Photo Op: During An Argument
The setup: You have to be super-fast on this one. Go up to any Sim and select a Mean action or give them a Rude Introduction. Immediately after toggling that interaction, select Take Photo from your camera menu and have your finger hovering on the capture button. The image will swing into Photo mode and you have a split second to snap a picture of a very angry Sim who may or may not be about to storm away.
Why you really shouldn’t get this shot in real life: It’s dangerous. You go up to anybody – even someone you know very well – to insult them and then immediately bust out a camera and they’re either going to grab the camera with their hand to keep you from taking the photo or just punch you in the face. Either way, this is one shot only celebrity paparazzi are successful at snagging and given the number of black eyes the get in the process we don’t think it’s worth it.
Photo Op: Dead People
The setup: The lazier Sims player need only set foot in any foreign tomb location to find their first skeletal remains. The more ambitious (and murderous) players might stage a fatal accident, and then rather than lift a finger to help when the Grim Reaper shows up, they might instead lift a camera. Either way, point and click to get your Dead Person pic.
Why you shouldn’t get this shot in real life: Aside from being morbid, it’s usually illegal. Nine times out of 10, taking pictures of dead people is considered an invasion of privacy. Lawyers could argue that a dead person doesn’t have a reasonable expectation of privacy. However, in the face of the bereaved family’s lawsuit, they’ll probably settle out of court and destroy your photo. That tenth time? You probably work for a Coroner’s Office.
Photo Op: In The Bathroom
The setup: Raise your stats with a Sim such that they don’t mind when you’re in the bathroom while they’re using the john or taking a bath. Then all you need to do is point and click – they may even give you a kinky little smile.
Why you shouldn’t get this shot in real life: Potential misuse of materials. Much like the sex photos, you can get this shot and might even do it for the purposes of the adult entertainment industry. But otherwise, you really just shouldn’t. It’s not polite to snap a photo of someone straining over a toilet bowl and you could be ruining somebody’s future career in politics with that pervy shower picture.
Photo Op: Through A Window
The setup: Waltz up to any Sim’s house, stand outside their glass door or window and snap away at any number of intimate moments going on inside the stranger’s house. Even if they see you, they won’t call the cops.
Why you can’t get this shot in real life: Aside from being creepy and weird, snapping photos from a peeping Tom’s position of outside the house (say, in the bushes) is totally illegal even if all you’re taking pictures of is an empty living room.
Photo Op: During Labor
The setup: Get a Sim knocked up, let the requisite pregnancy period pass and then when she goes into labor, moaning and clutching her stomach, snap a shot.
Why you can’t get this shot in real life: The mom-to-be won’t thank you for it. Sure, the miracle of life is one of the most intimate and special times in anyone’s life. But take a look at your own birth photos that your mother saved. Do you see any of her bent over, clutching her gut and wailing? Hell no, because even if a pregnant woman wants photo evidence of her ordeal, she doesn’t want the one where she’s in absolute agony.
Photo Op: Puberty
The setup: Wait ‘til a child Sim hits his or her birthday transition. Cancel the Birthday! Aim your camera directly at the Sim as they begin to do the sparkly change of life twirl. Snap away.
Why you can’t get this shot in real life: They say a picture is worth a thousand words – but not even thousands of photos snapped between the pimple-free age of 10 and the hairy age of 18 can really capture the essence of puberty.
Jan 5, 2010
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