Thumbstick Mafia


May 2017

Cooperation Makes It Happen: How The Sims Can Fix Their Representation Issue – Part 2

This is the second and final part to Sharkyshood’s article; Cooperation Makes it Happen: How the SIMS can fix their Representation Issue.  


Working Together

For the Sims team to create a gaming experience that is inclusive of various identities, they should focus on building a system that allows them to work directly with the Sims mod community. When the Sims 3 was released I assumed we were headed in that direction. If you remember, Sims 3 had the awesomeness that was the Sims 3 store. Even tough Sims 3 was a mess for me, one thing was a point toward redemption was The Sims 3 store.

The Sims 3 Store allowed you  to download New Worlds and objects created by the Sims developers by using Simpoints.  In addition to downloading items created by Sim developers you could also download item recolors that were designed by creators in the community. The recolors didn’t require Simpoints. Simpoints could be purchased with real money via microtransactions or you could earn them by participating in daily online tasks such as watching a commercial or taking a survey.

I enjoyed the Sims 3 store because I saw its prospective future as a central location to find custom content. I assumed the recolors was just a small test run and then the store would expand to original meshes and mods.

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Active Support

Diversity is a topic we continue to talk around – yes, we have seen some change – with the advent of movements that hope to bring that conversation to the consumer, as well as turn it inward to the developers, writers, gamers and the Game Industry at large. 

This is not a post debating whether or not diversity is necessary – I’m writing this under the assumption that most readers are aware of the benefits of being inclusive as well as acknowledging that diversity does not mean “insert black woman or man here’.

With that out-of-the-way – I do feel like there needs to be a shift in conversation. We’ve started to instigate change, but now that we have diversity, what do we do with it?

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Thumbstick Fave: Layla and Shemar’s Playhouse

What is Layla and Shemar’s Playhouse?

Layla and Shemar are the next generation of Let’s Players. This channel was created by their Aunt Xmiramira who also creates funny let’s play videosSim content and is the creator of The Black Simmer forum. These little cuties have stolen my heart and they are HILARIOUS. I am extremely happy to see game let’s play videos for kids BY kids. As soon as Squish is old enough to understand and watch let’s play videos, he will be watching this channel.

I truly adored watching this sibling duo interact with each other during their minecraft game-play. There was one scene were Layla was roaming through a dark cave, scared. Shemar was right by his sister’s side saying “There’s nothing to be afraid of.” TOO MUCH CUTE. Then there was another scene where Layla was running away from some invader. Right before she made her great escape, she said “Bye, Felicia. I’m flying. See you when I see you.” BURY ME A G BECAUSE I AM DONE. If you have little ones who are interested in watching Let’s Play videos, then have them checkout Layla and Shemar.

The kiddies definitely need love, too. If you know of any other gaming channels that feature children of color, then shout them out in the comment section.


Our Guest Writer is none other than Thumbstick Mafia’s Co-founder Sharkyshood. You can find her on her website, twitter or whenever she blesses us on stream or YT.
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#TMPOD S2E3 – Diversify Your Platforms #2 + Twitch Affiliate Program

Diversify Your Platforms + Twitch Affliate Program

#TMPOD is byke and we’re finishing off our Diversify your Platforms mini series. If you didn’t catch part 1 of this series, then make sure you listen here.  In Episode 2 we covered Twitch, Youtube Gaming, Beam and Facebook Live. This episode we talk a bit about a few more options for you; Ustream, Hitbox, YouNow and MobCrush.

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