So, most of you heard about The Sims game franchise. You either love or hate them, there`s no in between.
“The Sims is a life simulation video game series, developed by EA Maxis and published by Electronic Arts. It is one of the best-selling video games series of all time. As of September 2013, the franchise has sold more than 175 million copies worldwide.” Article from Wikipedia.
Even though I`m a different kind of gamer I must confess The Sims are my guilty pleasure. I first encountered them in about 2001./2002., in the first franchise series- The Sims 1. Since then I`m hooked. They are relaxing my overheated brain cells after a long day of work and stress, wishing I could drown my co-worker in the pool by building walls around it. (That`s a Sims reference, I`m not a psychopath.)
They make me laugh and in some cases – make me hate whole humanity. And this is a post about what I learned about life, playing someone else’s.
It always starts the same way. I make the character very similar to myself, lying to myself all over again that`s not true. “I will live alone, get some kick ass job, play without cheats and earn myself some nasty money for the biggest mansion! Mauahaha! I don`t need no man!”
And it always ends up the same way. I get bored, marry her to some rich grandpa and take his house. (This is starting to look like a psychotherapy, I just realized how many things you can learn from a Sims player ) But let`s face it. This is a game about playing God and who doesn`t love that?
It`s not easy as it looks, you are responsible for a life. Digital or a real one. Might as well learn something from it and apply it here. This is what I learned.
- You can never be perfect. I spent hours and hours creating my characters and I always find some flaw afterward, wishing she/he looks differently.
- Your body is your temple, take care of it. Yup, Sims know it too. If you eat too much and don`t exercise-you will get fat!
- .exercise! This doesn`t require any explaining.
- Set your attributes and ambitions straight. Find out where you want to go and you will build a road to get there.
- Don’t marry the first guy that likes you. This is a big one. Most of you can see what I`m talking about here 😀 There are much more fish in the sea, in the neighborhood ..you know.
- Don’t rush the kids. SERIOUSLY people. You don`t have money, time or “ lock life needs“ cheats in real If someone does have any of it- my contact form is right there.
- If he cheated- get a divorce. Ok, this one is obvious. But it so satisfying slapping the cheater of out him, even if it`s in a game.
- Find a hobby! Tend your garden (Who has money for Enrique the gardener?), buy a camera, paint, play piano,
- It takes the time to be good in something. Take your time and make yourself a professional in something you love.
- Don`t waste time! You can`t change it back and it`s the most valuable and irreversible thing you can give to someone. Value it. ( We don`t have a Life Potion available on EBay, not yet.)
- Choose your profession by your guts (or heart). You don`t want to end up building your career and finding out you hate it. It`s very frustrating to start all over again.
- By the time you are 25 you will have two or three valuable friends. The rest are just acquaintances. Don`t push it, you will make it worse. Things break, people leave.
- Save some money. I know it`s hard. It took me literally years and years but I figured it out. It`s always easier if you have your stash on the side. Don`t bother with the numbers, save as much as your life needs to allow you too.
- Don`t buy expensive furniture, cars or take bank loans if you`re not sure you can take it financially. Because of. reasons.
- Try to build a separate room for your child. You will thank me later.
- Build a fence around your lot. It keeps unwanted neighbors, animals, thieves, burglars, and zombies out of your personal space.
- Be nice to your colleagues but don`t mistake them for friends. It`s simple, never mix business with friends or family. Trust me, it doesn`t end well.
- Earn your retirement money and enjoy your golden age.
- In the end, life is too short, and it`s yours! Do with it whatever you please.
This is just a glimpse of the things we can learn. Although it seems like a fun and maybe stupid video game- it has a lot more to offer, if you just open your eyes and apply it to our, real life.
Who knows, maybe that`s the way the Big guy works up there J
What about you?
Are you playing The Sims and what`s the most valuable lesson you`ve learned?