Why Are The Sims So Addictive?

Are You Addicted to The Sims?

The Sims have been around for a few years now and it is still the top selling PC game all over the world. Why is it so popular? What is it about the sims that is so intriguing that it keeps millions of people in front of their computer screens for hours and hours at a time? Are you addicted to the Sims? How do you know if you are one of the millions that are?

You know you might be addicted if.......

  • you find yourself thinking about the sims even when you are not playing the game.
  • you have a dream and everyone in the dream is a sim.
  • you are driving around and you see a house that you want to build in your Sims game
  • you look at people around you where ever you are and wonder if you can make a sim out of them
  • you are supposed to be in bed by 12:00 am and you find yourself still up at 3:00 in the morning
  • you build your own house and everyone in your family is a Sim
  • you are really tired and you imagine a red bar over your head
  • you find you know all the lyrics to the songs that play in your game
  • you find yourself talking simlish

What the critics are saying about the sims addiction

Some say that it is the experience of playing God that is a major selling point of the game. If you are one of the many people who play the sims you would have to agree that you may be the one to make and influence the lives of your sims, but you are really the one who is controlled. It's so easy to play the sims and forget the time. On more than one occasion I would find myself so in grossed with the Sims that I was up until 3:00 in the morning. There definitely is something to be said about living someone else's life and being the one that is in control of everything that happens. There is more to the Sims life though. Along with being able to play with their lives, you can also become an architect and an interior designer. You can become whatever your heart desires. You can be as rich as you want and if you want to own your own clothes store or restaurant? The Sims have it. It's like being able to live out your fantasies even though in real life it would never happen.

Is it wrong to be an addict?

I once heard someone call the Sims  "A Doll House Soap Opera"  if you have ever watched a  soap on TV then you know the addiction they can have in someones life.  I watch soaps on TV and play the Sims.  Is it really so bad?  what is wrong with taking some time during the day and doing something that requires no thinking at all.  I love the Sims and I say have fun but don't forget you have a real life too.  

What do you think?

I would love to hear from you,  whether you are an addict or not. What do you think the attraction is?  what kind of expansions are you looking forward too and Do you think there will be a Sims 4?

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mcangueiro 7 years ago from Portugal

Well, I think indeed Sims 3 it's an addicting game. But like Sims there are lots of addicting games, you just have to educate yourself to shutdown when it's time.

BTW nice hub.


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sims3 7 years ago Author

I totally agree with you! But that can be hard because it's so fun!!!!!!


alexis 7 years ago

the sims i the best game ever!!!!! i play it every day since i got it.

:] :] :] :] :]

i love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


my name is fufi not alexis 7 years ago

o and hi ;]


Bruno Gomes 7 years ago

im so damn hooked on it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Joey 7 years ago

DAM i wanna play but i got school!!!


Meg 6 years ago

I think that the sims are addicting because you have complete control of what they can and cannot do


Unknown 6 years ago

I- yes- am one of those people. But, if it's like, four in the afternoon, and I want to start playing, I usually limit myself from a one hour to two hour playing range. That's it for the day because my eyes feel like they are going to pop out of my head. But, don't get me wrong, I've had days where I've played for nine hours and yes, I thought about the Sims ALL DAY LONG after that. (I was "sick" that day) So, yes, I limit myself, but sometimes it gets out of control. I know it doesn't seem addicting to some people, but it is to A lot. lol :{


none 6 years ago

the sims 3 is tooaddicting and i want to know how tostop.i thinkthatwe are so addicted because it has something todo with being in control and we are so easily entertained. could you tell me how to stop?


glen coco 6 years ago

every time i play the sims for a really long time, the next day is even worse. i can't stop thinking about it!! and its really bad because i can only play the sims on my moms laptop and she doesn't like it when i go on a sims frenzy. so sometimes i steal her computer at night and play..

but eventually i get bored of the sims and don't play it for a really long time. then after like 2 months i get hooked again for like a week and the cycle starts all over again.

its quite strange... i don't know what to do...


