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My Sims Addiction
It’s hard to admit it but I have a problem. It started years ago with my first computer that had a good graphics card. I found a game called The Sims. This program from Maxis offers the person the ability to live a virtual life sort playing God directing people you make in their fictional lives. You build them houses, send them to work, build relationships, and help them live their lives. Soon I found myself spending all my time playing the game. My Sims had more of a life than I did. As any junkie I hooked others into the game (namely my now ex). The first version of the game was simple and I eventually left it to have a Sims free life until The Sims 2 came out.
The Sims 2
The Sims 2 added new jobs and other adventures including a city to visit as well as a vacation spot. As if I had never left the game I was back in the mix playing God to a new game with better graphics and more features. My days off from work where spent on building homes for fictional people. My Sims lived in mansions with many cars and no work (thanks to the cheat codes). Soon the limits of my computer and the limits of the program had me returning to the real world.
Then came The Sims 3
The most recent game offers many different worlds to build and live in. the base program offers better control on family life, including lifespan and employment. Unlike the past versions this one allows you to go to college with them (add on), work their jobs (fire fighter, police, etc), and interact with the environment more. This includes traveling to Egypt, China, and France (add on). These travels are adventures that require you to interact with the population as well as the environment (buildings).
I try and try to stay away from the game, but I eventually find myself back in the Sims. You can build personalities of your Sims to resemble your own or to be the best or worse of humanity. You can make them into brave balanced individuals or you can go to the extreme making them crazy. Each personality has a correspondence to their employment potential.
The game also includes life time goals that correspond to the makeup of the Sims such as fire fighter saving 30 lives and others. The goal of the game is to keep your Sims happy. A gage offers you a window into the mood of the Sim. When your Sim is happy you earn points. You also earn pints by completing tasks such as buying items or doing things (getting a tattoo or going hot tubing). These points can be turned in for mortifications such as increasing the Sims ability to learn or his/her likeability. Each modification can make the Sims life easier (the first one I buy is the Steel Bladder). When the Sim meets his/her lifetime goal you receive a large point payout. To speed this up I usually go for the “Swimming in Cash” goal than using a cheat code (Motherlode) give him or her a lot of money.
I have lived several lives from beginning to the end within the world of the Sims. Build hundreds of homes, owned many cars, and had many different jobs. My homes range from small studio style to grand mansions. I tried to work within the social makeup of the Sims, but who wants to live a virtual poor life. So most of my Sims are rolling in the cash. I even created a copy of myself and tried to live within the Sims world (but I was boring so I abandoned myself).
I just scratch the surface on the game. There are many different features from making movies to social interaction (Face book and The Sim’s web page). The best advice I can give is to try if for yourself. The game is not action oriented so if you want an all out shoot out you will be out of luck, but if simulated life games are your thing than The Sims 3 will become your drug of choice. Now I have to go. The game is calling me and I need a fix.