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How to watch the Premier League for free on Prime Video

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TL;DR: Prime Video is hosting 20 live Premier League fixtures in December. Watch every fixture for free with a 30-day trial of Amazon Prime.

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Watch the Premier League on Prime Video

Free with a 30-day Amazon Prime trial

Prime Video is the best place to watch festive Premier League fixtures once again, with 20 games lined up for live coverage in December. If you’re interested in watching these games without actually spending anything, you should consider a 30-day free trial of Amazon Prime.

Prime Video is hosting 20 live Premier League fixtures from Dec. 5 to Dec. 28, so that 30-day trial period covers you for every game. There are some seriously tasty matchups in that Prime Video lineup, including Manchester United vs. Chelsea, Arsenal vs. West Ham United, and Everton vs. Manchester City.

You can find the full lineup of Prime Video Premier League fixtures here:

Tuesday, Dec. 5

  • Wolves vs. Burnley (7:30 p.m. GMT)

  • Luton Town vs. Arsenal (8:15 p.m. GMT)

Wednesday, Dec. 6

  • Brighton & Hove Albion vs. Brentford (7:30 p.m. GMT)

  • Crystal Palace vs. AFC Bournemouth (7:30 p.m. GMT)

  • Fulham vs. Nottingham Forest (7:30 p.m. GMT)

  • Sheffield United vs. Liverpool (7:30 p.m. GMT)

  • Aston Villa vs. Manchester City (8:15 p.m. GMT)

  • Manchester United vs. Chelsea (8:15 p.m. GMT)

Thursday, Dec. 7

  • Everton vs. Newcastle United (7:30 p.m. GMT)

  • Tottenham Hotspur vs. West Ham United (8:15 p.m. GMT)

Tuesday, Dec. 26

  • Newcastle United vs. Nottingham Forest (12:30 p.m. GMT)

  • AFC Bournemouth vs. Fulham (3 p.m. GMT)

  • Sheffield United vs. Luton Town (3 p.m. GMT)

  • Burnley vs. Liverpool (5:30 p.m. GMT)

  • Manchester United vs. Aston Villa (8 p.m. GMT)

Wednesday, Dec. 27

  • Brentford vs. Wolves (7:30 p.m. GMT)

  • Chelsea vs. Crystal Palace (7:30 p.m. GMT)

  • Everton vs. Manchester City (8:15 p.m. GMT)

Thursday, Dec. 28

  • Brighton & Hove Albion vs. Tottenham Hotspur (7:30 p.m. GMT)

  • Arsenal vs. West Ham United (8:15 p.m. GMT)

If you haven’t been an Amazon Prime member in the last 12 months, you can sign up for a 30-day trial and watch everything on Prime Video for free in December. Your subscription will automatically renew for the full price at the end of the promotional period, but you can cancel this function at anytime.

Watch the Premier League for free with a 30-day trial of Amazon Prime.


Maryland principal engaged in sexual misconduct and bullying, investigation finds

A Maryland principal engaged in sexual misconduct and bullying and violated sexual harassment policies, according to a months-long investigation from the Montgomery County Office of the Inspector General.

The investigation determined that Montgomery County Public Schools’ Joel Beidleman committed misconduct during his tenure as principal of Farquhar Middle School in Olney.

Officials launched the investigation after dozens of teachers accused Beidleman of sexual harassment earlier this year. He was allegedly reported to the school district 18 times over the course of seven years with little to no repercussions. Beidleman was even promoted in June to principal of Paint Branch High School in Burtonsville. 

Beidleman “made repeated comments about the appearance of female subordinates, directed offensive comments and jokes of a sexual nature at subordinates, bullied subordinates, and had a sexual relationship with a subordinate over whom he had supervisory responsibility,” according to the investigation, Fox 5 DC reported.


The probe also determined that staff were afraid to disagree with Beidleman, were worried about their job security and felt intimidated and disrespected because of the principal’s behavior.

The investigation’s findings were given to superintendent Monifa B. McKnight, who will take action in response to the case. Beidleman was placed on extended leave after allegations of sexual assault.

This is one of two investigations into Montgomery County Public Schools, with the other probing the district’s process for responding to allegations of misconduct by school employees.

A civil discrimination lawsuit was filed against Montgomery County’s Board of Education and Beidleman last month, and additional lawsuits could come in the future.