Aqua 6 years ago

Huh. I'm addicted too. I guess I have to control myself so that my eyesight won't get worse too much b'cause looking at the monitor for hours.


Wowperson 6 years ago

IT is addicting...if any of u want to kno how to beat the addiction...just play another game my addiction breaker is world of warcraft :)


DUDI 6 years ago

I love the Sims 3 its so awesome! I'm totally addcited to it, but I limit myself to only playing in the weekends, so i can focus on school. But still I think about it everyday :)


Harry 6 years ago

I hav OCD, so its even harder for me to get off it, i become so obsessed


phil mccrackin 6 years ago

i luv the sims its so dam arsum


SavviiSavvii 6 years ago

I'am soo addicted that wen i ws supposed to b studying for exams i like was playing the sims, and i like would lock myself in my room and stay up there for three to five hrs during the day unless i have school... which means that i was thinking about it all damn daii. The worst thing about was that i had a nightmare about not being able to get the sims 3 ambitions!

any help on how i can break this addiction - and not by playing another game :P


melina 6 years ago

i am addict to sims 3 i love it and when my sister ask to play i don't hear her cause am into sims


me 6 years ago

I don't have the sims but I really want it its so addictive i love it!best game ever!


KKmonkey 6 years ago

I am addicted to the sims in every possible way. The only way to break this habbit is not to play it for 3 weeks and then you go insane i know cause i'm at that stage now cause i'm grounded


6 years ago

I'm an ex sims 2 addict,I'd be so in grossed with sims some days that I'd play nonstop from about 9 'till 10 or 11 in the afternoon, I also spent about a day gettin loads of custom content, i always had to have the best clothes, best furniture, best makeup, it was chemical. Please do NOT play this game or you could get addicted too.

DEATH TO WILL WRIGHT AND ALL WHO MADE THE SIMS 2! :P


3freak 6 years ago

The sims is amazing...Even tho i get yelled at for staying on the computer all day by my parents but when i get into it i can't stop playing. And on tht list i do everything other then the simlish speaking i hum out the music and even my sister who doesn't play is starting too it's tht bad :D


Cameron 6 years ago

My life consists of masturbation, drink, sims. sims and summertime is a life killing combination


Renee 6 years ago

i love sims-i have played sims 2 on both the ps2 and on the gameboy advanced and then last november i played it on the pc at my friends house-and now i'm getting it from another friend and right now i don't even have it but its all i can think about and its distracting me from my summer school WHAT DO I DO!?!? i can't focus on anything i'm supposed to i'm already planing what i'm going to name them, what they're gonna wear, and already drawing the layouts to the houses i'm gonna make I NEED HELP!


Ex simmer 6 years ago

I gave up playing Sims for good. I had to remove the game from the computer and sell the the cds. I feel so relieved.

At one point I noticed I wasn't even having fun anymore. I was just playing really compulsively, endlessly trying to reach the next goal. I played at least twelve hours a day, some days even more. Yes, really!

I don't have other addictions and I don't play anything else.

Many are talking about their obsession/addiction with Sims in a humorous way. In my opinion there's nothing funny about the addictivity of the game. It's seriously bad for you!


:)  6 years ago

the bit about when you go past a house and want to build it :0 that is me so badly!! but then i love interior design sometimes i make people and build a house then turn it off lol


Ex simmer 6 years ago

Anyone else played Sims for months and months or even years? Result: no social life, no love life, no education, no work. What made you decide to quit?


Anastatsia 6 years ago

I started playing at about 4pm and have only just finished playing (22:49) and I have a GCSE tomorrow! I have been addicted since I first started Sims 2. Sims 1 wasn't that great.


