Designer Mike Perry explains how new social gestures help you win more friends and unlock more secrets in this second designer diary entry.
By Mike Perry, Game Designer
Pull My Finger or Karate Chop, You Decide!
"Pull my finger--no really, pull my finger," says Fred Dieckmann, producer. Paul Metcalf, animator, then leans over and makes a variety of not-so-polite noises. Thus begins a developer meeting on the social moves for The Sims Bustin' Out.
The Sims Bustin' Out's socials are some of the edgiest The Sims has ever seen. That's one of the benefits of building a Sims game for the console: We can push the boundaries a little. OK, we can push them a lot. What other game lets you experiment with spanking your friends or putting your mom in a headlock? Sims will either hate or love you.
How do these social moves help you in The Sims Bustin' Out? In order to succeed and climb to the top of the ladder in your career, your sim will need to build relationships with the many outrageous characters that you'll meet in all of the 16 new locations. Making friends with characters will win you unusual items such as an antique Japanese lantern, a motion detector for paranoid sims, or a top-of-the-line pool table. Sims can build friendships, have lovers, and, for the first time in The Sims on console, make enemies. Although making enemies won't get you very far, they might be fun to have a sissy fight with once in a while.
Sure, you could just talk to the new characters such as Bing Bling and Mona Lott, to unlock some new objects, but what fun would that be? As you travel to the various locations, you'll need to learn what makes these characters tick. You will be able to unlock social moves like towel snap, spank, and moon walk, to name a few. Once you have these in your repertoire, you can unleash them on other unsuspecting sims to see how they react and unlock really cool objects like the highly coveted DJ booth. Depending on the career that you choose for your sim, you'll be challenged with meeting certain characters and trying to unlock their social moves.
We've created 48 all-new social moves exclusive to The Sims Bustin' Out, such as sissy fight, karate chop, burp in face, and break dance. We're also giving you a different twist on some of the classic social moves. For example, we now have four new ways to kiss that include French kiss, romantic kiss, blowing a kiss, and smothering someone else's arm with kisses. In other words, there's a ton of new ways to romance your favorite sim--as long as you are watching your sims' needs and don't have a bladder issue. These social moves will now have different outcomes depending on the relationship you have with another sim, as well as their unique personality. Some sims will like to be French-kissed, while others like romantic kisses. And don't try to spank them too early on, because that can really ruin a budding relationship. You'll have to experiment with what types of social moves work with different sims. You'll be amazed at the good and bad reactions that you will receive.
When you start playing The Sims Bustin' Out and interacting with the characters, you'll notice that each non-player character has its own "signature" social moves. The "pull my finger" joke is Dudley's favorite, while Mimi Landgrab has a special move called "use sign language." These signature moves are a perfect example of the type of humor we are going for in The Sims Bustin' Out. The team wanted to push the envelope on social moves so we could really make the new characters unforgettable. It's also a way to travel to new locations, which is the central theme of The Sims Bustin' Out, as well as another way to add more social moves to your repertoire. But, really, most of the new socials were created because they just made us laugh.
- Release Date: Dec 19, 2003 (EU)
- Release Date: Dec 19, 2003 (EU)
- Release Date: May 10, 2004 (EU)