Thumbstick Mafia

Cooperation Makes It Happen: How The Sims Can Fix Their Representation Issue


The Sims and Me 

Original The Sims game cover
By Source, Fair use, Wikipedia

The Sims have been a staple in my gaming gallery for about 17 years now.

Wow, 17 years. Which means my gaming experience with the Sims is about to reach the status of adulthood. When I first started, I assumed the possibilities were endless when it came to game play. I would spend hours on the base game and then Maxis started to release expansion packs and now my Sims could go on vacations, dates, become a superstar, have pets and so much more. Fast forward to the announcement of Sims 2 and I was giddy with excitement from simply thinking about the new adventures my Sims would take on. Little did I know the Sims team would bring us all the way back to base game features.

My Sims who were once able to own pets, throw parties, and own a business are now back to chillin’ in the house and working. The very same thing happened with Sims 3 and now with the most current title, Sims 4. With each new release of the Sims series, we were right back at square one and needed to buy expansions packs just so we could have features we had in the previous series. I’m sure you can see how that can get old if you have been a veteran player and playing the game since the original.

In this article, I will discuss the Sims playing experience and how I envision a system that will benefit EA, custom content/mod creators and Simmers. Please note, this is part one of the series, stay tuned for part two.

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#TMPOD: S2E1 – All about YOUR coins!


#TMPod is back for Season 2! We’ve definitely missed ya’ll so  we kick off the first episode by discussing Content Creation and Revenue Sharing because what better way to show we love you by helping you get your coins together?

The back end game is changing and Sharkyshood the prophet has us covered with the break down as usual.

We discuss the changing rules for the industry for content creators and discuss it from the developer’s point of view with Persona 5’s press release and YouTube’s continued updates and changes in their effort to work with sponsors and continue to grow their overall brand and company and how it impacts content creators.

#TMPod tag is still the official hashtag for the show! If you have comments, questions, would like to suggest a guest or a topic – please use the hashtag so we can keep track or you can email us:

P.S. As promised – Sharkyshood Living Single Intro

Sharkyshood: Twitter | Twitch |Tumblr
Seeker: Twitter | TwitchSite

Listen to Episode Here

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Creating a Safe Space for Black Girl Gamers: Black Girl Gamers Pax East Panel

Black Girl Gamers (BGG) is presenting a panel on Creating a Safe Space for Black Girl Gamers  at Pax East and we’re happy to announce that we’ve been asked to be a part of this awesome discussion!

Want to support us but won’t be at Pax East?! Use our hashtag: #BGGatPax and if you’ve got it – throw some love our way in the form of coins.

BGG Patreon

Watch this space for more details soon!

Thumbstick Mafia Podcast: Ep 8 – Thumbstick Holiday

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Happy Kwanza, Happy Hanukkuh, Happy Winter Solstice. Hope we covered everyone. Happy day off to the folks not celebrating. 

Sharky and I are back to tell you that this is our final episode of the season.  Don’t kill us. Before we wrapped, we wanted to help get you ready for the Holidays with a few black businesses and artists you that we love, that we’re getting gifts from.  We discuss why it’s important to buy black and what we’re thankful for this year.

Our Round Table this week :
Sharkyshood: Twitter | Twitch |Tumblr
Seeker: Twitter | Twitch | Tumblr

Listen to the Episode here

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Show Notes: Here’s our Retailer List.
Bevel: Specializes in Men’s grooming and skincare. You can find them on twitter: @bevel

Pear Nova: Amazing nail polish colors that change every season.  You can find them on twitter: @pearnova

Aminah Abdul Jililih:  Beautiful, shoes that make a statement. Perfect for your stand out occasions and stuntin’ on folks. You can find them on twitter: @aminahjililih

Haute Butch: Tom Boy Style. Everything we love about a masculine cut without the boxy lines and unflattering pairings.

Ambiance Couture: Stylish, one of a kind bowties. Comes in a lovely wood box – perfect for gift giving. Check them out!

Want Les Essentiels: High end leather totes, luggage, bags, shoes and accessories. A bit on the pricey side but these are classic pieces that won’t need a replacement for some time. Great investment.

