The Sims video game is a highly successful franchise. The idea is to create simulated people and situations. The first game was simply called Sims and was released in early 2000. The premise is to use or create virtual people and then simulate everyday activities of these people in suburbia near the city called SimCity. The Sims can experience good events such as earning money, having a baby, and also bad events such as floods and other disasters. By 2003 more than 11.3 million copies of the game were sold globally. The game was released on several different platforms which helped fuel its popularity.
Sims 2 was totally three dimensional unlike the original Sims which used what is known as dimetric projection. Sims 2 is also open-ended play in the same way that the Sims is. Sims have needs and wants and can make choices which have consequences. Originally released for Windows, a year later the developers made it accessible to Mac users as well. Expansion packs were made available for Sims 2 which enabled new characters, features and situations to be added if one wanted. Unlike in the original game, Sims 2 allows you to create any age except for young adult or baby. You can also change facial features in Sims 2 which was not possible in the original Sims. The Sims 2 also has a Sims body shop which enables you to use third party programs like Paint or Photoshop to make genetics, clothing and accessories.
The Sims 3 was released in 2009 on multiple platforms including smart phones such as Nokia and Blackberry. It was also released for the Wii, Xbox 360, PlayStation and Nintendo aside from the Windows PC version. With the Sims 3 there were even more ways to change the body of your Sim, including even skin tone and muscle development. Sims 3 allows users to let their Sims branch their career which means they can choose to specialize in one area of a career. Neighborhoods in Sims 3 are called worlds and you can use the create a world tool to make your own neighborhoods. The Sims 3 also had several expansion packs available to add to the original game.
Sims 4 was released in 2014 for Windows and then in 2015 for Mac computers. Facial features can be more easily changed in Sims 4 using a drag and pull option or mouse click. Prior to this a slider had to be used. Certain features that were available in earlier games were not included in Sims 4 which caused quite an uproar among fans. For instance there was no pool in the new game. Many of these features, including the pool option, were later made available through updates. Developers had said that they had time limitations which led to omission of these features. There are also many game packs, stuff packs and expansion packs available for Sims 4.
The Sims games are a real phenomenon that have had a global impact. The first Sims game alone sold over 11 million copies in one month.