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26 March 2010

Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance" as re-created in The Sims 2.[More:] It's fairly astounding when seen side-by-side with the original.
Prove to me Lady gaga is not a Sim. Give evidence.
posted by The Whelk 26 March | 22:00
How is that even possible?????
posted by ThePinkSuperhero 26 March | 22:00
Seriously, how?? How has technology changed so much since I was a child? When I was young, I played a game called SimCity. It was like filling in a spreadsheet- block here, block there.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero 26 March | 22:09
The Sims 2 is VERY modifiable. (The Sims 3 is also modifiable, but to a lesser extent.)

If you know a bit of 3D modeling you can make new objects and clothing for the Sims 2. If you know some programming, you can create new animations (therefore some of the dance moves). A lot of it is creative use of objects and moves that already exist in the game. Also, there are hacks that you can download that will let you do things like get a bunch of Sims dancing in unison.

I don't know all the tricks they used to make that video, but huge props to whoever took the time to put all that together, and edit it so well, to boot.
posted by BoringPostcards 26 March | 22:15
Also, those lens flares and some of the glowy lighting were added to the video using something like AfterEffects, I suspect.
posted by BoringPostcards 26 March | 22:23
Okay, I'm hoping this is the right place to ask: Is it "Lady GaGa" or "Lady Gaga"? Anal-retentive MP3 taggers want to know.
posted by l33tpolicywonk 26 March | 22:53
Does anyone still make some equivalent of mix tapes? Because I'm really into listening to Gaga's Telephone back-to-back with Micachu's Calculator, and I think there's an awesome mix tape to be made of songs about technology.
posted by serazin 26 March | 23:01
l33tpolicywonk: I dunno. I've seen both, and on the album it's all caps, so who knows. (BTW, love yr nickname.)
posted by BoringPostcards 26 March | 23:21
Guys never let TPS play SIMS 3, okay, we could LOSE her.
posted by The Whelk 26 March | 23:53
I'm so bothered by this idea that all these post structural analyses of the Telephone video won't even let slip that there's some conventional sexual content there. Like we won't even notice that and skip right to the stuff about the viewer the artist the gender role blah blah blah? I'm like what kinda alternate reality stuff is this.
posted by Firas 26 March | 23:58
Firas, you are going to love these folks. Hugely intelligent thoughts and analysis of the Telephone video.
posted by BoringPostcards 27 March | 00:07
Wait, elaborate on the conventional sexual content Firas. I have not drunk the Gaga Coolaid, so I welcome hearing about it.

Personally I found the product placements unbearably repellent, but I liked the butch/femme action and the cigarette glasses.
posted by serazin 27 March | 00:10
elaborate on the conventional sexual content Firas

Woman forcibly stripped onto prison bed?
Beyonce eating part of a candy bar and giving it to Gaga?

Man these are like stupid-straight-porn tropes!

BP yeah what prompted me is that I had clicked your link (seeing it on twitter earlier) and did a search through the document for "sex" and was frustrated at how dry the take on the matter is, like "Lady Gaga is not Sexy in the regular sexy way like bad terrible sexy women, she is sexy in this intellectualized oppositional way! Go her!"

I mainly just have a bee in my bonnet about it cause I had read the mefi thread about it and the whole discussion about the intersection of sexuality and politics seemed to have started with a guy snarking about how she's catering to male fantasy and some woman shutting him down with "yeah I can't tell you how often my boyfriend has asked me to poison him!" which got a host of favorites. I'm like, that's it? That's the whole discussion on this aspect? AAARGH
posted by Firas 27 March | 00:18
Personally I found the product placements unbearably repellent

I'm pretty sure that was the idea. She got companies to PAY for appearances in a video where she used their products to kill people. How is that not awesome?

Coca-Cola flipped out when Oliver Stone used their polar bears in "Natural Born Killers." Even though they'd paid to be in a movie about mass murderers. They just didn't expect their product to be near a mass murderer. Fucking with corporations is time well spent, IMO.
posted by BoringPostcards 27 March | 00:19
So yeah, I'm going to read that properly later. Thx for the link.
posted by Firas 27 March | 00:23
I hate how she's playing both sides of the product placement fence. My understanding (nah, I didn't look for the research, it's metachat!) is that product placements are effective whether linked with positive or negative associations. I'm just kind of shocked by how saturated our culture has become with advertising.

For the old school sexism, yeah, I get what you're saying Firas. Again, its playing both sides. "I'm using sexist tropes to subvert them!"

I am enjoying the analysis of her video though - a bit more than the actual video.
posted by serazin 27 March | 00:26
I hate how she's playing both sides of the product placement fence.

Personally, I LOVE that. :)
posted by BoringPostcards 27 March | 00:28
I love when people momentarily forget that the music video is itself a commercial. Product placement? Let's place Lady GaGa front and center. heheh
posted by Ardiril 27 March | 00:32
Yeah, I get that videos are themselves ads. Sometimes I wish I could read it the way you do, BP. Instead I get high blood pressure panicking about consumerist distopias.
posted by serazin 27 March | 00:39
Once you realize that pop culture is not going to hurt you, it's very liberating.
posted by BoringPostcards 27 March | 00:50
I love pop culture. Except for the popular part. And the culture part.
posted by serazin 27 March | 00:58
I watched "Bad Romance" for the first time and I wish I could find something fun or even meta in it. It just seems dreary and old. I haven't got to the Sims bit yet.
posted by arse_hat 27 March | 01:18
I am that is for the hottest video I have seen for a the longest times.

The joy of any animation; is the mind making it so much better than the real.

Love it.
posted by buzzman 27 March | 01:20
Oh, pfft. Bad Romance is the best pop song in ages and the video is amazing.

You're just being cranky.
posted by BoringPostcards 27 March | 01:25
I love "Bad Romance" -- what BP said -- and can even say I like "Paparazzi" (speaking as both video and song) but I really dislike "Telephone" (as both). Jonas Åkerlund is responsible for both the latter. Maybe I need to watch Beyond the Valley of the Dolls again or something to reconnect with trashy B-films.

It's spelled "Lady Gaga" on the title attribute of her official site, and I've rarely seen "GaGa" except in "Haus of GaGa".
posted by dhartung 27 March | 17:16
I don't care how she spells it; I like GaGa.
posted by Ardiril 27 March | 17:18
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