The Sims Articles RSS Feed | The Sims RSS Feed on en Launch Media Network Which Sims Game Has the Most Careers? Tue, 09 Jul 2019 10:00:05 -0400 HavenHeart36

When it comes to the Sims franchise, there is no shortage of career opportunities for your sims.

Between base game careers, expansion pack careers, career branches, pet careers, part-time jobs, self-employed careers, and freelancing careers among the choices, there are many to choose from.

Let’s see which game among the four has the most career options between all these factors!

The Sims (1) Career Total: 21

Starting with The Sims, they started with 10 base game careers, and added 11 more with the expansion packs. Thus, making the game have a total of 21 careers. They included:

  • Business
  • Entertainment
  • Law enforcement
  • Life of Crime
  • Medicine
  • Military
  • Politics
  • Pro Athlete
  • Science
  • Xtreme
  • Animal Care
  • Circus
  • Culinary Arts
  • Education
  • Fame
  • Fashion
  • Hacker
  • Journalism
  • Musician
  • Paranormal
  • Slacker

The Sims 2 Career Total: 25

The Sims 2 started off with the same amount of base game careers as The Sims, which is 10 base careers. Then they added 15 additional careers with expansion packs. They also added 3 pet careers for your furry friends, which makes for a total of 25 careers in The Sims 2 (excluding pets). They include:

  • Athletic
  • Business
  • Criminal
  • Culinary
  • Law Enforcement
  • Medicine
  • Politics
  • Science
  • Slacker
  • Adventurer
  • Architecture
  • Artist
  • Dance
  • Education
  • Entertainment
  • Gamer
  • Intelligence
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Music
  • Natural Science
  • Oceanography
  • Paranormal
  • Show Business

The Sims 3 career total: 29

The Sims 3 has the most careers in any sims game so far, totally 29. The base game included 11 careers, and by the time they finished adding content there were 18 expansion pack careers.

They also added part-time careers, self-employed careers, and career branches. The careers include:

  • Business
  • Criminal
  • Culinary
  • Journalism
  • Law Enforcement
  • Medical
  • Military
  • Music
  • Political
  • Professional Sports
  • Science
  • Acrobat
  • Architectural Designer
  • Art Appraiser
  • Astronomer
  • Bot Arena
  • Daycare
  • Education
  • Film
  • Firefighter
  • Fortune Teller
  • Ghost Hunter
  • Investigator
  • Lifeguard
  • Magician
  • Singer
  • Sports Agent
  • Stylist
  • Video Game Developer

The Sims 4 career total (currently): 21

Currently The Sims 4 is catching up in the number of careers. They have 11 base game careers, and the expansion packs have added 10 more careers.

They also have part-time jobs, children’s scouts, drama club, and freelancer careers. The careers include:

  • Astronaut
  • Athlete
  • Business
  • Criminal
  • Culinary
  • Entertainer
  • Painter
  • Secret Agent
  • Style Influencer
  • Tech Guru
  • Writer, Detective
  • Doctor
  • Scientist
  • Critic
  • Politician
  • Social Media
  • Gardener
  • Actor
  • Military
  • Conservationist

The Sims 4 just released a new expansion called "Island Living" a few days ago, adding the Conservationist career. Assuming more content is coming for The Sims 4, the total careers for the game should increase.

EA continues to add more career content with every game since the first Sims game, but as it stands now The Sims 3 has the most career choices available. So no matter what you want to be, The Sims series has you covered.

How Do You Delete Sims in The Sims Mobile? You Kinda Don't Mon, 12 Mar 2018 14:32:32 -0400 Tobbpitt

Having a few Sims sounds pretty great in concept. You get to play The Sims Mobile for longer than you would with just one character and rack up more money to buy things, which is a definite plus. But what if you're tired of a Sim and just want to make a new one?

Of all the features in the game, this is the most perplexing. The game prompts you to create new Sims as soon as you can, and you can't back out once you tap on the big icon at the bottom to create a new one. You are stuck in the creation process whether you like it or not.

The above doesn't sound too bad if you are comfortable with deleting your Sims, but ... the game won't let you delete sims. That's the real answer if you're looking for how to delete a Sim, because EA is refusing to address it directly on the forums.

There is no actual way to delete Sims you've created. Even if you made your second Sim in haste because the game prompted you to, you're still stuck with that Sim for a while.

There is one way to toss a Sim from your playable family, and that is via retirement.

How to retire a Sim

Your Sim must reach level 16 before they will bring up retirement. Level 16 is a lot of time with that one Sim you probably are tired of looking at.

When a Sim reaches retirement age, you can choose to let it retire and receive an heirloom for your home. Heirlooms have a number of benefits to help bolster your future generations, ranging from granting new traits to helping with career progression.

A Sim doesn't disappear once retired, but it does stop living in your home. It will still be in the neighborhood and can mentor younger Sims; you just won't have to control it or deal with it if you don't feel like it.

The answer to the question is this: You don't delete Sims in The Sims Mobile. You play them until you're tired of them, then you push them out of your house for rewards. That's not too bad!

Take a look at our other guides for The Sims Mobile if you found this one useful!

How to Get Married in The Sims Mobile Sun, 11 Mar 2018 14:15:22 -0400 Tobbpitt

The Sims Mobile just wouldn't fit in with the rest of the series without the ability to befriend and marry other sims. This time around it's pretty easy, aside from the in-game Energy or real-life time investments.

Getting hitched is a step-by-step process here, so we're going to go into the process of how to get married in The Sims Mobile step by step. It's not hard, but it does take some time.

Step 1. Get yourself to level 10

This is a prerequisite to purchasing some items before you get married. It's best to know this before you get this whole process started. No surprises here!

Step 2. Get your relationship with a sim up to level 10

This can take some time (and interaction spamming, much like a regular game of The Sims).

You can't just get someone to agree to marrying your sim by spamming it with friendly interactions, though. Make sure to build up the relationship with your sim's future spouse using romantic interactions.

At a level 10 relationship, your sim and its romantic interest will hit Soulmates. From there you two are ready to get hitched.

Step 3. Make at least three level 2 friends

It's best to work on this while you're wooing your sim of choice so that you don't have to wait when you're finally ready. You need three sims sitting at level 2 or more friendship to get married.

Step 4. Propose to your sim's soulmate

Easy enough! Just interact with the sim and propose. You'll receive the wedding quest after you propose.

Step 5. Purchase the wedding decorations

A Sims veteran will be familiar with the process of buying a wedding arch to get hitched, and it's basically the same here in The Sims Mobile. Well, almost.

Remember the first step, which was just "get to level 10?" This is where it comes in. You can't buy the required items unless you are level 10.

If you followed the steps, you will be able to buy your wedding items: a Wedding Arch, a Floral Pillar, and a Windowed Rose Lattice. The store will indicate these are the items required to get married, so don't stress if you can't remember them.

Step 6. Fulfill the other wedding quest requirements

Making those three friends is one part of the quest, but there are two other things you must to do fulfill its requirements:

  1. Choose to interact with your sim's partner and reassure their cold feet over the wedding
  2. Interact with a table and choose the option to work on your wedding vows

Step 7. Get married!

The time has finally come! Once all of the above steps are complete, you can select the Wedding Arch and choose to get married with your sim's soulmate. 

It takes a while to get married, but who can stand in the way of true love? Not I, says the Sims fan.


Have you tied the knot in The Sims Mobile? Let us know all about it in the comments, and be sure to stick with GameSkinny for more helpful guides and tips.

E3 2017: EA Predictions Thu, 08 Jun 2017 10:20:24 -0400 Curtis Dillon


Those are our predictions for EA's E3 2017 showcase, which kicks-off the entire E3 weekend on Saturday at 11:30 AM.


The guaranteed locks for EA's showcase are all the annual sports titles, Star Wars Battlefront 2, and Need For Speed: Payback. We're also likely to get some DLC announcements for Mass Effect Andromeda and Battlefield 1.


Everything else for the show is guesswork, but in making this list, it's become clear EA has a lot of exciting projects in the pipeline right now. Two other projects we left off the list is another Star Wars game from Respawn (the Titanfall developer), and the new IP being worked on by Bioware Edmonton (developer of the original Mass Effect Trilogy). It's unlikely we'll see anything from these two titles because they're still a year or two away, but it's further proof of EA's impressive list of upcoming games!


What are you excited to see from EA at E3? Let us know in the comments, and keep it tuned to GameSkinny for all your gaming news and E3 predictions!


Make sure to check out our other E3 predictions: 


Visceral's Star Wars Game


Here's the big one. As much as we all love Battlefront and want the second game to be even better than the first, it's another Star Wars game from EA that has everyone's fingers crossed.


Visceral Games, the EA development team that became famous for the Dead Space franchise, has had a Star Wars game in the works for a while now. After Naughty Dog's Creative Director Amy Hennig left the developer in 2014 following her work on the Uncharted series, she joined Visceral Games to work with Todd Stashwick on a Star Wars IP. Two years later we saw our first glimpse of the game at E3 2016 -- an 8 second clip that showed a man seemingly walking out of the Mos Eisley Cantina, as pictured above.