“The investigation by the Montgomery County Maryland Office of the Inspector General regarding allegations of misconduct by Dr. Joel Beidleman confirms some of the most troubling aspects of this matter,” McKnight wrote in a statement. “The Board of Education is committed to using the work of the Inspector General, both this investigation and the second pending report reviewing the processes and procedures for handling complaints of misconduct, as a catalyst for thorough systemic reform and enhanced accountability.”

“The Board of Education will put policies and systems in place that nurture and support a culture of respect where employees feel safe and confident that complaints or concerns will be addressed,” the statement continued. “The Board thanks the Inspector General for the work of her and her team.”


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PS5 Slim vs. Regular: What are the differences?

PS5 Slim

“PS5 Slim vs. Regular” is a face-off gamers want to see as they scratch their heads over how Sony’s skinnier new console differs from the original variant.

For years, many complained about PS5’s bulky, unwieldy body — and Sony finally addressed that with the new PS5 Slim.

Sony announced the new slim PS5 model on Wednesday, following a decades-long tradition of each PlayStation console getting a smaller counterpart midway through its generation. As you can probably tell, it’s meant to be smaller than the original 2020 model, but that’s not all.

Here are all the ways in which the new PS5 Slim is different from its predecessor.

PS5 vs. PS5 Slim: Price

For whatever reason, Sony has elected to not drop the prices of the new PS5 models. The PS5 Slim with a disc drive is still $499, while the PS5 Slim without a disc drive is, maddeningly, $449 — or a $50 increase over the original digital-only console.

  • PS5 Slim (no disc drive) – $449

  • PS5 Slim (with disc drive) – $499

  • Original PS5 (no disc drive) – $399

  • Original PS5 (disc drive) – $499

With that in mind, yes, the digital-only PS5 Slim is a money-saver in comparison to the one with a disc drive, but not in comparison to the digital-only model that launched three years ago.

The new price also means that buying a digital model before purchasing the additional disc drive would cost more than just snagging the version with a built-in drive. I don’t really have a good explanation for any of that.

My only advice is this: If you want a PS5 that only costs $399, you better get one now. Once the existing stock of both original models sells out, the new slim models will replace them on store shelves.

PS5 vs. PS5 Slim: Size

Obviously, size is what many gamers are most concerned about here, so let’s get right to it. Looking at Sony’s stated dimensions, you can see that the new PS5 is indeed smaller than the original:

  • Original PS5 (disc version): 104mm (height) x 390mm (width) x 260mm (depth)

  • PS5 Slim (disc version): 96mm x 358mm x 216mm

  • Original PS5 (digital version): 92mm x 390mm x 260mm

  • PS5 Slim (digital version): 80mm x 358mm x 216mm

Two PS5 Slim models

PS5 Slim models
Credit: Sony

In other words, per Sony’s announcement blog post, that’s about a 30 percent reduction in total volume. That’s definitely an improvement, but there’s some important context missing in just those raw numbers. The Verge ran a digital size comparison and discovered that both new models are still substantially larger than the Xbox Series X.

In other words, this “slim” console is still pretty dang big.

For a visual comparison, check out this awesome PS5 Slim vs. Regular Reddit post.

PS5 vs. PS5 Slim: Horsepower and storage

Another important aspect of the new PS5 models to get out of the way is that they have the exact same internal capabilities as the originals. This isn’t a PS4 vs. PS4 Pro situation. Games will run exactly the same across the spectrum of PS5 consoles.

PS5 Slim

PS5 Slim
Credit: Sony

One little internal bonus that owners of the new PS5s get, however, comes in the form of expanded storage. For some reason, the original PS5 only had 825GB of onboard storage, with the option to expand via external SSDs. The new ones have a full 1TB of built-in space, so you can install a few extra games depending on how big they are.

PS5 vs. PS5 Slim: Disc drive

Just like at the PS5’s launch in late 2020, there are two PS5 Slim models. One of them has a built-in disc drive and the other one is digital-only.

PS5 Slim laying on its side

PS5 Slim
Credit: Sony

Well, sort of, anyway. There’s an optional detachable disc drive you can buy for $79.99. This was actually rumored more than a year ago, but the PS5 models were expected to launch next year — not 2023.

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Ridley Scott warns AI will be ‘technical hydrogen bomb’ in film industry

Ridley Scott, director of sci-fi classics like “Alien” and “Blade Runner,” is terrified about AI technology running away with society.

In an interview with Rolling Stone promoting his film “Napoleon,” Scott was asked if artificial intelligence worried him, and the answer was an emphatic yes.

