Interview: Rob Burkinshaw, Game Designer and Creator of Homeless Sims
June 18, 2009 at 12:43 PM EDT
Yesterday we posted about Alice and Kev , homeless Sims that exist entirely in the world of Sims 3 . They are a family. Alice is a girl with the traditional adolescent pre-teen worries but she's saddled with a father who is high-strung, hates kids, and is generally a misfit in the orderly world of the Sims. They are homeless in that they live in a house with no walls and sleep on park benches. They have no source of food except for things given to them from other Sims or stolen in the course of the day. They can't get clean in their own home - there's no bathroom - and Alice's sleep is interrupted constantly by Kev's rants. Rob Burkinshaw created the experiment, called Alice and Kev , as an examination of game theory and a test of his in-game photography skills but it quickly morphed into one of the most heart-breaking stories I've read in a long time.