The Sims 4 Paranormal, Video Games and Belief, and Alternate Worlds

Season 2, Episode 1,   Oct 04, 2022, 03:05 PM

Emma and Christy play The Sims 4 Paranormal ‘Stuff Pack’, exploring the game’s haunted house and séance aesthetics. We talk Victorian occult imaginaries, playing Sims as an emotional outlet, the promise of perfect capitalism, video games and affect, queer computer spaces, technopagans and cyber covens, and esoteric beliefs on the internet.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE IMAGES WE DISCUSS, as well as complete show notes, references, and suggestions for further reading.

All screenshots from The Sims 4 Paranormal can be found, in order of discussion, in the image carousel on the episode page linked above.
Electronic Arts, The Sims 4 Paranormal ‘Stuff Pack’ (2021)
Jordan Peele, Get Out (2017)
Jean-Marc Vallée, Sharp Objects (2018)
Solomon J. Solomon, A Conversation Piece (1884)
The green ghost, ‘Slimer’, from: Ivan Reitman, Ghostbusters (1984)
Electronic Arts, ‘Can a computer make you cry’ advertisement (1983)
Miss Calendar’ from: Joss Whedon, Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997-2003)
Linden Lab, Second Life (first released 2003)

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