If you’ve been around YouTube long enough you probably know who Joe Sugg is. He’s ThatcherJoe. He’s Zoella’s brother. He was a runner-up on Strictly Come Dancing. He’s done a lot.
Now he’s even appearing in The Sims 4 as part of the Play With Life campaign. I recently had the chance to interview him. Even though it would’ve been nice to do the interview face to face we went for something a bit more unique. Sim to Sim. You can watch the interview, and see everything that goes wrong, below.
Obviously the interview is just some snippets of what we talked to Joe about though. He had so much more to say about his love for The Sims and it would be a shame to not let it be known to the world.
One of the key things I wanted to know is what his ideal dream home in The Sims would be. His answer is far more ambitious than anything I could think up!
“It would have to have more than two storeys. It would need nice, high ceilings, but manageable. That’s why I think I’d go for a small home rather than a big mansion. I’d like to be able to manage it all and be able to make sure everything is how I want it and I think if there’s too much space I’d struggle to keep up with it all.
I’d 100% have a games room, like an arcade. So I don’t know how I’d fit that in my small little house, but I’d definitely have an arcade in there. A good-sized kitchen…I’d maybe say like a cinema room as well. And a fireman’s pole going from the top floor down to the bottom floor.
I’d create the dream house I had as a kid. I’d definitely have a garden as well, a nice garden. Maybe a treehouse in there as well. I’d have like a jungle room in the house as well…maybe I do need a bigger house to be fair. Trees outside…maybe like some big trees that keep the house nice and private so people don’t peer in. I’d treat myself and do both an indoor and outdoor hot tub. I’d have like…one that’s level with the ground. I like the ones that are level with the ground!”
What about his first memory of The Sims? It’s impossible to forget your first Sims memory.
“My first memory of playing The Sims was on our old family computer, which I had to fight over with my sister. I created the lead singer of Linkin Park. I made him in The Sims because I was really into Linkin Park at the time. So I made Chester Bennington, and built this giant mansion, which – this is why I don’t normally build big houses now – I find them too hard to manage.
The size of the house that I built was so ridiculous that I just kept losing him in the house. I could never find him. I didn’t realise you could just double-click on his face and it would go to wherever he was. But that was my first memory of playing The Sims.”
As someone with such an obvious fandom of The Sims it must be quite the shock to see himself in it.
“It was. I always try to make myself in The Sims as well, but for it to be like an official thing and for me to actually be a part of it, and for people to be able to download me as a character in the game, it’s very surreal. It’s one of those things that I’ll be telling my grandkids.“
What about this Play With Life campaign though? That’s the whole reason he’s in The Sims after all. But what is it?
“It’s providing players with an authentic and meaningful outlet to express themselves. It’s a virtual world that’s been able to touch millions of players and bring forward stories of creativity, self-expression and inclusivity.“
It’s a nice message for a campaign.
“Exactly. It’s a lovely message and it’s so nice to be a part of it, especially from, it’s been part of..it’s been around for 20 years. It’s been part of my childhood growing up. I’ve always known The Sims, since I was a kid, so to be asked to be a part of it is really, really nice.“
Joe seems genuinely enthused during the entire interview. There’s no doubt that he loves The Sims and there’s no doubt that he’s genuinely happy to get to be a part of its ever growing history.
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