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Fun fact about me: I am obsessed with The Sims™. Not QUITE as obsessed as my friend Laura, who literally owns every single The Sims™ game ever (including every expansion pack and stuff pack), but pretty darn obsessed. I don’t even remember how I first found out about The Sims™, but it was just before my 11th birthday and I knew that for my 11th birthday, I HAD to have it. I spent the days leading up to my birthday reading every article I could about The Sims™ so that when I finally (and hopefully) got it, I would be an expert.
The day finally came, May 1st… the day I graced the world with my presence (HA! I hope you guys realize that’s a joke!). My parents handed me a rectangular box shaped gift all wrapped up. I ripped it open like my life depended on it, saw that it was, in fact, a rectangular shaped box that contained a computer game and BAM! It was Sim City. I could’ve cried. Yes, I realize that is very selfish of me but I was ELEVEN (and I was pretty fresh at being eleven, I might add). I had my heart and soul set on getting The Sims™ and creating the best Sim family ever to exist. Of course I said my thank yous, but obviously my parents realized they hadn’t got the right game and I was crushed (I swear I wasn’t a spoiled child, well.. not after the age of 5 or so anyways, I just REALLY badly wanted this game), so I explained that this wasn’t the right one. Anyways, we ended up going to Walmart in the next couple of days to return it and get the proper game.
After getting home from Walmart, the real The Sims™ game in hand and the manual read from back to front five times over already, I basically sprinted to the computer to get it to install. We all know how long things used to take to install back in Windows 2000 days, right? A long time. I sat there very patiently waiting for the game to install, reading the manual over for the sixth time, when I noticed the install failed. I didn’t know why, but I started it over. And it failed again. And my heart broke. And I started it over, and it failed. And my heart broke more. DO YOU GUYS FEEL MY DEVASTATION?! Maybe I was just way too into getting this game, but I was so sad. It ended up being that the game had come with a scratched CD so I had to bring it back to Walmart again and get a new copy. In the end, it worked and I loved The Sims™ and we lived happily ever.
So since then, there has obviously been some advancements made on The Sims™. In fact, we’re onto The Sims™ 4 these days! The Sims™ 3 was just SO good and took care of all the things that I could think of to make it better than The Sims™ 2.. so now I am honestly left wondering what they could possibly have done to create a whole new The Sims™ 4 this go round! I am SO intrigued. Luckily, I got a little sneak peek at the demo and am super excited for the game’s full release. My brother has also dedicated a fair few hours of his life to playing The Sims™, so he was all up in the demo with me.
In the demo, we got to try the new Create a Sim feature which is super extensive. You can stretch out every portion of the face to make your Sim look exactly how you want, there are tons of hair styles and clothing options, the personalities are more defined than ever before (that’s one big thing the creation of The Sims™ 4 was focused on- your Sims now have more traits, skills and aspirations that are going to affect their behavior and emotions like we’ve never seen!) ANNNNND.. my personal favorite part (because it’s pretty hilarious), you can even choose how they walk. ;)
To get the most out of this demo and really give it’s features a test-run, I challenged Matt (my brother) to make a Sim version of himself. He perfected that Sim- from the slightly spiked up hair to the custom-picked eye color and even to the “Lennox” nose as our family calls it (we all have a little bump in the bridge of our nose). He got pretty serious. How do you think he did?
Even the shoes are the same! I am loving the new Create a Sim and can’t wait to create Sims to use my new, smarter Sims in actual gameplay. Be sure to enter the SIMify yourself Facebook Contest. There are $8000 in prizes to be won including the grand prize where you could win a trip to Maxis studio in California! See the official rules here. The Sims™ 4 is available for pre-order right now at Walmart, and it’s in-store release date is September 2nd. It doesn’t get much easier than having it sent straight to your home, but if you are REALLY excited, you could totally go straight into the store to get it then and there when it’s released. You also get a free pack of the new Sour Patch Kids gum with the pre-order or in-store purchase, because why wouldn’t you want free Sour Patch Kids gum? You bet I have a copy (and some gum) already preordered for myself!
Do you love The Sims™ as much as I do, or know someone who does?