EmoCrazz 6 years ago

See I love the,but my friends and family find it boring some how.....but I am completely addicted to it I just can't stop playing it. I have ADHD along with many other problims I don't think you want me to write a list but I have saw that people with my problims find the sims more of a life style since my life is.....well,nothing really I have no talant and I seem to hurt people mentaly without meaning to so I find the sims as my way out of my life.I don't know if you share the same view but I would love to know.......?


simarchitect  6 years ago

I can't stop playing the sims3... I have it running almost constantly and even watch movies picture in picture while playing. My life consists of eating, drinking, Mary- Jane, and of course the undeniable addiction that comes with designing after a toke or two!!!... wow there's no better stress reliever in my books!


alonna 6 years ago

I'm so hooked on it right now!!! I've actually learned to control some of my sim time from about 5 hrs a day to about 2. I have a tendency to get bored with the families really fast, so maybe that helps. But it's so much fun you can't help it!! I'm going to go play right now!!!


ashleigh 6 years ago

im am addicted to sims 3 sooo bad that my mom took the laptop away from me for 3 weeks and on the first hour of no simmies i broke many things and told my mom that i was gonna run away and live in africa if she didnt give me the laptop instead she it be good for you and it did when she gave me back my laptop i didnt play it for 5 days until my cousion came over and started to play it and then right back to addiction :I


Indie 6 years ago

I got sims 3 when it came out, played it all weekend every weakend for about a month, over night and all.. i now have to wear glasses to see the board at school, its crap so limit your self.


Ryam 5 years ago

I only have

Sims

Ambitions for ipod touch and im addicted!


sheedogg 5 years ago

Omg I'm so addicted! Even when I'm not playing I think about playing it and what I'm gonna do next in the game. Hopefully it will fade after a while but its so easy to kill time with!


Tarin 5 years ago

I'm soooo addicted. I need a phycologist. I got a C in math! Because of ts3


Ardanaxela 5 years ago

Shabba noobie? Arma willon garba woolen. Eferdale gole snouker!

....... Dose this mean I'm addicted?

OOO! I WISH I HAD A PLUMBOB!


Popanator 5 years ago

Sims are kinda dissapointing. I wish they could fist each other.


Kanakotopils (can-ok-a-top-ils) 5 years ago

Sims is AMAZING! I find myself pplaying it for 3-4 hours at a time. You don't even notice how fast time's going by.

Whenever i'm driving - or should i say my mum's driving - around the strrets i always think, "im going to build thast house" or "i made something like that the other day" etc.

Hopefully this addiction will fade after a while, as i have been playing it since sims 2, but i love it and it is minimized on my laptop at this very moment.

I hope to make my own game like this in the futre, me and my cuz have started working on it already.

you make a good point,

From,

Me

xx


Anono 5 years ago

My mom is addicted. Sometimes I feel like she would rather play her sims than live real life. She gets mad at me when I ask her to stop. I want my mother back...


Mima 5 years ago

I am SUPER addicted. I had the Wii version first and I got addicted to that one. Then I got the pc versions and stopped playing the Wii one after I realized how lame it is compared to the pc ones. Sims is awesome! I literally played that game my whole spring break. Wake up at 8:00 and play till 9:30, same with one weekend! Imm sooooooo addicted that in school I day dream about my sims and in 6th period of school I'm almost dying of excitement cause of how close I am to playing it. Best game evaaaa!! (:


Mina 5 years ago

I laughed out loud at the "you sometimes find yourself talking simlish" because i really do lol and i have memorized some of the songs in simlish as well. I wonder about myself sometimes ROFL.


jake 5 years ago

omg its brilliant i play it all day every day for like the last6 years my house has 8 floors and a massive garden. thank you sims god


jake 5 years ago

my hole room is pimpd out sims style wiyh stickers got to go and play sims


fleure 5 years ago

God, i'm so addicted to sims that i keep dreaming of them and last night i woke up with an unbelievable headache my heading was bubbeling like my brain was on fire, then i puked up, i thought i was dying, but apparantly on the ds warning it says 1 in 4000 people can get bad physical reactions if on it too much some even trigger epilepcy. has anyone else had similer problems? trust me to be 1 in 4000....


