No. 1 - Being embarassed about who you are, and what you like gets easier as you get old. To be honest, if someone tells me that Sims is a stupid game, I give them an hour’s lecture on why Sims is awesome. They don’t say it a second time. :) At 52, I don’t really give a shit about what other people think about how I spend my time. Life is too short, and there are WAY too many other things to be giving a shit about. You might feel like you have all the time in the world when you’re younger, and that other people’s opinions are important to your self esteem. But let me tell you - I’ve learnt the hard way, that what other people think about you doesn’t matter a damn. And life goes faster and faster as you get old, and you have less time to do the things that make your heart sing. So let it sing.
No. 2 - Sims is a sandbox game (putting aside the mess that EA has been making of it in the last 5-6 years). It’s not a game that needs an inbuilt storyline or quests - the whole point of it is that you have toys in your sandbox and it’s your imagination that makes it wonderful. Because of that we have people being creative and making epic stories, and learning things and enjoying things simply because of the Sims. We have community drama for the people who like drama. We have building for the people who like building, we have so many things with the sims that it’s epic. Oh and BTW, we do have the ability to kill people with weapons if that’s where you want to go. Check out Simwardrobe.com site for the weapons of destruction. But we have way more things to do than just follow orders to achieve some sort of arbitrary goal. We can set our own arbitrary goals! :D
Summary for the people who don’t want to read:
Sims are awesome. People are not. Don’t stop yourself from doing something you love because of other people. You will regret it later. If people don’t love you for who you are, then they don’t love you.
There’s no combat system in sims so using mods that provide weapons with poor animation to kill someone makes no sense in my opinion. That’s what I mean. Sorry I’m not a fan of Sims 1 and sandbox games. I don’t play games with no goal system, and sims still have wants and lifetime wishes. I like challenges in this game like reaching level 10 with business or having 0 simoleons when my sims move in or building your own neighborhood from scratch. It’s more like financial strategy to me.
Hey Imme. The thing about Sims because it is a sandbox game, is that you can concentrate on anything you like. That means if you want to focus on goals you can, and if you want to set challenges you can. And if you want to build hoods from scratch - you can! And they are ALL valid ways of playing the Sims, and I for one am not dissing people however they want to play the game.
What I AM saying is that feeling ashamed for enjoying a game just because it doesn’t measure up to someone else’s standards is a very sad thing, and it’s a limiting thing where there doesn’t need to be a limit. You love shoot-em-ups, then enjoy shoot-em-ups, you love sims, then enjoy sims, you love quest and goal-oriented games? then enjoy quests! You love killing Sims? Then enjoy killing sims! (One day I will re-do Morticia and her house of death).
A game should be judged on how much you enjoy it, not on whether it conforms to someone else’s ideas of a what a ‘real game’ is, or whether it’s a ‘worthwhile’ use of time.
It’s fairly easy to add things to the Sims - SimSlice’s Sim-City hack in Sims 1, Life Stories - and adding quests like Fury’s hood in the N99 Forum Pack, or TSR Challenges - they’ve all been ways that we can add to the Sims. Which makes it awesome to me. That’s all I meant by the weapons thing - Sims is open-ended and so lots of things can be added to it. All it takes is creativity and imagination and lots and lots of patience. :)
If you enjoy the Sims then don’t feel you need to be embarrassed by it. If you’re not enjoying it … then you need to do something you do enjoy. The important thing is to do what you enjoy, and feel good about having some fun. Not like it’s some dark little secret that all your cooler friends will diss you for.
There are enough closets in the world to come out of, without buying new ones.