The iconic computer game tasked users with keeping digital humans alive. Instead, we set fires in their houses and removed the doors. Why? By Jillian Capewell 10/25/2018 12:00 pm ET Mortimer Goth settles in to one of the 15 wicker chairs that have suddenly appeared by his lit fireplace. He feels strangely compelled to sit and remain seated, as if guided by an unseen hand, even as the room he’s in grows curiously hotter and hotter. Before he knows it, the chairs around him burst into pixelated flames. He’s on fire! He calls for help, but his wife, Bella, can’t hear him. She’s swimming in circles in their backyard pool, searching fruitlessly for a ladder that doesn’t exist. For the uninitiated fiddling around their family desktop, the original version of “The Sims” was mostly about nurturing humanlike characters through life’s minutiae. For everyone else, “The Sims” was and is a game about death, about … [Read more...] about To All The Sims I’ve Killed Before
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Erin Udell Fort Collins Coloradoan Published 7:00 AM EDT Oct 1, 2018 You're finally free. Free to dig out those plastic skeleton lawn ornaments, deck your halls with fake spider webs, and load your shopping cart up with bags of candy corn and fun-size candy bars. Once-scary, and now-cheesy, 1980s horror movies can finally glow from your living room TV again. Halloween lovers, our time is now. But October goes fast, so make the most of it this year with 31 things to do in Fort Collins and beyond. And have fun falling in love with your favorite season all over again. Oh, the horror (movies)! The Lyric's outdoor horror movie series Looking for some classic scenes and screams this October? Look no further than the Lyric's new outdoor screen, which will be showing old-school horror flicks every Friday night through the month. When: Various days/times: Oct. 5 (starting at 7:03 p.m.): "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" Oct. 12 (starting at 6:52 p.m.): … [Read more...] about 31 things to do in Northern Colorado this October
Here at Eugene Weekly we are lovers of print, there’s no denying it. Books, newspapers, magazines, food labels — whatever. That said, we’re no Luddites, either, and from conversations around the office to chats in the checkout line at Kiva downtown, we find ourselves focusing on what we are downloading. From podcasts to games to television to music, we fill our iPhones, Androids, laptops and tablets with media we can plug into and play as we hide from the heat outside. Here are a few of our favorites. Disjointed Grooves Mating Surfaces, the 2018 Kill Rock Stars debut from Portland art-rockers Lithics, builds angular and disjointed grooves that initially seem to be going all directions at once before coalescing into a kind of oblique internal logic and playfully aloof sense of humor. Vocalist Aubrey Horner murmurs artfully inscrutable word soup while guitars and drums battle for prevalence. She draws unlikely connection between everyday objects: an edible door, a … [Read more...] about What We Are Downloading
At first Lia thought it was a scam. Do you want to learn how to sing properly? Do you want to take the next step into the entertainment industry? What are you going to do today? Do what you love! A friend had spotted the ads for Born Star Training Center on Facebook and forwarded her a link. Had the note arrived a week earlier, when she was still in the hurricane tunnel of college finals, she would have trashed and forgotten it. But now Lia found herself in an unaccustomed lull. Lia Li was born in Kuala Lumpur to a Chinese mother and a Malaysian father. By the time she entered college, she spoke four languages fluently and had attended schools in five countries, yet she always tells people she grew up in Manhattan, the city where her memories began. Her Nineties childhood was happily overrun with the kudzu of American culture: *NSync and Backstreet Boys, Barbie and Pokémon. Lia’s father was a real estate developer. Her mother, originally a doctor, joined the UN and became a … [Read more...] about So You Wanna Be a K-Pop Star?
Derrick Lucas Published 10:00 p.m. UTC Jun 22, 2018 It’s the blessing and curse of the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival: Each day has enough shows to fill nine days of listening. Once cloning gets figured out, I can get to all the shows I want to see. But until then, here are some of my must-see shows for each day. FRIDAY, JUNE 22 Joey Alexander Trio TEMPLE THEATER, 7 and 9:15 p.m. The 14-year-old pianist, jazz’s fastest rising star, opens this year’s festivities at a new venue, The Temple Theater (for those who clubbed back in the ’80s and ’90s, it’s the old Heaven). Alexander will be showcasing new pieces he has composed from his new album Eclipse. Terell Stafford Quintet KILBOURN HALL at EASTMAN SCHOOL OF MUSIC, 6 and 9 p.m. For hardcore jazz fans who love their music to swing with pitch, pace and power, look no further — this is it. Duchess Trio MAX OF EASTMAN PLACE, 6:15 and 10 p.m. The 2/3 Canadian (Amy … [Read more...] about Best bets at the 2018 Rochester jazz festival: What should you see today?