Legendary videogame The Sims 4, starting today just became ever more in-line with the real-world crisis- the environment. Just in time at the World Environment Day, EA has added an eco-lifestyle pack for players to tackle climate change in the virtual world.
The EA-owned real-life simulation game is now walking the ‘reduce, reuse, and recycle’ way of life with the introduction of Eco Lifestyle pack. Players who will opt for the new pack will be entrusted with the duty to take charge of Evergreen Harbour — a pollution stricken location. Smog and dirt encrust the air in the not-so-green place, according to The Sims 4. And “it’s up to your Sims to return it to its former glory! (Or they can just party it up in filthy style. We won’t judge!).
The Sims 4 users playing the game on PC, Xbox, and Playstation can get their copies. With over 200 million copies sold worldwide, the game is one of the most popular life-simulation games in the world. Sims 4 was launched in 2000, and since then it has continued to keep up the pace with the latest trends. This time The Sims 4 is keeping up with sustainability.
The new extension starts with you selecting a neighborhood, which EA suggests “The community of Grims Quarry” is the best off environmentally. As a sustainability-centric simulation, you’ll be prompted to look out for household stuff like TV and a mattress from the dumpsters. “Sure, the mattress might have a coffee stain and a tear or two, but you can fix it up—or just use it as-is,” EA states, but “there’s no reason to buy new when you can basically furnish your house without spending a single Simoleon. Just make sure the dumpster’s not already occupied by any other Sims getting frisky…. You’ve been warned.”
The Recycler will allow users to recycle old stuff like a cranky couch into something brand new. Wind turbines and solar panels are your personal electricity stations powering your household. In The Sims 4 Eco Lifestyle, players can take up new careers like a Civil Designer and as a responsible Sim Citizen, you will also take part in Neighbourhood Action Plan along with others to keep the city clean, green and healthy.
Lastly, but certainly not the least, there’s a new bug farm. According to EA: “while toddlers and children can play with grubs and crickets, bombardier beetles provide biofuel for the power generator. Or, if you’re feeling adventurous, treat your Sims to a healthy, crunchy, protein-filled meal. Just don’t let them smile at anyone afterward or they might see beetle legs stuck in their teeth. Gross.”
The World Environment Day 2020
This year’s World Environment Day calls for an urgent need to protect our biodiversity. For us to stay cared, protected we ought to take care of and protect mother nature. This fact is time and again reverberated through the instances where human ignorance over nature has ultimately boomeranged back. The recent pandemic crisis is an example.
Biodiversity entails the sheer number of different life we share the planet with. From the largest ever Blue Whale majestically swimming the oceans to the microscopic fungi, and all other life in between, altogether make the biodiversity an 8-million species strong force.
By far the humanity’s greatest common good, nature is the great pantry, the great storehouse, the greatest factory, the great lab, the great institute, and the greatest of all that we grapple with. Even the most artificial element comes from nature, hence we’re it, and it is us.
This year, the United Nations along with its Member States is launching the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration (2021–2030), an initiative to rectify the human-nature relationship. “UNEP is also working with world leaders to develop a new and ambitious Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework to realize a 2050 Vision of Living in Harmony with Nature, the World Environment Day official website states.
Let us all pledge to do our best bit to walk in tandem with nature. Maybe skipping the car and instead opt for a bicycle. Or observe a Meatless Monday and choose to buy cruelty-free all the time or whenever possible? There are a thousand other things we, individually can pursue, as our own tribute to the wonder, the magnitude we lovingly call Mother Earth.