Maybe we're still a little too early for this game to be fully revealed, especially with Star Wars Battlefront 2 already on the horizon. But this game could very well see a late 2018 release, and thus the time would be right for a full trailer. EA doesn't need to go all-out and show a 10-minute gameplay clip, but a bombastic trailer to close out the showcase would definitely leave the publisher in a strong position walking out of E3 2017.


Need For Speed: Payback


After several teases in the past week, EA finally announced the latest instalment in the Need For Speed franchise, entitled Payback.


Following on from 2015's rebooted Need For Speed, Ghost Games looks to continue the precedent of a fleshed-out story mode. Unlike the 2015 title, Payback will have animated cutscenes, and the trailer has reminded gamers of the Fast & Furious franchise.


Racers will take control of three different characters, and wage a war against a cartel known as The House. The game takes place in the fictional Fortune Valley (which seems to evoke Las Vegas), and offers open-world exploration to gamers, as well as car chases, heist missions, police pursuits, and "jaw-dropping set-pieces". We'd love to see a lot more from Need For Speed: Payback at E3!


The Sims 5


The Sims 4 launched in 2014 to mixed reviews. The first game in the series not to get rave reviews, Sims 4 suffered substantial issues at launch, which kind of killed the hype for the title.


Since then, developer Maxis has supported the game with three expansion packs, five game packs, ten stuff packs, and additional DLC. That's an impressive list of post-release content for a three year period. There were five years between the third and fourth installments in the series, but I think EA will look to regain some steam and good-will towards the franchise sooner rather than later.


The Sims 5 isn't a lock for E3 2017 but it's definitely possible. The game could be announced at the showcase with a vague 2018 release date, which could potentially even slip to 2019. I can't imagine the fifth installment being just another Sims game -- I believe EA will want to really innovate and change the formula. 


Skate 4


Despite being called the worst company in America, EA actually does make games for its fans every now and then. One example is Mirror's Edge Catalyst, the sequel to cult hit Mirror's Edge. Although the original game (and its sequel) both sold poorly, at least EA listened to its fans. 


With that in mind, I think EA would be willing to bring another fan favorite back from the dead and release Skate 4. The previous Skate game released in 2010 and received decent reviews, then returned to prominence in 2014 when YouTube sensation Pewdiepie released a hilarious video of the game and caused it to start selling again. Skate 3 became one of the best selling games of 2014 and EA was forced to reissue the game. On top of this, it was one of the most requested backwards compatible games on Xbox One, leading to it becoming available on the service in 2016.


With all of this in mind, Skate 4 seems inevitable. EA has likely looked into developing a new game in the series, especially considering there are no other skateboarding games on the market right now -- other than last year's abysmal Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5. The market is ripe and ready for a new Skate game, and E3 2017 seems like the place to do it.


Unravel 2


Martin Sahlin walked onto stage at E3 2015 and announced a surprise game for EA: Unravel. Sahlin and the game's adorable protagonist, Yarny, stole the hearts of everyone in attendance and watching at home. Unravel came out to a good critical reception, and EA confirmed that it had extended its contract with developer Coldwood Interactive to make a sequel.


Even though Unravel only released at the beginning of 2016, I think we could see a trailer for Yarny's next adventure -- even if it doesn't release until 2018. Unravel 2 would be welcomed by many, assuming Coldwood Interactive can improve upon the shortcomings of the original. 


Star Wars Battlefront 2


Star Wars Battlefront 2 has already been announced and revealed via an amazing trailer from EA. I expect this game to potentially open EA's showcase this year, considering there is likely more Star Wars to follow.


Carrying on from the previous Battlefront game, EA Dice and Motive Studios are looking to add to, refine, and improve the series. The multiplayer will return in a big way -- with new maps, new heroes and villains (with better animations), much-requested space battles, and the new story mode.


The story mode in Battlefront 2 was revealed in the trailer a few weeks ago, and it tells the story of Iden Versio, a hero of the Empire. Playing as Iden, you get to see the other side of the conflict, which takes place right after the Death Star blows-up at the end of Return of the Jedi. This set-up is immediately interesting and puts players in a more personal story than we've ever had in a Star Wars game.


At E3 I would expect to see a huge multiplayer battle at EA's conference, and then perhaps a 10-minute playthrough of the campaign at Sony's showcase. Star Wars: Battlefront 2 will be a major factor for EA at E3, and the big fall game this year. So expect to see more than one demo.




As always, EA will spend a significant portion of its showcase on sports titles.


Madden 18 was revealed a short while ago and the legendary Tom Brady was announced as the cover star. Amazingly, this is the first time the five-time Superbowl winner has ever graced the cover of Madden, despite his team-mate Rob Gronkowski appearing twice. I wouldn't be surprised to see Brady show up at the conference.


This year's Madden will be the first on EA's impressive Frostbite engine, which will provide the game with a huge visual and gameplay upgrade. In another massive first for the series, we will get a story mode akin to The Journey in last year's FIFA, which we should learn more about at the expo.


Speaking of FIFA and The Journey, we will undoubtedly hear about the next installment in this long-running soccer series at E3, along with season 2 of Alex Hunter's career. As mentioned above, The Journey was a shockingly good mode in last year's FIFA, and another season of it will be welcomed by many.

Other Sports Games

We can also look forward to NBA Live, PGA Tour, NHL, and UFC, all of which could see new installments announced at E3.


Of all these titles, I think the least likely to see a new installment is UFC. There was a 2-year gap between the first two titles, and it's a series that doesn't need yearly iterations. As for PGA Tour however, it's been two years since we've seen a game in that series, and so it could be time -- although the last game was not well received.


Let's be honest -- usually Electronic Arts has the most forgettable showcase at E3 every year. That's not to say the company's showcase is bad, it's just that one or more of the publishers tend to blow it out of the water.


Even when writing these E3 predictions lists, EA was the publisher I was least excited to get to. However, upon putting the list together, I realized how amazing this E3 could be for Electronic Arts.


Last year, EA released Battlefield 1, UFC 2, Mirror's Edge Catalyst, Titanfall 2, Unravel, and its usual sports titles. This year, the company has published Mass Effect: Andromeda, which did not fare well critically. So EA has been doing pretty well since its last E3 presentation, and its upcoming roster of releases is looking even better. 


We'll probably see some Mass Effect DLC in this year's showcase, but what else can we expect? Let's find out!

7 People That Shouldn't Be Allowed to Play the Sims Anymore Tue, 11 Apr 2017 09:00:02 -0400 Paige McGovern

The Psychopathic Serial Killer

A YouTuber is intent on finding and killing other Sims at the park by electrocuting them with a hand buzzer. It doesn’t work the first couple of tries. Although annoyed, he is determined to successfully kill someone. When he finally figures out why the action isn’t working, he is thrilled to kill, and his excitement can be visibly heard in his voice.


He laughs when his first murder occurs and calls it "amazing." He kills another, laughing again, in a room full of several other Sims. He even makes his Sim have sex with a woman only to promptly kill her after. What a charming guy.




There you have it. From child abuse to prostitution, I can't imagine what must go through someone's head to think of these stories. I can't believe we all play the same game. But that's The Sims for you: the ultimate life simulator, where everything and anything is possible -- no matter how illegal it is. 


What do you think is the craziest story here? What is the worst you have done to your Sims? Tell us in the comments!

The Painting Slave

One player anonymously reveals his secret to his Sims' financial success -- his "painting goblin":


Every time I play the Sims, I start my family with a "painting goblin."


I make him/her morbidly obese with green skin. I make sure to give him the following traits:

  • Likes to be alone
  • \n
  • Likes art
  • \n
  • Hates the outdoors
  • \n

The first thing I do once I have enough money, is build a small room in the basement, send him down there, and then remove the stairs. I set him up in a tiny little area with only an easel, a toilet, a refrigerator, a bed, a shower, and a trash bin.


All he does all day is paint. That’s it. He paints and paints and paints and paints.


Eventually, his paintings become very good and worth a lot of money. Every few minutes I go downstairs and sell whatever painting he has finished, and then I return to playing the game.


My family always ends up feeling blessed because of their fortune, and they never find out about the horrible secret living beneath their home.


After this story of the "painting goblin" spread on Reddit, one user admitted to creating their own variation: not just one, but two goblins. They made the mistake of creating a male and female who got to know each other a little too well.

When they had a baby, it was raised by the family, living off their artistic talent. The couple saw their child's growth without being able to interact with him or her. Some say the child still doesn't know its true parents. 

A Teacher Has a Relationship With a Student

In this subtitled story, a Sims art teacher, Mr. Davidson, is crushed on by all of his students. The teacher talks to one student named Emily in private. He tells her that she can stay after class to improve her work. Narration reveals that Emily also has a crush on Mr. Davidson ... because of course she does. 


When Emily finishes her assignment, she is the last student there. Conveniently, Mr. Davidson had told every student they could go home when they were done. Now alone, he approaches Emily and compliments her on her work before promptly kissing her. They snap a picture together while kissing. Emily sends this photo to all of her classmates.


The next morning -- when all of Emily's classmates shun her -- she goes to Mr. Davidson. He reassures her that everything is going to be okay. He then asks to take their relationship to the "next level," and they have sex in a photo booth.


The following morning after class, Emily informs Mr. Davidson that she’s pregnant. He responds by proposing to her in their classroom. The video ends with Emily’s confession of love.


