This viewer-controlled stream of IRL Sims on Twitch is an absolute roller coaster ride and I can’t help but look at it. Streamer Jerma985 has had the flow in the pipe for a while, calling it his "bigger project"Earlier this month. It's easy to see why, because it's all a fantastic but fantastic experience that managed to make me forget I was watching this on Twitch, completely free of charge. Journo Nathan Grayson alerted people about the flow on Twitter, and I am grateful.
It all takes place on a set that makes you feel like an old sitcom or an MTV social experiment since the early 2000s. Absolutely everything Jerma does is controlled by viewers thanks to an extension called Dollhouse, which the streamer had tailor-made for this. They start by choosing their dress, a nice combination of a duck print shirt and shorts, cheeky sunglasses and a beer hat in the true ridiculous fashion of the Sims.
Then, it’s time to chat to take care of Jerma about how they would be a Sims character. Levels of bladder, appetite, energy, fun, and hygiene are slowly plummeting, and the chat regularly makes decisions about what to do. When Jerma decides to take off her beer hat very soon, the chat continues to completely ignore her need to shower, typing "no hat without hygiene" until she puts it back on.
A little later, spectators buy Jerma a sleeping mattress. He has been going through the floor of his bathroom and kitchen so far, with no bedroom or bed to sleep on. They ask for the mattress to be delivered to the upper part of the sleeping body, which honestly would be pretty terrifying in real life.
At this point, Jerma's fun has really fallen apart, so of course the chat sends some clowns to entertain him, who then steal all his beer and cause him a lot of trouble. One of the clowns eats peanut butter from the jar with his fingers, which then chat forcing Jerma to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.
Things are going surprisingly fast: it takes less than an hour to become an absolute set of old food and garbage. While Jerma sleeps every night, she is commissioned to do something new at home. It ends with a toilet stool, a toilet phone, a kitchen mattress, a popcorn bin and yet another bed right in front of your house. The outside bed also locks the front door, so you have to go out the window just to get there.
It’s surprisingly entertaining, and I have to hand it to Jerma: her performance is charming and enjoyable, and her simple Sims mock bites against all the inanimate objects she had at first made me explode. He held it for almost three hours, and I don’t think he would have gotten even ten minutes.
Yesterday's broadcast was just the tutorial: Jerma said she wanted to find out how far the format could work and fix some issues before the full broadcast on August 20th. I can’t wait to see how much chaos the chat will cause next time.