Sims 4 fixes skintone issues and whitewashing in new update

A side-by-side image shows The Sims Goth family before and after their May update.

picture: EA / Maxis / Kotaku

A popular one Sim’s 4 The NPC family is the focus of a small fan debate after being unexpectedly redesigned and raising questions The Sims‘ complicated history of Eurocentric character design.

The NPC Goth family has haunted The Sims as long as the simulation game exists. Over the years, slowly accumulating knowledge established the Goths as old money, their mystical aura rivaled only by their public influence. Players loved the obviously multiracial family from their very first appearance, and became particularly attached to mother Bella Goth – a G-rated Morticia Addams – for her red dress and oversized bazongas The Sims 4.

The Sims 4if you want to get technical, play in an alternate universe to another sims Games, has no fidelity to established character stories or timelines, and isn’t even influenced by a million Simoleons. But the May 25th update reshaping the Goth family still came as a surprise, especially since no other NPC family has seen updates and Bella’s cup isn’t quite as overflowing. Some players are unhappy with the changes that also changed the Goth family’s faces and changed their outfits significantly, but I don’t know. I personally like the revision.

Like, it’s fine. Bella has lost her impressive bosom, a decision by the developers that some players have chastised as “de-yassification,” but I’ll be fine. The whole family is now more tanned and has been adorned with luscious locks of dark hair, which is nice. They look like my cousins. My cousins ​​are quite fine folks, but none of them have fantastically sleek mustaches like Father Mortimer Goth, so that’s another great thing the enhanced Goth family has for them. It can’t be easy maintaining a mustache as fine and thin as a willow sapling growing on your face.

Any alleged de-Yassification will cause a stir sims Community, and some players call the change “ugly” while others respond that they think the redesign is “ugly”. rejects non-white features. This latter opinion comes from an old frustration The Sims 4that people think was deliberately made racially ambiguouss or dark-skinned NPCs look whiter. This idea is objectively true when comparing skin tones from before sims characters with their newer versionsand in 2020, The Sims Franchise Creative Vice President Lyndsay Pearson recognized the community’s frustration in a Twitter video.

“We recognize that there is no single solution to representation,” she said, “and we dedicate people to the ongoing commitment to keep improving over the long term.”

The new dark-skinned goths appear to be one of those improvements, although if we’re all honest with ourselves their traits are generally the same. Bella’s jaw isn’t as snappy and of course there’s the problem with the bazongas, but other than that they all still have tiny button noses, straight hair and light-colored eyes, making their redesign not as much a representation win as some players position it.

That The May 25 update is also included two new story quests or scenarios, a song by hyperpop star Alice Longyu Gao – at least by no one else The Sims has proven it cares about gay teens on Instagram (me four years ago) – and some new furniture, like a mood lamp perfect for gay teens on Instagram.

But the new look of the Goths suggests so The Sims I’m still not sure what a positive, accurate representation looks like, and I feel like the community is being satisfied too quickly. In the meantime maybe we can meet in the middle and make everyone biracial and bisexual. Sims 4 fixes skintone issues and whitewashing in new update

Curtis Crabtree

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