Ryan 5 years ago

duddee im so addicted. i got it a week ago and been playing nonstop since then. this is how epic my addiction is... i QUIT smoking just becuz im playin the sims so much. crazy huh?


Joe 5 years ago

I think sims is addicting because you can be almost anyone with any job you can be who you want to be fast but real life you have to work hard or you can be some retard insane dude for the fun of it haha like they say theres no limits


Cla 5 years ago

I am totally addicted to the sims.......I have nearly all of the expansion packs!! I am a SimDork :P


Sarah ExSims 5 years ago

I litteraly had to break my sims 3 cd's in half so it wouldn't control my life anymore. I WONT EVER OWN ONE AGAIN.. ITS WAY TO ADDICTING. There are too many things to do on the game. A person can last up to hours and hours playing. Good luck to those who are addicted. But if it ever came to a point that it was controling your life, please take my advice and break your cd!


5 years ago

I have found myself going on my computer to do online homework, and after I finish homework I reward myself for finishing my homework and I end up putting the Sims on and playing it for hours after I am done. The problem with this is, I play the Sims before I do any homework, and I don't get a lot of homework done! Now I keep the Sims out of my computer and out of the room all together. My wife hides it so I don't play it all day on the weekend. That way I have to spend time with her and our son lol. Sims 3 can ruin your real life if you don't be careful! She likes the Sims too, so she understands how it can control you like that lol.


Simmy 5 years ago

I play 15 hours a day :( and I gained 5 pounds... Now I weigh 92 pounds :( I'm only 13 and hate real life... Sims is my only happiness and wen im in skool I can't think cuz all I think of is sims and wat I'm Gunna do with them.


Rosie 5 years ago

I love Sims! I don't play obsessivly, but i always want to. I have to stop myself from playing all the time, and i find i play about two whole hours a day. I can't beleive my little world became a lifestyle. I just can't make myself stop sometimes, and rarely caNn stop until i've fufilled myself or 'my aspiration meter is good'. With this stuff, i just want to work on my pregnant teens while i can be losing the nine pounds that'll make me a normal weight. I've always had a little problem with weight, and playing God to little people isn't helping.


nachos 5 years ago

I play the Sims 2, and I'm totally addicted. I don't want to shut it out of my life or anything (it's fun!) but I need to learn to pace myself. I do online highschool classes, so I can't really make my computer off-limits to myself during the day, and at night, especially if I haven't played much during the day (a day when I've actually been productive in my school work,) then I REALLY want to play at night. I struggle with procrastination and focus issues in general, but when I get addicted to doing something particularly distracting-- like the sims-- I have a harder time. The good news is I also have a pattern that happens every time I get obsessed with something new: if I'm feeling totally caught up in the thing, I just go a day without it and try not to think about it. For some reason, if I go to do the thing in question the next day, not only does it not seem as obsessive, it's actually a complete turn off. So, if I just go a day with no simming, I usually end up not wanting to play at all.


pie101 5 years ago

ok just have your mom and/or dad take it away and do not let them give it back intill the next day. try to find some stuff to do play a board game,go for a run, go over to your friends house,play out side i used to be addicted and still struggle right now i only play 1 hour a day. just do homework and studdy and workout before


LOL 4 years ago

I love The Sims 3...I've been playing since The Sims 1! The Sims is a big addiction for me, but it's better then doing drugs and The Sims helps me not think about doing all that bad stuff in reality.


Sim Addict 4 years ago

The Sims are awesome! The only reason I'm not playing it right now is because I'm trying to cut down on my playing time... I was playing 14 hours a day for weeks (I'm on holiday ftw!). When I first got it, I played for close to 30 hours straight.

As for how to limit yourself... Decrease your playing time slowly. Have a target time where you have to stop and set several alarms so you're more aware of the time passing. And then spend time on another hobby instead. For a start, you could limit your playing quite a lot, and then have a "Sims Binge Day" every week, where you play as long as you like. That might help you be more motivated to stick to the limit.

