Shoulder

While all this had been happening for Alice, Kev was performing his usual routine in the park at the centre of town.

But this time rejection seems to affect him differently.

Kev doesn’t normally get sad. His usual reaction to the world not going his way is to get angrier and angrier.

But before long, he’s crying on the shoulder of this kind-hearted old woman.

This is the first time I have ever seen him cry.

Next: Perseverance

119 Responses to “Shoulder”


  1. 1 Jessabelle June 18, 2009 at 10:44 am

    I think maybe he’s learning that this is what he has to do to get women. Show a weakness…that’ll hook them in!

  2. 5 Robodude June 18, 2009 at 10:46 am

    hmmm maybe kev needs a friend lol

  3. 6 qko June 18, 2009 at 10:46 am

    This has become my new favorite show…

  4. 10 Myranda June 18, 2009 at 10:53 am

    lol.. yea he needs sum luvn attn lol.. good luck to him😀

  5. 11 finctank June 18, 2009 at 10:55 am

    They could be beanie buddies.

  6. 13 Jeremy June 18, 2009 at 11:02 am

    She looks like she’d be a good listener.

  7. 15 br4d June 18, 2009 at 11:02 am

    It’s seems the sims 3 has a deeper social interaction and character personality that i thought it did.

    Maybe Kev will take this new experience and be nicer to his daughter.

  8. 18 andy June 18, 2009 at 11:07 am

    this is so beautiful

  9. 20 Catinthewall June 18, 2009 at 11:08 am

    Her ears are being cut off by her hat! D:

  10. 21 Az June 18, 2009 at 11:09 am

    You’ve managed to find an amazing amount of emotional depth in such a simple game, I never thought I’d be intersted in the sims!

  11. 22 Grim... June 18, 2009 at 11:09 am

    That woman has scary ears.

  12. 25 Brucey June 18, 2009 at 11:27 am

    Love the story its going great… Inspired by your blog I’ve done my own version in sims 3, all was going pretty similar to yours until…

    My sim become a friend of a local single mail after a few days … well lets just say I caught them kissing and then in bed together😀

  13. 26 Sunny June 18, 2009 at 11:29 am

    I love this story! Way to go.😀

  14. 27 Whitney June 18, 2009 at 11:57 am

    Oh😦 thats sad. Good on Kev- maybe he’s learning🙂

  15. 28 Little Green Man June 18, 2009 at 11:57 am

    Awww, diddums.

  16. 29 creamneuron June 18, 2009 at 12:00 pm

    oh my god…. i am thinking about getting sims3…never NEVER thought that would happen..

    btw. this is fantastic! i wonder if the developer had this in mind when they made the game =)

    • 30 Martijn June 18, 2009 at 1:21 pm

      Me too. This is the best advertisement The Sims could ever hope for.

      Well, probably not, but it does help to convince people that it’s a much deeper game that we originally thought. (Or deeper than it really is.)

  17. 31 Mardith2004 June 18, 2009 at 12:12 pm

    I was homeless for 7 years because of a husband like Kev. Except for Alice (my mothers name) being clumbsey and unlucky she sounds like me and alot of her life is simular to mine. My roomate even said Alice reminds him of me and my life stories. I have PTSD and a good memory of good and bad in my life. I will try your story idea using myself and my ex-husband to see if the outcome is the same as mine.

  18. 33 NeoTogo June 18, 2009 at 12:18 pm

    He’ll probably use all her appliances then steal her stuff later.

  19. 34 NeoTogo June 18, 2009 at 12:20 pm

    Oh snap! I didn’t see it before but she’s got a ring on. Haha🙂

    • 35 HAB June 18, 2009 at 3:51 pm

      Maybe that’s why he was crying. You know, because he asked her out and she said she was married.

      • 36 Katie June 18, 2009 at 5:23 pm

        Sims tend to not care during romantic interactions if they’re married or not, from my experience.

      • 37 OneHappyAtheist June 18, 2009 at 8:51 pm

        Don’t forget that he has the insane trait. He’s probably not learned anything, but is just acting out a random behavior.

  20. 38 Akaso June 18, 2009 at 12:25 pm

    And now I feel sorry for Kev.

    Never thought that would happen.

  21. 39 GerandLer June 18, 2009 at 12:30 pm

    Er this one was short & pointless, but I luv the series! Kev is messed up, but maybe he is changing. Still, I feel bad for Alice to have a father like him. gubbye.

