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Take a Deep Dive Into the Infamous “100 Baby Challenge”

In 2021 you can speedrun a family.

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As exciting as “social experiments” sound in theory, the whole “ethical oversight” thing can really put a damper on the scope of your research. Thankfully, we live in an age where it is easy to simulate sordid family dramas, psychological horrors and “really weird looking guys” without fear of reproach. On top of that, you can do it all from the comfort of your couch. 

For over 20 years, The Sims has inspired ingenuity, curiosity and depravity all in equal measure. Anyone can make a family, get wildly rich and set a grease fire in the kitchen, but truly debased simulation goals require a certain level of panache. As one of the longest-running metagames in the Sims franchise, nothing embodies the spirit of the game quite like the infamous “100 Baby Challenge.”

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Excuse Me, What is the “100 Baby Challenge?”

Different Sims games and expansion packs come with specific rules and strategies, but the objective of the 100 Baby Challenge remains the same across all platforms. Create a “matriarch” Sim and try to birth and raise 100 children in as few generations as possible.

This challenge has been popular among Sims fans for over 10 years, but interest has skyrocketed in recent months. Perhaps in the pandemic-induced absence of “going places” and “meeting people,” people are looking to simulate these experiences in The Sims

The Sims 2

The first known iteration of the 100 Baby Game originated on Mod the Sims, a popular tutorial and modification site. A Simmer by the name of AndreaCat posted “The Cheesecake Challenge” for The Sims 2 on January 29th, 2010. When a pregnant Sim eats a slice of cheesecake, there is a greater probability of twins (and other multiple births, if using the Triplets and Quads mod). Consistent multiple births are important, as The Cheesecake Challenge must be completed within 50 births. 

The Sims 3 and 4

In the absence of the cheesecake mechanic unique to The Sims 2, the 100 Baby Challenge does not have a birth limit. You can spread your matriarch’s progeny over as many generations as you’d like, but the “challenge” aspect rewards efficiency — especially considering how long your average 100 Baby Challenge takes to complete, with some attempts lasting over three years. If your matriarch enters old age and can’t have any more babies, her youngest daughter takes over. 

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How To Complete the 100 Baby Challenge

Even if the 100 Baby Challenge isn’t too competitive or record-oriented, the tight-knit Sims community adheres to a consistent set of rules. There are plenty of randomized elements and choices that can change the trajectory of your behemoth family venture and keep the experience interesting without the use of illegal mods, nannies or adoptions. 

Some requirements seem pretty intuitive: 

  • Each child must have a different father. In a way, this is also the “100 First Dates Challenge.”
  • Your matriarch can live anywhere she can afford with her starter fund, and all personality types and physical attributes are acceptable. 
  • You cannot use cheats or mods that speed up the game, allow more than eight Sims in a single household or any other tricks that give an unfair advantage over other users. 
  • All 100 babies must grow to the young adult stage while living at home. 

From an outsider’s perspective, other rules for the challenge might seem a bit unusual:

  • Sims who have died can’t move back into the house in ghost form. 
  • Underage Sims who have been killed or taken by social services do not count towards your 100 Babies.
  • The gender of an unborn baby can’t be influenced by eating strawberries and carrots or by listening to pop and alternative music.
  • Matriarchs are allowed to use the wishing well, but wishing for additional children is forbidden. 

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Oliver Pretl-Drummond

Oliver Pretl-Drummond is a copywriter, memoirist and Scorpio living in Baltimore, MD. Primed by years of recreational research spirals, they've helped Slickdeals document hundreds of arcane store policies and hidden coupon tricks for the greater good of deal hunters everywhere. They spend their days seeking and sharing killer deals on budget travel, sound systems, home goods and tech. By night, their free time is reserved for making bass music while consuming exotic caffeinated beverages with their partner and growing family of yucca plants.

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