Now, there are many elements of this story that are just plain wrong. But the YouTuber said she was only 12 when she created this story. Can she be forgiven?

The Man With the Torture Chamber

This YouTuber designed a basement in a "normal" Sim's house. Why? To lure and trap innocent civilians. The door to the basement is locked to all except the home owner.


He traps 14 Sims there. 


The YouTuber chillingly refers to the prisoners as his "subjects." He is excited about watching the prisoners urinate in their pants because they are locked in a dark room with no food, water, bed, or toilet. In addition, he brags about how easily he's able to lure Sims to his basement.


What may be most revolting is not the video content, but the top comment (seen below). Synaps koenigkill suggests: 


Make a big room and put them all together into it. Get them to [im]pregnate themselves and create a whole new community in your basement.


There are some truly weird people playing The Sims ... and this just proves it. 

The Hunger Games: Sims Edition

It's cruel enough to kill one's Sims. It's even crueler to make a game out of it, one loosely based off the popular book and movie, The Hunger Games. But that's just what this YouTuber did. 


In this reenactment, there is a "death house" that contains several test rooms:

  1. The Swimming Test -- Six Sims are forced to swim through an elaborate pool maze. The last Sim to get to the end is blocked from exiting, eventually drowning.
  2. \n
  3. The Test of Fire -- In a room full of cheap stoves, fireplaces, and camp fires, the first Sim to die by fire loses.
  4. \n
  5. The Test of Electricity -- Like the test of fire, the first Sim to repair enough equipment with no skill level will electrocute themselves to death.
  6. \n
  7. The Relaxation Test -- The Sims are given a chance to recover from their trials and tribulations, but there’s a catch. There’s a sauna where they won’t be able to leave once they enter, which means one Sim must die from overheating.
  8. \n
  9. The Test of Hunger -- A cowplant lures unsuspecting Sims with a piece of chocolate cake -- to swallow them whole. It is the only food in the area for Sims to eat.
  10. \n

The last Sim standing that has not died from hunger, cowplant, or any of the other tests has won the Sim Hunger Games. Man, that's brutal ... 

The Mother Who Committed Negligent Homicide

A YouTuber wrote a subtitled Sims story about a mother who never wanted her child -- even during her pregnancy. When the infant is born, she is locked her in a room with no furniture. She is neglected of basic Sims (and real-life) needs, such as food, cleanliness, and human stimulation. The user even places rotting garbage that reeks as much as she does next to her. 


What is most terrifying, however, is the disturbing written dialogue of verbal abuse. The child is compared to garbage, told to keep screaming, and that the mother can do whatever she wants to the child because no one knows she exists. I shiver to think about the (maybe?) moral-less YouTuber having written that last line -- that anything can be done to another as long as it is isn’t known.


The writer has a twisted imagination, proven by the mother spraying her child with pest-control spray when cockroaches appear in the horrendous living conditions. She narrates the child crying and begging for relief from the pain and starvation. The child finally collapses and dies from starvation at the end of the video.


Yeah ... it's creepy, to say the least. 

The Obsessed, Jealous Murderer

In this story, a Sim -- based off the creator himself -- has the unfortunate luck of being rejected by every woman he wants to sleep with. He spies on a woman through her window and waits outside her house for hours. He stalks her when she leaves, trying to talk to her. He even goes through her trash to find items she’s thrown out, which he can then use as conversation starters.

In short, he’s obsessed. He enters her house without an invitation and they start to argue. He insults her about her weight before she kicks him out. This Sim knows no social boundaries.


When he fails to sleep with another woman, he devises a plan to burn her house to the ground. His plan is successful, and the resulting fire kills two women. A man survives, and he falls into a deep depression. He will never recover from the trauma he's experienced.


Where is the murderer Sim? He is a confident, flirty musician at the bar, with no regrets whatsoever. And definitely a Grade-A creep still living somewhere out there in Sim-land. 


The Sims series (2000 - present) is one of the most well known video game series to date. Over the years, people of all ages have enjoyed stimulating life events for people they know, and those they create themselves. 


As the game has developed, it has only gotten more complex. For example, in the original The Sims, to have a baby, a player simply had to select the right option and the child would pop into their Sims' arms. By contrast, in The Sims 4, players must actively try for a baby and go through pregnancy and labor to have one.


This increased complexity makes for much more interesting Sims tales, to say the least. And this increased complexity has led to players to get, um, creative in the ways by which they control their Sims' lives. Read on to discover the craziest, cruelest, and creepiest Sims stories shared on the internet. 

Crazy Video Game Cameos -- Movie/Celebrity Edition Thu, 06 Apr 2017 12:00:01 -0400 Ricardo melfi

Cameos; the one thing that can always make a game just that little bit better. From other video game characters to politicians, some games just can't help themselves. As we were playing Brutal LegendI noticed that there are a lot of cameos from legendary metal gods such as Ozzy Osbourne and Lemmy. It got me to thinking that there have been so many over the years, and I can't remember half of them! A conversation and a half later, here we are.

With that, STG decided to make our next listicle on the theme of cameos. Since there are two types of cameos (in my book), being real celebrities and other video game characters, I opted to make it a two part edition. Check out this cool collection of Movie/Celebrity cameos in video games!

Freddy Krueger - Mortal Kombat 9

A popular character from the 80's, A Nightmare On Elm Street left many of us with horrific nightmares. Usually they were invaded by none other than Freddy Krueger himself. Armed with a razor sharp glove and the ability to kill you through your dreams, Freddy is the perfect addition to the Mortal Kombat roster. Donning his iconic fedora, red and green sweater, and razor gloves, Freddy brings his nightmare to the Netherealm. I wonder what Shang Tsung or Scorpion have nightmares about?

Michael Myers - Call of Duty: Ghosts

Another popular, 80's horror icon, Michael Myers appears as a playable character in the DLC to Call of Duty: Ghosts. Once you find the pickup, the entire ensemble is yours, along with trademark mask, axe, and Halloween theme music. Cheap thrills? Absolutely, but nothing beats slaughtering your opponents as the Halloween haunter himself.

Hideo Kojima - Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes

Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes, Hideo, Kojima

Kojima is the well-known creator of the Metal Gear franchise and has never hidden his love for movies. Many of his games feel like cinematic experiences and he has managed to sneak cameos into his game before. During one of the non-canonical missions in Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes, Big Boss finds himself saving a double-agent requiring extraction. Get close enough and we see that Kojima is the spy. How meta...

Michael Jackson - Space Channel 5

Michael Jackson, The King of Pop, has appeared in a few video games already and had conquered the music world at this point. The next step? Ask if you can be featured in a space dancing game. I'm not kidding. Play long enough and Space Michael becomes part of your group, saving the galaxy with his dance moves in Space Channel 5.

Mikhail Gorbachev - Street Fighter 2


Not one to give a crap about national stereotypes, Zangief is one iconic, street fighting Russian. When you are victorious in the Street Fighter 2 tournament while playing as Zangief, then president of the U.S.S.R, Mikhail Gorbachev, (along with three K.G.B agents) begin dancing the Hopak with him. I'm just going to leave it at that...

Snoop Dogg - True Crime: Streets of LA

At the time that True Crime: Streets of LA was released, Snoop Dogg was at the height of his career. Having starred in films such as Training Day (not to mention his attempt at pornography), Snoop obviously wanted to hit the trifecta so he became a playable character. Unlocking 30 Dogg Bones (or entering a cheat) allowed you to bring rap god, street justice to the fold.

Gary Coleman - Postal 2

Postal and Postal 2 are insanely weird games to begin with but once you make it to a certain book signing event in the sequel, it just gets weirder. Gary Coleman (from TV show Different Strokes) is signing copies of his book, "What I'm Talking About." He's also being kind of a jerk about it too. After flipping out because people are taking more than one signed copy, Coleman attacks the character and police with machine guns and grenades. "What CHU talkin' 'bout, Coleman?"

Bruce Lee - EA Sports UFC 2

As a reward to winning the game on Pro difficulty (or by simply paying for it), Bruce Lee is an unlockable, playable character in EA Sports UFC 2. The ultimate fighter in every aspect of the word, it was a shame to see that his style was not very well represented. A let down to be sure but I mean, come on, it's Bruce Lee for Pete's sake!

Pauly D - NBA 2K13

Everyone always talks about how the developers of NBA 2K13 included Justin Bieber as a playable character but as a former Jersey Shore fanatic (I know, shoot me), I loved the fact they opted to include Pauly D. He was, by far, my favorite person in the shore house anyway The guido wannabe was looking exactly like he did in the show but there's only one problem. He's Italian. Shouldn't he be playing soccer?

Bill Clinton - NBA Jam

Way back when NBA Jam dominated the arcades, a certain scandalous president was currently in office over in the U.S. Taking full advantage of his media popularity, Midway included Bill Clinton as a playable character (and you could also choose Hillary Clinton). We all knew Bill could play the saxophone but basketball too? He definitely picked the wrong career choice...

Spawn - Soul Calibur 2

An adaptation to the popular comic book series, Spawn was a great movie in the 90's but was received very poorly. I don't care what people say as I loved it. It seems there were plenty like me that saw Spawn himself became an awesome, playable. character. I never really liked the Soul Calibur series much, until that fateful day.

