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The Sims: Mi Casa es Su Casa

By ladybug in News
Wed Mar 01, 2000 at 06:35:15 PM EST
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Build their house! Choose their clothes! Tell them when to eat, sleep, and pee! Feel like an omnipotent diety as you rule every aspect of their puny virtual lives! For anyone who ever wanted to be an evil overlord or a tyrannical dictator when they grew up, The Sims is about the closest you can get without invading and overthrowing one of the Balkan states. [editor's note, by rusty] The Sims is a computer game. Kind of like Sea-Monkeys that don't suck. Read on for the rest of the review.


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At first, you think, it's just like a Tomagotchi. Feed it, clean up after it, and maybe it won't die. But with 8 little meters to keep at maximum levels (Hunger, Comfort, Room, Energy, Bladder, Social, Hygeine and Fun) things can get a bit tricky. Decide to have a snack before going to the potty, and you could have an embarrassing little accident on your hands. Don't give them enough fun things to do, or enough time to sleep, and they turn and yell at you. (Thank goodness they speak that weird language like the grownups from the Charlie Brown cartoons and not English.)

If nothing else, The Sims fosters a healthy respect for how difficult it is to run a household. If you miss your carpool for work, you lose your job, and will have no income to pay for food. Your plants will die if you don't remember to water them. Buzzing flies start to collect around food that hasn't been cleaned up. And forget to pay your bills and the repo man will show up to take away that fabulous new t.v. you just bought. Coordinating all these efforts in a virtual world where the minutes are literally ticked off in seconds requires the management skills of an M.B.A.

But despite the coordination involved to keep your Sims happy, there is a certain godlike feeling of power you get from being able to boss around two pseudo-humans. My Sims, a couple named Frank and Kitty, didn't even know each other when they moved in together. And they absolutely refused to sleep in the same bed. (As with many real-life couples, Steve often found himself on the couch.) But I encouraged them to talk and joke with each other, and soon they fell in love. Now they greatly enjoy each other's company, give each other gifts, and even sleep in the same bed. And no, they don't do that.

The game is so complex and nuanced, it's very simple to sit for 3 hours at a stretch, glued to the monitor. In fact, utter obsession with The Sims is easily accomplished after only one encounter with the game. You start to know the little songs that play on the t.v. commercials. You think you can understand their strange dialogues in blah-blah language. You find it endearing that your loving couple actually dreams about each other at night. You might even forget that you have a real life outside this little digital world.

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The Sims: Mi Casa es Su Casa | 21 comments (21 topical, editorial, 0 hidden)
I too have played the game and enjo... (none / 0) (#3)
by JDogg on Tue Feb 29, 2000 at 10:43:29 AM EST

JDogg voted 1 on this story.

I too have played the game and enjoy the multitude of options it has. The only problem is after a while you start to realize you're craving the things that ease your "fun" "bladder" "etc.." meters


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You should see the thread in alt.ta... (none / 0) (#11)
by Demona on Tue Feb 29, 2000 at 10:51:20 AM EST

Demona voted -1 on this story.

You should see the thread in alt.tasteless on possible mods for this. Personally I think there's a certain point of ridiculousness in simulating reality beyond which it's silly to go, at least for purposes of a "game" which is meant to be "played". Certainly the technology could have other, more productive uses than giving people another excuse to avoid reality.

Good review, I like it. Friends ha... (none / 0) (#8)
by ramses0 on Tue Feb 29, 2000 at 11:06:41 AM EST

ramses0 voted 1 on this story.

Good review, I like it. Friends have said The Sims are addictive. I used to play Sim City Classic alot (and Civ 1) all the later versions kept getting too complicated.
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I shall be interested to see how th... (none / 0) (#10)
by Strange Charmed One on Tue Feb 29, 2000 at 11:07:33 AM EST

Strange Charmed One voted 0 on this story.

I shall be interested to see how the result of the voting on this comes out.
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I'm a little scared to try it - wha... (none / 0) (#5)
by penwiper2 on Tue Feb 29, 2000 at 11:11:40 AM EST

penwiper2 voted 1 on this story.

I'm a little scared to try it - what if I never get any work done?

Huh, What's this about??... (none / 0) (#9)
by bmetzler on Tue Feb 29, 2000 at 11:26:35 AM EST

bmetzler voted 0 on this story.

Huh, What's this about??
www.bmetzler.org - it's not just a personal weblog, it's so much more.

