Keke Palmer is an actress, singer, mother — and now a video game streamer.
The 29-year-old, first-time mom-to-be joined the livestreaming service Twitch last weekend, but she’s not just doing it just for fun and games.
She is using it to help her prepare for childbirth and pending motherhood.
The actress has been actively playing “The Sims 4,” a social simulation game that allows users to control avatars.
Palmer purchased all the game expansion packs and downloaded third-party mod applications that changed game features so that she could experience more simulations.
One of those is childbirth — which, it turns out, is one of her favorite things to do in the game.
Sims allows her character to explore different child-birthing options, such as an at-home birth, Caesarean section or natural in the hospital.
The game also provides users with a full pregnancy experience, simulating ultrasounds, pregnancy symptoms and even water breaking.
“This is really giving me a good pastime while I wait for this baby to pop out,” said Palmer, who is expecting a baby boy with boyfriend Darius Jackson and in her last trimester, in her latest Twitch stream.
“The way that I’ve been getting my game together, girl,” she told BuzzFeed News. “Don’t even get me started on that.”
The 29-year-old is currently in her last trimester, awaiting the arrival of her little guy.Instagram / @keke
“The Sims 4” gives users a real-life simulation of delivering a baby.Youtube / , PandaSama
Palmer appreciates the different birthing options the game offers.Youtube / , PandaSama
Palmer feels connected to the game’s detailed birthing process since she is expected to deliver soon; however, she and Jackson have not disclosed which method she plans to use in real life.
This current Sims version, though, is pretty impressive, she said.
“It’s more realistic than what actually happens in [the older Sims games] where, boom, a baby just appears,” she said.
Fans encouraged her to start streaming after she tweeted several questions about “The Sims 4” and hopped on Instagram live while playing with her rather chaotic characters.
Hey @EA, I have two accounts. One has Sims 4 packs I can’t access… do I really have to buy them again or can I merge my accounts somehow ?🥺
— Keke Palmer (@KekePalmer) January 24, 2023
The mother-to-be occasionally went on Instagram live to show followers what her Sims were up to.Twitter / @imnotchase
Palmer enjoyed her interactions with fans who were avid Sims players.Twitter / @imnotchase
“Me and my homegirl, she was messing with her, and she gave her STDs. That’s why she’s glowing like that,” the “KeyTV Network” founder said of the storyline while playing the game. “So, I’m going to fight Tina on behalf of my girl.”
After enjoying the interactions with fans and fellow Sims lovers, she announced her live stream account.
I figured out my Twitch finally! I stopped at nothing last night getting into my set up haha. All very new to me, but, if you guys ever wanna watch me plays Sims 4 it’s; itskekebabii 😘
— Keke Palmer (@KekePalmer) February 4, 2023
Currently, her Twitch account, @itskekebabii, has more than 30,000 subscribers, with three videos posted.
Palmer is no longer an amateur when it comes to the metaverse world.
As the new host of Meta’s “Are We There Yet?“ interview series, she speaks with industry leaders like immersive media creator Brenda Chen about virtual reality concerts.
The “Queen of Memes” and soon-to-be mom appreciates the new skills her downtime has given her.
“I would absolutely recommend that other people who are pregnant see what kind of skills they can develop by playing games and going into the metaverse,” she told BuzzFeed.