PEOPLE can now adopt digital Sims children virtually via Instagram.
Just when we thought the internet couldn’t get any stranger, people can now adopt virtual Sims 4 characters with traumatic backstories.
This can be done through multiple Instagram accounts that double as “adoption agencies.”
One such account is @bee_adoptions, which is growing in popularity by the standards of its niche.
To date, the Instagram account has more than 600 followers and many virtual children for Simmers to adopt.
Journalist Gita Jackson recently detailed her experience with the agency for Vice.
“Out of all the babies and kids I’ve posted this week on various Instagram accounts that I’ve tried to adopt, my favorite is Audra from Bee Adoptions,” Jackson wrote.
However, if the characters on the Bee Adoptions page aren’t calling you, there are many other agencies to choose from, such as Loving Hand Adoptions and Forest Fern Adoptions.
However, a disturbing similarity between all agencies is that all of the children have traumatic backstories.
For example, Jackson’s adopted Sims child, Audra, isn’t just a virtual 6-year-old with a dairy allergy and asthma.
“She also has a background of wry tragedy. You see, Audra was growing up in a loving family of godly people until relatively recently, when her entire family was hit by a trailer truck while returning from a church function,” Jackson said.
Other common backgrounds are Sims children who have been neglected or abused by their parents while others have been abandoned.
In one case, a Sims child is the sole survivor of a triple murder that claimed the lives of her parents and sister.
If you love backstories like this, then you too can be a proud parent to a Sims kid, but you have to apply.
The application process roughly mimics real life, asking for information such as age, occupation, and details about your Sim’s household.
“One application I filled out asked if any of the Sims in this household had a criminal history,” Jackson said.
“But more often, they’re another space for Simmers to use the game to tell stories – essentially asking you to make your case and prove to the agency that you’re the best person to lead that sim kid.” to raise.”
Oceanne, who runs Loving Hand Adoptions, said she tries to raise awareness about children waiting to be adopted.
“I’ve always seen adoption reflected on TV and other media as one of the best ways to extend a family,” she said.
“Because the parents of these kids in the system have failed them and they need to know that someone else can love them.”
The Sims became popular in the early 2000s as a computer game that allows you to simulate real life.
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