Just over 11 years ago, The Sims launched on PC. An instant hit, the game gave players a window into the lives of virtual people who were every bit as magical, mundane and inexplicable as the real thing. Players projected their own lives on its open-ended world and a juggernaut was born. To celebrate its birthday, Switched On has a few amazing Sims facts.
The Sims is the No.1-selling PC franchise of all time, with more than 12 games and expansion packs, and combined sales of more than 125 million copies.
The original game took seven years to make and followed the hugely successful games SimCity and SimCity 2000.
The core mechanics in the original game were inspired by Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, whereby people are motivated by less urgent needs once the more important ones are satisfied.
Sims speak Simlish, and the Black Eyed Peas, Nelly Furtado, Katy Perry and Depeche Mode have all recorded songs in Simlish for the series.
Players have downloaded more than 200 million pieces of player-created content from The Sims’ official website, which includes characters, stories and houses.
The unique personalities of Sims in The Sims 3 are driven by traits. These include everything from ‘‘absent-minded’’ and ‘‘party animal’’ to ‘‘kleptomaniac’’ and ‘‘evil’’.
Creator Will Wright introduced a mysterious virus into the original game. Take a snap of this image using the WiMo app for iPhone or Android to see Uncharted 3.