There was a time when I was very addicted to The Sims games. It started after the release of The Sims 2 – I was still at school then and did not expect anything special from the simulator of life, but just starting, I seriously froze. I hadn’t played life simulators like this before, so Maxis was a delight. Where else could I build my dream house and furnish it the way I want.
Despite the fact that the game had obvious limitations, such as the need to make money, I, like millions of other gamers, found a way to earn money in an honest way. Then the options were limited, unlike The Sims 4, where you can open a business and do many other things that bring money. Back in the days when future careers were something of a fantasy, my Sims had perfect lives.
As my financial situation improved, I built estates for the sims, with a pool and guest houses … as much as possible, of course, given the scale. The whole process, from design to furniture, took several days, provided there were sufficient funds for this.
This is life.
Years later, when the Sims 3 came out and later the fourth part, I continued to follow the development of this virtual world, but I myself became disillusioned with it. Not because The Sims 4 is bad. Quite the opposite. She’s so good that it makes me sad. Because none of the games in the series is impossible for most gamers.
In The Sims 4 world, no matter what you do, if you know the “rules”, you can do it. However, in real life, this is far from the case. You can do the right thing, play fair, and not cheat as much as you want, but you are more likely to fail. There is a very small segment of the population that is in such a privileged position that they can live in reality the way we do in the Sims. Do you want to build a house according to your own design? No problem. Do you want to start a business? No problem. Spending months writing a novel is easy! It’s easy to try to become a YouTuber!
Looking at the list of things Sims can do in The Sims 4, it’s easy to get the impression that trying new activities is safe. But in reality, most people cannot afford such experiments. And I’m not talking about those amazing apartments and houses that can be built in this virtual world. Buying real estate in the virtual world does not cause such difficulties at all as it does in our reality. Only the very wealthy can afford to treat a property purchase like it was a plaza in The Sims 4.
And in that sense, The Sims 4 is both beautiful and terrible. It allows you to feel like those who are not burdened with worries, who have no fear of failure. Because you can easily switch to something else, because you have an airbag from the gaming conventions. You can experiment with architecture, buy unusual things, do science, art, or even make money by fishing. Whatever you do, you have a good chance to succeed in this business. And that makes the game so brutal. It instills the unfounded belief that every person has an equal chance to succeed, but in reality everything is far from the case, and even the month of birth may depend on the direction in which life will turn.
However, with The Sims, here it is necessary to take an example. Don’t be afraid to do something new. It is not necessary to open an exclusive veterinary clinic or clothing store, but you can start with something small. It remains to find some free time between work, family and games.
What would be interesting to find out is what effect Sims games have in the long run if you start playing them at an early age. Will the outcome be positive or will the brutal reality drive someone into depression?