I was browsing reddit earlier and I saw a post mentioning that The Sims turned twenty years old today. That both blew my mind and made me feel incredibly old at the same time.
I don’t play The Sims now, but I did play the heck out of the original game, some of The Sims 2, and The Sims Urbs. But since the original game turned twenty, I want to talk about it for a few minutes.
The Sims is the type of game that totally sucks me in, and I tend to avoid RTS and simulators for that exact reason. I can easily sit at a computer for ten hours slowly designing something and watching it all play out. The Sims really pulled me in when it first came out and for months, every weekend was spent trying to build the ideal life and manage all my responsibilities. Who knew later in real life, I’d prefer not to do all those things.
Recently, I ran across an article discussing how people are using The Sims to help manage their own mental wellbeing. They start looking at themselves like a Sims character, complete with energy bars. They notice when certain bars are low and they fix that, which helps them feel happier and content. We all go through life depriving ourselves and not managing ourselves all that well, so if someone can use a model like The Sims and improve their lives, that makes me happy. Heck, I think I should even try it from time-to-time.
The Sims is one of the bestselling games of all-time and for a good reason. It’s fun, simple, and lets us live our dreams and fantasies. I always think back fondly on those hours that I poured into The Sims and writing this article makes me want to boot up a game of it sometime soon.