The Firefly Experiments
Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Don't worry, River's safe! No, what I mean is, I'm considering descending into currently unplumbed depths of obsessed fan-ishness.

I'm considering buying the Sims 3, even though I'm not sure I have room on my home computer...

Solely to recreate the characters of Firefly.


But, see, what I've always been interested in with the Sims series, is testing how well the games simulate personality interactions. Specifically by creating fictional couples as best as I can, and seeing if they ever end up together autonomously.

'Course, not sure how I'm going to find time to buy the game, make the characters, and let the simulations run, when I barely have time for writing Eidolon. But I am seriously tempted to try.

Anyone else done anything like this?


Wednesday, July 22, 2009 5:30 PM


Previous link taken down and updated.

I'm just going to link to everything I have up. :)

Monday, July 20, 2009 8:50 AM


Oh, and also, I'll probably start putting up screenshots soon. Already got a bunch, like one of Jayne playing football.

Monday, July 20, 2009 8:47 AM


Wednesday, July 15, 2009 4:18 PM


There is actually a Kleptomaniac personality trait... Perfect for a Saffron. :)

Don't let me stop anyone! In fact, I'd love to hear about other people's experiments if anyone decides to run with my idea!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009 2:04 PM


I was in high school when I last had the Sims, I vaguely remember trying to recreate Bikini Bottom (Spongebob Squarepants) in Sims human form...

But if I had the time and money I would steal your idea (politely) and try it myself. Sounds awesome, down to the possible dysfunctionality you have described. A super neurotic River Sim would freak out the Simon Sim, who would be pissed at the Jayne Sim, who would possibly be arrested by the Sim Police for breaking into Atherton Sim's house (who Inara Sim is flirting with) who Mal Sim wants to scream at. And at some point Saffron Sim walks in and beats the bejezus out of the others and robs them blind?

This is already entraining on so many levels.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009 9:32 AM


We are not alone. :)

The thing that makes this idea particularly tempting, as in your example, is the potential for drama. In addition to testing compatability, we have the fun of Jayne's a slob, Simon's neat, Mal starts yelling if anything goes wrong, Kaylee is perky but emotional, River scares people/gets scared/needs comforting, Inara flirts with strange men, and Zoe, Wash, and Book are the stability amid all the chaos. That's family dysfunction I think I could watch for a good long while.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009 8:39 AM


TOTALLY. When I was a kid (eh, who am I kidding, I must have been in high school at least) I had one of the very early Sims games. I can't remember too too well, but I there was a hack, or some kind of external program, for making skins for your Sims. I made Mulder and Scully. They lived in a house. They starved each other and refused to clean their dishes. Scully always flirted with the neighbor. Sometimes they collapsed from lack of sleep. But it was always amusing to hear them talk in that hilarious Sims language, gesticulating wildly. Oh, good times. Eh, at my computer. I am such a nerd.


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