Trying to limit my playing time to 6 hours today...


Georgiaaa 4 years ago

I was an addict. But that was when i was in primary school because i had NO homework but now i;m in year 7 at high school i've got tons :(.

When i was addicted i was only addicted for about 4 weeks to 5 weeks and then i got fed up so i deleted it from my computer thinking i was never going to go back on it :) But about 3 weeks later I because sim insane and wanted to go back on it. but i couldn't because it was on my fathers computer and he had taken it away with him to work abroad :). when he came back i re-downloaded it and what ever and then got fed up again to i deleted it. lol and he took it away and then i wen't loopy for sims so i re-downloaded it and then got fed up and deleted it and now I got my own laptop i can download it evan though i'm going mental cause of STUPID HIGH SCHOOL


iheartsims 4 years ago

I am addicted to sims! I am in secondary school (high school) and I get soo much homework that I never get I chance to play over weekdays, but once (on a weekday) I got up at 5am and played sims for 2hrs. basically I only play over weekends but for 4hrs. Why am I addicted?? I do everything in the list and I have these dreams that im playing sims!.


Don't stress it 4 years ago

I mean soon you will have little or no time to play like me used to play a lot in hs but focus more on school i wasn't that focused but i did get through now im juggling all these things at once go to work go to school and hit the gym i hardly even have time for my gf sad i kno but you'll have the weeknd


Aiman 4 years ago

OMG! i am officially in luv w/the sims (2,3)

I once found my self playing the Sims for over 8 hours straight when I took a day off from school LOL :D


u don't need to know 4 years ago

i don't play it at all. the 1 i have is ehem, soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooboring.


Aiman 4 years ago

I've owned all the base game and most of the SP and EP,

I started playing TS when I was like 9 and now 4 years later im hooked to TS3 :p


Marvin 4 years ago

When I first got the game I couldn't stop playing it but then I took a brake for a while and now i am back on the sims drug.....


FunkyRainbowNinja 4 years ago

I play sims 3 all day everyday on holidays and weekends. i once had a six pack but ive gotten really unfit and my back posture is really bad..

i want to quit playing it forever but i paid so much money for it (i have all the expanion packs but no stuff packs)

Waaaa!


Alana 4 years ago

lol.. i get bored of sims. my sister is addicted but i just play for an hour and get bored. :P


June 4 years ago

i love the sims im not addicted though i have a real life. But it is fun to live in a dream world.


Veronica 4 years ago

Im so addicted to the Sims 3, I save up to buy all the expansion packs and spends hours playing and expandin my family generations. I seriously can play all day.


Betty Newbie 4 years ago

This is my confession. I am a 29 years old single female. I graduated over ten years ago and since then I've been simming hardcore. It all started from Sims 1 that I fell in love with immediately it came out.

Everyone else was moving on and I was left behind, in my tiny room, sitting in front of the computer all day long playing The Sims. Soon it became all night long as well, since I wasn't interested in sleeping. I was very tired but didn't care, I felt getting my Sims to the next step was more important. For years I remember sleeping maybe three hours a night. I loved the Sims 1 with all the expasions so much. Especially Makin' Magic was... magical to me. As soon as I got up, I went back to the computer. My health detoriated pretty soon, my legs were always swollen, from all the sitting I guess. I started gaining a lot of weight too but didn't care about that either. I never really left the house except to get food and sometimes I had to go see a doctor. I have numerous health issues.

My friendships waned pretty soon after I became a simmer. Same thing that happens in Sims, friendships really do wilt away like flowers if you don't care for them. I didn't stay in touch with anyone and soon no one was even asking how I was doing. Which was fine for me, because I used to hate it when people asked me that, I didn't have anything to say and had to come up with lies about my life. I lost all interest in other people at a pretty early stage... now, ten years forward, countless of new Sims games and packs later, the only person I have a distant connection to is my father who lives on the other side of the country, for he sends me money monthly. If he asks how I am doing, usually before Christmas, I make up stories. I am so nervous when I have to talk with him over the phone. He would be heartbroken if he knew I am wasting my life away because of a game. This game is draining me out of money as well. They come up with new stuff all the time and I've bought everything. I've used so much money on this game I don't even want to think about it.

