“The Sims see you controlling a little society, but that doesn’t mean you’re making it better. It reminds me of Bruce Almighty, where the role of God is handed over but that doesn’t necessarily mean that’s strictly a good thing. It’s rather therapeutic just killing Sims, and being quite an irresponsible God,” 26-year-old Dubliner RTGame (real name Daniel), who has 2.6 million subscribers on YouTube says. “I feel like a kid with a magnifying glass on the small ants. It sounds quite twisted but it’s quite fun to do things like that in games like The Sims to see what happens. But yes, I do have a lot of Sims blood on my hands.” He’s far from alone. While many in the Sims streaming community focus their content on cutesy legacy-style playthroughs or intricate design challenges, there’s an increasing interest in more boundary-pushing content. RTGame credits the popularity of his bizarre Sims series for helping him jump into streaming as a full-time career, while other YouTubers such as CallMeKevin and Plumbella count speed runs where they kill entire neighbourhoods among some of their most viewed content.
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