Meet the Sims Serial Killers
The once desirable Sunset Valley, where Hank Hankson lived a humble life with his dog Sumo, has been torn to pieces but an unknown, malicious, but somehow familiar force. The suburb’s peaceful facade has been destroyed – townspeople, neighbors and friends crushed, houses bulldozed and replaced by a series of six-story high hedge mazes, threatening Hankson’s dilapidated little cottage. Only him remains.
Snow began to fall when the felling began, and Hankson now finds himself trapped in a permanent blizzard. Dark figures appear on the horizon and his worst fears are confirmed: the android clones are marching towards his house. The end is near.
This isn’t a campy horror flick, or the start of the next iteration of Fallout. This is a YouTuber’s take on how to play The sims – with these bizarre scenes totaling 1.1 million views. This post-apocalyptic nightmare comes from a 26-year-old Dubliner RTGame (real name Daniel), who has 2.6 million subscribers on YouTube.
Hundreds of Sims meet their creator through 18 videos of his Sims series, with titles such as ‘When you’re bored in The sims then you recreate The Hunger Games’, and ‘When you’re bored in The sims so you organize the Thanos Snap.‘In this particular video, he replaces each dwelling house with a maze of hedges, and moves the exact same family of eight identical Sims into each, where many will remain trapped until they starve to death.
“I started to play The sims about 14 years ago. It was the first and the last time that I tried to play it seriously ”, explains RTGame. “I just found it immediately more fun to start doing more twisted things.”
The sims has come a long way from its humble beginnings in 2000, where you created characters and catered to their needs, like a slightly more demanding Tamagotchi. As the games got more advanced, The sims provided opportunities for your characters’ lives to more accurately reflect reality: they now have life goals and desires, can feel disappointment and joy, and now even do their own laundry. But whether they live a rich and fulfilling life, or an existence defined by endless suffering, the fate of The Sims is entirely in your hands.
Of course, many players choose do not to be benevolent gods in the Sims world – and instead aim to kill and torture as many Sims as possible. Death has evolved enormously in 21 years of gameplay; we’re no longer just putting Sims in a pool and selling a ladder to watch them drown. Instead, we watch them explode in rockets, choke on a pufferfish, or even be eaten by the “Cowplant” – a mutant fly trap from Venus with a cow’s head for a face.
“The sims you see controlling a small company, but that doesn’t mean you improve it. It reminds me of Bruce Almighty, where the role of God is handed over but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s strictly a good thing. It’s pretty therapeutic killing Sims and being a pretty irresponsible God, ”says RTGame. “I feel like a kid with a magnifying glass over the little ants. It sounds pretty twisted but it’s pretty fun doing things like this in games like The sims to see what’s going on. But yes, I have a lot of Sims blood on my hands.
He is far from alone. While many in the Sims As a streaming community focuses its content on cute legacy-style playthroughs or complex design challenges, there is a growing interest in more boundary-pushing content. RTGame credits the popularity of its bizarre Sims series for helping him get started in streaming as a full-time career, while other YouTubers such as Call me Kevin and Plumbella count the quick races where they kill entire neighborhoods among some of their most viewed content.