If you're a Millennial, chances are your first forays into adult living happened virtually, via the medium of The Sims. The life simulation gave kids the chance to do grown-up stuff (or take a walk on the wild side) without ever leaving the comfort and safety of their bedrooms.
When Sims voice actor and co-creator of the Simlish language, Gerri Lawlor, died on January 28, 2019, the gaming world and Sims fans felt the loss keenly. Audio director, Robi Kauker, who has worked on The Sims since its inception, said:
"Gerri was an amazing improvisational comedienne who brought her enormous personality to the mic. She was one of the funniest people with whom I ever had the opportunity to work. Gerri’s generosity and willingness to try anything is one of my most cherished memories from over twenty years of making The Sims. It’s something I still lean on and learn from to this day."
To give you some idea of what Kauker is talking about, here's Lawlor and fellow Sims actor Stephen Kearin trying not to crack up every 30 seconds while recording Simlish in 2001: