A Complete Newbie Family History
The Sims launched in February 2000 for PC and played a fundamental role in defining the life simulator genre as games became more mainstream. But of course, as with any new style of play, players were going to have to understand the terrain, and how better to give it to them than with their own trial family to guide them through the tutorial? Come in, Bob and Betty Newbie.
The couple are newlyweds in the first Sims game, but as the series’ timeline becomes tangled and twisted, Bob and Betty’s story isn’t always straight and simple. They’ve lived with different people, in different towns, and at different stages of their lives throughout the series, so we wanted to look back and see where they’ve been since they helped us learn how to play the games, and where they’ve finished.
The Sims 3
Although we first meet Bob and Betty in the original Sims, their story, given the twisted nature of the series’ timeline, technically begins in The Sims 3. Here they are in the town of Riverview, where longtime fans will recognize many of the 50 total Sims added to the town, newbies included.
This explains why you’ll meet Bob Newbie as an awkward teenager, living with his parents, Robert and Mags, on Farmer Valley Road. His father is a man, always wanting Bob to put down the books he loves and join him fishing. His mother, meanwhile, always wants to cook the catch of the day.
Also available at Riverview was Betty Simovitch, living with her parents, Vadim and Fatima. Betty is a wonderful musician with a level six guitar skill, but doesn’t want to make a career out of it, much to the chagrin of her mother, who is trying to live out long-lost rock star dreams through her daughter. Fatima was also a great musician in her youth, but gave up her fledgling career in exchange for a family life when she and Vadim got married. Betty, however, is more interested in falling in love than being a star.
When you download Riverview, the two teenagers are already best friends, so it’s easy enough to expand that into their canonical romance for anyone who wants to keep their gaming lore intact.
By the time they become our tutorial family for The Sims, which canonically happens after The Sims 3, Bob and Betty have married and recently moved into their infamous home on Sim Lane. You learn to play the game helping them adjust to life in their new town. It was there that they had their most recognizable appearances, with Bob bald and overweight, and Betty with the cropped hair and her purple/teal outfit.
They’re meant to be a take on traditional 1950s suburban life, with you finding a career for Bob using the newspaper or the computer and Betty being destined to play the role of a housewife. In some of her console appearances, she’ll even start with a level three cooking skill to lend to this notion.
Although the couple are indeed married, checking their relationship bar still shows them as just friends. The game treats them as spouses, but players can choose to alter their relationship as they wish after completing the tutorial, towards romance or ruin.
The console editions of the game are slightly different though, with Betty coming from the Roomies family. Her biography indicates that she is a loyal go-getter, attracted only to the fittest men. Both are known to be quite active in the console iterations, but with Bob also armed with a love for reading, silence, and sitting, it’s not hard to see the progression.
The Sims 2
While Bob, Betty, and their parents are all dead by the time the story for them picks up in The Sims 2, their legacy lives on, but without them. Between The Sims and The Sims 2, Bob and Betty had a daughter, Brandi, who is still alive and playable at the start of the game.
Her story, however, begins in an unfortunate place. Brandi was married to Skip Broke, son of Flat and Flo Broke. It’s unclear if the newlyweds remodeled Bob and Betty’s house or just bought a new one together, but it’s known that they lived with the newbies at one point.
After moving out, Brandi and Skip had two children together, Dustin and Beau Broke, and when you load into the family, you’ll soon learn that Brandi also recently became pregnant with a third child. However, she will have to go through parenthood alone this time around – Skip died shortly before play resumed.
His death is listed as a “suspicious pool ladder accident”, a nod to the Simmers story that killed Sims by drowning them in ladderless pools in the first two episodes of the series. The pool in the backyard of their house, you’ll notice when loading on the ground, still doesn’t have a ladder.
Dustin, the couple’s eldest son, is a teenager going through a period of rebellion over the loss of his father, while Beau is still a toddler whose skills are notoriously lacking, given the recent family upheaval. Dustin has a part-time job, but Brandi is an unemployed, former housewife. For this, she has a level 2 mechanical skill, a level 3 cleaning skill and an impressive level 8 cooking skill. The boys’ four grandparents have also died when the game begins, leaving Brandi to pick up the pieces by herself.
The Sims 4
The Newbie family members were all missing during the early years of The Sims 4’s lifespan, which is set in an alternate timeline. Eventually, they were recreated by Maxis and uploaded to the gallery in honor of the series’ 19th anniversary.
The family consists solely of Bob, Betty, and Buddy, the dog the couple owned in the console version of The Sims 2: Pets. If you don’t have The Sims 4 Cats and Dogs expansion, Buddy will be omitted from the family, but Bob and Betty will still be available. However, Bob having an animal-centric aspiration seems like Buddy is canonically meant to be included.
Both are unemployed young adults who come without any preloaded skills, but their traits are filled. Bob, true to his previous portrayals, has the traits Slob, Lazy, and Bookworm, in addition to Animal Affection as part of his Friend of the Animals. suction. Betty, on the other hand, is Creative, Unflirty, and Active, as well as the Muser trait of her Musical Genius aspiration.
It seems Betty has now changed her mind about music. Part of her aspiration involves writing and licensing songs, which means she effectively earns an income from her musical talent, so her (very) late mother would surely be proud. Interestingly, there’s also a Sim named Dustin Broke who delivered the Get Famous expansion, but with his appearance changed and The Sims 4 taking place in an alternate reality, it’s unconfirmed if he’s their granddaughter- son or just a Sim of the same name.
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