The Sims 2
The Sims 3
The Sims 4
|Abbreviation(s):||TS, TS1, TS2, TS3, TS4|
|Date(s):||February 4, 2000 - present|
|Medium:||computer games, video game|
|Country of Origin:||United States|
|External Links:||official website|
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The Sims is a franchise of life simulation games by EA Maxis. It has four main entries, The Sims, The Sims 2, The Sims 3 and The Sims 4. It has had various spin-offs such as The Sims Medieval, The Sims Social, and The Sims Stories.
The video games are sandboxes that the player can change and edit at will (to an extent of course). Each game has at least a Town, where you are able to build it up by creating new families or playing the established families already inside the game such as the Goth Family or Bachelor Family. The characters, which is called a Sim can be edited by you, changing eye color to hair to clothes and even personality.
Each game has a series of expansions that you can buy to add more to your town or Sims. The Sims 3 introduced stuff packs, which focused on added new clothes and items to the game rather than new gameplay options, in addition to having an online store where players could purchase sets of clothes, items, and worlds for real money. The Sims 4 introduced game packs, which each add a single smaller gameplay element. The Sims 1 series had 7 expansions, the second series had eight and the third had eleven. Several of Sims 2 and Sims 3 added new towns as well. As of May 2020, Sims 4 has 8 expansions, 8 game packs, and 16 stuff packs.
In the Sims 1 series The Sims could only become or are ghosts and zombies, however the second series added vampires, Plant Sims, Aliens, Witches, Werewolves, while the third series added mermaids, imaginary friends, mummies, genies, fairies, and robots .
The Sims have a large following, with many of the fans since the beginning (2000) still active and follow to each new series, others tend to stick to their original series due dislike some of the newer features. The Sims 4 is particularly contentious, as the base game lacked content that had been included in previous entries. There are various communities dedicated to fandom, including challenges and fan made content that are made available through various websites. As of 2020, most fan content and CC are being created for The Sims 4, but earlier entries still have active communities.
Fans often create stories and vids about their Sims. The stories are sometimes featured as like a picspam, with writing between the photos - these are usually created as responses to the Sims Challenges. Even the official websites accept Sims stories . The Sims series is very popular as a tool to make Machinima, either with voice acting or dialogue written on screen. Common types of machinima videos include music videos, short films, or series.
These stories may also include documenting challenges, including legacies. These sometimes take the form of Let's Plays. Challenges are fanmade rulesets for gameplay that are designed around a certain theme. The legacy challenge, adapted for Sims 2, 3, and 4, is one of the most popular challenges, and focuses on creating a successful family lineage. Some challenges are based off preexisting fandoms, like the Hunger Games Challenge.
Modding is very important aspect of the Sims game and is generally accepted by the PTB, who even have an exchange website where you can download custom content for free. Mods and custom content are very popular for the Sims, moreso in any other games due how the much the games are able to accept the content. Many of the websites available for The Sims mainly consists of mods and other custom content. Some of the mods mean that they overwrite the default settings, but most of the time it adds another section for it, such as another style for a shirt already in the game. Although some mods/cc can cause games to crash or glitch, so it's always good to check for bugs. For examples of custom content, see My Sims 3 Blog or My Sims 4 Blog. One example of a major mod for Sims 3 was the Woohooer, which allowed teens to woohoo and become pregnant, which is not allowed in the actual default game.
Fans of other fandoms often include those fandom characters as Sims, usually dressing the Sims in their costumes (example X-Men: Evolution inspired Sims) or naming the Sims the characters names pairing them with whoever they wanted. Other times they would add different Mods such as clothes inspired, posters, pictures, or content related to another fandom (example Disney Princess Bedroom). In the Island Paradise expansion of The Sims 3, it adds playable mermaids to the game: three of the characters are considered to be inspired by The Little Mermaid - two of Ariel (Ariel Walsh, a human, and Mia Azul who is an actual mermaid in the game) and the third one is King Triton, who is an actual mermaid in the game named Triton King.
- Alpha CC - Detailed, high polycount CC that aims to make the game look more realistic. Most commonly used for Sims 4 CC.
- CC - An abbreviation for custom content, a term used for modded clothes and items added that don't change gameplay.
- Maxis-Match - CC that mimics the style of the base game, most commonly used for Sims 4 and 2 CC.
- Simblr - A Tumblr blog dedicated to Sims content.
- Simmer - One who plays the Sims.
- Simlish - The Sims' language.
- WCIF - Stands for "Where can I find," used to ask someone where they found a piece of CC.
- Woohoo - The Sims name for sexual intercourse, this is probably due to younger gamers.
- Strangetown, Here We Come, a very influential fanfiction covering most of the Sims 2 universe, but with particular emphasis on the Grunt, Nigmos, and Smith families.
- Alice and Kev, an original story set in the Sims world focusing on the non-human-controlled actions of a homeless girl and her father.
- Beyond the Shore Part 1 Part 2 Part 3
- Finding Mine Episode 1 Part 1, An example of a machinima series with voice-over.
- The Sims 2
- Sims Three
- Simply Sims 3
- WCIF Sims, a Where Can I Find search for The Sims needs
- Pixel Trade, a comm where you can share downloads of your Sims
- Simspiration, a comm for to help all Sim writers with prompts
- The Sims franchise at Wikipedia
- The Sims Wiki
- The Sims Resource Wiki
- Sims Wiki
- Carl's Sims 3 Guide
- Carl's Sims 4 Guide
- Life States at The Sims Wiki