Watch" coming to Simmerville
12, 2002 - by Claire Brybrey at SimCity Social Services
Monday a major science project opens in Simmerville neighbourhood. 8 Sims
will live in 1 house for 50 days. And you are invited to predict their
situation at the end of Day50!
Sim Science is a newly established group of dedicated scientists from all
corners of SimCity. Two of their founders are known as devoted Simmerville
residents, namely Mrs Ursull S. Swims and Mr Simbille Ballong. Mrs Swims
is best known for her medical research focusing on babies and children,
while Mr. Ballong is busy with environment and the social aspects of community
building. Together with 7 other SimCity scientists they have planned a
science project called "The Sim Watch", coming to Simmerville this Monday,
April 15th 2002.
house where this all will take place has already been built on Simbille
Ballong's lot (SimmerLane #4), while Simbille is resenting in central SimCity
during the project, along with the Sim Science team, watching the 8 test
persons' social development. Mr Ballong will return to Simmerville in about
what is "The Sim Watch" all about? 8 adult Sims, 4 women and 4 men, will
move into a house, and affected by nothing but their own free will, they
will form roles, interactions, relations and interests. The Sim Science
team will watch them through hidden cams, and the team will compare the
social results with their expectations and theories. Their goal is to discover
social patterns of Sims' nature, and to learn more about Simmish relations.
of the 8 participating Sims have ever met before. They are chosen from
a tall pile of applications from science students who volunteered for being
a test object as the first step on their science career. They have been
undergoing tests, and the final 8 individuals' personality is extreme in
one way or the other; extremely neat, extremely lazy, extremely shy or
playful, etc. Their profile and the social interactions will be analysed
and reported by the team of scientists every 5 days.
you predict Day50?
is also a gaming aspect to this all, as Sims living in any SimCity neighbourhood
can send in their guesses on what the situation will be like in 50 days.
The winner will be invited to participate in the next Sim Watch round.
Contest details will be published on Social Services' web page this weekend.
is not expected that any of the 8 will establish very warm relations, like
falling in love, says Mr Ballong. - The project is lasting for only 50
days, and each participant will have to relate non-stop to and socialize
with 7 different Sims, meaning we can't expect them to focus long enough
on the one person they might like the best. We realize there might be chaos
due to 8 different motives and although most of the rooms have two entrances,
there will be many occasions when they will be blocked from getting to
the spot they want. So the results of this project will not show us a natural
process, because it is not normal that 8 adults live together. Nevertheless
we expect to learn a lot from watching their activities closely.
residents can visit the Sim Watch house
participants will be busy, if not isolated, for the first two days, in
order to improve their cooking and mechanical skills to help them surviving
on their own. During these two days they will have no phone, neither will
they have access to any fun or games except reading books and playing basket
Day3 the remaining rooms of the house will be opened, fully equipped with
TV, swimming pool, hot tub, bar, music, games, computers and more. From
day 3 the participants will no longer have to study unless they want, everything
will be left to their free will, and neighbours will most likely be welcome
to visit the Sim Watch house.
you can visit them, and the participants also will be allowed to visit
other households of Simmerville, the scientists warn you that these people
will leave Simmerville as soon as the project has closed, meaning that
establishing very close relations with them might be totally wasted. None
of the 8 Sims will have to work, the Sims Science Foundation will support
them with money for paying bills and getting all the food they need. In
other words - their worries will be limited to their social contacts and
housekeeping. But they will of course have to pay the household's bills
themselves, or they might get into trouble...
of beds and extra stress
there be any planned factors to provocate conflicts or stress?
really, we expect the stressful situations to appear all by themselves.
Downstairs they have a double set of toilets and showers, upstairs there
is 1 wc and 1 bath tub, and from Day3 there will be a hot tub in the yard
plus a swimming pool in the gym. As long as they keep the dining table
clean all 8 can get seated for any meal, and there are is an additional
dining set on the terrace upstairs for bbq. We don't expect any of those
tables to be totally clean at any time, cause know that some of the participants
are extreme slobs.
- there are 8 beds, but that includes one double bed, meaning they will
lack one bed, unless two of these 8 persons get together well enough to
share the double bed which is not very realistic. A person sleeping on
a sofa will most likely be disturbed by the others, so this might result
in some stress. Sleeping at totally different hours will of course eliminate
this possible challenge. We don't even know if the participants will stick
to one bed all through the project, or switch every night. Sims can be
affected by their habits and routines even if the choice is a 2nd best,
meaning a Sim who sleeps on a sofa for 2 nights might choose to sleep on
that coach also the 3rd night, even if there are available beds.
Day5 a repair man will visit them, and on Day7 we will send in a gardener,
and from Day10-20 and again Day 30-40 the household will be told to hire
a maid, which we expect will be very useful to them. Out of 8, 5 persons
are totally slobs, and only 1 is extremely neat, while 2 are quite neat.
No maid has volunteered for this job yet, it will probably be a horrible
winners, no exclution
the TV show "Big Brother", none of the Sims involved with "The Sim Watch"
will be excluded from the project, unless they get hurt physically or mentally,
or if they fight or die. There will be no winners and no regular broadcasting,
but the Sim Science team will report to the Simmerville Web every 5 Sim
Sunday, you will find all 8 participants' presentations here on Simmerville
Web, together with details on how you can predict the situation on Day50.
Keep an eye on Social Services' section here on the Simmerville Web site
also in the future, all news and reports concerning "The Sim Watch" will
be linked from Social Services' main page.