Fred Durst - Fight Club

Back when Limp Bizkit was dominating the charts and reaching popular youth, Fred wasn't satisfied. Trying to garner even more popularity, Durst asked to be included in the video game Fight Club (adapted from the movie of the same name). The movie remains brilliant to this day, but the game? Not so much. Still, pummeling the crap out of Durst still gets laughs from my end. His name was Robert Paul... I mean, Fred Durst.

Burt Reynolds - Saints Row: The Third

If there is a more manly man than Burt, I'd love you to point him out for me. With trademark moustache and all, Reynolds appears as the mayor of Steelport in Saints Row: The Third. After completing a certain amount of missions for him, Burt actually becomes part of the crew. My dreams have finally come true...

Drew Carey - The Sims: House Party

During the time that The Sims was blowing up on PCs all over the world, Carey's show, Whose Line Is It, Anyway?, was also becoming increasingly popular. The impromptu skit show even included some The Sims related segments! Maxis opted to return the love by giving him a cameo in the expansion pack The Sims: House Party. If you are successful in throwing a major party and keep a certain score up, Drew and his entourage will arrive in a limo to take part in the festivities.

Phil Collins - GTA: Vice City Stories

There is no one more iconic person to represent the 80's better than English pop legend, Phil Collins. In GTA: Vice City Stories, there are a few segmented missions based around protecting and keeping Collins alive and yes, he actually voiced the character himself. After successfully completing said missions, Phil rewards you with his rendition of "In the Air Tonight", for erm, $6000. Hey! Phil's gotta eat too!


Proving that video games and celebrities are a fantastic mix, even when it doesn't make sense at all, cameos are the stuff of much conversation. I hope you enjoyed and probably even learned about some cameos you didn't know where there. Thanks for reading our latest listicle!

So what did you think? Did I miss any major celebrity cameos you think should have been included? Don't forget to leave a comment below!

4 Reasons to Give Up On Sims 4 Tue, 17 Jan 2017 09:00:01 -0500 TL Bickler

Sims fans eagerly awaited for the release of the Sims 4 in September of 2014, but have found nothing but disappointment at the lack of content ever since. Even fan favorites--such as pools and toddlers--were missing from the original base game. Many fans, myself included, hoped that an expansion would soon release that would fill in those holes but the last three expansion packs have offered little to fix the lack of content. Here are four reasons the Sims 4 is no longer worth the investment.


A Closed Off World

In Sims 3 you could send your son to the neighbor's to play, make your husband go fishing, and work on your garden all without seeing a single loading screen. With Sims 4 you're stuck facing that annoying spinning crystal every time you leave your home lot and you can't interact with any of the other sims while you're away. 


Pathetically Small "World" Sizes


Here we have the Sims 3 base pack town, Sunset Valley. There are around 14 empty houses (only 2 or 3 of which you can afford right away), 19 empty lots for those who like creating their own homes, and 21 community lots (all of which you can visit without running into a loading screen).

This is one town you get with the Sims 4 base pack. While you start off with 3 towns, you get less overall. A single town only has around 20-30 lots total. Of the 21 shown here, there are only 4 community lots, 9 available houses, and 3 empty lots. Now with the 3 towns combined you get a somewhat decent start (minus the lack of community lots), the issue comes with the expansion packs. Instead of getting a new 60+ lot world, we only get a new town with a few extra lots. When the expansion costs about the same as the base game, this makes each one a waste of money just for the lack of towns.


Tiny Expansion Packs

With each expansion pack fans hope they might finally get their money's worth, but every time we get yet another reason to uninstall the series. Just to compare what we get now vs what we got with Sims 3, let's compare the one game EA remade for Sims 4 thus far.


Ambitions VS Get To Work

Both games allow the player to play their sims while on the job. Get To Work does a bit more interaction on the job than Ambitions but it still gave limited career options compared to its predecessor. Here is the quick and dirty rundown between the two.



New town: Twin Brooks

New career tracks: doctor, investigator, scientist, ghost hunter, architectural designer, and stylist

Ability to be self-employed (thus increasing the career tracks even more)

New trait: eco-friendly

New skills: sculpting, investing, and detonation


Get To Work

New Town: Magnolia Promenade

New career tracks: doctor, detective, and scientist

New skills: baking and photography

New trait: Sick resistant


Limited Traits

Sims 4 took away our ability to create complex people by limiting the number of traits to only 3. Sims 3 gave us a base of 5 with the ability to expand that if our sims worked hard and graduated college or reached level 10 of certain careers. At least there are mods to fix this oversight, unlike most of the other issues.

Sims 3 left some pretty big shoes to fill. It expanded the series, increased the capabilities of the player, and even gave us some new adventures to take our sims on. Sims 4 gave fans with high expectations a massive let down. Even the staples, like Ambitions, have released in Sims 4 in small quantities for the same large price tag. I think it’s time we quit letting the Sims 4 take up space on our computers and upgrade to Sims 3.

What's your take on Sims 4? What do you think could save the game and the franchise? Let's talk about it in the comments below!

Easy Video Game Inspired Halloween Costumes Thu, 29 Sep 2016 09:45:06 -0400 Glitchieetv




Another Minecraft inspired costume is the Creeper. Using the same items as before, except with a creeper printout, you can have this heart stopping costume the day of Halloween. If you do not have a printout, you can always do various shades of green construction paper. To really bring the costume to life, pair with green clothes. 




Steve from Minecraft is an easy costume to put together and one that can be done with the aid of children. Using simple print outs, glue, a cardboard box and scissors, you can create a Steve head for adult or child. Pair with blue clothes and voila, instant costume. 




90's kids will remember Tamagotchi, the travel sized game where you had to take care of a pet. I would play for diligently for a week then it would get shoved into a drawer somewhere. This is a fun and simple costume, mostly comprised of a few pieces of cardboard, construction paper, a fake chain and matching clothes. Most of these supplies are probably lying around your home, but the dollar store will most certainly have them if you need to purchase them, keeping the cost nice and low. 


Tetris T-Shirts


Tetris is one of the most recognizable games. Whether you have played it or not, you know colored blocks falling means Tetris. Follow this handy tutorial by Erin of In Between Laundry to make your own Tetris t-shirts. 


Naked Sims

The Sims

The Sims are one of the easiest costumes around. Stick a green plumbob on your head and you are ready to go. For those looking for something a bit funnier or more creative, the naked sim is the way to go. These ladies had the right idea, wearing skin tone attire and embellishing their pixelated bodies with bath items like the rubber ducky.  


Pac-Man and Ghosts


Pac-Man being followed by ghosts equals multiple costume ideas in one slide. The  ghosts are relatively easy, being crafted out of sheets and white and black fabric for the eyes. Pac-Man can be crafted from multiple pieces of cardboard, construction paper/paint. Easy, iconic, cheap. Extra points for a fun costumed game of tag. 


Mario and Luigi


Mario and Luigi are Halloween costume staples. With a wide assortment of ways they can be crafted, all you really need are their iconic hats and red or green attire. These two lovely ladies went with a more classic approach, with white gloves and suspenders, denim shorts and colored shirt. 




While not game inspired per say, these console costumes are definitely fun. With a bit of ingenuity and creativity, you can take a cardboard box or Styrofoam ball and turn it into your favorite console. Easy and inexpensive, perfect for the last minute costume maker. 


Halloween time is upon us. Costumes hang from the shelves and children are clamoring for candy. Whether you procrastinate until the last minute, can't decide on a costume or are looking to save some money this year, these easy costumes inspired by your favorite video games are sure to be a hit. 

Should We Apply the Sims' 'Needs' to Our Own Lives? Tue, 13 Dec 2016 07:00:01 -0500 Rena Pongchai [Kazurenai]

The Sims' 'Needs' bar is essential for a Sims well being in their lives -- consisting of 8 different needs: Hunger, Fun, Comfort, Social, Bladder, Hygiene, Energy and Environment. If any of these gets below the 'green' level, it can affect your Sims "mood," affecting their productivity and basically their will to live, making it really important to keep all of them maxed out. Some needs are more consequential than others, such as falling asleep from lack of Energy, wetting themselves from having a full Bladder (which also, understandably also lowers their hygiene) or... dying from Hunger.

Those are not different to what would happen to any human being in real life though. We have been taught that the 3 basic necessities of life are Food, Shelter and Clothing (and maybe an internet connection nowadays) but are they really? Do all these make you happy?

For example, when there are dirty dishes or rubbish lying around in a sims' home will lower their Environment need, making them unhappy, or lack of Fun will cause your sim to really stress out. Both of these would result in your sim being sad and unable to focus or anything else. Maybe you can relate to how your messy room can lead you to be unable to focus (and end up on procrastinating on exam or work by cleaning), or if you don't take time to relax, you can burn yourself out.

There's also different 'speeds' to how some actions that improve a 'need' faster than others. An example is the how it is actually more beneficial to interact and talk with another sim rather than calling or emailing to fill up the Social need. Thus, the sims also teach us to be more efficient with our actions; such as, not only does interacting with someone improve your social, but also boasts your friendship a great deal also.

