Tuesday, May 29, 2007

SIMS: The Movie?

The Sims, a virtual reality PC game by popular video game creator Electronic Arts Inc., might see its way to the big screen. According to Variety, 20th Century Fox bought the movie rights for the popular game, which has been labeled the “best-selling PC game in history”. For those who aren't familiar with the game, Sims lets players build their own virtual world, acquiring things like jobs and friends, just like they would in real life.

Rod Humble, Studio Head at SIMS, summed it up best: “The Sims has done an interactive version of an old story, which is what it’s like to have infinite power and how do you deal with it.”

How Fox plans to approach a Sims movie adaptation is still yet to be announced. If the movie lives up to the game’s stellar reputation, this could mean another successful notch in the belt of Mr. Murdoch (head of media conglomerate News Corp.), who probably knows something or two about having near infinite power. In addition to several film, TV, and cable assets, News Corp. also counts popular social networking Website MySpace among its many properties.

I don’t even want to imagine what it would be like to have infinite power. I’d probably go insane. It reminds me of an episode of Malcolm in the Middle, where Malcolm becomes obsessed with a SIMS parody game called “The Virts”. He re-creates every member of his family following a “rating” system to define their characteristics (intelligence, and so forth). Naturally, he makes himself the picture of perfection. I think it ended with him depressed in a corner soemwhere because no one liked him. 'Nuff said.

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