If you’re a huge dork like me then you may or may not have spent countless hours playing The Sims 4 at some point in your life. Now I know, watching a virtual ant farm filled with people you’ve created may sound like a snoozefest to some, but for those of us in the know, there is something oddly pleasing about creating a married couple then creating a town tramp to come through and break up their marriage just for the hell of it. Well, maybe that’s just me. In any case, if you love The Sims then you’re going to love the upcoming Sims based reality competition The Sims: Spark’d which will be debuting soon.
I know what you’re thinking; “Why the hell would anyone sign up for this mess?” Well I have the answer: One hundred thousand dollars! (or Simoleans if you really want to prove your in game nerd knowledge). The Verge reports that The Sims Spark’d will make its TBS debut on July 17th with a four-episode run that will pit teams of Sims creators against each other in an attempt at claiming the huge cash prize. Personally I don’t think I could participate in this competition because I prefer to create alone and the majority of my Sims are hard-partying unemployed drunks who sleep until noon and benefit from my ability to bless them with the money cheat code as soon as I move them in. However, for those who want to do things the right way I guess this is the show for them. And as The Sims franchise GM Lyndsay Pearson points out, this show is an opportunity to shine the light on popular creators in the Sims community as well as potentially introduce new players to the game.
“Something that has always been so special to The Sims is the community and how much our players connect with each other to celebrate, share, collaborate, and show off the things they’ve been able to make or share their stories…What we’re doing with Spark’d is a really interesting evolution of exactly that. It’s the same DNA, the same motivation.”
The show, hosted by former American Idol hot piece Rayvon Owen, will feature 12 contestants and a host of celebrity judges including singer/songwriter Tayla Parx and YouTube personality Kelsey Impicciche. Yes, I have no idea who they are either. Pearson also admitted that there will be in-game challenges running concurrent with those taking place on the show, which could help with casting in the event the show returns for another round next year. If that’s the case I may reconsider applying for the next season. Who am I kidding, I barely get out of the bed before 2 pm my damn self.
Check out the trailer for The Sims: Spark’d below.