In the game, when a sim needs to replenish a need, it is easy for the player to just drop what they are doing and tend to that -- but for some reason, it seems harder to do that in real life. You hear of people who spend all their time working 24/7 and neglect their social life, lack of sleep and just in general, being depressed probably from the stress of working all the time.

So in short, like in The Sims, we need to really learn how to balance all our needs out in order to be healthy and happy.

Somehow, The Sims teaches us to live happier, and healthier lives -- just don't play it for too long, you also need to be active.

What do you think? Do you find yourself neglecting any of the Sims' 'needs' in your life?

Foodies Rejoice! The Sims 4: Dine Out is Ready to Order Tue, 07 Jun 2016 17:48:49 -0400 Jenifyr Kaiser

Origin released their latest game pack for The Sims 4: Dine Out this week. The new pack allows players to purchase and manage their own restaurants. They can even start a chain of restaurants, but aspiring franchise owners will need to really make their place shine if they want to get that far.

Like a ship captain of old, an owner is responsible for everything that happens in their restaurant -- from the menu to the décor, and even the staff's uniforms. Sims can invest in advertising, promote their restaurant, train their staff, and try to keep the critics happy. If things start to look dicey, Sims will also be able to talk to the guests to improve satisfaction and even offer complimentary meals to make them happy after a bad dining experience.

The "Dine Out" expansion is available now as a digital download, but players will have to break out those hard earned simoleans to get in on the fun. This one is going for $19.99 in the Origin store. Check out The Sims 4 website for more info.  


Five Anticlimactic Endings to Our Favorite Characters’ Lives Thu, 26 May 2016 18:28:36 -0400 Amanda Damone

During gameplay, it's not unusual to come across minor obstacles that serve to keep the game interesting. When these ancillary obstacles turn deadly, it can seem frustratingly unrelated to your characters' stories. Here are five of the most disappointing ways your characters can die before their time. 

Sonic The Hedgehog (2006)

Sonic is fast enough to escape a giant killer whale and skilled enough to retrieve Princess Elise from Dr. Eggman, but if he enters a body of water, he will suddenly and dramatically drown.

The Sims

Your Sims can be as successful as you want them to be—you can give them the resources they need to get a promotion, make new friends, or start a family. On the other side of things, Sims will only survive as long as you take good care of them. Being trapped in a corner by a poorly positioned couch and being unable to reach food is an anti-climactic way to die. If you make an error in the design of your Sim’s home, like placing a wooden crate next to a fireplace, your Sim can burn to death. If you step away from the game for too long, or if you run out of money, your Sim can starve. Your Sim didn’t die snowboarding off an epic mountain, SSX Tricky-style. They didn’t die fighting a herd of Nazi zombies, as in Call of Duty: World at War. You failed to prioritize showering for your Sims, and they died from poor hygiene.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (PC)

In this game, Harry Potter can die at age eleven by falling, as there are gaping holes in the flooring in several hallways at this place of learning. Harry is powerful enough to defeat the Lord Voldemort in year seven, and this game introduces an alternative path for Harry where he can die while anticlimactically wandering the school, or walking to class, if he fails to successfully jump from one floating slab of cement flooring to the next.


You’re participating in an interstellar war, but one of your biggest threats is walking too close to the edge of a cliff and plummeting to your death.

Super Mario Bros.

In the first level of Super Mario Bros., your character can die if a slow-moving Goomba strolls into you. Mario’s eight-world adventure will be canceled, and the princess will never be saved if you fail to make Mario hop over a Goomba in this somehow pivotal moment of the game.

The next time you play, keep these instances in mind and make sure you take every obstacle seriously—death is shockingly imminent.

Game Glitches: Bet You Can't Not Laugh Fri, 29 Apr 2016 10:35:25 -0400 Kat De Shields

 ...DON'T LAUGH. How many of you have lost already? 

Excited? Terrified? Angry? This guy is an emotional enigma. 

Ahhh, game glitches. They can be a pain in the ass when encountered during gameplay, but they are definitely worth a belly laugh or two after the fact. Let's take a look at some of our favorites. The kicker: You can't laugh. See how far you make it down the list and share the one that cracked you up in the comments below!


FIFA: Look, ma! No hands!


 Just Cause 3: That Rico. Always as cool as a cucumber. 


Assassin's Creed Unity: Way to be inconspicuous. 

FIFA: When the other team scores a goal with 15 seconds left on the clock.

Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim: Nothing like a flying sabre cat to start your day!

Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion: Well, this is a new intimidation tactic.

The Wolf Among Us: Bigby's stage name is The Big Bad Wolf. Snow doesn't seem impressed.

The Sims: Had to include a throwback to one of the glitchiest games ever.

WWE: This takes the term "smackdown" to a whole new level. 

Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim: It's not every day you see a dragon do interpretive dance. 

Star Wars: WHY ARE ALL THESE SNAKES ON THIS MOTHA-- Wait. Wrong movie.  

Can't get enough glitches? We got you covered. Check out the top ten glitches in Bethesda games, a Fallout 4 glitch showcase, and how to see your bare ass in Dark Souls 3

Just one more thing to add to your torment in Dark Souls 3. 

Got some game glitches that leave you in stitches? Don't hold out. Share it in the comments below!

*All gifs sourced from

The 10 best NSFW nude mods ever made Sun, 04 Oct 2015 15:29:11 -0400 Rob Thubron


1. HDoom mod


You know what I always thought would make Doom better? Turning it into a hentai-like sex game that featured tons of naked female demonic creatures, a dildo-equipped chainsaw and a load of human-on-demon interspecies humping. If only someone would make a mod that could do that...


What? Someone actually did? Awesome! Yes, HDoom really does bring those dodgy anime sexy-demon fantasies to life. The mod’s actually a very impressive piece of work, technically, as it overhauls the whole game. There's plenty of new (usually sex-based) weaponry and a whole host of big-breasted monsters to kill and/or make love to. Be warned – this is pretty graphic, even with the low-res visuals.


HDoom gets the number one spot because it's so imaginative, the creator has obviously put loads of work into it, and it's very, very filthy. 


Download HDoom from creator hdoomguy's official blog.


Have you used any of the mods on our list? Which mods would you add? Let us know in the comments!


2. Saints Row 4 naked mod


Considering that Saints Row 4 featured the mighty Dildo Bat (aka the Penetrator), it’s a bit surprising that there wasn’t a nudity option already included in the base game. For those who prefer to carry out their open-world shenanigans in the guise of a totally naked, large-large breasted woman, then check out the mod below.


There’s also a link to the YouTube video showing the mod in action. If you watch it (not at work, remember), you’ll notice that it’s actually very well done. Rather than have her body resembling various textures that have obviously been overlaid onto clothes, the lady in question does really look like a naked character designed by the game-makers. I watched the video several times and paused it often, just to make sure.


Get the Saints Row 4 nudity mod from this Deposit Files link.


Or just watch the YouTube video of the mod here


3. Adult Borderlands 2 texture mod


Most people know that if you type ‘video game sexy images’ into a search engine, half the results you’ll get back will be of Borderlands’ Mad Moxxi in various stages of undress, usually manipulating a variety of...things.


This mod shows more imagination than merely revealing more of Moxxi’s already fairly exposed chest; instead, it replaces a number of the textures around Pandora with content of a more ‘adult’ nature. This includes plastering vending machines, signs, posters and walls with things such as sex cards, adverts for adult toys, naughty graffiti and, naturally, pictures of Moxxi’s fully exposed boobs.


Make Pandora that little more dirtier by downloading the mod from this Nudemod page.


4. Mass Effect mods


The Mass Effect series is not only the greatest game trilogy of all time, but it shows that intergalactic sexual relations with aliens can be a very beautiful thing - something I’ve argued for years. Unfortunately, many believe the one area where the game is lacking is when it comes to showing off some alien (and human) boobage. Time for the modders to step up and make things right.


There are a selection of nude mods on offer here, including a particularly impressive naked female Shepherd one - holding humanity’s fate in her hands while running round like she’s at a nudist colony makes for an interesting juxtaposition. There are also several other mods which ‘improve’ the romantic cutscenes and give the female characters a variety of outfits that wouldn’t be suitable for wearing to church.


Get yourself a selection of naked Mass Effect characters from Girl Plays Game.


5. The Sims naked mods


The problem with ‘life-simulator’ The Sims is that it doesn’t represent every aspect of real life - like walking around naked or dressing up as if you’re on the set of a Ron Jeremy movie. Now, thanks to the magic of modding, you can add some harsh, jiggly reality to your Sim’s existence.


There are numerous mods available for the Sims 2, 3, and 4. They range from dressing your tiny avatars up like they’ve just escaped from a S&M dungeon, to having them walk around completely butt-naked. If, like me, you want to justify your filthy actions by telling yourself it adds realism, then only download the mod that removes the shower mosaic grid.


You can download this and a whole host of other naughty Sims mods from the Sims2xsims website.


Or download a nude mod directly from File Planet here.


6. Skyrim Better Males mod


Seeing as every other mod on this list is based on women losing their clothes, here’s something where the gender being stripped bare is male.


Taken from the insanely popular Sex and Violence: The top 10 Best NSFW Skyrim mods list, the ‘Better males mod’ lets the testosterone-fuelled beefcakes of Skyrim walk around like they can’t even feel the biting cold. You even get the option have your men smooth skinned or seventies-style hairy monsters, now that’s some attention to detail.