“We have to lock down AI. And I don’t know how you’re gonna lock it down,” he told the outlet. “They have these discussions in the government, ‘How are we gonna lock down AI?’ Are you f—ing kidding? You’re never gonna lock it down. Once it’s out, it’s out.” 

He continued, “If I’m designing AI, I’m going to design a computer whose first job is to design another computer that’s cleverer than the first one. And when they get together, then you’re in trouble, because then it can take over the whole electrical-monetary system in the world and switch it off. That’s your first disaster. It’s a technical hydrogen bomb. Think about what that would mean.”


Scott also compared his concerns to his film “Blade Runner,” which starred Harrison Ford in a futuristic Los Angeles tracking down humanoid replicants.

“I always thought the world would end up being run by two corporations, and I think we’re headed in that direction,” the 85-year-old said. “Tyrell Corp in ‘Blade Runner’ probably owned 45-50% of the world, and one of his playthings was creating replication through DNA. Tyrell [played by Joe Turkel] thinks he’s god and in the first ‘Blade Runner’ has made a Nexus female. And the Nexus female will have a limited lifespan because AI will get dangerous.”


The “Gladiator” director was also asked about AI in relation to the recent Hollywood strikes, where use of the technology was a key sticking point in negotiations. 

“They really have to not allow this, and I don’t know how you can control it,” he said.

He added, “There’s something non-creative about data. You’re gonna get a painting created by a computer, but I like to believe – and I’m saying this without confidence – it won’t work with anything particularly special that requires emotion or soul. With that said, I’m still worried about it.”


Earlier this month, Julia Louis-Dreyfus demonstrated AI’s creative limitations when she read a speech she said she wrote with ChatGPT, which confused her with Julia Roberts.

“Ladies and gentlemen, esteemed guests, and fellow investors, today is a moment of profound gratitude and reflection for me as I accept the great honor of being recognized as the investor of the year by Wall Street Journal,” she said to laughter at the WSJ. Magazine 2023 Innovator Awards.

Louis-Dreyfus continued, “Reflecting on this milestone, I am reminded of the unwavering support of my family and the unyielding dedication of my team that has been the driving force behind my investment strategies and my performances in ‘Erin Brokovich,’ ‘Pretty Women’ and ‘Mystic Pizza.’”

The former “Seinfeld” star concluded her speech, “In the end, folks, it’s the humans who do the innovating and the entertaining.”


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Elon Musk tells Twitter/X advertisers to ‘f**k yourselves,’ but admits it will die without them

C.E.O. of Tesla, Chief Engineer of SpaceX and C.T.O. of X Elon Musk speaks during the New York Times annual DealBook summit on November 29, 2023 in New York City.

Elon Musk‘s hubris was on full display again today, with the Twitter/X CEO explicitly telling big advertisers such as Disney to “go fuck yourself” while simultaneously stating the company would die without them. That probably wasn’t the smartest business decision if he was concerned about ensuring the social media platform survives.

Musk took the stage at The New York Times‘ DealBook Summit on Wednesday, giving a wide-ranging interview which spanned everything from Tesla’s Cybertruck, to the power struggle at OpenAI, to his recent endorsement of an anti-Semitic conspiracy theory.

It was the latter that had prompted big brands such as Apple, Disney, and IBM to suspend their spending on Twitter/X earlier this month, alongside a report that the platform was showing advertisers’ posts alongside Nazi content

However, Musk appears to have few regrets about the controversy, stating that he has “no problem being hated” and that his recent visit to Israel was “not an apology tour.” He did say that he was sorry if his post encouraged anti-Semites, and that “in retrospect [he should] not have replied to that particular post.”

Even so, Musk still has not deleted his response two weeks later, and views companies’ reluctance to align themselves with him as “blackmail.”

“I hope they stop [advertising]. Don’t advertise,” said Musk. “If somebody’s gonna try to blackmail me with advertising, blackmail me with money? Go fuck yourself. Go. Fuck. Yourself. Is that clear? I hope it is. Hey Bob [Iger, Disney CEO], if you’re in the audience.”

Disney’s CEO Bob Iger had spoken at the summit earlier in the afternoon, though he took a less outright antagonistic approach to the whole situation. Stating that he still has significant respect for Musk and his accomplishments, Iger explained that being associated with Musk or Twitter/X was “not something for [Disney]” after “the position he took in quite a public manner.”

While it’s unclear whether Iger stuck around for Musk’s talk, one person who was in the audience was Twitter/X CEO Linda Yaccarino. The former head of advertising at NBCUniversal, Yaccarino was explicitly brought on to manage Twitter/X’s business operations and advertisers — a task no doubt made immeasurably more difficult due to Musk’s comments.

Despite this, Musk refused to accept responsibility for the impact of his statements on Twitter/X’s ability to do business. Instead, the billionaire insisted that if Twitter/X went under, the blame would be entirely on the advertisers who fled as opposed to his decisions as its owner which drove them away.

“What this advertising boycott is gonna do [is] it’s gonna kill the company,” said Musk. “And the whole world will know that those advertisers killed the company.”

It was put to Musk that advertisers could argue that he killed Twitter/X himself by making statements which caused them to be uncomfortable with remaining on the platform. Still, Musk seemed more concerned with his followers’ opinions than with taking accountability or ensuring Twitter/X is able to continue operating.

“Let’s see how Earth responds to that,” Musk spitefully said. “We’ll both make our cases, and we’ll see what the outcome is.”

At this rate, regardless of the amount of finger-pointing involved, the outcome is likely to include the slow and painful death of Twitter/X.


How artificial intelligence is changing health care in treating stroke victims

I am a neurosurgeon who specializes in the treatment of acute strokes, brain bleeds, and tumors. Every second counts for my patients, and I am determined to help as many as I can.

This Thanksgiving dinner, I left my family to operate on a patient with a life-threatening stroke. This is what you need to know about strokes and how artificial intelligence is helping surgeons like me save even more patients.

Stroke is one of the leading causes of morbidity and mortality worldwide and has remained a formidable challenge in the realm of health care. 


Not only does stroke rob us of our loved ones and shatter families, the impact of stroke from a socioeconomic perspective is also staggering. The CDC estimates that between 2018 and 2019, the economic burden of stroke in the U.S. rose to approximately $56.5 billion. 

I have witnessed many advances in the diagnosis and treatment of patients with stroke with glacial progress over the years. However, with the advent of artificial intelligence (AI), we have a new powerful ally.

Many of the AI tools physicians employ have drastically improved the fight against stroke, yet there is no substitute for the human element.

“Time is brain” is the rallying cry for health care teams treating stroke victims. It is not coincidence that we use the acronym FAST, which stands for Face drooping, Arm/leg weakness, Speech difficulty, and Time to remind people of the signs of a stroke and to seek immediate medical assistance. 

When I received the emergency stroke call this Thanksgiving, I sprang into action and left my home in a flurry, passing the baton of turkey carving to my eldest son. Why the urgency? Because early intervention is crucial for patient outcomes. 

While Thanksgiving dinner is my favorite family tradition, this patient needed help fast. Within minutes, the team and I brought the patient to the operating room to restore blood flow to his brain. His symptoms began to improve immediately.


By coupling what we have already learned and developed, AI algorithms have demonstrated remarkable capabilities in expediting successful treatment. AI can analyze brain scans, such as computed tomography (CT) to not only detect the presence of a stroke but also classify its type. 

The ability to make such critical differentiations helps guide physicians and nurses to select the most appropriate course of action, whether it be administering clot-busting medications, performing a lifesaving intervention by retrieving the blood clot out of vessels, or preparing for open brain surgery.

Moreover, AI assists in predicting the response to these specific interventions. This level of precision marks a significant departure from the one-size-fits-all approach, heralding a new era in stroke care where treatments are as unique as the patients themselves. This means, unfortunately, there are times I need to discuss with families that despite all our current neurosurgical advances, there are no effective interventions to be offered.


While there is no question that AI has propelled effective treatment for patients with stroke, there are certainly some limitations. It is not uncommon that given constraints of medical imaging, the AI algorithm may interpret the data incorrectly.

Not only have I been involved in cases where AI has indicated surgery should be performed when objectively there was nothing to operate upon, the opposite scenario also arises. It is a precarious situation to call a team for emergency surgery when the AI platform instructs no intervention is required. 

As a neurosurgeon, I am too familiar with the anxiety created when AI recommends no intervention, yet surgery is the best chance of salvation for the patient. Imagine the captain of a large commercial airplane performing an emergency maneuver against the recommendations of the flight AI, knowing that hundreds of passengers’ lives onboard hang in the balance. Decades of training and experience along with the degree of self-assurance required for these moments is surreal.


