The Sims

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The Sims (ESRB rating: T) is a very popular life simulation game and a series made by EA Games and Maxis. It was the game that started the massive line of well known video games that is known all over the world today. It was surpassed in 2004 by the new version "The Sims 2" which comes with updated graphics, new items and much better things in general, and in 2009 The Sims 3 came out. The series dates back to 2000. A huge number of expansion packs and different "eras" of the game exist. Many ports exist for the PC, home consoles such as the PlayStation 2, Xbox, PlayStation3, and Xbox 360, and handheld consoles such as the PlayStation Portable portable and even the Nintendo DS line.

Unlike what the ratings suggest, the games allow players to indulge in immoral behavior, including homosexual sex, non marital sex, cheating, and allow homosexual couples to adopt children. It also contains astrology as a religion and supports the belief that materialism and consumer goods lead to happiness.[1] The ability to buy new consumer goods, mostly electronics, can even be unlocked by fulfilling your Sims certain personal wishes in life. Some of these wishes may be to earn more money, to spend more money on objects falling under a certain category, or to use different ways of socialization.

There are however, custom-created objects and mods you can download for The Sims that were created by Christians. These include examples such as a Bible complete with in game verses you can read [2], a Pastor career track [3] and even a statue of Jesus that your sims can worship and pray at [4]. However, these items were not created or endorsed by EA Games. They are merely enabled as modifications to implement into the game. Modifications are a common method of the fan base expanding the shelf life and popularity of the game almost infinitely and maintaining peoples interest and fascination with "older" games.

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The Sims 2

The Sims 3

The Sims 3 is a 2009 strategic life simulation computer game developed by The Sims Studio and published by Electronic Arts. It is the sequel to The Sims 2. It was first released on June 2, 2009 simultaneously for Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows. The Sims 3 was released to home consoles on October 26, 2010, for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and Nintendo DS and later the Wii platform on November 15, 2010. [5] There is also a Nintendo 3DS version which is in 3D, released on March 27, 2011, as one of its launch titles.[6] The Sims 3 has been released for many mobile platforms, most notably Apple's iOS. The game broke franchise sales records, as it sold 1.4 million copies in its first week.[7] To date, The Sims 3 has sold 10 million copies worldwide. This makes it one of the best selling computer games of all time.

Gameplay

The Sims 3 is built upon the same concept as its predecessors. Player controls their own Sims in activities and relationships in a similar manner to real life. The game play is open-ended and indefinite, unlike previous Sim games. Sims' houses and neighborhood are now in one whole map. This is the first game to feature open worlds. The player can now go to community lots and households without facing unmanageable loading times. Previous Sim games used a "Wants and Fears" system. This is replaced by a wishes system in The Sims 3. Players can either fulfill their Sim's wish or ignore it. When they fulfill their Sim's wish, the Sim gets Lifetime Points. These points can be used to purchase special abilities, such as never having to go to the bathroom. There are many new features, but that's expected as a sequel to a Sims game. The new "Open Neighborhood" feature allows Sims to go on with their life when the player is not controlling them.[8] Create a Sim (also known as CAS) now has more customizable options for Sims than the CAS in The Sims 2. The player now has a larger selection of body types for Sims, and are able to create different hair styles for every Sim. The player is now able to pick their Sim's shoes. Players can customize adult Sims with up to five traits. These traits define the Sim's personality and Lifetime Wish.

Expansion Packs

Name Release date
World Adventures November 17, 2009
Ambitions June 1, 2010
Late Night October 26, 2010
Generations May 31, 2011
Pets October 18, 2011

Stuff Packs

Name Release date
High-End Loft Stuff February 2, 2010
Fast Lane Stuff September 7, 2011
Outdoor Living Stuff February 1, 2011
Town Life Stuff July 26, 2011

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