The Sims Phenomenon
The American game making company, Electronic Arts have been making video games since 1982 and have become very successful, most notably with the game FIFA. Along with this, they have also made the Sims series which has continued since the year 2000 and has become increasingly popular all around the world with its five games.
The Sims emerged in 2000 and all the games in the collection have featured open-ended simulation of daily activities of one or more virtual people (“Sims”). The game had multiple releases, including House Party, Superstar and Makin’ Magic. The Sims had sold more than 11.3 million copies worldwide and earned the title as the best-selling PC game.
Like The Sims, The Sims 2 is an open-ended computer game and was released in 2004. Your Sims still have life goals, wants and fears, but there’s no final goal to complete the game. Like all the Sims games, there are many expansion packs for the game: University, Bon Voyage, and many more! The game sold one million copies in its first 10 days!
The Sims 3, the third in the series, sold 10 million copies worldwide and got the overall rating of 86/100 from Metacritic. Just like the previous two games, the game has expansion packs, some of them include World Adventures, Ambitions, Late Night and Showtime! The game was also released for mobile phones and a similar version for phones with Java.
The Sims 4 is the latest game in the series and has a similar concept to The Sims 3. Many free expansion packs have been released along with some ones that you have to buy to play! Along with expansion packs, game packs and stuff packs have also been released for the game. Four hundred thousand copies of the game sold in around 4 days and 5 million in total!
For all the games in the series, custom content was created so that users can get more outfits, furniture, hair and more for their experience. The Sims Resource is the oldest and largest web community supporting the product and hosts 860,000 free downloads, such as furniture, hairstyles and clothing items, to enhance The Sims experience.
Ava, Year 6
Heighington Millfield Primary Academy