Alice

Alice hated her father. After all he’d done to her in his life, that’s not really surprising. But he was still the only family she ever had, so nor is it surprising when his death leaves her an emotional wreck for days.

It will be some time before she finishes mourning, but when she does, I think things will be different for Alice. With Kev no longer periodically dropping by to wreck her self esteem, Alice will have a comparatively stable life. With her new job, she will be earning enough to start saving money, even with her spending on food and her charitable donations. There is still a long hard journey to be made if she wants to own a home of her own. But I think the worst of her life is behind her.

While she’s not quite living happily ever after, I think her future will be brighter but less eventful from here on. I feel it is a fitting place to end the story.

But of course, if you’ve cared for Alice while reading this, there’s no reason for her story to end for you. If you own The Sims 3, I invite you to download her to your game and carry on guiding her towards whatever happiness you think you can find for her.

This blog will still be host to things related to Alice and Kev in the future, so there is still reason to subscribe to the RSS feed or follow the twitter.

If you are tempted to buy The Sims 3 after reading this, consider supporting this blog by buying through these links to amazon.com or amazon.co.uk

If you’ve found this tale of homelessness affecting, remember there are a great many people living similar experiences around the world. Please consider helping a real-world charity.

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509 Responses to “Alice”


  1. 1 osterizer8 September 24, 2013 at 4:15 am

    This story was incredible! I just read it from beginning to end and honestly I’m almost in tears. Excellent job on the story!

  2. 2 Cheryl da Mimi January 7, 2014 at 3:38 pm

    Wow, what a great story! I was really amazed and touched by the saga of Alice and Kev. It’s astounding how real these Sims were in their actions and emotions. Your storytelling was superb, and really brought these characters to life. Thank you for sharing! I’m now considering making my own homeless Sims to see how their lives play out. 🙂

  3. 3 kamatsahas April 14, 2014 at 7:46 am

    really touching story. never thought this could happen in a video game.

  4. 4 d'Infamous Loww May 26, 2014 at 11:38 pm

    What an awesome story! Thank you so much for taking the time to create this; I had so much fun reading it. Any more stories in your simming future?

  5. 5 Reader July 19, 2014 at 6:52 pm

    That was a marvelous story!!! 🙂

  6. 6 i love this July 20, 2014 at 9:43 am

    my rating 100000000000/10

    i just loved it i was so close to crying

  7. 7 DaVince July 24, 2014 at 4:18 pm

    This story was nothing short of amazing. Thank you.

  8. 8 Qriztina June 5, 2015 at 8:11 pm

    This blog is old, and I remember reading some of it back in 2009. Unfortunately you hadn’t finished the story back then, and I forgot about it. Until I saw it mentioned on a forum, and I remember enjoying and being tocuhed by what little I had read of it. Now it’s 2015, and I read the whole thing in one go. For such a short novel about two game characters, it brought me to tears and filled me with joy. Your way of writing is very touching, and this sims blog was something else.
    I will download Alice, and work on building a life for her. Maybe even build a few healthy relationships gradually, after years of abuse. Maybe even fall in love with someone as caring as herself.
    Thank you for sharing Alice and Kev’s story, I won’t forget them this time.

  9. 9 Aieou July 10, 2015 at 1:00 am

    This was simultaneously the funniest and saddest thing I’ve ever read. I don’t even know how you did it.

  10. 10 coolthing9 August 18, 2015 at 4:00 pm

    *download Alice*

    *spam Motherlode cheat*

    OK that’s enough

  11. 11 BW September 18, 2016 at 2:16 pm

    Damn man… 7 years on and and this little experiment is still affecting newcomers like me. I’m 35 years old and I’m not ashamed to admit I shed tears – quite a few actually. An emotional roller-coaster that I believe was only enhanced by the afterglow of the considerable quantity of psychedelic amphetamines that faithfully accompanied me on the journey.

    I have no doubt you earned that degree in game design. I hope you’re putting it to good use. I would love to see the output from the mind that created this bizarre dystopian experiment in pushing artificial life to its very breaking point, prompting emergent behaviours that I suspect surprised you as much as they did me.

    I’ve already made a donation to the Salvation Army and my local homeless shelter. You’re to thank for that. The efforts you made to raise awareness and aid your local shelters were admirable and inspiring examples.

    Amazing in so many ways. You give me renewed faith in my fellow man when I’d largely written off our species as a blight on this Earth that would only be rectified by our rapidly approaching extinction. Alas, at this stage that extinction is a foregone conclusion; we simply can’t be trusted with this planet and it’s only logical that it will purge us as it does all invasive and destructive species that threaten it’s carefully balanced processes. But the world will continue to turn, life will continue to thrive and hopefully mother nature will do a better job at subsequent revisions of our deeply flawed and inherently self-destructive species. Until then, it’s nice to be reminded that my misanthropic outlook is a generalisation and doesn’t mean that there aren’t individual acts of selfless kindness and generosity occurring each and every day, somewhere out there.

    Love and peace my friend.

  12. 12 TheTragicFigure December 31, 2016 at 11:28 am

    (This is so many years late, but) THANK YOU so much for this beautiful story.

    I’ve never even played the Sims, but I stumbled across a reference to “Alice and Kev” while reading a comment thread on Kotaku and was immediately intrigued.

    Came here yesterday, checked it out, finished the story this morning. I’m nearly in tears, but hopeful.

    I’m lucky enough to have never been homeless because I have two loving, still-living parents. But I have been depressed and mostly unemployed for the last 8 years, so I really related to Alice’s pain, loneliness, and risk of despair.

    I could very easily become homeless if something ever happened to my parents (and something WILL happen to them — they’re getting old), so this story has inspired me to “get my sh*t together” and work to put myself in a position of stability where hopefully, I can one day do things to help out people far less fortunate than me who don’t have homes to which they can always safely go to sleep at night.

    Enough about me. This entire story was BRILLIANTLY written. Perfect capture of the screenshots. I can only imagine the amount of time and discipline that was put toward creating this story.

    7 years later, thank you again, roBurky, for this beautiful and inspirational story. (And the best way I can thank you, I think, is to aspire to become a little more like Alice, so that one day I can maybe drop that donation to charity in the mailbox.)


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