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EA Considering Sims TV Show

Zonk posted more than 9 years ago | from the who-wants-to-see-this-sim-wet-himself? dept.

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Reuters is carrying the news that Electronic Arts is considering creating a television show based on 'The Sims'. The show would allow viewers to vote on what the avatars in the show would do. From the article: "One idea could be that you're controlling a family, telling them when to go to the kitchen and when to go to the bedroom, and with this mechanism you have gamers all over the world 'playing the show."

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Already cast (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11379315)

Michael Sims as the annoying, super liberal neighbor who always butts in because he's believes he's always right.

From EA? (5, Funny)

codesurfer (786910) | more than 9 years ago | (#11379318)

Viewers could tell the Sims when to work 80 hr weeks with no overtime pay!

Re:From EA? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11379370)

Everyone knows that in The Sims, if you miss more than a day of work, you get fired, and there are no weekends.

This sounds good (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11379321)

I can't think of anything I enjoy more than watching other people play computer games.

Frist pots?

Die Already (5, Funny)

CypherXero (798440) | more than 9 years ago | (#11379325)

Why can't Reality TV just die already? Plus, it's not reality, waking up at 3am to get first post on Slashdot is what the TRUTH is.

Re:Die Already (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11379357)

Coming soon to Fox, it's "FIRST POST," the reality TV show where two teams of trolls try to get the most first posts!

Re:Die Already (3, Insightful)

earlytime (15364) | more than 9 years ago | (#11379382)

I wouldn't call this reality tv as much as i would call it a round peg shoehorned in to a square box. This is not at all suited to tv, the internet is a much better stage for this kind of "performance". Who wants to watch a sim make coffee, then a commercial, then watch a sim sleep, then a commercial? If you want to see a large scale version of "the sims" play a mmorpg version of the sims". TV execs just don't get it.

Re:Die Already (2, Insightful)

jtnix (173853) | more than 9 years ago | (#11379531)

Or better yet, how about we ban all EA news posts? I am sick of seeing daily, hourly and soon to be news ticker updates on this disheartening, soul-sucking company. What, do you all have stock in this poor excuse for a 'software development' conglomerate?

Re:Die Already (3, Funny)

Taladar (717494) | more than 9 years ago | (#11379731)

Perhaps we could stop them if every /. user bought one share of EA and then we all decide together to shut them down.

Re:Die Already (4, Funny)

BaseLineNL (822690) | more than 9 years ago | (#11379535)

Don't you see the beauty? With this show you have the power to do it! Just vote for a pool party. Then, when the entire cast is in the pool, vote to remove the ladder.

*Insert drowning scene*
The End.

Re:Die Already (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11379690)

Why can't Reality TV just die already?

I agree! Many Slashdotters are too young to remember a time before reality television, and are being deprived of good wholesome entertainment. Where is this generations' Webster and Small Wonder?? No A-Team or Macguyver to quell our fears in these troubled times! No Alf to crack a quick joke to get us through the day and no Mr Drummin to look up to...

Where have you gone Mr. Belvedere, Our nation turns its lonely eyes to you.

EA can burn in hell whit M$ (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11379327)

EA ... we own everything!

Sims in the bedroom (4, Funny)

Faust7 (314817) | more than 9 years ago | (#11379330)

"One idea could be that you're controlling a family, telling them when to go to the kitchen and when to go to the bedroom,

If they leave the bedroom option in there, I think I can see the future of this show already.

Re:Sims in the bedroom (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11379396)

Sims in the bedroom = Michael giving a rimjob to CmdrTaco

The Sims (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11379331)

Someone should write a mod that makes my sim software engineer stay at work for 16 hrs/day.

Another follow-weird-family show ... (3, Interesting)

Tribbin (565963) | more than 9 years ago | (#11379333)

... but then fake.

Who will watch that once the new of it is over?

Egads (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11379334)

Yet another one for the CrapTV channel...

correction: (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11379339)

from-the-"dear-god-no"-dept.

Seriously? (1)

kaje103 (828985) | more than 9 years ago | (#11379342)

Why does it not surprise me that EA's television ideas suck as much as their games?

Re:Seriously? (1)

AndyChrist (161262) | more than 9 years ago | (#11379445)

Remember all those giant EA genesis carts? Remember how all the games sucked? They lacked any style, visually...unless chunky and ugly is a style. The choppily animated EA logo was a sure sign of a forgettable experience ahead. At best.