Lost Queens: Accessories and Jewelry that steals the show. They have something for you regardless of if you like delicate chains or bold chunky statement pieces. Twitter: @lostqueens

Absynia Shop:  Made by hand, these one of a kind pieces are perfect for gift giving or for treating yourself. YOU DESERVE. Twitter: @absynia

Just Like Me Box: Book subscription service for the young readers in your life. Just Like Me focuses on books from diverse authors with diverse stories so that the child in your life can see themselves reflected in a positive way. Twitter: @justlikemebox

PlaiPen: Their business is simple and adorable; kids clothes that look like they can hold up to a bit of weather with cute designs. Really wished they came in adult sizes. Twitter: @plaipen

KrissiScribbles: A multifaceted artist that makes everything from custom cards to coloring books. Her most recent collaboration is with her son. Twitter: @krissiScribbles

Kashmir VII: Accessories, jewelery, paintings, art – You naaaammmeeee it. You can find it at her store. She’s known for art with your favorite throwback, black Sitcom stars from the 90s. Twitter: @kashmirvii

We’ll throw these business on twitter and maybe even add a few more of our faves. Don’t forget to use and check the #TMPod hashtag.

Thanks for an amazing year. We’ll be back soon. ❤

Thumbstick Mafia Podcast: Ep 6 – The Scary-i-scode

Happy Halloween!

Sharky and Seeker byke with a Scary-i-sode. We talk #RIP vine, Giphy being the Hero that Vine deserves, Bethesda not sending out game preview copies, streaming services being native to PC and X1 with the new Windows 10 update and finalize our horror recommendations! Special Shout Out to: Lost Queens – a dope, business that’s definitely worth your coins.

Don’t forget to send us your thoughts, questions, funny video game clips to us using the #TMPod an we’ll definitely share and shout you out!

Our Round Table this week :
Sharkyshood: Twitter | Twitch | Tumblr
Seeker: Twitter | Twitch | Tumblr

Listen to the Scary-i-sode here

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A Special thank you to those who sent in submissions via the #TMPod hashtag. The Horror Recommendations list is already up, you can find it here: Thumbstick Mafia Halloween Movie List

#TMPod Halloween Movie List

This is our first Halloween! As a horror fan, I couldn’t pass up on the opportunity to create a Halloween Movie List. Thank you to Peoplescritc and SunnyAijou for their suggestions.

Behold – The List; I tried to keep it short. 

Family Friendly
Hocus Pocus (This is essential watching – I don’t care how old you are – this is a must watch every single year.)
Monster House
Billy and Mandy’s Big Boogey Adventure
Harry Potter Movies (All of them, yes)
Practical Magic
The Craft
Scooby Doo 1-2 (Live Action)

Fright Night
Nightmare on Elm Street
Resident Evil
Jeepers Creepers
Tales from the Crypt: Bordello Blood
Tales from the Darkside
Bride of Chucky

General Horror
You’re Next
The Forsaken
Deliver us from Evil
As above, So below
Rec (Movie Series)
ABCs of Death
The Babadook
The Taking of Deborah Logan
Come Back To Me
The Girl in the Photographs

Lots of these titles are available on Netflix and will be in rotation on Sy-Fy, Chiller or your favorite movie source.

Happy Halloween from Thumbstick Mafia!


An Extra Fif – #PerformanceMatters ft Danielle McCrae

Voice Actor, Content Creator and Gamer Extraordinaire: Danielle McCrae stops by to talk to us about the SAG-AFTRA strike and how we can lend out support as well as how she got into Voice Acting, her most memorable experiences on stream, Waifus of Overwatch and more.


#PerformanceMatters – Click Here
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Danielle’s Website
Waifus of Overwatch Podcast
More on the SAG-AFTRA Strike 

TM Spotlight: Junae Benne

ThumbstickMafia is dedicated to supporting and promoting diverse women in gaming – we’re happy to introduce a spotlight to gamers, content creators, streamers, developers and members of the industry.

Today’s Spotlight is on Junae Benne – a multifaceted Gamer, Content Creator and Natural Hair Enthusiast!


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Thumbstick Mafia Podcast: Ep 5 – The Black Renaissance

Sharky and Seeker are back!

We’re on Episode 5 ya’ll, can you believe it?! On this episode we talk our first impressions of Mafia III, The Park playthrough and the possible Red Dead Redemption teaser. We also touch on the idea of respectability politics in Luke Cage and start building our Halloween Movie List!

Our Round Table this week :
Sharkyshood: Twitter | Twitch | Tumblr
Seeker: Twitter | Twitch | Tumblr

Episode 5: Listen Here

Not so Netflix Recommendations – Build your Halloween Movie Playlist
Hocus Pocus
Monster House
Harry Potter Movies (All of them, yes)

Nightmare on Elm Street
Resident Evil
Jeepers Creepers
Saw 3

Don’t forget to send your Halloween Movie Suggestions and your Mafia III, clips to us via the #TMPod hashtag and don’t forget to give us a review on Stitcher and iTunes. We’ll definitely shout out your recommendations, add them to the list and post the funniest / best vids!
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