A lot of people — including my family and many of my friends — just don’t “get it” when it comes to The Sims.
Years ago, after I began playing, I purchased The Sims for one of my grown daughters. I had so much fun with the game, I thought she would enjoy it, too. After about two weeks in which I’d heard nothing from her about it, I finally asked how she liked it. She admitted she didn’t care for it. There was nothing to do, in her opinion. Her remark was:
“I mean, you get up, you go to work, you come home, eat, and go to bed.”
I had to chuckle. I knew a lot of people who felt that way. Never mind that her quick review left out a lot of things — like building skills and making friends. To her, it was a boring, repetitive game in which “pretend people” lived boring, repetitive lives.
For me, however, simming has never been boring nor repetitive. I’ll admit that the current version — Sims 4 — does have a few boring and repetitive elements with its linear gameplay, but as much as possible I can play around its limitations and still find hours and hours of enjoyment.
I’m a creative individual, and I’ve noticed that many of the people who are drawn to The Sims share creative traits and interests. We’re artists and storytellers. We’re architects and designers. We find creative possibilities within the game. It fulfills a need for us. Simming keeps our creative wheels turning even as we relax and have fun.
There are many different ways to play the game, and at times these different play styles lead to rancorous discussions on EA’s Sims Forums. We don’t all agree on how the game should be played. Actually, there shouldn’t be one particular way. There is no right and wrong with how we choose to play. That’s how it was always meant to be, I think. Now and then, however, game developers seem to be pushing us in directions of their choosing, not ours. Again, it often leads to heated discussions among players.
Even with the occasional disagreements, the bugs, the patches, and the fixes, simming still provides a great deal of satisfaction for millions of players throughout the world. We come in all shapes and sizes, all ages and genders. There is no “typical” player, and that makes for interesting conversations and opportunities to make friends with people we might otherwise never get to know.
If you enjoy making new things, using your imagination, and seeing your creations come to life, The Sims might be for you. It’s not a game that anyone ever “wins”. There aren’t hard and fast rules, and nobody is keeping score. It’s a game where you choose how to play, where you’re free to make your own decisions, and where you can live the lives of many “pixelated people” — bringing them joy and happiness or utterly destroying their hopes and dreams. It’s all up to you, and that’s what makes simming so much fun.