Ten Sims 3 photos you shouldn’t take in real life

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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  • coffeenebula - January 8, 2010 11:27 p.m.

    So I still need to pick a fight and kill someone off...good to know.
  • seriousgamerchick - January 8, 2010 4:06 p.m.

    Haha nice :]
  • JiminyNickIt - January 6, 2010 2:19 p.m.

    Pretty entertaining article, but as for taking photos in French museums: I was in Paris a few weeks ago, and in every museum I was in (the Louvre) taking photos of the exhibits was perfectly allowed, as long as you didn't use flash (and even that wasn't rigidly enforced). I have plenty of photos of the Mona Lisa, the Venus de Milo and the Louvre's other famous exhibits.
  • VMPSaberwolf - January 6, 2010 12:02 p.m.

    Well done!
  • Cwf2008 - January 6, 2010 2:51 a.m.

    @ZombieAmmy: Hmm didnt notice this at first but thats great. Shows the amount effort (i guess you could call it that) they put into this. Now about the death picture, im also sure its kinda illegal to push someone to their death as well as take a picture of their corpse
  • ZombieAmmy - January 6, 2010 2:13 a.m.

    Gotta love that you can see the task bar at the bottom of the screen shots, showing the game, the paint program they pasted these into running and what time it was when they did it.
  • Axcleblade - January 6, 2010 12:44 a.m.

    Nik41507, Yes, there is a nude cheat (or technically a mod). Gamesradar included it in an article;the article can be found here:
  • nik41507 - January 5, 2010 11:54 p.m.

    Nice article GR and yes, It was censored to begin with (theres no nude cheat)
  • CH3BURASHKA - January 5, 2010 11:31 p.m.

    In regards to taking pictures in the Louvre, I got a chance to go there. There was a huge crowd around the Mona Lisa and a BUNCH of people were taking pictures (most of them Asian, b/c there was an Asian tour, as there always is). The guards were being just stern but didn't do anything physical; perhaps they're not allowed. As for the article, I'm not that impressed. Sorry, GR, I'm not a Sims guy.
  • lovinmyps3 - January 5, 2010 11:25 p.m.

    Who needs real life?
  • CreeplyTuna - January 5, 2010 10:30 p.m.

  • FalconMbuster - January 5, 2010 10:15 p.m.

    Say yes to Cyberninja's first question and you may have just sold him a copy of Sims 3.
  • Cyberninja - January 5, 2010 10:07 p.m.

    so they actually show naked sims in sims 3 or did you patch the copy or was the censorship in game to begin with?
  • DMarten - January 5, 2010 9:59 p.m.

    I think my freshman yearbook picture really captured the essence of puberty... Taking a picture of the grim reaper might be on you shouldn't do in a real life either, although I guess that is already covered with Photo Op: Dead People.
  • skyguy343 - January 5, 2010 9:38 p.m.

    decent article, good job

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