  22. 40 Paulo June 18, 2009 at 12:33 pm

    This has to be some of the funniest writing I have ever read. Just had to read everything from day 1 and have been cracking up non stop. Great job!😀

  23. 41 Randy June 18, 2009 at 1:02 pm

    Found this site yesterday, and to repeat Az’s comment (sort of), I have never been interested in The Sims before now, but the way they’re portrayed on this site adds a level of depth to a game that I always viewed as being for cheap kicks.

    Subscribed, and I look forward to seeing what happens tomorrow. Awesome work!

  24. 42 riana June 18, 2009 at 1:13 pm

    I love this story and it continues to twist with every post. As soon as I get all into it, it has to continue. It’s like watching an episode that has to continue when it gets to the good part. Dude I hope you continue writing good stuff until I get my game which is no time soon :{:(

  25. 43 Alexis June 18, 2009 at 1:24 pm

    Omigod, this is so awesome!

    Have you ever thought about making this into a TV show or something? Pitch it. It’d be awesome.

  26. 44 Haze June 18, 2009 at 1:57 pm

    Love it. ^^

    Agree with Alexis there about TV show.
    While reading through everything yesterday it almost felt like a tv-show. A show with that touch of humor but also deep hearted emotions.

  27. 45 Dolphin_girl_24 June 18, 2009 at 2:17 pm

    I have to admit I now come to your blog first thing when I wake up in the morning to see what you have posted. In fact today I even checked it before i had my coffee…

  28. 46 Jigrimasu June 18, 2009 at 2:46 pm

    Oh my god. If The Sims 3’s physics is such that a character can fake emotions to hook the opposite sex, I’m getting it tomorrow.

  29. 47 Meluv ur Stories June 18, 2009 at 2:49 pm

    Same! Im alwayz up n readin this b4 i do ANYTHING!!😀 GOOD LUCK WRITIN!

  30. 48 T-$ June 18, 2009 at 2:57 pm

    I just want to say FUCK YES to the donate to charity link. Fucking fuck yes!

  31. 49 Jen June 18, 2009 at 3:05 pm

    That’s the beauty of the Sims games: they can be played for kicks, they can be used as a storytelling tool. You can micromanage or you can sit back and observe. It’s all up to the player and his/her interpretation of the Sims’ behaviors. Robin has taken this sandbox and built something unique and intriguing.

    • 50 Chris June 18, 2009 at 6:36 pm

      Indeed–this is one of those things that is very much defined by ‘You get out of it what you put into it’.

      • 51 Capn John June 19, 2009 at 5:55 am

        Does anyone remember the old (very old) computer game (as in Commodore 64) called Little Computer People?

        Sims 3, particularly this story, reminds me of LCP. You didn’t control your little guy so much as suggest he do things, and you could even just fire the game up and let the little guy do his own thing at his own pace.

      • 52 ratluvr June 19, 2009 at 7:08 am

        LOL the only commodor 64 game I remember was about a little homeless dude and you’d walk him up and down “main street” begging food, collecting cans, collecting newspapers etc, hoping to have enough money at the end of the day to buy a bed at the shelter for the night. LOVED that game.

  32. 53 Robin June 18, 2009 at 3:12 pm

    What an interesting blog. I just discovered it yesterday, but i’m intrigued, and I actually want to play sims 3.

  33. 54 Jezzany June 18, 2009 at 3:30 pm

    I love the way the characters are evolving themselves🙂

  34. 55 Grey Sky (Yesmy1standlastnamesarereal) lol June 18, 2009 at 3:40 pm

    maybe Kev is finally seeing his life as it truly is…sad. Maybe he’s discovering the way he’s acted towards everyone and his own flesh and blood is SO not cool. MAYBE Kev will straighten up his life???

    MAYBE🙂

    Grey Sky.

    Yes that’s my actual name…GOSH! lmao

  35. 56 albert June 18, 2009 at 3:41 pm

    This is AWESOME. Please keep up the good work. And if you do stop with this family, please start another one and do the same storytelling that you do so well.

    Thanks

  36. 57 Sky June 18, 2009 at 3:58 pm

    Awww, poor Kev.
    I LOVE this story!!! it is so awesome! Keep up the good work

  37. 58 Gwenllyn June 18, 2009 at 4:41 pm

    Have you considered turning your Sim story into a novel or a graphic novel, complete with illustrations? I think you’ve captured something that has really drawn everyone’s attention to your characters’ stories.

  38. 59 Dawn June 18, 2009 at 5:01 pm

    The woman looks like a mouse! Juat saying. But these story is amazing!

