On Sept. 10, Sims 3: Movie Stuff, the ninth and final stuff pack for the computer game, the Sims 3, was released. A stuff pack is an expansion for the game that can include new clothes, new hairstyles and even new furniture for the base game.
The first Sims game was released in 2000. Sims is a life simulation game that allows players to create their own playable characters, “Sims”, who can get jobs, develop skills and build relationships with other Sims. Since 2000, several spin-off games, including The Sims 2, The Sims 3 and, next year, The Sims 4.
The Sims can hold appeal for players for a variety of reasons. Senior Catherine Oates enjoys being able to live in a world different from reality.
“It’s better than real life,” Oates said. “There’s gay marriage. There’s no racism. You can get whatever job you want. Women don’t get paid less. It’s great.”
Senior Kathleen Bailey also likes escaping reality in The Sims.
“Time goes by faster in the game,” Bailey said. “You can change the time, from really fast, semi-fast and normal fast.”
In the world of The Sims, every minute in the real life is one hour in the life of a Sim. Players have the option to fast forward using two advanced settings.
Each of The Sims spin-offs have several expansion packs and stuff packs to enhance the gaming experience. One of these expansions allows players to create pets for their Sims.
“There’s lots of cool stuff, like the expansion packs,” Bailey said. “Pets are fun.”
Although The Sims provides a lot of different areas of gameplay, many players prefer to make their Sims miserable.
“I like to kill Sims,” Bailey said. “It’s awkward, but fun. I like to make them vampires and werewolves.”
Many players know how to light their Sims’ house on fire or remove the ladders from the pool in the middle of a swim.
The last stuff pack for The Sims 3 promises new objects and looks for players to explore, and the last expansion pack for the series, The Sims 3: Into the Future, will be released on October 22 of this year. The next series, The Sims 4, is set to be released in early 2014.