I am currently reading this one blog which is quite interesting and it is made using the new game, Sims 3. Basically, for those of you who don’t know, the Sims 3 is a game where you make a family and you make them a house and you control their life. You get to pick the traits of the Sims, you get to choose their clothing, and you also get to pick which job they are employed in. If you would like to know more about this game, I suggest you visit: www.sims3.com
The basic premise is that the author of the blog took two people, gave them not very good traits such as bad luck or inappropriateness, and plunked them into a town. He also had them throw away all of their money, so they are homeless. It’s actually a pretty compelling commentary on the basic problems homeless people face as well: things others can take for granted, like a good night’s sleep in a bed, and showering.
Kev is the insane father of Alice, the shy bookworm. When you create a person in The Sims 3, you can give them personality traits that determine their behaviour. Kev is mean-spirited, quick to anger, and inappropriate. He also dislikes children, and he’s insane. Alice, however, is a shy, clumsy bookworm and the only friend she has in her life, like it said in the beginning of the story, is her teddy bear.
Alice and Kev live on an empty abandoned park with two park benches to sleep on. With no money, they cannot buy food so the story is about them trying to survive by, for example, stealing apples from a neighbor’s garden or having a quick meal and a friend’s house. One of may favorite parts of the story is when Alice gets a part time job and her and her father finally have some money. However, Alice donates all the money she earns to charity. One passage that came after Alice donated all her money and really made me think was: “You might think that Alice has the worst life in the world, but she doesn’t believe that’s true. She will turn down the chance to improve her life in order to give others the opportunity to improve theirs. What does it mean when a character you’ve created makes you re-examine your own life through their astonishing selflessness?”
I recommend that everyone reading this blog should read the story of Alice and Kev because it really makes you think about your own life. Even though the characters are computerized, these characters really make you compare your life to those who are less fortunate. This blog connects to the problems in the Middle East, especially in the West Bank because there are a lot of homeless people there. If you would like to take a look at this blog, the address is: http://aliceandkev.wordpress.com/
*Edublogs is very confusing now and I know know how to post pictures now so the post looks really boring. When I find out how to add pictures and stuff, I’ll add them.