See the naked men of Skyrim strut their stuff by downloading the mod from the Nexus Mods website.


7. Half-Life 2 Naked Alyx Vance mod


With Alyx Vance, Valve showed how to make a strong, smart female character without putting her in a bikini and a pair of glasses. She was the cool girl-next-door who you wanted as a girlfriend, the kind of lady you could bring home to meet your mother – then the Internet came along and decided she would be better off without clothes.


If you’d like to see Alyx strutting around wearing nothing but her birthday suit, then download the mod below. I’ll have you know I only did it for research purposes, you dirty, dirty people.


See Alyx sans clothing by downloading the mod from File Planet.


8. Fallout 3 nude Hi-Rez patch


Few things get the blood pumping to the nether regions like the thought of mutated creatures, death by radiation poisoning and a bleak, post-apocalyptic society - which obviously makes Fallout 3 a damn sexy game. But if that’s not enough for you, then there’s a whole slew of mods out there that gives Bethesda’s RPG a more... porny feel.


Out of all these mods, it’s this ‘nude patch Hi-Rez’ one that’s considered the best - and by best I mean dirtiest. Basically stripping every female character in the game of their clothing, the mod can be made all the more sinister by utilizing V.A.T.S to have a long, lurky look at them. How do they manage to find so many razors in the wasteland?


Want more nudity in Fallout 3? Then download the mod from Nudemod.


9. Dead or Alive 5 nude mod


The thing about Dead or Alive 5 is that the female characters in it are flashing a fair bit of flesh as it is. But that’s just not enough for some people, especially those who want to see these ladies fighting au natural.


Luckily for those gamers who want to see more of Momiji, Ayane, Marie Rose, and Kasumi, a series of nude mods are available that will make concentrating on fighting all the more difficult.


Surely these outfits are massively impractical for hand-to-hand combat?


Find the various nude character mods at this Game Vixen Zone.


Editors Note: No longer available.


10. Catwoman nude mod for Batman: Arkham City


If you’re the kind of person who looks at Catwoman’s sexy catsuit in Batman: Arkham City and thinks: “Niiiiice. But is there any chance we can remove the chest, ass and crotch parts?” Then this very, very graphic mod will be right up your alley.


If you look closely, you can see it’s a just a simple texture change, but it certainly makes for a pretty 'detailed' effect. Install this mod and the opportunity to make countless p***y jokes and will be yours - as well as being able to see Catwoman’s bits, of course. You pervert.


You can download the nude Catwoman mod at Nudepatch.


Game mods really are an amazing thing. They allow creative people to alter a number of aspects of a game - from the graphics to the gameplay - and come up with something totally different, and often better, than the original product. This can lead to the development of entirely new titles that become more popular than the base games they spawned from, like the way Defense of the Ancients did with Warcraft III. Mods can also keep a game looking fresh for years after its release date by adding new graphical updates; Skyrim, for example, has had its visuals updated frequently by modders since its 2011 release. Modding is a truly wonderful thing.


And, of course, it’s often used to take video game characters' clothes off.


Yes, it may be seen as a bit seedy, but a lot of mods do revolve around getting people in games (usually females, let's be honest) naked. Whatever your thoughts on this matter, you have to applaud these modders' technical skills, imagination, and ability draw a massive pair of boobs.


So, whether you’re here for research purposes, to laugh at others, to download these mods, or to show utter disdain at the fact that this kind of thing goes on, here are the 10 best NSFW nude mods ever made.

10 Foods Inspired by Video Games that You Can Make at Home Mon, 26 Jan 2015 12:37:21 -0500 Jessa Rittenhouse


Tried any of these recipes, or created some of your own? Know some fantastic game-inspired drink recipes? Feel free to share in the comments!


Minecraft Pumpkin Pie - from Minecraft


Who's ready for some pixelated pumpkin? Half pumpkin pie, half cheesecake, this recipe is all delicious.


Image and recipe courtesy of Gourmet Gaming


Yeto's Superb Soup - from The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess


Why settle for a simple soup when you can make a good one? Better yet, why make a good soup when yours can be superb? This soup may take you a bit of time, but there's nothing better when it's cold outside.


Image and recipe courtesy of Gourmet Gaming


Caitlyn's Yordle Snap Trap Cupcakes - from League of Legends


Laying traps for the opposing team but don't know what to use as bait? There's nothing better than a delicious cupcake to lure them in. Served with kierpanda's other LoL-inspired hors d'ouevres, (Ahri's Charmed Onigiri and Amumu's Shrimp Lettuce Wraps), these perfect little nibbles will keep your team fueled in your next League match.


Image and recipes courtesy of Eat Game Live


Murloco Taco Supreme - from World of Warcraft


Are you sick of eating bear meat and hearing the irritating cries of Murlocs? Time to make some delicious fish tacos.


Recipe courtesy of The Geeky Chef


Goopy Carbonara - from The Sims


If you're not a complete noob in the kitchen, this recipe is easy-peasy. If you are, turn on your smoke alarm and start leveling up that cooking skill - this is worth all the anxiety (and the kitchen fires) you put your Sims through. Why shouldn't you have some, too?


Image and recipe courtesy of Gourmet Gaming


Rock Sirloin - from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Majora's Mask, and Twilight Princess


Ever get a hankering for a nice, tasty slab of rock? Well, neither have I, but The Geeky Chef has an amazing take on this Zelda fan favorite - an easy-to-make beef wellington.


Healthstones - from World of Warcraft


Feeling a little low on health and inclined to reach for a sugary power-up? Grab a few healthstones before your next raid, instead. Delicious and nutritious! (And did I mention they're really easy to make?)


Image and recipe courtesy of Eat Game Live


Sea Salt Ice Cream - from Kingdom Hearts II


This salty-sweet treat is great in the summertime (or anytime). A bit tricky to make if you've never made ice cream, but it's as nostalgic for fans of Kingdom Hearts as it is for Roxas.


Recipe courtesy of The Geeky Chef


Lava Cookies - from Pokemon


Okay. Seaweed on a cookie sounds crazy, right? Don't let that stop you. If you've jumped on the salty-sweet craze, you may just like these chocolate chunk cookies with their salty nori garnish. I hear they're a hit in Lavaridge Town.


Image and recipe courtesy of Gourmet Gaming




The Cake is a Lie - from Portal


The cake may not be a lie, but it can be a lot of work. Still, when sitting down to another play-through of Portal, what else would you want to be eating than this? This cake is great - it's so delicious and moist.


Image and recipe courtesy of Gourmet Gaming


Have you ever played a game that featured some unique or interesting food and wished that you could make it at home? Here are ten foods featured in video games that you can make yourself. Some are easy; some aren't - but any of them will make your next LAN party (or evening on the couch in front of your console) a huge success.

Players Compile a Gigantic List of Missing Features in The Sims 4 Mon, 11 Aug 2014 11:16:13 -0400 Angelina Bonilla

The Sims 4 is getting a lot of new features that fans seem to love and the anticipation for the game is high. The creators even have a list of press releases compiled together fill with buzz words assuring the customer how awesome the new game is.  However, a group of fans on the Sims 3 forum have made a list of the variety of features are missing or cut completely from the game. This post has made it all across the internet and now it's finally getting a little press attention from us here at GameSkinny.

User bflury is managing the user compiled list of all the features confirmed missing from the product. It is a massive effort from those in the community to find sources confirming all the missing elements from the game. 

Some of these features have been in the game since the first The Sims game such as pools, which are suspiciously missing in this newest iteration of this life simulator game. The major confirmed objects that were missing according to the community are:

MAJOR CONFIRMED MISSING: (All were in base versions of Sims 3


Parts of this list have already been known by the public for some time, but it is constantly updating which makes this far more troubling than just a few missing features. These are major changes that no one expected nor probably wanted to happen. There is less customization in the game without the terrain tools and how else are we going to drown our Sims we don’t like without a pool? A little dark I know, but let’s be honest, we’ve all allowed a Sim to die once or twice after they peed on the floor for the umpteenth time.

None the less, it seems that Maxis is cutting out a massive amount of features that have been in the game since day one without really justifying why they took those features out. The producer just said it was a small amount but they users have since proven them wrong. Bflurry put it best when he quoted the Sims 4 Producer Graham Nardone:

Graham Nardone (Sims 4 Producer) wrote: "But the conversation then changes into discussing what is or isn’t there and the minutiae of differences in each feature along some scale because the easiest way to try and understand something new is to compare and contrast it to what came before."

Every series from Mario to Grand Theft Auto typically will cut a feature or two from one installment to the other. That said, I don't believe we, as in most of the people you want to sell this game to, consider these a "minutiae" of differences...

With these features missing, among the others listed on the page, one has to wonder why the developers decided to do this. Unfortunately, it might be due to the fact that The Sims have always had a multitude of expansion packs and this might be a way for EA to sell back features they had the default in other entries in the franchise.  If we are lucky this won't happen, but with EA’s track record despite their attempts at redemption, it’s more than plausible.

5 Kick-Ass Women in the Game Industry Sun, 04 May 2014 20:06:13 -0400 WesleyG


Amy Hennig got her Bachelor's degree in English literature from Cal University with her eyes set on the film industry, until she took at job as an artist for Atari. While working on the game Electrocop, she decided that games are "a more interesting and pioneering medium than film" and dropped out of film school to begin her gaming career.


