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2021-04-14 9:50:18 AM  
Who is the market for this game? I bought one of the Sims games, probably 10 years ago, and played it for 4 or 5 hours. A little bit fun and interesting at first, it became painfully obvious that this game was designed solely to suck up time, with no apparent reward. I sold it on Ebay and never looked back.

IDK, I can't really understand playing something that essentially simulates the life you are ignoring while playing. My guess is that there are folks who can't participate in "normal life" who get into this? I don't understand the market for the franchise, I guess.
 
2021-04-14 10:23:52 AM  
I downloaded Sims 4 a few months ago because the wife wanted to see what it was like and to build a model of our house. I was shocked by the # of paid DLCs they have for it. Apparently it'd be around $300-$400 to purchase all the DLCs.
 
2021-04-14 11:50:05 AM  

beezeltown: Who is the market for this game?


About 10 years ago, a convergence of a long dry spell, terrible job, Steam sale, and bad weekend bender led to me owning The Sims 3 and more DLCs than I'd prefer to admit. (I was not in a good place.)

But I get it.

My working theory is that video games tap into the same dynamic as porn: They take something you already want, make you work for/wait for it a little bit to build anticipation, then give it to you far quicker and in a far more amplified form than you can get in real life. The main thing that varies is the goal, and those goals are sorted by genre.

So, it makes sense that an unhappy working stiff would be attracted to a game where you start off working a 9-to-5 job, gardening a little on the side, and doing a few repetitive tasks, but this becomes the process by which you transform yourself into an immortal millionaire kung-fu master mad scientist wizard who can seduce anyone he wants and can just wait around young and in perfect health until his enemies die.

/ Never buy DLCs at full price
 
2021-04-14 12:53:16 PM  

beezeltown: Who is the market for this game? I bought one of the Sims games, probably 10 years ago, and played it for 4 or 5 hours. A little bit fun and interesting at first, it became painfully obvious that this game was designed solely to suck up time, with no apparent reward. I sold it on Ebay and never looked back.

IDK, I can't really understand playing something that essentially simulates the life you are ignoring while playing. My guess is that there are folks who can't participate in "normal life" who get into this? I don't understand the market for the franchise, I guess.


In my experience, Sims players are usually women in their 20s. It runs on a potato and is probably hitting the same general boxes as childhood play with apologises.

I know a dedicated Sims 3 player who also has a following as a Valorant streamer. Sims is just the thing that got get into PC gaming.

Even she won't buy the stuff for Sims 4 though.
 
2021-04-14 1:05:15 PM  
The Sims is a virtual dollhouse.

You should see what dollhouse enthusiasts pay for real dollhouses. The Sims is a cheap way into the hobby.
 
2021-04-14 2:04:07 PM  
My kid loves it. My wife loved previous versions of it when she had time to game. Never really tickled my fancy, but neither do most shooty games.
 
2021-04-14 2:46:13 PM  
I thought Sims 3 was the version that fans thought was the legit one.
 
2021-04-14 3:14:17 PM  
Sims is just an RPG.

Swap out swords, monsters, and magic for careers, mansions, and weird social arrangements.

/my Sim always does a portrait of his paramours before they go into the pool
 
2021-04-14 3:20:34 PM  
I've played the first one and I think the third one.  First one was ok for the time, simple casual - the type of game you can drop in for a few minutes here and there.  With 3, EA started with the in-game dlc advertising (items in the menu that were locked until you actually paid).

I grabbed 4 during a steam sale, but never got around to playing it since it needed origin.  I assume it's worse with the advertising.
 
2021-04-14 5:55:00 PM  

WilderKWight: The Sims is a virtual dollhouse.

You should see what dollhouse enthusiasts pay for real dollhouses. The Sims is a cheap way into the hobby.


Animal Crossing is so much cheaper
 
2021-04-15 12:43:39 AM  
I played the first one years ago. I got bored and Iocked my character in a house with no doors, windows or bathroom...nothing but an espresso machine.
 
2021-04-15 1:02:47 AM  
Never worth playing without the money cheat code.
 
2021-04-15 5:48:34 PM  

Fano: WilderKWight: The Sims is a virtual dollhouse.

You should see what dollhouse enthusiasts pay for real dollhouses. The Sims is a cheap way into the hobby.

Animal Crossing is so much cheaper


I said dollhouse, not Fisher Price Little People and Animals.
 
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