Re:Seriously? (1)

Dachannien (617929) | more than 9 years ago | (#11379558)

Hey, I liked King's Bounty. [rpgclassics.com]

Especially amusing was when the cartridge would heat up and start hosing the quantities of critters defending the keeps. Just a bit frightening heading into a castle and seeing that it's now defended by approximately "1KK" peasants.

Amsterdam (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11379343)

...sign me up for the Sims::Chillin' in Amsterdam episode okay?

One out there already? (3, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11379344)

Don't they already have one [strangerhood.com]?

Become a dominating parent: (1)

gonzo-wireless (847083) | more than 9 years ago | (#11379345)

you're controlling a family, telling them when to go to the kitchen and when to go to the bedroom

I know people who have been playing this games for years, they didn't have a tele either.

Won't get past the FCC (4, Funny)

hode (771261) | more than 9 years ago | (#11379347)

It won't get past the FCC, especially if they let them buy the vibrating bed...

In other news... (4, Funny)

Faust7 (314817) | more than 9 years ago | (#11379351)

EA has signed an exclusive contract with humans stating that only EA is able to makes games involving such.

Re:In other news... (1)

PoprocksCk (756380) | more than 9 years ago | (#11379456)

Uh oh.. why is it that I have a bad feeling that this could become the next Slashdot trolling phenomenon?

Play it like I do... (5, Funny)

DrKyle (818035) | more than 9 years ago | (#11379352)

If people get to "vote" on what the sims do, they might end up playing like me and just force feed them coffee and never let them sleep or go to the bathroom.

Re:Play it like I do... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11379648)

Sims: the programmer edition.

hm.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11379354)

Sounds about a shittastic as the rest of the material on G4...

Firefox Killed Linux (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11379355)

Guys, now that I have Firefox, I really have no reason to switch away from Windows. Just FYI.

Re:Firefox Killed Linux (0, Offtopic)

Tribbin (565963) | more than 9 years ago | (#11379418)

You'd be so offtopic if I'd have the moderation points!

But you got a point there.

ala The Strangerhood? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11379356)

From the fine folks at Red vs Blue comes this fine piece of Sims based video:

http://www.strangerhood.com/

this is a horrible idea (5, Interesting)

bechthros (714240) | more than 9 years ago | (#11379361)

and i say that as an ardent Sims fan (hell, I bought a new video card just so I could PLAY sims 2). The demands of today's TV entertainment are such that any TV show that's true to the game will BOMB MASSIVELY. TV is about 6-minute chucks of instant gratification and resolving every problem within a half hour. The Sims is about neither of these. If this gets off the ground it will become just another Hanna-Barbara-ish cookie cutter cartoon show, where the only similarity it has to the Sims is in the name (I Robot anyone?) and the characters go through the same tired, demographically neutered plot contrivances as on every other show.

Re:this is a horrible idea (1)

piper-noiter (772438) | more than 9 years ago | (#11379528)

Let me state that (I agree) This Is a HORRIBLE Idea.

Re:this is a horrible idea (1)

albn (835144) | more than 9 years ago | (#11379563)

I want to ask, will they have the "Sim Speak" (or whatever it is they call it)

"Na paaalaa oolooo leekeelaaaa!"

If so, will it have subtitles? Seriously, the game was bad. A cartoon/TV show will be even worse.

Re:this is a horrible idea (0)

christopherfinke (608750) | more than 9 years ago | (#11379610)

I agree. This sounds like one of the most boring TV shows ever. And I say this having seen both "Crossing Over with John Edward" and that View-ish show that's on at like 1 am with the four uninteresting lady hosts.

Apologies to Penny Arcade (5, Funny)

sinclair44 (728189) | more than 9 years ago | (#11379366)

Wow! With this new TV show, I can turn on the TV and watch the Sims watch TV!

(Apologies to Penny Arcade [penny-arcade.com])

Re:Apologies to Penny Arcade (3, Funny)

Esion Modnar (632431) | more than 9 years ago | (#11379560)

I got it! We need a reality TV show where we watch a family watching people on TV playing the Sims, and they're watching the Sims watch TV, on which there's a reality TV show featuring a family watching people on TV playing the Sims, and they're watching...

Oh, and don't forget to frame the whole picture in a Gameboy DS top and bottom display for over 15 hours continuously.

Next on G4...

How will this be entertaining ? (3, Insightful)

Lupulack (3988) | more than 9 years ago | (#11379377)

Wouldn't this be like:

a) playing a game with terrible latency and / or controls

b) watching someone with multiple personality disorder play the game

In either case I really don't think it'll fly. The Sims was popular ( well , I didn't like it ) because of the fact that you control it. If you don't have control , or are only one vote of thousands ... well I just don't understand why anyone would spend their time on it.

