Technology: Weird and Wonderful

A kooky cast of new characters will keep you hooked on The Sims 2

STRANGETOWN IS A CREEPY place. One of three virtual neighborhoods that players can explore in The Sims 2, Strangetown is set in a barren desert landscape strewn with the remains of a space ship that is sunk deep inside a crater. Its inhabitants are even weirder. Try as he may to fit in, there's no hiding that Mr. Smith is actually a Martian. And why is that nice-looking couple, the Beakers, performing scientific experiments on that poor fellow Nervous Subject?

The original Sims, in which you controlled the daily lives of simulated humans onscreen, was all about keeping your characters alive...

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