Games like The Sims are so popular because they allow you to fulfil your fantasies through your avatar’s actions. They allow you to have an experience that wouldn’t be available in real life due to expenses, range of skills or abilities, or time restraints.
This game became very popular for many reasons. The main reason was the option to customize your character’s appearance and clothing which allowed players to make their Sims look like themselves, friends, celebrities, etc. This made the game seem familiar to players because it meant that they could relate to their character more easily than simply having a nameless avatar that looked like every other player’s avatar. Another reason this game is so popular is due to how customizable everything was in this game; you could mould the entire world around you how you wanted it to be; allowing players full control over what happens in the game at all times allows them to feel comfortable with making decisions within this virtual world.
Another that clearly makes games like The Sims popular is the wide range of abilities and skills your Sims can have. You could give your Sims personalities for them to act out depending on the situation you place them in; this allows players to feel like they are experiencing many different situations and outcomes without having to do anything themselves. This also lets players choose how they would react in a given situation so it becomes easier for them to become immersed into their Sim’s life.
Lastly, these games provide all of this while being completely free which makes it even more accessible than most other games that require an initial purchase before allowing you full access. Every player starts on the equal ground allowing anyone who downloads this game the chance to explore every aspect of it at no cost, most games with similar features usually start off very limited and have to be unlocked. This has a similar effect to games like The Sims by giving players the chance to explore every part of the game before they choose whether or not they would like to pay dues for a more ‘complete’ experience.
This game is free which makes it so anyone can play this game, but one could argue that there are many other expenses in real life that would make this game unappealing. There are in-game transactions in this game, meaning you could purchase in-game currency with real money; however, these purchases aren’t necessary at all when exploring the world of The Sims. You wouldn’t need to buy new furniture or different outfits for your character because you create everything yourself using materials found within the world, you can even play at a casino in the sims. There are items that you could purchase but they are typically just aesthetic rather than full-on objects, meaning you would have to go out and actually do things in-game to obtain most of the items.
People typically only purchase these transactions if they want their Sims to gain or lose skills faster or if they want them to look a certain way without having to work for it. But even these purchases don’t seem worth it due to how simple the gameplay is. It gets repetitive after a while so most players don’t pay too much attention to their Sims’ needs; some players will gather materials needed for construction then place all of the rooms for their house before picking up new materials because it’s easier than travelling around gathering each item individually. This makes the game more appealing to the player because they can quickly create what they want without having to focus on quests or other events.
The Sims is an immensely popular game because it gives players the chance to experience all of these different events without having to worry about anything; whether it be shaping their character to act in a specific way or simply creating their dream house without having to explore the world.