The Sims is 16! Tell us your Sims memories

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I am a recovered Sims addict.

I was done with all of schooling and I had no real idea what I really wanted to do with my life. I had, however, just spent just about every last cent I had on a Pentium III 600mhz PC, which I was going to use to play the latest games – John Romero’s Daikatana would be out soon, and that was something to be excited about. In retrospect, of course, we now know that wasn’t really worth waiting for.

It’s a good thing, I suppose – because that year, I ended up playing very little other than The Sims. The very first one – which was released today 16 years ago. I spent hours creating the perfect lives for my digital people, trying to fathom their absurd language and what the symbols above all their heads meant.

I even got suckered in to the myriad expansions and add-ons that the game saw; Livin’ it Up, which added new careers and items, House Party which added exactly what its name implied and especially Hot Date – which let sims leave their neighbourhoods for the first time, and revamped the game’s relationship systems. Yes, I spent a lot of time wooing virtual women inside of a video game. Yes, I was terrible at it in real life.

Anyway, point is I played the game and its expansions, tirelessly for about a year, spending way too much time living a digital life. I didn’t really get sucked I to its sequels (something I’m actually glad about) but the franchise is still one of the biggest series on planet earth; consistently topping the sales charts. It’s still one of EA’s biggest earners.

And tomorrow, it’s 16 years since the game was first released.

Have any Sims memories? any of you still plugging away hours and hours Simming?

Last Updated: February 3, 2016

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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