Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Furnishing a Virtual Chatsworth

I'm going to nerd out a bit, and veer a little off-subject but I can't contain myself. The Sims 3 comes out today with promises of endless creativity. You can get all the good information from the site but I thought I might point out some things that might interest the regular readers...or at least the ones who play The Sims.

One of things I find interesting about the game is how extravagant and creative people can get. The picture above displays some of the clothing people created (for The Sims 2) outside the actual game. Although my nerdiness/love of the game is very strong I never got into creating my own people or furniture from scratch. The Sims 3 makes it even easier to customize your sims and their environment. By the looks of things, you can alter physical features to make close replications of real people; or at least closer than in past versions of the game.

For those interested in building and designing their own Versailles, while ignoring that pile of dishes in the sink; I have already discovered a nice set of rococo-esque furniture on the site. These can be custom upholstered to your liking as well, imagine the possibilities.

I know the audience here is probably a little more mature than me *blush* (yes, there's just some things I'll never grow out of, video games being number one). But this art historian does need some mindless distraction...plus I owe myself a birthday present! Maybe you do too?

15 comments:

danielledelamont said...

Squee, the Sims! Memories come flooding back...ooh you could do a Georgiana house party with all the major players! Am I the only one who thinks that would be awesome nerdy fun? :D

Heather Carroll said...

Oh phew, there are others who share my feelings. Yes, that would be awesome nerdy fun!

Belle-Etoile said...

I don't play the Sims myself (I'm pretty much just a console player) but I have some history-buff friends who loves Sims. (One of them is constructing a full-scale Alexander Palace for his Romanov sims to live in.)

Lauren said...

Tee hee! I can't wait to try it. Let us know how the game is :-D I'm a total nerd too.

Juli*A*rtemise said...

I love the sims. I'm an addict to Historical Downloads... Once I made Marie-Antoinette's family. How nerd can you get? But I thought Sims 3 wouldn't be good for us History players because you wouldn't be able to create good custom content or something like that... And I can't imagine living without 18th century sim dresses!

Mythosidhe said...

Nothing wrong with Sims, although I forced myself to swear off any and all video games years ago--I never got anything else done! Someone linked me to music videos on YouTube made with Sims for songs from the Marie Antoinette soundtrack a while back; have to see if I can locate them again...

On to the actual, off topic reason for my comment:

I was browsing Amazon for future releases the historical biography section, and was highly amused to discover Mrs. Robinson's fairly distinctive bosom on the cover of the paperback edition of Lady Worsley's Whim. I couldn't help thinking to myself, "No, no, no, they've got the wrong Tart!"

Heather Carroll said...

Ah good I knew there were others out there!


@Mythosidhe- Your powers of bookspotting never cease to amaze me! I love that cover but ugh, not for the amazing Lady Worsley! It would be perfect a Perdita book...since it is Perdita, after all. I only wish that did the same thing with Seymour's amazing portrait. Le sigh

Eliza Ward said...

Mmm, I still can't bring myself to play the Sims. Only the dorkiest of dorks played the Sims when I first heard about it in high school, back when it was new. Alas it still has that stigma attached to it for me. Probably for the best though, as I have a bit of an addictive personality! And I can completely understand its attraction!

Eliza Ward said...

PS. I didn't mean to call you, or anyone on this page, the dorkiest of dorks. What I actually meant was, when I hear someone talk about the Sims I automatically think of this kid Matt who used to get really excited in math class and talk on and on to some other kid about what his Sims were doing (ie "And I think they're going to get divorced! Because I made her cheat on him!!"). That was my introduction to the Sims!

Viola said...

I'm probably more 'mature', but I'd love to play the Sims. I just don't have time, unfortunately.

fuchsias18thcdress said...

=D Looove it! I mean - It's so much easier making clothes for your sims than for yourself, hehe... ;P
I actually made four wigs in rococo-style, I have some unfinished dresses too, hehe...
You can find the wigs here, if you're interested:
http://www.modthesims.info/download.php?t=304373

Heather Carroll said...

Ah so Fuchsia ended up being the Sims guru!

Lauren said...

Got it yesterday. It's pretty cool, but not as customizable as I had hoped. Hopefully creators will get out there and make our historical stuff for it.

Heather Carroll said...

I agree Lauren! I thought it would be more customizable; but I shouldn't complain. What I will complain about is all the glitches it comes with! I had to use a hack to play my own game. I'm not the only one having trouble either, it seems!

Patience Maddenwylde said...

Oh wow- if you liked the idea of Chatsworth in the Sims- you should really check out the Whitehall Palace and Versailles communities in Second life- the Avitars and clothes are to die for! Far superior to the Sims! (oh yeah, I'm the nerdiest -nerd ever! LOL!) They even have community events like reading circles, Live concerts, and conversational French lessons. :)