You can’t smoke weed in the Sims. Until now! One modder is bringing pot and other drugs to the game, earning thousands in donations. Filip says he downloaded
The Sims 4 last May to help remodel his kitchen. After he stumbled onto some drug-related clutter objects, he wondered if he could make a drug mod that really works. I downloaded some cocaine lines and I thought, okay, what if I can make the sim walk over to the lines and click on them and they disappear?
And then it just kind of grew from there. The mod known, as Basementa, adds four different drugs: cocaine, mdma, amphetamines and weed, that Sims can buy, sell, or use. First, you need to give a Sim the “Drug Dealer” trait and move them to your neighborhood
so Sims can buy from them. Once Sims have the drugs in their inventory they can use them–sometimes of their own free will. Sims will experience the highs and lows of drug use, get hangovers, form addictions, and have fatal and non-fatal overdoses. Raquel, a Sim we made to test the mod,
moved to the big city to be a writer. She then started buying weed and MDMA
from Travis, the dealer next door. They started dating, and soon she was dealing too,
selling cocaine to her friends and fellow partiers She still writes occasionally,
but she’s mostly doing lines of cocaine, popping molly, going to the club,
then sleeping it all off. She’s even been arrested. If Raquel has molly in her inventory, she will automatically take another pill when she comes down, meaning she’s high pretty much 24/7. All the drug-fueled sex has strengthened her
relationship, and now Raquel and Travis are engaged. You can’t tell these stories in the unmodded version of The Sims, and there’s an appeal to them. After Filip released the first version of Basemental, someone suggest he start a Patreon. His highest goal was $500, and as of now he’s making $6000 a month from Patreon donations, and the mod has been
translated into multiple languages. Basemental doesn’t feel judgemental about drug use, but Sims definitely feel the downsides of drugs I don’t really want to make this
mod into a glorification of drug use. That’s why it was important to have the addiction system, to have non-fatal and fatal overdoses.” Filip also said he wouldn’t be adding heroin to his game anytime soon because he doesn’t
find it interesting. Besides, he still needs to
add some more basic features. Basemental doesn’t work in every game of The Sims, but we’ve enjoyed what we’ve played so far. It adds an instability that makes for some interesting complications. As Filip adds more features, the possibilities for the kind of trouble sims can get into will only grow.