The Sims was the game that offered us a world we all wanted to live in.
We’ve all played it, or if not, watched someone we know play it. It’s the game that took the Millennial Gen by storm. Create as many characters as you like from scratch, design a house from scratch (or if you’re too lazy, pick one already made), and turn them into whatever you want. The beauty of the game was that you could live a virtual life in a much better world than the real one.
Jobs are easy to find
Just pick up the newspaper, choose your job of choice and you start the next morning. Need more money? Read a book, don’t be in a bad mood and you’ll get a promotion. Simple.
Don’t like someone? Kill them
Your Sims partner is getting just a little too obsessed, and a better Sim has come along. Don’t worry, just put them in the pool and take out the stairs! Easy.
Woohoo with whoever you like
Whether your Sim is a woman or a man, they can kiss, woohoo, marry and fall in love with whomever. Sexuality basically has no rules – nor should it. The same applies for ethnicity, body image, basically the only thing that’ll stop your sim woohoo-ing with someone is if their personalities don’t match. That’s the dream.
As well as being sexual with whoever you like, there’s zero judgment (although a polyamorous option would be nice). Well, unless your sim caught another sim making out with your husband, and I think that’s fairly understandable. Your sim can wear what they want, be slim, muscly or plus-size, have whatever career they like and not a single seed of judgment from any of the neighbours. If only.
You can cheat yourself through real life if you’re born into a rich, white family. But on Sims, anyone can cheat. Just a quick Google and you’ll find the cheat code you’re after. Cheating isn’t immoral if it’s on Sims, right?
Never feeling tired
As long as your Sims energy bar is fully green, you’ll wake up at 5am feeling fresh and ready for the day ahead. You don’t even need coffee! What is this?!
Great working hours
Five days a week 9am-2pm. Four days a week 7am-1pm. Not only do Sims have the perfect working hours, but it gives them time to do things they actually want to do and de-stress. In the UK, we work far too much and don’t have nearly enough time to play. Bring in four-day weeks!
Clothes are free
Fancy a new outfit? Go into your Sims wardrobe and it’s full of loads of clothes that you never have to pay for. If you want more, you have to buy them with real life money which kinda sucks. But it’s nice to have a full wardrobe at all times. Options.
Adopting is easy peasy
Is your sim in a same-sex couple? Or perhaps you just don’t fancy going through pregnancy with her? Ring up the adoption agency and that afternoon, a baby is dropped off at your door. No having to prove why you’re worthy. No forms to fill in. Just a phone call and a baby.
Ghosts stick around
Ok, so your Sim might sometimes get freaked out when an old family member wanders around the garden in the form of a ghost. But it’s pretty cool that your Sims never properly die, they stick around even after passing. At least we know what happens after death in Sim world.