Sims 2 Movies to Hit the Web

Electronic Arts’ eagerly awaited The Sims 2 debuted last week with a new feature that lets fans make animated movies using the Sims characters. Now the game publisher is creating its own Sims short films with the help of Rooster Teeth Prods., maker of the Red vs. Blue animated online comedy series.

Red vs. Blue, which logs 750,000 downloads each week, is an example of Machinima, a blossoming new form of computerized animation that uses video game engines to create real-time digital videos.

Rooster Teeth will create Strangerhood, a whole series of movies based on The Sims 2. The storyline centers on a group of eclectic characters who find themselves gathered in a mysteriously remote suburban neighborhood, suffering from amnesia. Throughout the season, the group will attempt to figure out who they are, why they have been brought together, how they can live with each other and just exactly who is behind this bizarre experiment. A promo for the series is available for download today, with new movies premiering on a regular basis at www.strangerhood.com.

Rooster Teeth founder Burnie Burns lauds The Sims 2 movie making feature as "an addictive cutting edge gaming advancement that opens the world of movie production to the masses by allowing anyone to start shooting movies with the touch of a button." He adds, "While original Sims fans got their first taste of the Machinima movement by using first-generation capture features, The Sims 2 players can capture any camera angle, build wild and outlandish sets, create an enormous custom wardrobe and even modify a character’s facial features like a special effects master."

EA’s Maxis studio developed The Sims 2, the sequel to the best-selling PC game of all time. The new game shipped to retailers under the EA GAMES brand and has become the fastest-selling PC title ever. For the first time, players are able to control their Sims over an entire lifetime, making decisions that will affect characters’ lives from the cradle to the grave. With the addition of genetics, characters now pass their DNA down through generations, and the new Create-A-Sim feature offers a vast selection of facial features, hairstyles and outfits. Players can also build dream homes and design neighborhoods with new building, design and home furnishing options.