  39. 60 thaaeroprincess June 18, 2009 at 5:50 pm

    Looks to me like Kev is finally having those walls around his heart crumble.

    I’m loving this though, now I definitely want the sims3

  40. 61 teresa June 18, 2009 at 5:50 pm

    I wonder if Alice can buy an old broken down bed with her part-time job money. Maybe she can hide it in the marshes by the pond in her park.

    Aren’t there public showers and toilets at the gym? I wonder if Alice can be resourceful and sneak in when no one is looking.

    One of my sims was so inspired by the story of Alice and Kev, she decided to stay in town for three days without going home. She ate fruit from trees and plants around town, slept in the cemetary and showered at the gym. Her sleep was insufficient like Alice’s but she survived. She came to really appreciate her home and her family and is now contemplating a career in politics so she can advocate for the all the homeless people in the Sims world.

  41. 62 Jackie June 18, 2009 at 5:53 pm

    Just to warn you, you’ve been Boinged – I found your blog through Boing Boing this morning. I read through everything up to today, and I find the story amazingly compelling. I’m looking forward to reading more!

  42. 63 Emi June 18, 2009 at 6:01 pm

    I’ve been playing Sims 3 like an addict for the last two weeks, and none of my stories are this good! I almost cried when Alice gave her money to charity. You really should turn this into a graphic novel. In addition to the awesomeness of the Sims, you’ve managed to express a great deal about the way we normally live. I am truly astonished. Well done.

  43. 64 Erry June 18, 2009 at 6:05 pm

    Kev deserves it, after all that Alice has been through. *shakes head*

  44. 65 Alex June 18, 2009 at 6:35 pm

    my only complaint is that the words used to describe the traits in these games are highly subjective.

    Also, my personality has changed a lot since I was a kid, and the optimism I had as a child disappeared quickly after I got my first job, strangely enough, at a grocery store.

    Being homeless isn’t something that creates complex social interactions, as such, I think they’d be more closely connected with the hand to mouth style of life they lead.

    • 66 Lochmon June 19, 2009 at 1:32 am

      You ever been homeless?

      You’re right about “hand to mouth style of life” requiring a lot of daily effort. But what that means, if you don’t let yourself sink, is a hyper-alertness that people going through normal day-to-day routines simply don’t have to maintain. You learn to recognize who lives on the street and who doesn’t. You learn who’s insane and dangerous, and who’s insane but protecting wounds deeper than physical (and these stereotypes are not seen only among the other homeless). You come to see a much broader range of human behavior… there’s not a lot of “Good morning, how are you?” “Fine, you?” on the streets.

      In truth, being homeless can create the most complex social interactions that most people hopefully will never have to encounter.

  45. 67 fluffy bunny June 18, 2009 at 7:08 pm

    Great series, but are the posts getting shorter and shorter?

  46. 68 Daniel June 18, 2009 at 7:20 pm

    You’ve done a great job with this story, who thought it could be possible with a game?

  47. 69 Mark June 18, 2009 at 7:21 pm

    I’m totally hooked on this story!

    I went and picked up Sims 3.

    Using this program to tell a story is a great idea. It reminds me of a “XYZ High School” TV show.

    Also, seeing how this program mimics human behavior is fascinating. When you give a set of basic rules to a population of “bots”, unexpected interactions, patterns, and trends develop before your eyes.

    It not like A.I., where you try to interact with a single complex personality.

    But what we are seeing here is clearly more than the sum of the individual parts.

    It also appears that these ‘bot characters have a limited memory, and seem to be able to ‘learn’ things. That will lead to some really interesting things.

    The “mnemonic” language the ‘bots use with each other is brilliant.

  48. 70 Bluekitty June 18, 2009 at 7:28 pm

    I love this story! You have an amazing talent. To make it easier on Alice you know that you can take her to the gym for a free bath and a quick meal free of inappropriate behavior right? Keep writing this story! I have to have a daily fix

  49. 71 LJ June 18, 2009 at 7:50 pm

    damn you for making me care robin! hehe keep it up, I’m definitely onboard for more.

  50. 72 Omēga June 18, 2009 at 8:01 pm

    Poor Kev… he looks so depressed in pictures 2 and 3!

  51. 73 Hachiko June 18, 2009 at 8:02 pm

    MOAR, I neeeed moar!!
    Makes me want to buy the game and watch it play itself.

