The Sims 4’s Latest Update Attempts To Address Its Laundering History

A side-by-side image shows The Sims Goth family before their May update and after.

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Popular The Sims 4 The NPC family is at the center of a little fan debate after getting a makeover, raising questions about The Simscomplicated history of Eurocentric character design.

NPC Goth family haunted The Sims as long as simulation gaming has lived. Over the years, slowly accumulated lore has established the Goths as ancient silver, their mystical air matched only by their public influence. Players adored the visibly mixed-race family from their very first appearance and took a particular liking to mother Bella Goth – a G-rated Morticia Addams – for her red dress and oversized bazongas in The Sims 4.

The Sims 4if you want to get technical, takes place in an alternate universe to others sims games, has no allegiance to history or established character timelines, and will not be influenced by even a million Simoleons. But the May 25th update giving the Gothic family a makeover was always a surprise, especially because no other NPC families saw updates and, well, Bella’s cup no longer flows. absolutely. Some players are unhappy with the changes, which also changed the faces of the Goth family and changed their outfits significantly, but I don’t know. Personally, I like the makeover.

Like, that’s good. Bella lost her impressive boobage, a move by the devs that some players blame for “de-yassification,” but she’ll be fine. The whole family is now more tanned and has been adorned with lavish curls of black hair, which is nice. They look a bit like my cousins. My cousins ​​are perfectly fine people, but none of them have incredibly thin mustaches like Father Mortimer Goth, so that’s another great thing the enhanced Goth family has going for them. It must not be easy to grow a mustache as thin and wispy as a young willow tree growing on your face.

Any alleged de-yassification will cause a stir in the Sims community, however, and some players are calling the change “ugly,” while others reply that thinking the redesign is “ugly” means you reject non-white features. This latter opinion comes from an old frustration with The Sims 4, which people think intentionally made its racially ambiguous or darker-skinned NPCs look whiter. This idea is objectively true when you compare the skin tones of elders sims characters with their new releasesand in 2020, The Sims Franchise Creative VP Lyndsay Pearson acknowledged community frustration in a Twitter video.

“We realize there’s no one-size-fits-all solution to representation,” she said, “and we dedicate people to ongoing commitments to keep improving for the long haul.”

The new, darker-skinned Goths seem like one of those upgrades, though if we’re all being honest with ourselves, their characteristics are generally the same. Bella’s jaw isn’t as ripped out and, of course, there’s the bazongas issue, but other than that they all still have tiny buttoned noses, straight hair and light eyes, which doesn’t make their redesign as much a winning representation as some players position it.

The Also included is the May 25 update two new story quests or scenarios, a song by hyperpop star Alice Longyu Gao – if no one else, at least The Sims proved he cares about gay teens on Instagram (me four years ago) – and new furniture, like a mood lamp perfect for gay teens on Instagram.

But the new look of the Goths suggests The Sims I still don’t know what a positive and accurate representation looks like, and I think the community is too easily satisfied. In the meantime, maybe we can meet in the middle and make everyone biracial and bisexual.

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