Grunge and disrepair
This is just my personal wish for Paralives, certainly not something for the launch, but maybe, just maybe, a few DLCs after that.
I’d like to be able to have buildings that have fallen into disrepair. Homes that are neither clean nor spotless. Perhaps a leaky roof that needs a bucket under the leak during rain to collect the water. Old walls with a layer of grime at the bottom and on the corners. Torn wallpapers. Holes. Peeling paint. Matted, scratched, and broken floor and wall tiles. Rusty bathtubs and sinks. Missing pieces of wainscotting. Windows with cracked panes. Windows with panes gone and replaced by cardboard. Rugs with holes in them. Threadbare upholstery and window curtains. Crooked cupboards and wardrobes with doors not closing properly. Partially broken, patched up furniture. Muted, faded, greyed out colors…
Not asking for filth, cockroaches and stench of urine everywhere, though! No. I’d like homes for paras that are poor, that earn just enough to keep the roof over their heads and their bellies semi-full. That have no money to buy shiny new furniture, to repaint the walls or wax the floors, and just have to make do with what they have.
Building beautiful, colorful, shiny new mansions is great, don’t get me wrong, but creating old and battered homes and making them comfy and cozy despite the disrepair would be an amazing challenge. And an additional touch of realism, too.
Tip of my hat to Rainbowdust’s Poor/homeless life in paralives thread that gave me the courage to actually share this idea with everyone here.