She became the lead designer on Michael Jordan: Chaos in the Windy City before she made a name for herself at Crystal Dynamics as the writer, producer, and director of Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver. She's best known for her work at Naughty Dog on the Uncharted franchise as game director of the original as well as head writer on Among Thieves and Drake's Deception (the last two earned her the Writer's Guild Award for Video Game Writing in 2010 and 2012).


After being reportedly "forced out" of Naughty Dog back in March, she's now working at Visceral Games as the creative director of a currently unknown Star Wars project. If Uncharted 4 takes a dip in quality while a Star Wars game suddenly becomes the new benchmark in storytelling in video games, you'll know why.


Who are some of your favorite women in the game industry? Leave a comment and let us know who deserves to be recognized.


At the age of 12 years old, Corrinne Yu took advantage of the Apple II donated to her junior high school and began programming games. She's credited as an elite programmer on the classic King's Quest series on the Apple II, as well as creating the game engines that would power such games as Borderlands, Halo 4, Quake 2, and others.


Outside of the game industry, she's also programmed for NASA in a key role on America’s Space Shuttle Program at Rockwell International California, making her one of the only people to program both real and virtual spaceships. She's currently working at Naughty Dog, coding animation and graphics for PS4 titles including a remastered edition of The Last of Us.


Kim Swift got her start in games at the Digipen Institute of Technology where she helped code a puzzle game called Narbacular Drop. Kim and her team exhibited the game at a Digipen career fair, where Valve developer Robin Walker invited her and her team to do a presentation of the game for Valve. The team accepted and after their presentation Gabe Newell gave the entire team a job offer to build a new game just like Narbacular Drop.


Kim Swift would become the lead designer on that new game which the world would come to know as Portal. Kim would continue to work on other Valve games such as Left for Dead 1 & 2 before leaving the company in November of 2009 to join Airtight Games.


She created games such as Quantum Conundrum and the Ouya exclusive Soul Fjord before being hired by Amazon last month to help bolster Amazon's new video game development studio. According to Kim's very own LinkedIn page, she's currently "working on secret things for a secret amount of time that no one can know about. Shhhhh."


Robin Hunicke studied "dynamic difficulty adjustment in games" as a graduate student at Northwestern University. During her studies she worked on a mod for Half-Life that adjusted the game's difficulty based on the player's performance before Left 4 Dead's AI Director became a thing.


After a conversation with Will Wright at a conference, she decided to make the jump into the game industry, designing expansion packs for The Sims and becoming the lead designer on MySims. She's best known for her work with thatgamecompany as the Executive Producer for Journey. She's currently the co-founder and CEO of Funomena working on a mostly-unannounced commercial game.


What drives her is her desire to create games that elicit feelings from the player. She recently spoke at Humlab in Sweden about a concept she calls "Feeling-First Games." The short version of it tasks independent developers with building games centered around the desired emotional outcome of the game instead of building games around which mechanics you want to use (is it a shooter, a racing game, etc).


Lets start this list with one of the most well known female voices in indie gaming today, Zoe Quinn.


She's the creator of Depression Quest and a frequent participant of game jams. She's also well-known for being the constant target of harassment that ranges from misspelled attacks to in-depth conspiracy theories. In an industry that would rather cover up and ignore, her willingness to share that harassment in an effort to shed light on the underbelly of the gaming community has made her a respected figure for equality in gaming.


Personally, I'd recommend everyone go play Depression Quest, which is free to play on her website. It wasn't an easy game for me as it brought up memories and feelings from my own struggles with depression back in high school and college.


She's currently working on It's Not Okay, Cupid, a game based on the dating site OK Cupid, and is the narrative designer on Framed.

The Positives of Playing Video Games Fri, 07 Feb 2014 05:08:55 -0500 Venisia Gonzalez

Many people, especially those who don't play video games, most often don't realize that there are many things to learn from playing video games besides killing a zombie, shooting the "bad" guy, driving a super-fast car or saving the Princess.

Knowing that there are positives out there in terms of benefits gained when it comes to video games, I hope I can assist parents make a more informed decision. Yes, not all games have a beneficial impact, but for the ones that do, a lot can be learned. Being able to view video games in a positive light (other than the dark stain of violence that is too often portrayed by the media every time something bad happens) needs to happen more often.

I'm a parent and I'm a gamer.

Part of being a parent is making decisions for your child, which means you'll need to be informed. When it comes to video games, knowing the content of the game is important, not just the ESRB rating. Some game ratings can be overlooked depending on its content and your child's maturity level. You know your child best.

I don't find all 'M' rated games off-limits to my 14-year-old son but that's only due to the fact that I know his maturity level. I know what he can and cannot handle and understand, the difference between fantasy, fiction, and real life. Having taught my son these differences myself, doesn't just apply to the world of video games in general either.

You need to know your child's limits.

Sitting down with your child and teaching them the differences between make-believe and reality is important. I've seen too many parents purchasing games for their young child just because that's what they asked for, not once looking into the type of game it actually is. It's our responsibility as parents to make informed decisions that are in our child's best interest. We don't have to say "no" to every game, but we also don't have to say "yes," either.

 Dr. Andrea Facoetti said: "Action video games enhance many aspects of visual attention, mainly improving the extraction of information from the environment."

What you may not have realized is that there are many things being learned from video games, such as:

  • Social Skills
  • Timing (learning time management)
  • Basic morality (in most cases)
  • Resource management
  • Teamwork (communication, collaboration)
  • Creativity
  • Improve strategy and coordination
  • Learning to use maps
  • Learning to listen and follow instructions
  • Critical thinking
  • Problem solving
  • Math, science and history usage and knowledge
  • Digital citizenship
  • Building literacy skills
  • Teaching how to improve (from every failure, a lesson is learned to achieve a goal)
  • Empowerment (building self-confidence is a powerful tool)
  • How to multi-task
  • How to dance and stay fit

In an article for BBC News Health back in February 2013, a study that was conducted by the University of Padua that stated video games helped reading in children with dyslexia. Study leader, Dr. Andrea Facoetti, said, "Action video games enhance many aspects of visual attention, mainly improving the extraction of information from the environment. Dyslexic children learned to orient and focus their attention more efficiently to extract the relevant information of a written word more rapidly."

The researchers found those who had played the video games had better attention skills than before. "The video games may be working to train the part of the brain responsible for attention and motion perception", he added.

(Use of the Aperture Science Handheld Portal Device in Portal)

Games such as Portal and Portal 2 are based on a puzzle platform. It consists of a series of puzzles that must be solved by teleporting the player's character and simple objects using the game's "Aperture Science Handheld Portal Device." This device can create interspatial portals between two flat planes. The game's unique physics allow momentum to be retained through portals, requiring creative use of portals to maneuver through test chambers. This is a game where critical thinking and problem solving is key.

(Shuttle launch built in Minecraft)

Minecraft is also a game that teaches problem solving, in that it requires the player to tackle complex puzzles in order to advance and become successful. Minecraft also teaches creativity in what is called 'creative mode,' where supplies and materials are unlimited. The creative and building aspects in this game allow the player to build constructions out of textured cubes in a 3D generated world. The only limits are your own imagination. The game teaches exploration, gathering resources, crafting and combat. Simple math and science skills are used when creating railroads. In survival mode, the player is required to obtain resources and maintain their health and hunger to survive.

(Science Papa)

In Science Papa, the player is the newest member of Science Papa's research team, looking to become the greatest scientist in the world. It won't be easy, however, as players must prove their scientific worth against a crazy cast of rival scientists in intense competitions.

Science Papa features over 30 different experiments for players, and by utilizing motion controls, players will pour and mix chemicals, pound objects into dust, monitor Bunsen burners, fix and use lab equipment, and more. Players can also invite their friends into the lab, and compete against each other in split screen science competitions to see who can finish an experiment first, and with the most precision.

In the game The Walking Dead, you'd be quite surprised on how much empathy can be learned. Add in the success of the television series, you'd also be quite surprised to learn on how many kids want to pick up the graphic novels, written by Robert Kirkman, to read more about the story.

I know as a parent myself, getting my 14-year-old son to read anything was a struggle until The Walking Dead came to light. No, it may not be Shakespeare or J.D. Salinger, but the point being he is reading. This has helped his reading interests grow into other books as well.

(Assassin's Creed 3 features a battle in Upstate New York during the American Revolution)

Who would think that some aspects of history could be learned from Assassin's Creed 3? It's true, just as kids learned about U.S. history from the game The Oregon Trail, which in fact was created by two student teachers to coincide with their curriculum.

 (The Oregon Trail map)


(A player's view in BioShock using their abilities)

During a gaming session in BioShock, the player finds themself in the underwater city of Rapture. Rapture is an unknown environment, so the player must listen to instructions over the radio and use the game's map to find the correct location to fulfill the mission. The player must find a way to avoid or fend off the city's insane citizens using stealth, weaponry and special powers obtained through genetic modification.

The player follows orders, locates the best route and experiments with combat tactics, and must find audio logs that provide background on the politics and social history of Rapture (which some contradict the story being told by the radio "ally"). With this game, you build literacy skills, which teaches you new ways to learn and think.

