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Monday, February 16, 2004

The Sims Go Meta

You've no doubt heard about this already, but it bears mentioning as one of the most inspired game mods in recent years. Designer Steve Alvey's Slice City plug-in for The Sims allows gamers to play SimCity within the game. Writer Clive Thompson comments on the wackiness:
Worlds within worlds within worlds. I love how Slice City riffs off the old science-fiction conceit, in which a scientist peers into a microscope and discovers a tiny civilization at atomic size. Then the camera zooms waaaaaay out and -- whoa! -- you see that the scientist is himself part of an atomic-scale civilization being peered at by another, huger scientist, who is himself being peered at in turn by another ... and so on, and so on.

Recursion is one of the neatest and freakiest intellectual concepts there is.

Wired News story here.
:: posted by Donald Melanson, 4:55 PM

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