Most likely ( and constant ) plot. (5, Insightful)

goofyheadedpunk (807517) | more than 9 years ago | (#11379383)

The Sims have sex.
The Sims have sex.
Out pops a baby.
The Sims, ignoring their baby, have sex.

Seriously, is a show controlled by the masses through voting a really good idea? In this instance I am suddenly reminded why the Founding Fathers(tm) of America didn't want the majority of people to vote.

Re:Most likely ( and constant ) plot. (2, Insightful)

jjeffries (17675) | more than 9 years ago | (#11379595)

Seriously, is a show controlled by the masses through voting a really good idea? In this instance I am suddenly reminded why the Founding Fathers(tm) of America didn't want the majority of people to vote.

Has it really been that long since the last time you were reminded of this?

Re:Most likely ( and constant ) plot. (3, Insightful)

__int64 (811345) | more than 9 years ago | (#11379637)

Well obviously the network will have an electoral collage system of writers set in place, to keep the stupid masses from truly having what they want. The writers will really run the whole show; from time to time they may base their decisions off the popular vote, just enough to keep the facade of democracy up..."The viewers really don't know what they want, or what's good for them. Their votes would never constitute a good show, so lets do it our way. Truly it's what's best for them." -> It will be totalitarian ruled by second season, guaranteed.

Silly gimmick (2, Insightful)

The I Shing (700142) | more than 9 years ago | (#11379403)

There are formats, there are formulas, and then there are gimmicks. This TV show idea is a gimmick, and gimmicks rarely last more than a few installments before the public sighs a big "ho hum" and the idea goes, as Douglas Adams might put it, "to the big golden spike in the sky, baby."

Re:Silly gimmick (3, Insightful)

TooMuchEspressoGuy (763203) | more than 9 years ago | (#11379429)

Some gimmicks *do* catch on, though.

Reality TV: Gimmick and (unfortunately) popular.

MTV: Gimmick and caught on almost immediately.

Bad anime made to sell action figures (think Draginball Z): Gimmick with millions of American viewers.

So don't discount it just because it sounds gimmicky. It may surprise you how many idiots addicted to bad TV there are out there who will actually watch this type of thing.

What people really need (3, Funny)

pentagono (850381) | more than 9 years ago | (#11379411)

I think what people really need is interactive Discovery Channel
Now THAT would be news...

Re:What people really need (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11379454)

I can see it now: interactive sharks with friggin lasers on their heads

Crickey! (4, Funny)

Scrameustache (459504) | more than 9 years ago | (#11379678)

I think what people really need is interactive Discovery Channel

Interactive Steve Irwin! I like it!
We could tell him which dangerous animals to poke (and then declare "grumpy"), and which poisonous snakes to put on his head!

I'd even watch THAT on pay-per-view!

Darwin TV. (1)

Deathlizard (115856) | more than 9 years ago | (#11379417)

If there making a Sims TV show, it's not going to last too long. The Entire cast will be dead by the first episode either by Fire or drowning or some other Darwin Award like way.

I've always said that everybody who plays The Sims has an uncanny facination with death. Dont believe me? Ask anyone who plays The Sims their most favorite moment. I can almost guarantee it has death involved in one form or another.

Re:Darwin TV. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11379616)

Quite true - when I was working at Maxis, one of the Sims 2 designers told me that they like naming their Sims 'Stalin' and 'Hitler' and torturing them. I though that was a little bent. Of course, it's a truth that the more pliable a player-controlled medium is, the more it reflects the personalities of those playing it.

BOOOOORING (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11379423)

Sims the game: Boring
Sims the TV show: Effing boring

EA can lick my taint.

oh no. (1)

thhamm (764787) | more than 9 years ago | (#11379436)


well, if its succesful, it will be the definite proof that shit can indeed be turned into gold.

Or the reverse... (1)

lxt (724570) | more than 9 years ago | (#11379455)

Or proof that EA can turn gold (the sims, which is actually quite a good game) can be turned into shit. Although juding by the number of "chavs" I see walking down the streets ever day, Argos appear to have already achieved turning gold into shit :)

Re:Or the reverse... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11379483)

Or proof that EA can turn shit (The Sims) into shit (Reality TV). I prefer games where I use my brain, thank you very much.

