10 Jul

Alice and Kev is a story based on Sims characters created by Robin Burkinshaw using The Sims 3.  It’s a tale of homelessness inspired by The Sims 2’s “poverty challenge”.

What fascinates me most about Alice and Kev are the characters’ experiences of surviving the daily challenges of doing with very little.  The author did an amazing job of interpreting the lives of the game’s AIs and raising awareness about the issue of poverty.  The latter I found very noble.

According to American psychologist Abraham Maslow, there are different levels of needs that must be met in order for us, humans, to properly survive.  Unless the very basic biological needs (oxygen, water, food, shelter, and clothing) are satisfied, the higher levels of needs will not be stimulated.  With Alice and Kev, the author provided them with bare minimum, and often they rely on other Sims for food and temporary housing.  I imagine that if the game allows it to, Alice and Kev would be hunting the rubbish bins located outside the Sims’ homes.  Not unlike real life for many.

Robin’s creation isn’t far from the truth; this economy is tough and has affected many people around the globe.  In the U.S., there are countless stories circulating about individuals who used to donate to food banks and are now using the service for themselves.  For those of you who are neither homeless nor hungry, wherever you may be, please remember those who are and give what you can, may it be volunteer time, a monetary donation, clothing, and/or non-perishable foods, to local non-profit organizations that are working to mitigate the issues of homelessness and poverty.

Thank you.

Alice and Kev


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