Why The Sims Is Popular: 10 Reasons Its Loved By Millions

Why the Sims franchise is Loved
Why do you love the simulation of endless possibilities?

Ever since The Sims first came out for the PC in 2000, the now popular simulation franchise has swept away gamers all around the globe. While it started out as a simple yet complex game, The Sims has grown into a vast universe of its own. Millions of players have used The Sims as a creative outlet in which they are able to create their perfect families and dream homes, or even to test social situations and explore creative worlds through a virtual point of view. 

Since this game is endlessly growing in popularity, more and more reasons are always coming up as to why this game is highly relevant within the gaming community. As the Sims community has grown, creators are constantly developing ways to change the game for the better. In this compilation, we will discover why the innovative and entertaining Sims franchise is loved by lots!


10. It is Experimental

Try new things through your Sims and see how they might play out.

One of the reasons The Sims is such an unforgettable game is due to the fact that it is ultimately a game full of passed and failed experiments. This game allows you to try many different paths from the careers of your Sims, where they live, and who they are friends with. The only way to move forward in the game and make your Sims have depth is to test their limits through trial and error.

In another aspect, The Sims franchise has always allowed players to create their own worlds or their own scenarios. This type of experimentation is therapeutic and unleashes creativity in many players.


9. Everything can be Customized

Everything is in your image.

Another reason why The Sims is such a successful franchise is because nearly everything is customizable. In the beginning, this was not the case, but as the franchise has grown, so have the options for customization. Players are able to customize their Sims style, their appearance, their furniture, their clothing, and many other options. 

While The Sims 4 does have some pretty interesting swatches for customization in game, The color wheel option in The Sims 3 was the absolute best way to customize an entire world for your Sims. What kind of customization tools are in store with The Sims 5?


8. Lovable Spinoffs

Spinoff games are always thrilling if they are part of the Sims franchise.

Spinoffs entered The Sims franchise when gaming consoles became popular, giving Simmers a new way to enter the simulation. The spinoffs of this epic franchise introduced players to worlds and stories that were foreign to the common Sim, bringing new adventures to all formats of gameplay. Starting with games like The Urbz: Sims In The City and The Sims Bustin’ Out, Spinoffs of The Sims franchise soon became well known to simulation game players.

After The Sims Medieval, spinoff games became a long lost form of art. They have not yet been introduced in The Sims 4, but only time will be able to tell what is next.


7. The Community

From celebrities and simulation nerds to fashionistas and architects, The Sims can entertain anyone.

The Community of gamers who practically play the game as part of their lifestyle, otherwise known as Simmers, are people from far and wide with one common interest. The Sims! The community surrounding this game is full of creators and storytellers who support each other and lift each other up, all while talking about their favorite video game. 

Simmers around the world are always sharing their content for other players to enjoy, while some share tips and point out easter eggs in the game. There is room for all in the Sims community!


6. Evolution of Storytelling

Storyteller or character in the story? You choose.

As previously noted, storytelling has always been a big part of The Sims. Time has been kind to this aspect of the game, allowing the player to completely control every aspect of the story if they choose to. The Sims 2 brought cinematic screens during peak moments of gameplay, while the dynamics of The Sims 3 were completely random as life is.

In The Sims 4, Players can choose to control every aspect of every single Sim if they wanted to while adding amazing in-game camera tools, making it a great outlet for storytellers. What story will you tell through your Sims?


5. Constant Release of New Content

The Sims is a franchise that will never die.

The Sims is always coming out with new content for players to indulge in, from free updates to new expansion packs and gameplay add-ons. In The Sims 4, updates are frequent and are communicated regularly through social media, allowing excitement to grow in all Simmers with time. 

With new content being released on a seemingly endless schedule for The Sims, the fan base is growing wider and wider. If the possibilities in your game seem infinite now, wait to see what else the game developers have created. 


4. Endless Possibilities

The sky is the limit, even for your Sims!

To some extent, every game in The Sims franchise is a sandbox of creativity. Anything goes and anything can be done, with or without the use of amazing custom content and mods. If you want your sim to be an astronaut? It can happen. Or maybe you want to adopt a ton of supernatural babies and raise them with only one Sim, go for it! Anything can be done with the power of the mind in this game. 

So what is your creative muscle telling you to create? If you don’t have any ideas, there are tons of challenges and mods online to enhance gameplay. If you want to stay within the game, try finding inspiration from any of the amazing creators who post to The Sims 4 Gallery every day. 


3. Entertaining and Expansive Gameplay

There is never a dull moment while roaming through each game.

At times, playing The Sims is comparable to watching a good dramatic movie. It is so easy to get lost in the drama of The Sims due to the level of entertainment it provides and all there is to explore in the game. This simulator provides gameplay that can run in many directions to ultimately meet different ends, which is something that makes The Sims so unique. 

So if The Sims 4 isn’t for you, try The Sims 3 or The Sims 2. Each game has different aspects to offer that help players release their creativity in different ways, and every game provides a new adventure. 


2. The Lore

There is always something new to discover.

Sims lore started with mythical beings like genies and a Frankenstein-esque monster and quickly turned into a snowball of drama, mystery, and conspiracy theories when Bella Goth went missing in The Sims 2. After the widespread lore introduced by the franchise’s second entry, it only grew stronger and stronger, becoming one of the main reasons why some players have returned to the franchise. 

Although the lore of The Sims is scattered and somewhat spontaneous at times, it is always fun to dive into why Agatha Crumplebottom is so bitter or how the Capp family ended up in Roaring Heights. These topics may only be the tip of the iceberg for the extensive lore held by The Sims franchise, but the most anticipated question of all is; What happened to The Sims 2 version of Bella Goth!?


1. A Game for Everyone

Teen and up, that is.

On top of all of the other reasons why The Sims is such a fun and lovable game, It is also a game that everyone (Teen and up, sorry to my 12 and under audience) is able to enjoy. This game offers an experience for everyone, whether that be making your Sims explore new places, learn an array of skills, or pushing your Sims to find love. Regardless of what is recommended, everything in the game is up to you, the player. So next time you open your Sims game, unleash your inner most desires with no regret. Tell your story the way you want to, because The Sims is for everyone!

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Father of sims who travels when able but otherwise lives vicariously through his children.
Gamer Since: 2005
Favorite Genre: RPG
Currently Playing: The Sims 4
Top 3 Favorite Games:The Sims 4, The Sims 3: Dragon Valley, Sid Meier's Civilization V

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