Toilet breaks? (2, Funny)

Walkiry (698192) | more than 9 years ago | (#11379438)

Will the audience be able to decide if the Sim takes a toilet break or soils himself? If the option is there we all know what will be chosen...

Would they really? (1)

Tellarin (444097) | more than 9 years ago | (#11379441)

This could be really quite interesting.

Especially if they really let the players vote on what the Sims would do. But I guess they wouldn't really let, as people would cause all sorts of "wierd plagues" to hit the characters.

Strangerhood (4, Interesting)

someguy456 (607900) | more than 9 years ago | (#11379466)

I'm surprised nobody (at my threshold?) has mentioned Rooster Teeth Productions' The Strangerhood [strangerhood.com], an online series done using The Sims 2.

Personally, however, I prefer their Red vs. Blue [redvsblue.com], a series done using Halo, and more recently Halo 2.

Re:Strangerhood (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11379671)

they have., look up, look way way up.

And it'll probably air on G4TechTV (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11379469)

Oops, I mean G4.

Assuming it doesn't just air online, that would probably be the only channel stupid enough to air something like that. Seems to fit right in with the other early-teenage programming with poser hosts.

NOoooooo! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11379473)

Everything about the concept is right on, except...
Real people, not avatars, under 'our' control.

Reality.. (1)

BosstonesOwn (794949) | more than 9 years ago | (#11379489)

I just don't understand this whole thing about the sims. Who the hell plays it. If you want to play a game about living go the hell outside , get out of your momma's basement and get some freakin excercise, have sex with a real woman in real life, not on a damn video game. Wonder if they could do this with real people, now that I would watch , just for the cool factor of watching a hot woman defecate on herself because some people voted on it.

Lame (1)

n9uxu8 (729360) | more than 9 years ago | (#11379492)

I can not possibly over-emphasize the lameness of this idea. Of course, reality tv in general must die (though I will admit a fondness for The Mole when hosted by Anderson Cooper...Celebrity Mole can be tossed in the same flaming pile as everything else).

Interactive TV is an intriguing concept, but even if they could make it work in a reasonable manner, it would be difficult to make the world's fastest plunge to the lowest common denominator interesting.

Dave

Ray Bradbury predicted this... (2, Interesting)

azalynn (742091) | more than 9 years ago | (#11379504)

This is EXACTLY what Montag's ditzy wife Mildred in Farenheit 451 was addicted to, for those of you that have read that particular book. The full-screen televisions mounted on the parlor walls beamed in images of people referred to as "relatives", and the viewers could vote on what these virtual people would do in each episode.

Here's the problem... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11379521)

How can they run this show without getting into trouble from the censors?

It seems pretty obvious to me that people will be voting for the protagonist to screw the pooch rather than bake a cake or read a book.

Hey, wait! (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11379522)

Did I miss it? I don't think it necessarily said that the show would have computer Sims in it. It could be real actors...

But didn't some cable channel (FX?) already have a show where the main character controlled by the viewers?

Reality TV needs an overhaul (0, Flamebait)

t_allardyce (48447) | more than 9 years ago | (#11379533)

All of these reality shows talk big. but the trouble is none of them actually do anything even slightly controversial. If its against the law then send the show to a country where you can get away with it! people want to see killing, fighting, animal sex etc.. Go stick helmet cams on soldiers in Iraq. Hide cameras in Baghdad. There was a potentially cool show in the UK where thieves were set up - e.g. a truck door was left open and someone would eventually get in to nick the stuff in it, then the door was locked on them and they were driven around town with the cover off in a sort of cage. Take things like this to the next level, take reality TV to 3rd world countries where you can get away with more and lets get some damn good depraved entertainment for a change instead of all this pussy "ooh im really a man" - "hey actually im not a millionaire" - "lets have sex on tv oh we're so bad" bullshit. And as for anything involving making over people, houses, gardens or pets - they need to be all axed today.

Penny Arcade Covered This One (4, Funny)

Nova Express (100383) | more than 9 years ago | (#11379548)

And how. [penny-arcade.com]

"What are you doing?"

"I'm watching him watch his Sims watch TV."

Now it's going to be:

"I'm watching him watch TV to watch the Sims so he can vote for what the Sims watch on TV."

Starve the sims? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11379550)

Will I be charged with murder if I starve my sim to death?

..wow.... (5, Funny)

Berserker76 (555385) | more than 9 years ago | (#11379569)

...I joked long before Sims came out that one day they would make a game on the PC that required people to do laundry or dishes, tasks that no one likes doing in real life and people would love it. Then it became a reality.

