What Got You Started With The Sims?

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I remember being a little over ten years old when I sat down at a personal computer for the first time. I was visiting my uncle’s relatively wealthy brother’s home and had nothing else to do while they sat around and talked. I was allowed to sit at his brother’s computer, where I saw The Sims. However, I also saw the old Area 51 PC game where you killed aliens, so I chose to play that because I didn’t know what The Sims was at the time (and let’s be real, I was a young boy who wanted to blow up aliens).

I Met His Daughter

Every time I visited my uncle, we would go over to his brother’s house. I never really met his brother’s daughter until my fourth visit there. By my fourth visit, I was so accustomed to going straight to his massive office and sitting down at the computer that I made a beeline for it as soon as the door opened.

However, when I stumbled into his office, there was someone already at the computer, his young daughter.

She Was Playing The Sims

I never clicked on The Sims during my first visits. I introduced myself and took a seat on the floor behind her. I don’t remember what she was doing in the game, but I do remember being intrigued by the fact that she was basically playing God with people’s lives in a simulation. She got up out of the chair and beckoned for me to sit so I could try. I was hooked immediately.

I Never Played The Sims 2

I ended up moving away from my Uncle before I started high school. I was in high school between 2002 and 2006. Between then, I was focused more on my social life and friends. I played a couple of video games, but they were the normal teenage guy games like Halo with friends. I completely missed out on the Sims 2.

I Was In A Dark Place When The Sims 3 Came Out

The end of my high school wasn’t the best. I went through a couple of years in isolation and suffered from depression. I felt I wasn’t in control of my own life. After three years alone living with my parents, I found The Sims 3.

I remembered the carefree happiness I felt losing myself playing the original Sims game with my childhood friend. I picked up The Sims 3, joined their forums, met so many wonderful people, ran some contests, and felt like I was a part of something for the first time.

Unfortunately, The Sims 4 Didn’t Connect With Me

After a couple of years in The Sims 3 community, it felt like it all fell apart in a day. The official Sims 3 forums I knew either disappeared or moved. I had my small group of friends I stuck around with after the forums’ era ended, but none of us really connected with The Sims 4. I don’t know what it was; it just didn’t have that same magic to me that the first and third Sims game did.

However, six years later, I feel it’s time for me to come back to the Sims community. In almost a decade, I became a medical professional, freelance writer, and social media manager. I stumbled upon a wonderland of Simmers on Twitter. It was like a lost world. Many of them are names I recognized from the old Sims 3 forums. They made their home across different social media sites.

Now I’m motivated to get back into the Sims 4. The story isn’t over for me when it comes to the Sims.

What got you into the Sims games?

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Bryan Havoc

I cover console video games like Crossfire, Minecraft, Apex Legends, Counter-Strike, Valorant, PUBG, Grand Theft Auto V, Destiny 2, Phasmophobia and everything in between.