I love The Sims. I have many fond memories of the very first in the series, and spending many hours drowning my Sims in the pool, then having a little chat with the grim reaper. What? Don’t look at me like that, you all did it too.
There’s something about The Sims that just makes it so damn addictive, but it’s certainly not for everyone. When I first started playing it, I liked to watch my Sims live out their lives, and I left them to it. I would move them into an already built house, get them a job and let them live their lives. This wasn’t enough to keep me satisfied in the end, and I started building houses a lot more when The Sims 2 came out. I could never build them as grand as others, but I was always happy with my creation, and saw it as my own virtual version of Grand Designs.
When The Sims 3 came out I really started to get into crafting my own Sims instead of leaving it to the random button. This was obviously because the technology and graphics had come a long way, and I could do a lot more than I could previously with their appearance. The point is, with every new version of The Sims, I became much more interested in designing them. I don’t care so much about how they live their lives or their jobs, I’m more interested in crafting the perfect home, and more often than not I would design the kind of home that I would like to live in. I never make them grand or over the top, but I give myself vast amounts of space for a living room, a huge bedroom and a packed study. The bathroom is never massive, but I don’t spend as much time in there as I do in other rooms.
With the announcement of The Sims 4, I can start to get excited about new design prospects, and building the perfect Sim once again. I can already hear the collective groan from those who don’t play The Sims, shortly before they shout about EA cashing in on a whole new series of expansion packs, and I understand. Trust me, my wallet groans in discontent with them, but with each new expansion comes a new set of furniture for me to decorate my elaborate house with, and I simply can’t resist.
Sure, they may be churning out the same game over and over, just with a few added extras, but I don’t mind. It’s about the experience, it’s about the new lifestyle, it’s about the new collections, and it’s about me escaping for a little bit from the stress of daily life.
I don’t have a God complex, and I don’t want to control other people’s lives, but The Sims gives me the opportunity to give myself a virtual life where I can create myself, even my family and friends if I really want to, and I can build my dream house without physical financial limitations. It’s like living in a dream, and I have no doubt that if I ever get the money to build my own home, I would love to do an initial design of it on The Sims, whatever version number we may be on at that point.
I’ve just been watching the current Sims 4 videos, and I have to say I’m very excited to see how the addition of emotions works. Just one more thing to get excited about for the new generation of The Sims.
That little green plumb bob will hold a place in my heart for a very long time, maybe even forever, and I don’t want EA to ever stop making these games, because they still rock my world.