  52. 74 richtaur June 18, 2009 at 8:25 pm

    Good for him! Older women are hot😉

  53. 75 anit1983 June 18, 2009 at 9:06 pm

    Kev with an emotion other than anger, how interesting. Hopfully he can become friends with this person. Maybe she will be a good influence on him.
    I really like your story. I’ve seen a comment on the previous page, complaining that it’s “not real” and saying that the sims can’t have these complex emotions, etc.. They said we are placing our own human emotions into them. Well, they are exactly right! However, that isn’t a bad thing. That is the point of a story like this. You are a wonderful story teller. Using the sims simple actions and your screen shots you are crafting an amazing, complex and very emotional story around them. THAT is the point of this, in my opinion. You have taken the game and used it as a tool for art. Keep up the wonderful work.
    Have you been capturing video as well? It would make a great sim movie when you are done.
    Cheers!

  54. 76 amd June 18, 2009 at 9:15 pm

    i am now addicted!! i might even have to go home and make my own homeless family tonight!

  55. 77 jf June 18, 2009 at 9:17 pm

    We all break down and show our humanity eventually; whether it be after a nap in the park or in a strangers living room or a random person on the street. It’s not easy being me, it’s not easy being you, and times are hard all over.

  56. 78 Dman222 June 18, 2009 at 11:16 pm

    You do know you can give 50,000 simolians to the game right? Just press Ctrl+Shift+C in game and when the blue bar comes up at the top type in TestingCheatsEnabled and press Enter. Then do it again only type in Motherlode this time then prss Enter. You can use it as many times as you want and it really works!

  57. 81 me June 18, 2009 at 11:26 pm

    THIS SHOULD BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE EVENT!!!!

    haha, just kidding. It’s good and all, but man people are going overboard.

  58. 82 mizipzor June 18, 2009 at 11:42 pm

    Have read all the posts up until now. And its brilliant… just brilliant.

  59. 83 Karen June 18, 2009 at 11:46 pm

    LOVE IT LOVE IT LOVE IT. good thing i bookmarked this baby, i read 4 missed chapters on the spot🙂

  60. 84 jhukranti June 18, 2009 at 11:49 pm

    BEAUTIFUL!!! xoxo

  61. 85 Deryk June 18, 2009 at 11:56 pm

    Kev, you disgust me!

    In my version, he worked out and got buff! Not too bad looking, except for the grungy clothes. That’s what drew the woman in, his looks, but the smell, attitude, and dumpy appearance soon had them running for the hills.

    In my game he started chatting with one dude…was hitting it off as friends, and then suddenly turned on the poor guy! That left the other guy wondering “WTF just happened?!”

    But alas, maybe he’s turning over a new leaf here. I doubt it seriously!

    Keep up the great work Robin!
    🙂

  62. 86 Court June 19, 2009 at 12:01 am

    I am intrigued by your story. I played the original sims a lot (up through Vacation), but I never really got into Sims 2. I was, however, pretty excited by the idea of a sim’s life continuing to progress in a realistic fashion while still being able to micromanage the sim’s activities (which is why I was disappointed when simsville was canceled), and it seems like The Sims 3 helps to deliver in that sense. You have definitely helped convince me to purchase it.

  63. 87 alykat June 19, 2009 at 12:23 am

    a truly heart touching tale! keep up the great work!!1 im hooked robin! cant wait to c the next post. its like theyre real ppl!

  64. 88 Rokye June 19, 2009 at 12:41 am

    Hah, I love this.

    Ive even tried making my own Kev and Alice .. Ill admit, it isnt really going as well as i’d hoped… But oh well, its something to do.

    Keep going dude😀 Your doing a Fantastic Job

  65. 89 Steph June 19, 2009 at 1:02 am

    Is it bad that the only thing I keep thinking as I look at the pictures is…OOOOH!!! A seed is in the background! Go plant it Simmie!!

  66. 90 A103 June 19, 2009 at 2:20 am

    I love how people are giving advice to characters that are not real. On the otherhand I am totally in love with this story. Keep it up!

  67. 91 ♥RAWR♥ June 19, 2009 at 2:42 am

    motherlode is for 50,000 and kaching is for 1,00 it would really suck if you typed kaching 50 times when there is a cheat that works better then kaching and its motherlode not motherload that gets kinda confusing when someones sleepy.. does familyfunds work???

  68. 92 Niomo June 19, 2009 at 2:47 am

    While this story is good, i wonder how much is controlled by the game. im thinking little to none, especially Alice’s job. but a good story youve made, thats for sure.

  69. 93 Alexander June 19, 2009 at 2:56 am

    And Kevin’s heart grew three times its size that day.

