Episode 2: An Ode to The Sims


Last time, I wrote a (possibly very incoherent) entry regarding why I think everyone has potential to have some geeky knowledge in them. I also mentioned that I usually watch my brother playing video games. I need to make a brief amendment to that. I do play video games. I don’t play them well since I panic easily (“Stop shooting me with your sniper rifle!” and “There’s too many zombies!” are a couple of my reactions). But I do enjoy the plots and stories so that’s why I just watch my brother play… especially Mass Effect. I love Mass Effect!

Wish we could even find this here in the Philippines!

Wish we could even find this here in the Philippines!

But I can’t really play Mass Effect because of the panic attacks. There is one series of games that I do play a lot of. That would be The Sims. I find them very relaxing to play and the time just passes by quickly when I’m making my little Robin do her things. I actually started playing the Sims when I was 6 years young. Well, I didn’t really play it. Like before, I would just watch my brother make my character and then just watch her go around the world without me doing anything. After a while, I got more curious and started really trying to have my little Robin do other stuff, like finding a job and learning how to cook. Come to think of it, The Sims was the first game I really played.

And I also always made little Robin clean up after herself!

And I also always made little Robin clean up after herself! Unlike this poor slob!

My love for game grew even more with The Sims 2. I guess one factor was I had my own computer that time so I didn’t have to compete with anyone else for time to play it. And I think it was a pretty powerful computer. I had both the first and second games installed on it. When I played the original Sims, we did get the Hot Date expansion pack, but it would take around 20 minutes to get there! But the graphics just looked ugly when compared it to Sims 2. Call me a graphics whore if you must!

Also, there was one thing that I didn’t like in the original Sims. It was the fact that, when you have kids, they never grew up. It’s like you were saddled with time for the rest of your life! So, when it was announced that your kids can actually age in The Sims 2, guess what was the first thing I did… you know, besides first being the best Celebrity Chef in town.

That’s right! I had my little Robin make babies! Oh, I just didn’t Woohoo with anyone I met (shame on you!). One of the most fun I had with the game was actually selecting the guy I wanted to have the kid with. I never had my little Robin marry though. I wanted to be a strong, independent woman, raising the child on my own! It’s not something I would want to do in real life, but it is something I’d like to fantasize about, which is why I did it in the game!

Still, I like to think that Robin imagines what her life would be like if she ever married.

Still, I like to think that Robin imagines what her life would be like if she ever married.

Then The Sims 3. Wow! This topped all of them! This was actually the first game that I got with my own money and I am extremely glad that I did. Before I got it, my old computer died so I got a new one. I also haven’t been really playing any of the Sims for a while. So, when I heard that a new Sims game was being made, I saved up my money to get it. After I installed it and started playing again, it was like a flood of childhood memories came rushing back. The love that I felt for the game was rekindled.

Even up to now, I still play The Sims 3 now and then. I actually love the new expansion packs, especially the Showtime expansion since I get to live out my dream of being a superstar singer through my little Robin! I just don’t have her confidence to sing in a public setting.

Going to be bigger than Britney! Just wait and see!

She’s gonna be bigger than Britney! Just wait and see!

I guess that’s one of the reasons why I play the game. There’s no way I’d be able to become a Doctor, CEO and Celebrity Chef in one lifetime. You’d have to go take 3 separate courses in college (actually 2 and 1 culinary class) to be all of those things. That’s next to impossible in the real world. But The Sims allow me to do that. It’s the simple dream of being anything that you want at any time in life.

Oh, and I love designing houses! Maybe I can do that for a living in the future!

There is another game that I like to play and, oddly enough, it’s a fighting game! What it is, well, that’ll be in my next post!

If you have any comments or suggestions, like expansion packs for the Sims I should get or even other games that I can play, please enter them in the Comments section below!


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