Katy Perry Gets Her Sim On: Singer to Star In Special Edition of ‘The Sims’
Yesterday, Electronic Arts announced that a special Kate Perry edition of ‘The Sims’ is in the works. Good idea, or sort of weird idea?
It’s true, y’all: Katy Perry is becoming a Sim. The Sims mastermind Electronic Arts announced yesterday that they’re teaming up with Katy Perry to create a Collector’s Edition of the game featuring special, very exclusive content themed around the “Teenage Dream” singer. Awesome? Or kind of weird?
While the company has said that they’re planning on developing a whole bunch of Sims game full of Perry-ness, the first one in the series will be a version of The Sims 3: Showtime. I’ve never played Showtime before, but from what I gather, it’s specifically geared towards simulating the life of a performer. From the website:
“Live the rags to riches story with your Sims while connected to your friends! Experience the rise to stardom as your Sim performs on stage from one venue to the next. And for the first time, The Sims 3: Showtime introduces social features, including Simport, an all-new feature that lets you send your Sims to a friend’s game! There, your Sim can perform at your friend’s venue in front of your friend’s Sims! You will also be able to post messages and screenshots via an all-new in-game social wall.”
Apparently you can be any variety of performer—singer, DJ, magician, and so on—and the path of the game seems not unlike the tour mode of games like Rock Band or Guitar Hero. Working with EA, Katy helped design everything from clothing and hairstyles to stage props and instruments. Said Katy in a statement, “It’s cool to see the Sims’ stage performances in The Sims 3: Showtime decked out just like my California Dreams Tour—even my cotton candy video screens are in there! I always like to think of myself as a cartoon, and now I’m a Sim!” Additionally, Steve Schnur, Worldwide Executive of Music for EA, explained the reasoning behind their choice of Katy to front this project: “No performer could better represent the humor and fun of The Sims brand.”
I’ll admit that I’ve never really quite understood the draw of The Sims; the one time I played it (which, granted, was many moons ago, but still), I was a little horrified by the amount of god-like power one could wield in relation to these tiny little beings; The Sims Player giveth and the Sims Player taketh away. That said, I do sort of adore Chuck Klosterman’s analysis of The Sims as the ultimate piece of post-modern entertainment: The goal of the game is simply to exist. Deep, man. Real deep.
So now the goal will be simply to exist—as Katy Perry. This is probably something many have fantasized about since the beginning of her rocket-like rise to stardom. And now that I think about it, Steve Schnur’s explanation makes a certain amount of sense: Sometimes I wonder whether Katy has in fact built herself in the same way you build a Sim.
Check out the first trailer for the game here. Not going to lie, it’s a little bizarre; starring the Sims, it takes the form of a music video featuring a heartbreaking story of a couple falling in love, getting married, and then getting separated by the finality of an unexpected death—before suddenly launching us into the cotton candy world of “Teenage Dream.” Anyhoo, here you go:
Tell us: What do you think about this? Will you play Katy Perry’s The Sims 3: Showtime?
Lucia Peters is BettyConfidential’s associate editor.