I have a crappy imagination.
You know how I know that? I mean, other than by reading my own blog?
The Sims 2.
Yes, I play The Sims 2, though I've never mentioned it on here. But, sadly, in a simulated world where you can create whatever kind of people, with whatever kind of lives and lifestyles you want, all I ever wind up doing is...
recreating comic books heroes.
Oh, it's seldom directly.
But my neighborhoods are full of families named Wayne, Kent, Queen, Prince, and Curry. The Kents live in a rural looking house and use Sims Seasons to live as farmers (god bless eggplants!) with an adjacent "barn" where their son can live (before he starts his career in Journalism). The Waynes are always the richest ones in the neighborhood, with a live-in servant; but DANG is it hard to kill that couple before the kid grows up!
The Queen men have, ahem, "Romance" as their Aspiration and their homes aren't complete with a Hot Tub of Love. The Prince household doesn't have a lot of guys in it, if you catch my drift. And the Isley house is sure to have at least one PlantSim in it.
The Rayners earn their living at the easel, the Jordans work in the Military Career, the Palmers decorate with the Atomic Style, and the Curry house is always built around a pool and a couple of major fish tanks.
Sigh. I try to convince myself that I don't lack imagination, it's just wrapped around the mesh
of characters who are archetypes and whose iconic power is irresistible. But I could be patterning my SimFamilies after the great Roman houses, the Greek gods, the signs of the zodiac, Gilligan's Island, or the cast of Top Chef. Maybe even crafting whole new concepts and dynasties all on my own. But no.
It's so bad that Townies and NPCs start to tick me off. "Great Gotham, Bruce," I find myself moaning at the screen, "don't waste time with Goopy Gilscarbo when James Gordon is right there beside him!"
Please tell me I'm not the only one! Does your familiarity with comic books sometimes "infect" your other pastimes?