Mon. Dec 5th, 2022

Parenting in The Sims 4 can be challenging. Taking care of one baby in a life simulation game as they grow up is hard enough, but what happens when you have to look after two Sims 4 twins? How do you manage to distribute your attention between both children at once? Well, Simmer and Sims creator Plumbella, who also helped design the new cozy and cluttered Sims 4 sets, has taken a slightly different approach to her virtual parenting.

In her latest experiment, Plumbella has her Sim Eliza Pancakes give birth to a pair of twin boys, whom she calls “Neglect” and “Not Neglect” for clarity. She puts both in the same children’s hands with the same equipment, but with the goal of never allowing the parents to directly interact with the poor child. To ensure they don’t get picked up by Child Protective Services, Plumbella makes food that she can drag in portions directly into Scorn’s inventory, as hunger is the main problem. She also gives both children the Independence trait to start with.

“I really feel guilty about this, but I’m going to read Don’t Neglect before bed.” Everything starts out pretty smoothly, with both children progressing at about the same level. However, she begins to worry that the connected handles are allowing the kids to talk to each other, so she instead seals off the Wall Scorn to ensure they are truly cut off from the rest of the family. This rather brutal maneuver has an immediate effect – Negligence immediately begins to experience angry moods, thinking: “I hate everyone … Why would they disappear?!”

Once they grow to the child stage and have to go to school, Plumbella digs a tunnel to allow the Scorn to enter and exit the house without getting close to others. Initially, Scorn actually works a little better – they have something to prove, after all – but they run into trouble when no one can get the monsters out from under their bed. However, he does manage to befriend the creature, and soon after finds a note from a secret admirer in his backpack. Unfortunately, he misidentifies his sender, which causes further failure as he recovers from his embarrassment.

By adolescence, Neglek is actually slightly ahead of his more fortunate brother in both skills and school work – it turns out that spending less time with his family frees up more space for activities. However, oddly enough, as the report cards come in, Neglect’s school performance is rated as poor, while Neglect gets much higher grades, but both still manage to pass their exams.

By the time the couple graduates, their skills are roughly equal. However, Not Neglect’s reputation considers them “notable newcomers” and they scored a whopping 2585 satisfaction points compared to Neglect’s 485 points and lack of fame. Plumbella’s conclusion is simple: “Here’s what happens if you end up completely neglecting a child – nothing special.” However, as one would expect, they will leave their youth much less satisfied.

Plumbella emphasizes that this is for entertainment purposes only, saying, “Please know that this game is not real and I absolutely do not approve of doing this to your children. Please don’t do it.” We couldn’t help but agree. Instead, it might be better to just watch someone else commit horrific atrocities in the game for your own curiosity and enjoyment.

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If you’re looking to do questionable experiments in your game, you can now play The Sims 4 for free. You can also check out the best Sims 4 CCs for some of our favorite Sims custom content, like a range of different Sims 4 hair options or a Sims 4 retail overhaul. We also have everything you need to know about modding and the best mods for Sims 4 to install. The latest Sims 4 update fixes but does not fix the current Sims 4 Means Interaction bug that is currently tearing families apart – even if you’re not intentionally trying to do so.

Image Credit: Plumbella.