  70. 94 Mandy June 19, 2009 at 3:06 am

    this blog is great!!!! I luv it so much its my favorite!!! I wish u would blog more than once a day though!!! keep up the good work! can’t wait till I get sims 3 in a week!!! yippee!!!!

  71. 97 m4k2004 June 19, 2009 at 4:24 am

    Love it! Kev is becoming more human like and less of a jerk (though I sure it’s still there). I can’t wait for the next episode!

  72. 98 Jombee June 19, 2009 at 4:27 am

    Really, really good web site, story, and concept. And kudos for posting links to real life charities. I’m honestly moved, and I’m a callous jerk! Keep up the great work.

  73. 99 Leigh June 19, 2009 at 5:00 am

    wow- there are so many amazing things to say about this series!

    it makes you feel/think so much in so little words.. ._.

  74. 100 Eric Richardville June 19, 2009 at 5:41 am

    well, It seems that we have a breakthrough on our hands.

  75. 101 Oscar June 19, 2009 at 5:48 am

    Oh my god. I just read this from the beginning and I loved it. It’s such a wonderful, yet sad, story. Cant wait to see what happens next.

  76. 102 bryan June 19, 2009 at 6:28 am

    dang it… i need to know the ending…. how will it turn out???
    AAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRrrrrrrrrrrrrrrggggggggghhhhhh!

  77. 103 Hungarican Stephanie June 19, 2009 at 6:46 am

    This reminds me of the book “My Abandonment” I just read. It’s about a father and daughter who are vagrants living in Forest Park, a wilderness that is right in the city of Portland Oregon. It’s based on a true story… and there are moments that are much like the book. This is so poignant… and sweet and your narration is delightful.

  78. 104 Hungarican Stephanie June 19, 2009 at 6:47 am

    Can’t you make Alice a love-interest who’ll take her in and make her happy?

  79. 105 Rebecca June 19, 2009 at 6:55 am

    AWWWW!!!!

    You need to post more often! I check all the time even though theres pretty much no chance of more each time I check

  80. 107 Amanda June 19, 2009 at 7:11 am

    Great story. Keep up the good work!

  81. 108 Joost June 19, 2009 at 7:28 am

    This is very funny and well done. Keep it up because it’s very much brighting up my day at work!
    Makes me want to buy the game!

  82. 109 Cilla June 19, 2009 at 7:33 am

    This story, while sad and hopeful, is very heartwarming and could be going on this very day for some unlucky teenager this world. I love this story and I’m very proud of you, Robin, for writing this compelling, interesting story and for sharing it. I give you an A+ and keep on writing. If someone knows of a publishign company, hook Robin up!

  83. 110 thumbbook June 19, 2009 at 8:16 am

    Wow! 94 comments and counting…awesome! poor Kev…

  84. 111 Novangel June 19, 2009 at 8:21 am

    Dawww I feel sorry for him
    Maybe he realises he is a weird maniac:/

  85. 112 Fever June 19, 2009 at 9:13 am

    Wow, man, your blog is getting really popular!🙂

    And Kev is crying?! Maybe you just broke the game.😀

  86. 113 bizkit(f) June 22, 2009 at 11:23 am

    I think with the ghost lady part he actually felt some emotion going to work (I know they are only sims) and wanted to feel that feelings again and when he got rejected again he bursted into tears, thats what it looks like to me… Am I right..?

  87. 114 flash games arcade June 28, 2009 at 8:34 pm

    All that built up anger was just a front. There must have been a psychologist programming this game. Poor Kev.

  88. 115 Megan July 9, 2009 at 2:09 am

    How do you get it so his clothes are all dirty? do they becoime like that over time?

  89. 116 Raine July 21, 2009 at 6:38 pm

    It’s strange to think that he of all people can be kind.

  90. 118 Carson November 21, 2009 at 7:11 pm

    That’s a nice old woman. Hehe

  91. 119 Kara May 19, 2011 at 2:54 pm

    From something earlier..it bothers me that most people on here act like only sims 3 characters have personalities and emotions, ect. even in sims 1 and 2 you they have different pre-programmed emotions and you give them personalities….just because we don’t exactly have “traits” system in sims 2 doesn’t mean our sims don’t have personalities or “traits” (they are more like hidden or “made up” but they still have “traits”)

    You don’t have to have sims 3 in order to have a sim that is a “workaholic” or “paranoid” or clumsy, ect.

    anit1983, love your post!

    Anyway, aww he got a hug.


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