A Sim-sa­tion

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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.

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