Ethical considerations surrounding patient privacy and data security from using AI algorithms also require careful attention. Many of the AI platforms used in the treatment of acute stroke require a third-party software program outside of the hospital.

In this world of malicious cyber-attacks committed against hospitals by terrorists aiming for financial gain, it is essential that patient data transfer is completely protected. Ensuring responsible use of AI in stroke care is essential.

The synergy between AI and physicians, nurses and physical therapists involved in stroke care is poised for further advancements. I am personally excited to witness how AI technologies become more integrated into the health care ecosystem, and how AI can facilitate, not replace, the human element. 

We must remember that, at the end of the day, we are humans treating other humans, not simply programs analyzing algorithmic equations.

Before I left my home on this Thanksgiving to treat the patient suffering a stroke, I reminded my boys that while I needed to leave, I would come home. And as promised, I returned home late in the evening. My boys and my wife sat with me and together we enjoyed a wonderful dinner. Once again, I was thankful for my beautiful, healthy family. 



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8 challenges to make your Sims’ lives harder

Several Sims standing in a group.

Life simulation game The Sims 4 lets players indulge in a plethora of enjoyable fantasies, such as owning your own home, having a fulfilling job, and being in a caring relationship with someone who loves you. However, once you are done revelling in these daydreams, it can be fun to give yourself a challenge.

Sims fans have invented a ton of challenges to spice up the sandbox, coming up with sets of themed, self-imposed rules to make your game fresh and interesting — and your Sims’ lives way more difficult. Practically every challenge has variations as well, so you can mix and match a ruleset that best suits how you want to play.

These challenges make The Sims’ typically gentle gameplay harder, but also a lot more satisfying. Building a mansion is fun, but it’s even more enjoyable when you’ve watched your Sim suffer for every simoleon going into it.

Here are some of the best Sims challenges to help make your digital dolls’ lives hell.

1. The Rags to Riches Challenge

One of the most enjoyable and well-known Sims challenges, the Rags to Riches Challenge is exactly what it sounds like. Start out with a single Sim on an empty lot, without any friends or a simoleon to their name, and work your way up to having a home, a family, and every comfort a Sim could wish for.

Of course, this challenge isn’t as easy as simply getting a job and saving up. There are certain self-imposed criteria that must be met before each such milestone, though how tough they are depends on what ruleset you follow. You could need to pay a 500 simoleon job application fee before you start your career, or you could need to build a whole house in order to provide your employer with a home address. Either way, you’ll probably be doing a lot of couchsurfing.

The Rags to Riches challenge has been around long enough that there are a variety of different rulesets, letting you pick and choose whichever combination of limitations best suits how you want to play. Your Sims may be miserable, but you don’t have to be.

2. The Black Widow Challenge

Are you really playing The Sims if you aren’t indulging in some good old fashioned murder? No. You are not. In the Black Widow (or Widower) Challenge, your goal is to meet a special someone, have a whirlwind romance, get married — then get caught having an affair and kill your new spouse for their simoleons.

It isn’t enough to commit one murder and quietly live out the rest of your days in modest comfort, though. A Black Widow needs to feed, and won’t be satisfied without at least 10 headstones under their belt. Fortunately, your unfaithfulness means there should already be an unsuspecting fly stuck in your web, the next link in your daisy chain of dead spouses.

The Black Widow challenge doesn’t let you have a job, as matricide is a lucrative career when conducted correctly, and you can’t seduce someone who’s already married since you won’t get their money. Other than that, how you trap and dispose of your hapless paramours is largely up to your own Machiavellian designs.

3. The Legacy Challenge

The Legacy Challenge is slightly similar to the Rags to Riches Challenge in that you begin with a single, relatively impoverished Sim. However, instead of scrounging around to survive with absolutely nothing to your name, you’re building a dynasty spanning 10 generations.

Working your way up from humble beginnings, the aim of the Legacy Challenge is to build a family, accumulate wealth, then pass it down to your children. They’ll then do the same, passing it down to their children, who’ll pass it to their children, and so on. This means you get to follow a single family for years, and see how your early decisions end up influencing your great grandchildren’s lives.

You aren’t allowed to create any Sims other than your family’s first founder, which makes who you marry and how you raise your children very important. You also can’t turn off ageing or restart if things don’t turn out how you like — just like real life.

It doesn’t matter if you accidentally burn the house down or your kids turn out to be jerks. You’re just going to have to play the Sims you’re dealt.