I have no connections, I am completely alone and everything I know about adult life is from this computer game. I dream about getting married with a good man.

I have never had a real relationship. I don't have friends either, no one. I have no one to talk to. I recently put up a fake profile on Facebook, and saw all my former classmates. They're married. Most of them have kids. Real families, with love and warm smiles. I can't even describe the feeling of seeing what my life could be without this game. I used to have dreams. I always wanted to have a family and find a good husband. I wanted to start a business. Now I am 29 years old, fat, no skills, no interest in anything except this game, lost all my social skills... because of this game! I am so angry at myself, but I am so defendless against it!

I have sometimes tried to start a "new life" without Sims, but I can only be off the game for maybe a day.

So this is what brings me here... to confess this to you fellow addicts (please share if you have similar stories). Today I want to do it. I want to remove Sims 1, Sims 2 completely with all my saved families and downloads. Then I am going to only focus on playing Sims 3. I decided to give myself only one more month with it, saying goodbyes to my families. It hurts to let them go, they feel like real people to me and I care for them deeply. To make the transition easier, I also will try to do two hours a day something else than simming. I just haven't decided what it would be. I would appreciate suggestions, I don't really come up with anything except the hobbies from Sims. Then after one month exactly, I will uninstall and delete Sims 3 with all the expansions and packs completely, remove all my profiles from all the Sims websites, somehow get rid of all the Sims merchandise I have collected during the years in my tiny apartment and quit. Even if the makers come up with new expansion packs I won't play them anymore. This is my plan.


:))0 4 years ago

My friend downloaded it, and we were having so much much buying these houses and making them,I went home from their house and I didn't want to leave because we were having sooooooo much fun playing with sims3... only Sims3 is fun and addicting!P.S!


stranger... 4 years ago

AHH ITS SO ADDICTING. THE SIMS RUINED MY LIFE. IM A RECLUSE. I HAVE NO FRIENDS

NO SOCIAL LIFE

NO CONFIDENCE ALL OF MY SOUL PURPOSE AND SENCE OF HUMOR IS DRAINED IN THE TOILET BECAUSE OF THE SIMS. I TOLD MY MOM TO HIDE IT BUT NOW I HAVE NOTHING TO DO. IM SO ALONE....I GET CARPIL TUNNEL ON MY RIGHT HAND A LOT FROM IT AND SOMETIMES MY HAND GOES NUMB WHILE PLAYING :(


Its me 4 years ago

I LOVE IT ON PS3 OMG IT'S SO AMAIZING :D FUN FUN FUN!!!!


Amy 4 years ago

Sometimes I go on sims for like 4 hrs but then I haven't been on it for like 1 month!!!!! So am I addicted???? Pls answer by saying Amy blah blah blah blah!


kristi 4 years ago

A lot of these people really aren't that addicted... I'm 14, and been playing for 4 years. I got it the start of a 6-week holiday from school and played for like 4 hours a day, then it got to playing for DAYS without sleeping/breaks etc. At school I'd take my DS and play it there or on my phone.

Now my gaming laptop is broke and I haven't played TS2 in MONTHS (since January) but I'm still addicted. I started crying the other day because I wanted to play it so much.

Whenever mods conflicted I'd uninstall the game and re-install, simply because I had over 25,000 mods (I'm not even exaggerating here), after it was re-installed, I spent about 8 hours getting those mods back. Every day before playing I'd download a few more mods, usually downloading about 25 before playing and then 40 after playing.

I'm even getting a new laptop JUST to play TS2 before we break up for our 6-week holiday. I presume I'll just go back to playing for 4 days, sleeping for 7 hours, playing for 4 days, repeat.