Most reality television shows have been awful, this one appears to be the next step in the de-evolution of the human species. This show just perpetuates my theory: Most humans do not want to think, they just want to be told what to do. This removes their need for personal responsibility and accountability.

Fellow slashdotters excluded, of course....

I don't think this is strictly EA (1)

shoptroll (544006) | more than 9 years ago | (#11379602)

I think Will Wright had batted an idea similar to this after The Sims came out, and before EA's name became nearly synonomous with Microsoft.

Of course, I always liked his other TV show idea which was to record people's interacttions with robots... such as a tennis ball pitching one (going about 60 mph on the delivery). That would make better tv IMHO.

Kill me now! (1)

payndz (589033) | more than 9 years ago | (#11379605)

Playing The Sims is already boring as hell. Watching The Sims being run by the kind of people who vote for things on reality TV...

we now have hit rock bottom... (1)

jacklebot (620766) | more than 9 years ago | (#11379630)

Well, I thought the batchelor/fear factor/apprentice/survivor was a bad idea, but this takes the cake. People will now watch ANYTHING on TV. I think Gerry Springer is more wholesome than a Sims show. :-(

I heard (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11379631)

I heard they are providing the engine for the M. Jackson reality show...

Destined for G4 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11379634)

This is one of the dumbest ideas ever for a video game related show. Therefore, I expect G4 to almost pee themselves with glee over the idea and begin production immediately.

I'd love to see this (1)

mochugger (850128) | more than 9 years ago | (#11379638)

Anyone familiar with the exploits of LUE members on the gamefaqs forums knows that a well organized group of gamers can be very dangerous/hilarious. The Aimbot "smarterchild" was influeced to say weird stuff by LUEers, and I can see the same thing happening here: The Sims TV Show is a big hit until the FCC fines the network it's featured after some unnamed viewers vote en masse to make the characters say "George Bush is a W4NG" eight hundred times on primetime TV.

Re:I'd love to see this (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11379725)

As if it was only "LUE", whatever that is. Everyone who talked to the smarterchild got the idea of making it say stupid stuff, and many people acted upon it.

Basic question: Why do we need a TV for? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11379639)

I haven't watched TV in ages. I don't own one. Not because I've read what Carl Marx and Spinoza were saying about it and blah blah blah... but because I can't control it like I can control my desktop and it drives me MAD! (ok, I'm a sad 10+ years of Unix geek) Plus you don't get to chose when what plays.

So why on Earth would I want to see a computer game played on TV?

What about simlish? (1)

Szentigrade (790685) | more than 9 years ago | (#11379641)

Will they be speaking simlish in the show or will we finally be able to understand them?

Re:What about simlish? (1)

EEBaum (520514) | more than 9 years ago | (#11379758)

Disgarl es Fraydashay!
Hooten Burwateh.

Translation: "Of course" and "Not a chance", respectively.

I can imagine the amount of sex there... (1)

TrueKonrads (580974) | more than 9 years ago | (#11379685)

Just imagine all the teens watching the show after 22:00... It will be a lesbian family having sex in the pool 24/7. I wonder how it differs from adulttv :)

Fahrenheit 451 becomes closer to reality... (1)

crazedlunatic (797278) | more than 9 years ago | (#11379744)

Think about it. Remember the "walls"?. People sat around watching virtual families in the walls instead of thinking or reading books.

We already have a great deal of oppression towards some aspects of free thinking, what, with the Patriot Act and the hostile attitudes some Americans have developed over the past 4 years. Burning books can't be that far off at this rate. Thinking just has to be labelled as terrorism essentially. That could be the road we're headed down.

Now, we're going to help this process along by giving people yet another way to waste their time instead of paying attention to the real world and real events going on around them. Even worse, Ray Bradbury almost prophesized this in a way. All we need now is "Surround-Vision" to go with our surround sound. Put 4 LCD projectors or flat panels on each wall, and watch EA's show 24/7 and you've got the same thing as Fahrenheit 451 predicted years ago.

Celebrity Big brother? Big brother? big 'someone' (1)

SpamMonkey (850104) | more than 9 years ago | (#11379751)

Isn't this yet another example of broadcasters and writers failing to come up with something new, showing yet again that the next big film is going to be yet another re-hash of an old film with better graphics. *groan* Even worse is this another game trying to do the Resident Evil jump and come across (not that I've got anything against Resident Evil) to invade our TV's. Admittedly the first film was very good but the second stank.. Enough of that though, I doubt this "film" will get near our TV screens but I'm still horrified to see they thought of it.
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