4. The 100 Baby Challenge

Another well-known Sims challenge, the goal of the 100 Baby Challenge is to have 100 babies in as few generations as possible. This would be absolutely awful in real life and I would not recommend anyone ever do this, for the sake of their mental health and uterine structural integrity. Fortunately, Sims aren’t afflicted with the same physical limitations that restrain us.

You start with one Sim for this challenge, and pop out as many kids as you can as quickly as possible (all from different fathers, of course). Then, when you’re no longer of childbearing age, you pass your baby-factory duties down to your eldest daughter. She continues the horrific family tradition, passing it on until 100 new Sims have been born.

The 100 Baby Challenge isn’t just about procreating, though. You also have to figure out what to do with all these kids once you’ve had them. You aren’t allowed to give them to social services or otherwise dispose of them, which means you have to raise your spawn until they’re old enough to move out. You can’t hire a nanny either, so things will probably get very chaotic very quickly.

5. The Disney Princess Challenge

If Disney’s live-action adaptations disappointed you, orchestrating modern remakes in The Sims could help soothe your nostalgia. The Disney Princess Challenge is a generational challenge that has each new generation emulate the story of a different Disney heroine.

The first generation starts with the first Disney princess Snow White, who must have seven children with seven different negative traits. Once these kids grow up, one of them becomes Cinderella. They take care of the house and can’t marry until their mother dies, with one of their children becoming the ambitious foodie Tiana. This continues down the generations, going from Aurora to Anna to Rapunzel to Belle.

This challenge is for Sims players who enjoy telling stories with their Sims. Rather than aiming for a specific goal, the Disney Princess Challenge provides a structure players can use to weave a narrative. The rules also give you a lot of latitude, allowing you to embellish and explore your ersatz fairytale characters.

6. The Decades Challenge

The Decades Challenge also has you play through the generations, following a single family as it grows. The twist is that you have to live as though it’s the 1890s at the start, with all the technological and social restrictions this entails.

This means that your first generation can’t use electricity, can’t have indoor toilets, and are only allowed to marry within their ethnicity. Your Sims will then move into the 1900s with the next generation, granting them indoor plumbing, electric lighting, and jobs — though only for men.

Each generation adds a decade, going through the 1910s and World War I (male Sims are randomly killed off), the 1930s and Great Depression (everyone loses their jobs), and the Sexual Revolution and Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s (gay and interracial relationships are allowed). Your Sims even become Y2K preppers in the 1990s, recreating the retrospectively quaint panic surrounding the Millennium bug.

7. The Bachelor/Bachelorette Challenge

Love is already a game, but the Bachelor/Bachelorette Challenge lets you make it a game inside a game (assuming you believe reality shows like The Bachelor deal in actual love rather than lust and spectacle).

In this challenge you create a household of eight single, unrelated Sims, with one of them your designated Bachelor or Bachelorette. You then have everyone get to know them, going on dates and group outings, before eliminating the Sim who’s the least compatible with your Bachelor(ette) every three days. The whole thing ends with a marriage proposal, which I’m sure will result in a healthy and long-lasting relationship.

Technically the rules of this challenge require you to move a Sim out of the house once they’re eliminated, exiled from the love shack and never to return. It’d probably be more fun to put a Black Widow spin on it, though.

8. The Truman Show Challenge

The Sims is already very Truman Show-like in many ways, positioning you as an omnipotent director conducting your unsuspecting Sims’ lives. The Truman Show Challenge takes this a step further, allowing you to control everyone in your game except the titular “Truman.”

In this challenge you have to raise a Sim from infancy, ensuring they do well in school, get a job, make friends, and get married. All pretty standard Sim stuff. What isn’t standard is that you aren’t allowed to control your Sim directly, and can only influence what they do through their interactions with others. This means you have to play around your Sim’s free will.

You win if your Sim accumulates 100,000 simoleons before dying of old age, never realising that their entire life was a carefully orchestrated reality show, all the people around them were actors, and they had never experienced real love. The whole scenario is admittedly morally questionable, but what is The Sims for if not experimenting with ethical boundaries?

There are a heap of other Sims challenges to choose from if none of these strike your fancy, or you could even make up your own. Just don’t feel obligated to stick to any rules if you find them more annoying than fun. Sometimes you just need a good old fashioned drowning.

UPDATE: Nov. 29, 2023, 5:18 p.m. AEDT This article was originally published in Oct. 2020, and has since been updated in Nov. 2023.

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