So yeah, none of you are really addicted if you compare to me :/


simsssss 4 years ago

i love the sims 3 and yes you may say that people r addicted cus they whant to build a real house on sims but i just whant to become an architect when i am older so i think buying ambishons becoming an architect ( in sims ) and  disining houses in my head is understandable right???the thing that realy bugs me is that making houses takes such a long time, it takes me half and hour to build a tiny bigginer house when i do acily play the game for fun anouther thing that is anoying is that they don't

show you where all the pluming will go or the electrisity but i just find the time goes so quickly while playing

plz tell me if that sounds like i am addicted


ha ha 4 years ago

for a second there i thought that the place where it says your name i thought it said you nan lol

just saying


MrsP 4 years ago

I remember when I first played the first game. It was fine but not addictive. The second one was my downfall! It started as harmless fun with friends. Then after I started a relationship and soon after lost my job. So I found myself on the game for as many hours as possible. Until the day came when my,boyfriend pointed out that I wasn't pulling my weight around the house, after all he was now the only person bringing in money. He was right. I hadn't done any washing, ironing, cleaning or cooking because I had quite litrually sat and played the sims 2 all day. The stupid thing was that it would have only taken a few hours to completechores anyway.

Anyway, he uninstalled the game (he claimed by accident but I know it was probably a lie) and I was so upset. I found myself at 18 years if age getting really sulky and depressed. I eventually got a new job and I soon forgot and felt a little daft for ever getting into such a rut. I hadn't played it for 4 years.

Then about 3 days ago I dipped my toe into the world of sims 3. My husband told me off once already for spending too much time on it (I conyinously askef if I should switch it off and he said I was fine to contine. So I could do with a bit of support from him. Like "turn the game off now" for one simple example. Because like everyone had stated you simply loose any track of time.) Now I don't think I'm addicted anymore, only time will tell ha.

I've read some pretty sad stories on here and I know its hard but its learning when its ok to play and when you should be in the pub with friends. Real life clock somewhere in the game maybe?

Anyway I know this wont get read. But I feel better that I've wrote about it. Glad I'm not alone.

I know its only a game. But its endless and so very addictive!

(apologies for bad grammer etc. My phone thinks it knows best.)


jAZZYMIN 4 years ago

i love sims3 its so awesome but one of my friends said its for people without social lives, (she didnt know i played) :'(


coolsupercat 4 years ago

i'm still a teenager that lives at home and is getting ready to study for exams so the sims 3 was just a chance to live like an adult with more responsibilities and as soon as i started, i couldn't stop, i just fell in love with the fact that you could design basicly anything and i could shape someone elses life, even if it wasn't real. I just couldn't stop its definatly an addiction and it feels so good that other people are going through the same thing :) x


tl1995 4 years ago

I am in school right now... 10 minutes left and all I can think about is how I can't wait to get home to play Sims 3!!! :D definitley addicted and have been since the first ones came out.


steff bwa 3 years ago

i deleted mine when i reached 21. been playing for 9 years. lol. i was so addicted i realized i need to step back cannot sacrifice my real dream career.. i still want to play it sometimes..but i know its time to grow up and face reality now...and not live in fantasy.


Beth 3 years ago

Now that you can download Sims Freeplay on the iPhone, I'm more addicted than I used to be. But I don't play for hours. Only if I have to send them to work, plant food etc.


pata pata 3 years ago

I play it like once o twice a week but.five to six hours straight. When Ilook at a fancy house I say that's.sims's style house. I rather being addicted to sims than to drugs or alcohol....in sims 4 parents should be able to spank mischiveous kids mmm or wives. Disable squares when naked. Watch inside schools hospital and other buildings. Watch kids inside trre houses. It should be more realistic. Real life stuff.


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mike102771 3 years ago from Lakemore, Ohio

No. They can't make a Sims 4. If they do I may never leave my house.


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LeviZen 3 years ago from Portland, OR

Let me tell you a story.

