One of my favorite pastimes, and something that has been consistent in my life since I was maybe 10 years old, is playing the Sims! It all started back with Sims 1, when my sister used to play it, and then I got really into it and carried on with Sims 2, 3, and now 4.
For those of you who are unfamiliar, the Sims franchise is just a series of life simulation games. You get to make people, or Sims, and make them into families or whatever you want them to be, and you can put them in a house or build them one, and decorate it however you wish. You get jobs, build skills, have babies, the whole shebang.
And it is so fun. And sooo addictive.
I go through phases of playing it a lot or not playing it at all, but right now I’m in the phase of playing a lot. Whenever I get a free moment, I love to just open up my game and check on my little families.
Sims not only gives me a chance to play around with life, but it allows a lot of creative expression too! Building houses and being able to decorate them got me really interested in architecture and interior design. I actually thought about majoring in interior design at one point.
Then of course, it’s not very surprising that writing is a big part of a life simulation game. People in the sims community love to attach stories to their families, and it’s so fun to kinda create this persona for your sim. It’s like grown up barbies.
It’s a little bit silly, and definitely a bit nerdy, but I love it! It’s a fun way to pass the time, and a fun way to live out my dream life, in a sense. Whenever I’m stressed out, it’s awesome to be able to get away from it all and just play.
What do you like to do in your free time? What’s one of your dorky guilty pleasures? Let me know in the comments!