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What started off as a coping mechanism and a joke to our great leader Will Wright in 2000 has now turned into a world wide phenomenon! With 13 different series and 4 main games The Sims has always changed from game to game. We asked simmers what their favorite Sim Version is and here is what they had to say…
“ I'm a Sims 3 kind of gal. The depth of the game. The open world. The content. It has my ideal simulation scenarios and I still play it more than Sims 4.” - Melly aka the author lol
“Sims 2 mostly because I spent so much time on the Sims 2 website in my teens and have fond memories of it” - Jessica S
“I can't play it anymore unfortunately but it's 3 hands down. I really miss being able to just download stuff off The Exchange. Or the ease of it really. Custom content is too difficult for me.” - Caitlyn A
“ Sims 4 since I have a lot of packs. But, if Sims 3 was more stable and I had that level of content then I might play it instead. I miss the character creation part.” - Tosha C
“The Sims 3 is a better game but I love cas graphics and build/buy in the Sims 4 so I always come back to it!” - Rebecca R.
“Sims 1 is just so quaint and wonderful. I remember the magic of it from when I first started playing. It’s not the same now, going back and playing it, but I still love it the most. I play Sims 4 primarily now but I miss so many of the features from Sims 3.“ - Kate B.
“I’m torn because I love them all. If I had to pick just one of them, I think I’d have to go TS2. There’s just a special charm there. The kids are actually cute, and there’s just enough room for chaos, as Juno Birch explores in her videos.” - Sierra E
“The open world of Sims 3. If I could find my copy, I'd re-download it in a second. Also the gameplay was so much better. More interactions.” - Cassie S.
“Probably an unpopular opinion but I hate the sims 3 it never worked well for me and the sims were so ugly Maybe because I was in my 20s for Sims 3 that I didn’t play it nearly as much but Sims 1 and 2 are so nostalgic for me.
Sims 2 blew my mind when it was announced. I still remember freaking out about the commercial and watching it over and over again before I got it for Christmas as a kid. The update in content and graphics was such a jump at the time.” - Leanne M.
“Sims 3 will always have a special place in my heart but ever since I started playing with 4 i could never go back... graphics and building tools are SO much better... I remember 11 year old me almost having a meltdown because I couldn't place some stairs... turns out the roof came through the walls somehow and was intersecting the stairs????” - Csila S.
“2 is my first love, my bestie, my soul sister. 3 is close behind but doesn’t quiiiite make it because I can’t play it on my laptop, but it’s so much fun. For like a year every time I fire up Sims 4 I just stare at the main menu, maybe get halfway through making a sim and quit. Even with all the new updates and shit. It’s so meh.” - Rachel H.
The general consensus...
Whether you just started playing or are a veteran of the game we all play differently. Some of us prefer graphics over gameplay. One build mode over the other. Some of us just want our sims to look like actual people and not potatoes (looking at you Sims 3) At the end of the day, year after year we all continue to boot up our computers and play our comfort game. Whether it's minimal and straight to the point with Sims 1. Mystery and lore with Sims 2. Overheating our Pcs and driving around the world with no loading screens in Sims 3. Building realistic homes for our realistic looking sims with Sims 4. Whatever your flavor we all have 1 end goal in mind, Play with life!
We pass the question onto you.Which Sims version is your favorite? Let us know! Have a juicy question you’d like to ask the community? Leave it in a comment below!
On the afternoon of November 16th, Sims 4 developers revealed what would become their latest kit - Modern Menswear - to the world. The kit, slated to release December 2nd, quickly became a trending topic on Twitter while catching the eyes of such high fashion publication and pop culture staples like Vogue and Vice.
Why all the to-do about a small, 23-piece fashion kit? By teaming up with fashion icon Stefan Cooke to bring his show-stopping, gender norm-upending knitwear to the Sims, developers are fully engaging with the freshest trend in both gaming, fashion, and beyond - creating the metaverse.
The “metaverse” is a term that easily sounds like parody or even post-apocalyptic, but it loosely refers to the growing blend of what is virtual to what is reality. As the Sims partners with Stefan Cooke, Gucci partners with Xbox, and Balenciaga partners with Fortnite, what is “real” is quickly overlapping into what is “virtual” in our increasingly online and global economy.
Modern Menswear Kit: What to Expect
Modern Menswear features the iconic knits and playful ready-to-wear fashions that often define Stefan Cooke’s signature style. Through 23 fashion pieces, this pack offers players stylish fashions that defy traditionally masculine silhouettes and gender norms. Players can expect bold printed patterns, knitwear with “skirting,” and blouse-like tops.
Why infuse the feminine with the masculine in a modern menswear pack?
What is cutting edge and modern in fashion loudly reflects changing ideas about gender. As the world grapples with what gender means, as people young and old begin questioning and defying gender as a binary, as many people explore the pronouns that most please them and find comfort in the space between gender expectations, as a growing audience begins to upend and break down the patriarchal expectations that are toxic masculinity, fashion responds by offering clothes that live outside of the binary.
What is gender? Why are any of us committed to binding certain silhouettes to a certain group of people in the first place. Stefan Cooke is one of those many designers that throw out tradition and challenge gender expectations in his designs.
