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The Sims: The evolution of the popular game over the last 20 years

The The Sims it is one video game simulation of life, which has become a cultural phenomenon for more than 20 years. In fact, it is one of the most successful video games of all time. The player creates virtual people called "Sims", places them in houses and controls their lives, from the moment they are born until the moment they die.

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The game designer Will wright inspired the creation of the original toy as he struggled to rebuild his life after losing his home during the great fire in Oakland in 1991. While replacing his house and furniture, he began to think about how he could adapt this experience in a game.

Previously, he had worked on SimCity, a simulation game related to city building. Game publishers are confused by the idea of ​​SimCity. That led Wright to start his own company, Maxis, with Jeff Braun.

SimCity was released by Maxis in 1989.

But when Wright introduced the Sims idea to Maxis' board, there was skepticism. Fortunately, its managers Electronic Arts (EA) were more receptive (EA acquired Maxis in 1997).

Since then, the franchise has grown a lot, although Wright is no longer part of the project. He left Maxis before the release of Sims 3.

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Below you can see how it evolved The Sims over the years:

The Sims (2000)

When Electronic Arts acquired Maxis, Wright contacted the team needed to implement the idea. The first game released him February of 2000 for Microsoft Windows.

Sims allowed players to create a family and control the lives of its members. Nouns, gamers are responsible for the activities of the Sims' daily life.

With an initial fortune of §20.000, players can buy an empty plot of land for their family and then build and decorate their own home.

However, the Sims had some Basic needs (such as the need for food, bath-cleaning, etc.), which the players had to satisfy.

The Sims could also find work to increase their income, build relationships with others and even die, just like in real life.

The original game had a lot expansion packs, after being a great success.

These expansion packs include: Livin 'Large, House Party, Hot Date, Vacation, Unleashed, Superstar and Makin' Magic.

The Sims Online (2002)

The game released him December of 2002. It was later renamed EA Land.

The Sims Online recreated The Sims as a mass multiplayer online game, where players can interact with each other.

The spin-off was not as successful as the original game and could not beat its biggest competitor at the time: the second Life. In August 2008, EA Land ceased to be available.

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The Sims Bustin 'Out (2003)

While the first games were created for Microsoft Windows, Bustin 'Out was a video game for Game Boy Advance, GameCube, N-Gage, PlayStation 2 and Xbox.

The Urbz: Sims In The City (2004)

Like Bustin 'Out, The Urbz: Sims In The City was not available on Windows PCs, but on Game Boy Advance, GameCube, PlayStation 2, Xbox and Nintendo DS.

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The Sims 2 (2004)

The Sims 2 and comes in a full 3D environment, unlike the original game. It takes place more than 20-25 years after the original game. Sims now have a personality and can create memories. Every Sim has Desires and Fears, which affect the ultimate goal of his life.

Sims can crave money or power, be more interested in their family or pursue their careers, and become happier if they consistently achieve their goals.

The ability to create a Sim has changed significantly to exist more customization options of Sim.

In addition, the newborn inherits traits of appearance and personality from his parents.

The Sims also have seven stages of life, with each offering unique experiences related to each age.

The game was also very successful and had many expansion packs: University, Nightlife, Open for Business, Pets, Seasons, Bon Voyage, Free Time, Apartment Life.

The game also had quite a few stuff packs.

Sims 2 and the expansion pack Pets have been released for a variety of platforms, including systems Wii, PlayStation 2, PSP, Xbox and Nintendo DS.

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MySims (2007)

MySims is a video game for Wii and the Nintendo DS, which released him September 2007. The following year, it was released for Microsoft Windows.

In addition to MySims, there are many other games in this spin-off series: MySims Kingdom, MySims Party, MySims Racing, MySims Agents and MySims SkyHeroes.

The Sims Stories (2007)

Stories is another spin-off, consisting of video games based on a modified version of the Sims 2 engine. The modified game engine is improved for systems with weaker specifications, such as laptops.

The Sims Carnival (2008)

This is a spin-off series created by EA, with two separate product lines. The service stopped in January 2011.

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The Sims 3 (2009)

EA released Sims 3 on June of 2009, although it was announced in November 2006. The game takes place more than 20 years before the original game.

Here the Sims can move around the neighborhood and go to different places. The game includes improved Sim creation tools and introduces separate wishes and goals for each member of the Sim family.

The game sold 1,4 million copies in its first week, making it the biggest release in the history of PC games at that time.

EA released a lot expansion packs and stuff packs.

Some of the expansion packs are: World Adventures, Ambitions, Late Night, Generations, Pets, Showtime, Supernatural, Seasons, University Life, Island Paradise, Into the Future.

Sims 3, Ambitions and World Adventures were also released for iPhone and the ipod touch.

This version was also released for Android devices, Nintendo DS, PlayStation 3, Wii and Xbox 360 in 2010 - and for Nintendo 3DS the 2011.

Pets has been released for Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

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The Sims Medieval (2011)

This is another spin-off that was released in 2011. It is based on the Sims 3 engine, but it takes place in another era and is quite different.

Medieval has an expansion pack called Pirates and Nobles.

The Sims Social (2011)

The Sims Social was released in August 2011. It was a Flash-based game developed by Playfish and EA for Facebook.

As with original games, Social allows the user to create a character. However, the player uses his character to interact with characters created by his Facebook friends.

The game also includes remakes with famous people, such as Lady Sim-Sim (Lady Gaga) and Elvis Plumbob (Elvis Presley).

The game stopped circulating and was removed from Facebook in June 2013.

The Sims FreePlay (2011)

This game is the first free version of the game for iOS and Android. Released in December 2011 for iOS devices and in February 2012 for Android.

Sims FreePlay was also available at Kindle Fire, BlackBerry 10 and Windows Phone 8.

Unlike other games in the series, FreePlay runs on real time. The game has 55 levels, and as players progress they can unlock new content and create up to 34 Sims.

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The Sims 4 (2014)

The Sims 4 is quite different from previous games. The most important new feature is SmartSim, which means that Sims can express emotions based on the events that take place around them. Players can make their Sims look exactly the way they want.

However, many things were missing when it was first released. Infancy was significantly absent. In addition, swimming pools and other things were not available.

However, various updates have been made to correct these deficiencies and add various features.

This version also has several expansion packs: Get to Work, Get Together, City Living, Cats & Dogs, Seasons, Get Famous, Island Living, Discover University, Eco Lifestyle, Snowy Escape, Cottage Living.

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The Sims Mobile (2018)

The Sims mobile is the second free version of the game for Android and iOS. Released in March 2018.

Like Freeplay, it tries to give players an experience similar to that provided by the major versions.

This was a short story from the popular game The Sims. The many versions and expansion packs that have been released over the years, show the huge success of the game around the world.

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