(Characters of Mass Effect 3)

In Mass Effect 3, or the series as a whole, the player learns about responsibility, consequences, and relationships. Throughout the series, you play as Commander Shepard, whose mission is to save the galaxy from a race of mechanical beings known as Reapers, their followers, and Collectors, an alien race abducting entire human colonies. As the Commander, you must recruit members for various jobs to take on your ship the Normandy.

The player must make decisions based on the situation at hand, learn to deal with the consequences of those decisions (as it affects the gameplay) and build up communication with the many characters throughout the game. Personal relationships are also allowed within the game, which also can have a negative impact depending on the player's actions.

(The Sims PC Game)

The Sims is a strategic life simulation game which teaches digital citizenship, financial responsibilities, and resource management. The player creates virtual people called "Sims" and places them in houses and helps direct their moods and satisfy their desires. Players can either place their Sims in pre-constructed homes or build the homes themselves. 

(Just Dance for Wii)

Just Dance is a rhythm game developed and published by Ubisoft for the Wii, and it is the first in the video game series of the same name. In Just Dance, players use only the standard Wii Remote and attempt to mimic all the moves of the on-screen silhouette dancer. Players earn points depending on what moves they perform and how well they perform them. 

The game has three gameplay modes: the normal mode, in which players pick any track and attempt to dance with the on-screen dancer; a "Last One Standing" mode, where players are eliminated if they don't score enough points or make too many mistakes; and a "Strike a Pose" mode, in which players start and stop dancing as dictated by the on-screen dancer. There is also a "Practice" mode, where players may dance to tracks without keeping score. Here, not only is the player learning to dance, but also keeping physically active. This game is also available for PS3 with motion sensor and Xbox 360 with Kinect.

Again, not all games have a benefit, but being in the gaming environment can also be worthwhile.

Now I could go on and on giving you endless examples, but I'm not here to convince anyone, rather only to inform you that there are many things to be learned while having fun playing a video game.

Simply by being part of the social community, you learn there are rules and you must learn to conduct yourself properly or there are consequences: such as being kicked from a multiplayer game, being kicked from a party chat, or even being suspended or permanently banned from the system's online service, i.e. Xbox Live.

Video games are just great for learning skills and behavior etiquette but they can also help with depression, feelings that come with being bullied, and other life struggles. In an article entitled 'How Gaming Saved My Life', you can take a look and see that the video game world has a lot more to offer than one would know.

Again, not all games are bad, not all games are good, but it's important to remember that there are things being learned while playing even if you don't know or realize it.

 Being able to view video games in a positive light other than the dark stain of violence that is too often portrayed by the media every time something bad happens, needs to happen more often.

Do Virtual Worlds Make Mundane Tasks Fun? Tue, 03 Sep 2013 14:11:10 -0400 Synzer

We all know of games like Sims and Animal Crossing. They seek to simulate real life through a video game. Plain tasks such as buying a house, talking to others, and rearranging furniture are all things we can do in the real world. The difference is, many of these things aren't as fun or are avoided as much as possible in the real world. So what is that makes moving my couch around so much more enticing in a video game than if I did the same thing in my actual house? Well, there could be several reasons.

Cooking omelettes, like a boss

One reason I may like cooking, for example, in a video game more could be that it is easier. No mess to clean up in a game, plus I can cook things far beyond my expertise. Can't make that perfect soufflé? In a video game, you probably do it in about two minutes. Always wanted to try preparing blow fish? In a video game, you don't have to worry about your health if you mess up.

The simple fact is whether you're cooking, building, mining, or whatever, you can do it in a stress-free environment and do it well in a video game.

This probably took 30 seconds to make.

Simulating life is more fun

Maybe it's the fact that it isn't us and we can experiment, but having our characters develop relationships or decorating their house is a little more captivating in a video game. Take Animal Crossing, for example. In the real world I hate to go shopping and take time to go through a selection of things I want or need to buy. In Animal Crossing, it is almost exhilarating to head to the store everyday to see what I can buy.

It's fun to change my rooms and rearrange furniture in the game. In real life, I'm fine with never changing my furniture after I get it in the house. This could also do with the ease of moving around a huge couch in game, not so easy to do in real life.

Not quite as practical in the real world.

Because we can and it's free

Probably the biggest reason would be the cost of such endeavors in the real world. I can make millions in virtual currency and buy the most expensive things or build the biggest mansions in a video game. In the real world, I do not have the time and money to do such things. I can live out a fantasy of what I wish I had in the real world and all it cost me was the price of the game.

I'm sure there are plenty of other reasons people play simulation games or find routine activities much more enjoyable in a video game. Let me know how you feel in the comments section.

Sex in Video Games: How far will it go? Tue, 20 Aug 2013 22:43:08 -0400 Courtney Gamache

We've all seen it in most video games, that 'M' for mature. But how far will the games go at displaying sexual activities? A few games that come to mind for myself include the Sims franchise, God of War, Fable Series, and a bit in Assassin's Creed: II.

So parents, I know that M is rateable for blood and gore as well as sexual content, but you might want to take a better look at what games your children are playing. God of War for example, is definitely full of blood and gore, but also has sexual themes in specific parts, which don't terribly affect the game story.

Harmless Fun

A great example of harmless sexual presence in a game would be Assassin's Creed: II. In the opening scene, you see a man coerce a woman. It doesn't show anything but I think we all know what's going on. This scene just starts out the story of Ezio Auditore, and is found as very harmless and not so out-there. A way it can be seen as harmless is due to the fact it's not optional. It's a story-mode.

Another game that has a tiny bit of sexual themes includes the Fable Series. Although you become a great hero or villain, you have the choice of selecting someone to marry and have a child with. It is just harmless, yet pretty uncomfortable, flirting. Unlike The Sims, the game doesn't evolve in such way, and it's more of an achievement-type activity, than any for game-value.

Seriously, why is this even here?

A game in which sexual themes don't really matter would be God of War. An optional part in the beginning of the game is to jump in bed with a few women, and although the game doesn't view the activity, you can hear the noises in the background. My question would be, why include this within the game? It doesn't particularly add to the story, it's more of an easter-egg type of feature that only a few would find if they were curious enough.

Where sex matters

Some games out there count on sexual themes to separate them from the herd. One to name in particular is The Sims. The game is based around living the life of a person, and sexual themes are bound to come up. They can censor it as much as they want, but it's become a key activity in the game. Meet a Sim you like, court them for a while, then do the dirty deed. Not only does that make a key factor in the game, but it also counts on the idea of family, and that requires reproducing (unless you plan on Sim-adopting).

Why does sexual content matter?

Personally, I don't have a problem with games that include this material, but I wouldn't distribute it out to my younger family members. I find that they can sometimes take a great game and smack that M rating on it for silly choices, that don't per say affect the game's story or goals.

A funny video comes to mind that I found on YouTube, Warning: Sexual Content, named La Vie Sexuelle des Jeux Vidéo (Sex in Video Games), by Suricate. It slyly mocks games that have sexual actions. 

I'd love to hear your thoughts on the matter. What games do you think share this useless nonsense, or do you think it heightens the game? Comment and share your opinion.

Top Ten Video Game Funny Videos - Part 2 Tue, 20 Aug 2013 04:38:30 -0400 Destrolyn.Bechgeddig

Ah, back for more, are we? Well, our final five parodies certainly won't disappoint. Even Grumpy Cat will be hard pushed not to crack at smile at these little beauties.

5: Wii Breakfast

British sketch troop, Idiots of Ants, tackle one of Wii's more ridiculous titles. More Wii tea, Vicar?

4: Civilisation Anonymous

Someone at 2K Games had a brain wave of a marketing idea and produced this wonderful comic short as part of an advertising campaign for the then-upcoming Civilisation V. Knowingly capitalizing on the fact that their famed franchise is probably a bit too difficult to tear yourself away from, this wryly observed ode to addiction is also stuffed with shameless plugs for the game's various formats.

3: Unskippable

LoadingReadyRun's Graham Stark and Paul Saunders have been producing this little series over on The Escapist for some time now. The premise of Unskippable is Stark and Saunders' giving an irreverent commentary on those long sequences and cut-scenes that you just can't skip. Incredibly witty and wonderfully inglorious, their dig at the opening to Irrational Games' masterpiece, Bioshock: Infinite, is a particular favorite.

2: Sex in Video Games (La Vie Sexuelle des Jeux Vidéo)

Viewer Discretion: Sexual themes (if you hadn't already guessed) and French

Ever wonder how video game characters have sex? Well, you probably shouldn't. However, the folks over at French sketch-show, Suricate, have, and made this side-splitting peep into the bedroom antics of many much-loved characters and games.

Once you get around the fact that it's all in French (easily done by turning on English subtitles, and we highly recommend you do), this one is a doozy. You'll never look at "WooHoo" in The Sims the same way again.

1: It's Super Mario

Jason Steele of FilmCow, better known for taking a trip to Candy Mountain with Charlie the Unicorn, has an arsenal of twisted humor that has propelled him to YouTube stardom. His, perhaps too honest, look at video gaming's most recognizable hero will probably irrecoverably ruin your childhood. But it's worth it for the laughs.

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