Who is Stefan Cooke?
Stefan Cooke is a British fashion designer who is committed to uprooting gender expectations in clothing. Alongside his partner and boyfriend Jake Burt, Cooke creates the high-fashion styles that he was often inspired to make through necessity as a young person. Cooke often waxes about his younger years as a designer. While he longed for luxury looks and textiles, he often had to make do with the looks he found in thrift shops or cobbled from scraps of non-standard materials.
The result was a deconstructed look that often parodied what was deemed “high-fashion” and “masculine.” Cooke created knits entirely from buttons for example. He placed woolen knit patterns on polyester and created boldly printed trousers for men.
When Cooke initially came to the table with The Sims producers, he was, according to Vogue, ready to provide radical high-fashion for the iconic game brand. However, when he realized that Simmers really only want ready-to-wear items, he quickly generated ideas that challenged traditional ideas of “masculinity” while remaining palatable to the larger Sims audience.
Community Reaction and Criticism
Community reaction to this kit was mixed. A growing distaste for kits has boiled in the bellies of dedicated players for many months; the “snackable” downloadable content concept feels dangerously close to the widely-loathed but massively profitable microtransaction of mobile games.
Some Simmers, particularly those who have advocated for more menswear from the Sims team, balked at the idea of marrying what is feminine with what is masculine in a pack for men.
Still others believe that such gender-defying fashions should not be hidden behind a paywall. These Simmers point to some of the most recent packs— Incheon Arrivals and Fashion Street— as evidence that Sims developers are asking their players to pay out for cultural representation. Clothes that allow people outside of the White, cis-gendered crowd to represent themselves better in-game, should be offered to everyone, according to such Simmers like Emma Hart:
What do you think of the next Sims kit? Let us know on Twitter! Happy Simming!
Simmer Feature: PlummySims
In the latest update the sims teams implemented “scenarios” Scenarios are goal-based stories within the game where a player’s choice impacts the outcome. There are many different outcomes to Scenarios and many different ways to achieve those outcomes. That’s right, there’s more than one way to complete a Scenario, just as in real life! You never know how the story will go. How you get there is up to you! The team will rotate out these scenarios so there is always a new goal to achieve. We asked the Sims community their opinions and whether they liked scenarios and this is what you all said…
“They're not new to the kind of people who play often enough to be in Sims Facebook groups, but I think making challenges official is a great idea. And it means I won't have to keep track of things myself, which I'm terrible at. Honestly, the horrors of forgetting a tally in the hundred baby challenge still haunt me.” - Nicole W.
“So I played the toddler one last night. It was a story pretty similar to my regular gameplay, so it was honestly easy? The money one and the love after heartbreak one are not really how I normally play, so I am interested to try those next. I am kind of curious to see which ones they add in the future! I have been super depressed and am now on a leave from work, so it is a good time for to get back into sims.” - Liz S.
“I have shitty wifi and sims on console so my update still has…9 hrs lmao but I’m excited! I like having different options because I get bored pretty quickly.” - Kennedi W.
“I think they’re a great way to support and inspire new players and people not integrated in the community” - Becca B.
“I like them so far! I hope that they continue to update this to not only give us a new challenge but to also help people that maybe get overwhelmed when they try to make their own challenges in the game. I also love how quick you can just be like I want to play but I don't know what I want to play and click on a scenario” - Daya A.
“Meh. Challenges aren't my thing, so adding them into the game officially isn't very interesting to me. I know many do like them though, so I can see how you'd be excited in that case.
A) Typical EA rushing out features before they're finished. Why exactly can you not use these with existing saves? And are they actually going to fix it so they can be done in existing saves or is this going to be like how they said they were going to add swimmable water to other worlds after Island Living?
B ) Extremely funny that "too many toddlers" is...three. That is something that can happen in the course of normal gameplay and has happened to me several times. It seems really pointless as a challenge.” - Carla C.
The general consensus
While the structure of scenarios are nothing new to the sims game, (see challenges) it is a new way to do challenges with an in game tracked system! It gives simmers who don’t usually play with challenges a taste of what they are missing. While some simmers may feel this is not necessary, the general feel is, it's OK. Is it something that we needed? No. “Scenarios” have existed since the beginning of the sims community. Those who avoid challenges like a plague (me lol) won't be touching this new feature. All in all it seems like the sims team is actively looking at the community and adding those things we are doing ourselves into the game which is nice. But can yall listen and add cars please 😂
We pass the question onto you. How do YOU feel about scenarios? Let us know! Have a juicy question you’d like to ask the community? Leave it in a comment below!
Simmer's Digest Community Calendar
2022 Calendars are here
Our Community Calendar 2022
We are assembling three (3) full free downloadable 2022 Sims Calendars.
All we need is YOUR Sims creations to feature on the cover for each month. If you would like your creation to be featured on the calendar just send an email to email@example.com before Dec.22, 2021, at 11:59 p.m.
The subject of the email should read Calendar Submission
Deadline for submissions: December 22, 2021, at 11:59 PM
Please keep in mind not all submissions can be accepted for the calendar, as spots are limited. We thank and appreciate your participation.
Check out our previous calendars for 2021
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