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.

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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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