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7 things you can relate to if you played The Sims obsessively as a child

It was a vital part of our childhood.

IF YOU GREW up in the 00s, then the Sims was probably a big part of your childhood.

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First released in 2000, the Sims revolutionized computer gaming by allowing you to create families and control every aspect of their live from their look to their career to their life skills.

Many of us spent hours upon hours designing every aspect of the outfits and the houses but the Sims also brought out a slightly evil side in us all.

Here are some things which remind us of the unhinged chaos that was playing the Sims.

1. The battle with social workers

In the Sims (as in life), you couldn’t leave a child alone without adult supervision. If you did commit this crime then the social workers came and took your kids away (I once lost triplets because of this and the family never recovered, it was terrible). Sometimes these kids would reappear when you adopted a child from the adoption service but otherwise they were lost in the Sims vortex never to be seen again.

2. When you tried to kill off your Sims but they refused to die..
Look, we’ve all been there, killing off Sims for no good reason. Some of us old schoolers used to just remove the ladder from the pool so the chosen Sim would get tired and eventually drown. Some of us tried more elaborate schemes where we built a small room filled with ovens and left toaster pastries in them all so they’d catch fire. We’re all normal people here… right?

3. When you were trying to make your Sims have an affair without getting caught and then just… kept getting caught?

Look making your Sims have affairs was one of the best part of Sims. I once created a house with 4 married couples and made them have affairs with each other and somehow none of them found out. However, other times your significant other would rudely walk in on you have WooHoo with their best friend or sibling and ruined the whole charade. So rude.

4. When your Sim lives a better life than you
Who among us hasn’t made a Sim that looks exactly like ourselves and goes on to achieve all our dreams only for us to get so mad that we delete them or ruin their life entirely? Just me? Ok..

5. When you get a little too invested in your Sims life.
Yes I’m aware they’re not really people but they’re also still all my children and I care about each and every one of them deeply.

6. When life isn’t as easy as it was made out to be in Sims
What do you mean I can’t just go to college without paying for it? What do you mean I can’t start any career without any skills for it? WHAT DO YOU MEAN I CAN’T BUY A HOUSE?

7. When the later versions began to get a little stranger
I feel that the Sims 2 was peak Sims and had this confirmed to me when I observed how little I enjoyed the Sims 3 in comparison. The updates seemed to freak people out as well with some interesting advances in graphics.

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