prison style home, an incredibly rich family, a man who lived in a jungle style home with all the tiki stuff and one normal guy that I played.

I think I might have had a house full of girls so that my guy would have some prospects for a wife, but it has been so long since I have played it.

E. Zachary Knight
Oklahoma City Chapter of the ECA
http://www.theeca.com/chapters_oklahoma

Re: Simulating the Homeless with The Sims 3

Now to just wait until claims that his is trivializing the plight of homeless people.

Re: Simulating the Homeless with The Sims 3

I thought I'd already done that.

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I LIKE the fence. I get 2 groups to laugh at then.

-------------------------------------------------- I LIKE the fence. I get 2 groups to laugh at then.

Re: Simulating the Homeless with The Sims 3

I'd hardly call this 'meaningful'.

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I LIKE the fence. I get 2 groups to laugh at then.

-------------------------------------------------- I LIKE the fence. I get 2 groups to laugh at then.

Re: Simulating the Homeless with The Sims 3

for any sims 3 fan, this is very old news. After the game went live, this was one of the first ever stories linked to from the sims 3 game launcher.

 
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