Submitted by Jerome
January 25, 2002
These folks have made an honest effort at inclusion and the Center was happy to assist them in any small way the could Anyone who has questions should contact Jerome at email@example.com
part of a prestigious project SimFreaks presents the first Sim in a wheelchair.
This unique Sim, created by Jerome, can be imported in the game The Sims.
The Sims, a virtual-life simulator from Maxis,
provides computer users the opportunity to raise a virtual family. Originally
intended as an architectural simulation, the game has grown over 4.5 years of
development into something more like a soap opera.
Design and decorate a
house, fill it with stuff, and then let a family loose in it. By controlling and
guiding the interactions of the family members with every aspect of their
environment and the people around them, you get to totally manage their lives.
You can choose to have your
characters move around independently, or you can take control of every aspect of
their lives--from using the toilet to eating and watching TV.
The concept of this game,
an open system, makes it possible to create, add and share customized creations
like new furniture or clothes. Mainly due to this concept, the game appeared to
be the biggest hit of 2000 and 2001, resulting in an upcoming release of a forth
Fan sites can be found all
over the Internet. SimFreaks, one
of the biggest fan sites around, is exploring and expanding technical limitation
of this game contiguously. With their new project “the Magpie Trap”, a true
Mystery plot in cooperation with CluedoFan,
finally the first working wheelchair is released.
Using a smart trick, Jerome
managed to have the dimensions of the new Wheelchair Sim matching the one of the
two animation sets, available in the game, correctly. Unfortunately this
resulted in unintended side effects.
As a consequence adults in
wheelchairs will use the child based animation sets. Jerome consulted ICDRI,
to inventory possible opinions of its community. Since the only alternative
appeared to be NOT to release the wheelchair he decided to make a statement.
Knowing the Sims community,
he is sure everybody playing this game sitting in a wheelchair will understand
the limitations of the game with this matter. In fact he hopes the majority of
disabled players will be thrilled to have finally a character like this in their
Copyright © 1998