Global – The Sims is launching a Tiny Living Stuff Pack that will allow gamers to experiment with downsized living in their virtual worlds.
The Sims 4 add-on will allow gamers to connect virtually with the benefits of so-called tiny homes, which are considered a more ecological, less expensive and cosier way of living than traditional housing. Its creator EA Games is taking inspiration from the real-life trend for minimal living, bringing it into the gaming space and encouraging players to explore the potential of the tiny living movement.
Through the Tiny Living Stuff Pack, gamers are challenged to create homes with a reduced carbon footprint and lower bills, while creating more leftover garden space for the environment to flourish. The pack even includes multi-purpose 'murphy beds' that fold out from the walls, allowing gamers to temporarily convert virtual bedrooms into a living spaces.
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