As the inevitable business cycle goes: if it sells well, we’ll do it again. If it sells bad, then it’s off to the glue factory with every creative but under-performing IP you’ve ever loved! This makes sense and even Guitar Hero got axed when sales (and interest) dropped low enough. So, no franchise is immune no matter its long-standing reign, especially not The Sims. The Sims 4 may have only just got out the gate, glitches and controversy abound, but now one of its producers is warning that The Sims 5 might now even happen. Is he right? Has he lost his mind? Should we start searching out our long lost expansion packs? Find out more after the break.
Alien abductions! Casual, bladder-related murder! Houses that are also accidental death traps! It’s all there in The Sims 4, EA and Maxis’ new God-hand life simulation. Granted, most of us use the game as our own personal sim torture chamber but apparently that’s not what it’s for. Other handy features in The Sims 4 include the interior design gameplay that we’ve enjoyed since the series’ inception, only this time around the game also comes with the ability to make everything ridiculously sized. Technically it’s a cheat but it’s an EA-approved cheat so head after the break to find out more.
There’s a handful of things that we loved about The Sims franchise. It lets us have same-sex relationships and marriages, we can take on any career path we want from rockstar to sticky fingered criminal, we can destroy livelihoods and meet alien life-forms all in the ultimate life simulation game. But, the very best thing that we can do is kill off our sims. Like the Grim Reaper with a vampiric thirst for blood, sim murder has always been one of the very best things to do whether we removed stairs from pools (should have brought your floatees, sucker!), packed a house full of electrical appliances or just made our sims pee themselves to death in a room with no windows or doors. The Sims 4 won’t make that any less fun (although watery deaths are off the cards for now as EA have removed the feature) and as this new trailer shows, there are going to be more hilarious and incredibly sadistic ways to to kill of our characters come next month.
‘We have to go deeper’, deep into the epidermis of our Sims apparently, according to Ryan Vaughan who’s a producer on The Sims 4 because in EA and Maxis’ new game we’ll be able to prod and pull their faces like they’re the most gorgeous of Elastoplast. They’re clearly aiming for the very best looking Sims ever in the God-hand series and I think they might have just pulled it off. Don’t take my word for it though, watch the new Sims 4 Create A Sim trailer after the break.
Like most other game sites, we run on willpower, a non-existent budget and a love of gaming, but unlike other sites, J Station X is also fuelled by a whole lot of anger and a little bit of indignation that the video game industry that we know and love still continuously fails to represent women in games, people of colour and those who identify as LGBTQ. It’s for that reason that I’ve put together the first annual Video Game Diversity Report so that we can yell back statistics when the mob bangs on the door protesting that gaming must stay as a Straight, White Boys Club. Read my findings after the break.
‘EA are the most gay friendly place to work in all of the games industry’, a bold statement? Absolutely. Is it one that can be backed up with real, actual, verifiable statistics? Again, yes. The Human Rights Campaign (HRC), who like to keep tabs on companies doing good, non-discriminatory things to their employees and treating them like plain old human beings, no matter how they identify, have rated EA a 100 out of 100 for equality in the workplace. But what does the publisher’s gay friendly status mean for their games?