William Shatner said it best.... (none / 0) (#2)
by Paul Dunne on Tue Feb 29, 2000 at 11:29:02 AM EST

Paul Dunne voted -1 on this story.

William Shatner said it best.
http://dunne.home.dhs.org/

Good review. Just one editorial sug... (none / 0) (#1)
by rusty on Tue Feb 29, 2000 at 11:54:00 AM EST

rusty voted 1 on this story.

Good review. Just one editorial suggestion-- when you're writing about something, please identify what it actually is. :-)

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Despite being a good review i just ... (none / 0) (#7)
by Zer0 on Tue Feb 29, 2000 at 06:38:35 PM EST

Zer0 voted -1 on this story.

Despite being a good review i just dont see this site as a games site :).

Will we see this for linux? I thin... (none / 0) (#14)
by neonman on Tue Feb 29, 2000 at 07:01:05 PM EST

neonman voted 1 on this story.

Will we see this for linux? I think I saw this somewhere. Interesting.
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I can personally attest to the addi... (none / 0) (#6)
by dblslash on Tue Feb 29, 2000 at 08:49:20 PM EST

dblslash voted 1 on this story.

I can personally attest to the addicitiveness of this game. Over the weekend, a "friend" (I use that term lightly, that evil tempter) introduced me to the little world he had created. Dear God. I sat glued to the screen for something like five hours before realizing that that gnawing pain in my stomach was for lack of food. I was literally taking better care of my Sims than myself. :)

Really, though, the game is absolutely great. Will Wright has added another hit to his past collection.

nahhhh...... (none / 0) (#12)
by rajivvarma on Tue Feb 29, 2000 at 10:18:56 PM EST

rajivvarma voted -1 on this story.

nahhhh...

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its a great game, but what the hell... (none / 0) (#13)
by renec on Wed Mar 01, 2000 at 12:46:13 AM EST

renec voted -1 on this story.

its a great game, but what the hell is it doing here? christ.

Hm, seems like a Katz-ish fluff pie... (none / 0) (#18)
by fluffy grue on Wed Mar 01, 2000 at 01:29:44 AM EST

fluffy grue voted -1 on this story.

Hm, seems like a Katz-ish fluff piece to me. No thanks.
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Interesting review of a game which ... (none / 0) (#15)
by aidoneus on Wed Mar 01, 2000 at 09:10:08 AM EST

aidoneus voted 1 on this story.

Interesting review of a game which I hadn't even heard about prior to the submission of this article.

This is a kinda creepy phenomenon. ... (none / 0) (#4)
by lachoy on Wed Mar 01, 2000 at 09:42:37 AM EST

lachoy voted 1 on this story.

This is a kinda creepy phenomenon. The tendency to play 'sinners in the hands of an angry god' is irresistible. There was a good article about this on Salon...
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Re: This is a kinda creepy phenomenon. ... (none / 0) (#19)
by lachoy on Wed Mar 01, 2000 at 07:02:21 PM EST

Gee, maybe next time I can post a link... (duh)

An article from Salon talked about the temptations involved in this game.
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Reasonable portrait of being addict... (none / 0) (#17)
by raph on Wed Mar 01, 2000 at 11:50:59 AM EST

raph voted 0 on this story.

Reasonable portrait of being addicted to the game, but what do I learn from this?

I disliked this game. It was novel... (none / 0) (#16)
by emjay on Wed Mar 01, 2000 at 03:17:42 PM EST

emjay voted 0 on this story.

I disliked this game. It was novel for a bit, but why would anyone really want to command on screen icons to take out the trash? I returned it and got Planescape: Torment, which is more my style: KILL KILL KILL!
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Re: *checking the system requirements* (none / 0) (#20)
by TomG on Thu Mar 02, 2000 at 05:37:09 AM EST

The game sounds like I would have fun with it (too much fun, probably)...But bey mon tad zee! 300MBs of disk space and a P233MMX CPU required?

I played sim city classic on an 880kB diskette and a 6.8MHz CPU.

Even if the game was ported to GNU/Linux, I wouldn't buy it...

Been there, done that. (none / 0) (#21)
by mattm on Mon Mar 06, 2000 at 12:20:59 AM EST

Might I remind everyone of The Little Computer People Project? Instructions readily available? Doesn't require a 300MB hard drive, only a C64 emulator? (Well there's an Apple II version floating about too, but the C64's what I grew up with.) True, you only are put in charge of one guy and a dog instead of a family, but I suspect it's rather familiar to those who've played The Sims, right down to the "foreign language".



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