It is hard to believe that it has been 20 years since my sister and I tried to upload the first Sims game to our old desktop. It takes forever. We sat side by side, passing the time by watching the loading bar climb forward. After what seems to be eternal, it's time to play.
The Sims is a life simulation game from EA released in 2000 that has proven its enduring power. Developers Maxis and Electronic Arts have continually released many sequels, dozens of expansions, sub-versions, consoles, and handheld versions. In 2016, The Sims gained a place in World Hall of videogames. The film surpassed $ 5 billion in lifetime sales last November.
But The Sims is more than just a lucrative video game brand – it's a dream machine. The Sims has given players thousands of years of access to digital Eden, with the ability to invent and live hard – and I mean The most wild – life. You can shoot at a rocket like an astronaut, or join the circus. You can even go to college and graduate without debt, choose a lucrative career in any field you like, own a home and a car, get married and have children. As I said – really wild.
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