I met the love of my life, let's call her Christina, a year ago. We literally fell in love the moment we saw each other. She is the prettiest girl I ever saw, we had the same interests and I just knew I wanted to marry her. We dated for a while, then decided to move in together. We'd both just graduated and the future was open and beautifully free.

We made plans for the future, we talked a lot about making a big trip to South America, etc. We were happy.

At one point, I had to go to the east coast for a family funeral. I went on my own, spent a week and when I came back, found my girlfriend on the computer playing the Sims 3.

I thought it was funny, I never thought she was the gaming type. I tried it too but got bored pretty fast. However, she loved it and just played for hours and hours and couldn't stop.

I was used to going to bed with her, spending a lot of time with her, but she just stayed in front of the computer. After a week I kind of had to bring it up and asked if she is upset with me because she doesn't want to spend time with me. She said it's not personal.

A few months went by and she just turned into this "static" personality. She had no more interests to do anything, but play this game. I think it took a toll on her health too somehow.

Long story short... we're not together anymore. Her personality changed completely after she got into this game.


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LeviZen 3 years ago from Portland, OR

OK, so reading all these sad comments from people here inspired me to write our story, you can check it out on my profile. I think there should be more discussion about Sims addiction. All I've heard about is World of Warcraft, but never heard about people actually losing lives for this game too.


heather 3 years ago

I love sims sooo much! I used to play sims all the time, i was absolutely obsessed! However, i started to concentrate on school more, but now I'm on study leave and I'm scared I'm going to get addicted again, ahhh :(


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mike102771 3 years ago from Lakemore, Ohio

Sims 4 Coming next Year


Che4322 3 years ago

I love playing The Sims, but I hate the way it's affecting me. That's why I googled about how to stop The Sims from distracting me, because I have other more important things to attend to, and I ended up reading this article. I have school to keep me busy, and I wan to maintain being an honor student.

I think what makes the game addicting for me is that there is a lot you can do with it. You can make stories, you can make movies, you can be creative. I think I got addicted to the game because I'm so curious. I want to do everything I can with the game. There are options for almost everything, and you can even customize the game to suit you more! Right now I'm dabbling with custom content and tweaking the game a bit, but I'm just a beginner and it's hard. I find myself always thinking about what else I haven't tried out in the game.


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LennyP 3 years ago from Iowa

I tried it when it was on sale for $5.00. Honestly, I did not understand the appeal. You constantly have to see your sims needs and too much time passes to do anything. For the price I thought it was worth the try but I regret the purchase now.


Faye 22 months ago

I played Sims 1, 2 and 3 got bored with keeping up with their needs meter, keeping them happy try to have them climb the career ladder, then I created ways for a sim to die... I know evil, but I was bored. Now since I haven't played sims 3 in 7 years. I guess I got the Sims out of my system for good. Playing this game trying to keep needs, skills & social up, and also try to advance in career, it was a nightmare at times.

I just got rid of the game and moved on to Xbox 360: Assassin's Creed (1, 2, 3, 4), Silent Hill (Homecoming & Downpour), Dead Island & Riptide, Telltale: The Walking Dead, and the TV series The Walking Dead, Halo, and several others.


Kari 6 months ago

I'm 24 and the Sims game that got me hook was Sims urbz I play it when I was young. Then busting out. Learn all the cheats by brain which made it even worse. I could control and make people happy something you can't do in real life because people stick to their standard even if they are stupid. You can be anyone you want to be. I lost myself in the world were you even be a multi milluonare and do things you can't do in real life like donate to charity adopt or have a good looking husband or wife. You can be a child all over again, go to high school and be something. Getting a job in real life it's not as easy. Its more and more difficult with the degrees everyone wants. It takes forever but in the Sims makes a career so much easier. You can even stay young forever. Its like loving a life we wish we had but it's difficult to get. I must leave this game for now even if it makes me real happy. I got a little shirt business to start and a future. I love Sims so much its hard to let go so I completely understand the addiction but when its time to let go its time.

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