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I Gave Myself the Life I Deserve in "The Sims 4" Because Real Life Is Terrible

Constructing my pixelated alter-ego is the most productive thing I've done in months.

Today, I'm introducing the world to my Sim alter-ego. She's really going places, unlike my actual self, who's hardly moved in months.

Although I've never identified with the title of "gamer," simulation video games have held a special place in my heart for almost as long as I can remember. Back when I was way too young to know what the word "WooHoo" euphemized, my older cousin showed me The Sims on his computer—the original, horrifically low-res version that came out in 2000—and very patiently taught me the basics of building a house in the world's most famous simulation game to date. Little did anyone know that I'd be hooked for life.

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Colton Underwood, Virginal Fence-Jumping "Bachelor" Star, Comes Out as Gay

The 29-year-old former football player announced the news in an interview with Robin Roberts on "GMA."

Colton Underwood, the former football player and Bachelor franchise personality, has come out as gay.

Underwood, 29, made news in an interview Wednesday with Robin Roberts for Good Morning America.

"Obviously this year's been a lot for a lot of people, and it's probably made a lot of people look themselves in the mirror and figure out who they are and what they've been running from," Underwood said. "I've ran from myself for a long time and hated myself for a long time. I'm gay. I came to terms with that earlier this year, and I've been processing it. The next step in all of this was letting people know."

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MUSIC

An Introduction to Twee Pop in 8 Essential Albums

From Beat Happening to Belle & Sebastian, we look at eight albums that came to define an underground subgenre.

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There's indie music. There's pop music. And then, there's indie pop.

Before indie pop was used as a descriptor for left-leaning pop acts like HAIM, Gus Dapperton, and King Princess, the subgenre embodied a very different ethos. Originally stemming from the British post-punk movement of the 1970s, the indie pop scene that followed appealed to young music geeks who appreciated DIY methods, a playful attitude, and good, old-fashioned songs about crushes.

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Olivia Rodrigo's Debut Album, "Sour," Gets a Release Date

The "drivers license" phenom's first full-length comes out May 21.

Olivia Rodrigo is headed straight from the DMV to her debut album.

The "drivers license" starlet announced today that her first LP, Sour, is due May 21 via Interscope Records. Along with the sticker-emblazoned artwork, Rodrigo shared the album's 11-song tracklist on social media, including the aforementioned smash hit as well as her more recent single, "deja vu."

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MUSIC

Indie Roundup: Our Five Favorite Releases This Week

Here's what to listen to this week.

If you're anything like us, you're probably overwhelmed by the sheer number of albums being released on a weekly basis.

Popdust's weekly column, Indie Roundup, finds the five best albums coming out each week so that you don't have to. Every Friday, we'll tell you what's worth listening to that might not already be on your radar.

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Hip-Hop Trailblazer DMX Dies at 50

The rapper was on life support after suffering a heart attack.

Earl Simmons, the pioneering hardcore rapper better known as DMX, died Friday after suffering a heart attack. He was 50 years old.

"We are deeply saddened to announce today that our loved one, DMX, birth name of Earl Simmons, passed away at 50 years old at White Plains Hospital with his family by his side after being placed on life support for the past few days," the rapper's family said in a statement. "Earl was a warrior who fought till the very end. He loved his family with all of his heart and we cherish the times we spent with him. Earl's music inspired countless fans across the world and his iconic legacy will live on forever. We appreciate all of the love and support during this incredibly difficult time. Please respect our privacy as we grieve the loss of our brother, father, uncle and the man the world knew as DMX. We will share information about his memorial service once details are finalized."

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