The Sims has at all times been a preferred sport amongst gamers, regardless of the iteration we’re speaking about. With 4 most important title video games, the franchise’s enduring historical past remains to be going robust at the moment. This may be seen within the constant additions made via DLC — similar to the latest My Wedding ceremony Tales sport pack, which provides in all-new wedding-related content material — and a thriving worldwide group that has been rising since its first title was launched in 2000.
The Sims group will be present in a variety of completely different locations together with on EA’s official Sims boards, social media, and even on completely different websites that focus on sharing player-made customized content material (CC) like The Sims Useful resource, a preferred CC web site that presently hosts over a million uploaded creations. However there may be one area inside The Sims group that has stood out for loads of Sims gamers: Content material creators on YouTube.
YouTubers which can be making Sims-centered movies are definitely leaving their mark throughout the group by sharing their very own distinctive experiences from the collection — be that via their very own particular person video games that they resolve to share or simply by participating with the Sims group via their channel.
With the massive Sims group to be discovered on YouTube, I spoke with two content material creators that shared what it’s about The Sims that has stored them so enthralled through the years. Creators are nonetheless in love with the collection all these years later as a result of it’s a sport that gives them whole freedom in how they play and the tales that they inform.
The enduring attraction of The Sims
With a collection that has a 20+ yr historical past, every participant is undoubtedly going to search out completely different parts of the sport interesting. Add within the distinctive issue of being a content material creator and the attraction of The Sims could fluctuate each as a participant and YouTuber. So, what precisely stands because the attraction to Sims content material creators?
In talking with Mollie Fake-Wilkins (also called TheEnglishSimmer), a YouTuber who has been making Sims associated movies for over eight years, and Malixa, a content material creator who initially joined YouTube in 2018, I used to be in a position to study extra about what appealed most to them as each gamers and creators.
“As a child, I completely beloved writing and drawing my very own tales with my very own characters so when I discovered The Sims, I felt like I may make my very own digital characters and inform tales,” Fake-Wilkins tells Digital Developments. “I’d by no means performed a online game the place I may make up my very own tales as a substitute of solely taking part in anyone else’s. I’ve managed to construct a platform on YouTube and Twitch the place I get to create characters, inform tales, and really have individuals eat that content material and relate to these characters.”
Malixa, who each shares movies on her YouTube channel and streams on Twitch commonly, has been taking part in since The Sims 2 period and would commonly watch different gamers share their very own Sims creations on-line.
“As soon as I used to be in a position to get pc, I used to be lastly in a position to make content material for my favourite sport,” Malixa says. “I feel for me, it’s so enjoyable with the ability to create tales utilizing The Sims and to see all of it play out in entrance of you. And I needed to share the tales I created with my Sims to an viewers and located my manner right here [to YouTube].”
A shared love of storytelling in The Sims is a main attraction for each content material creators that has lasted via the years – one thing that loads of Sims gamers can undoubtedly relate to as properly. And with the brand new official and fan-made content material being launched commonly, in addition to gameplay mechanics that additional foster the liberty in story potential that each Fake-Wilkins and Malixa love, there appears to be no scarcity of things about The Sims that retains each creators’ curiosity piqued.
“I’d by no means performed a online game the place I may make up my very own tales as a substitute of solely taking part in anyone else’s.”
One thing that has Fake-Wilkins coming again is the truth that The Sims has 4 most important titles within the franchise. She is ready to revisit the primary three video games from time to time as she chooses, however she additionally notes one other characteristic that she appreciates in conserving the sport contemporary.
“I feel what actually helps The Sims is the actual fact you’ll be able to at all times begin a brand new sport with out shedding progress to your others,” Fake-Wilkins says. “If I randomly stumble throughout a brand new community-made problem or consider a brand new character, I do know I can begin engaged on it in The Sims right away and if I ever really feel like I’m uninterested in a sure save, I can swap up how I play within the subsequent.”
The Sims commonly receives adjustments within the type of growth and sport packs and free updates to the bottom sport that additional add to the customization choices out there to gamers. Free updates typically embrace extra clothes and furnishings gadgets, however they’ve additionally included extra intensive updates similar to including within the capacity to customise Sims with none gender constraints and a forthcoming replace that may permit gamers to customise their Sims’ pronouns.
With such an enormous emphasis on customization, each from official packs and from player-made customized content material, it wasn’t stunning that each Fake-Wilkins and Malixa had a lot to say on their very own favourite additions to the sport.
Malixa’s favourite updates needed to do with adjustments that made making a broad number of Sims even simpler — such because the pronouns replace and a 2020 replace that added in 100+ pores and skin tone choices for gamers to the bottom sport.
“I’m tremendous excited for the pronouns replace as I really feel like extra individuals will have the ability to lastly characterize themselves with out having to make use of mods or CC,” Malixa says. “I do know for me, I get tremendous excited each time I see somebody that appears like me or each time my tradition is represented in any type of media. It makes me proud to be who I’m and seeing that be represented in my favourite sport is every part.”
Base sport updates deliver loads of new choices to the desk for gamers and content material creators alike which can be concerned with telling a broad vary of tales via their very own video games. The identical may also be stated for sport packs and bigger expansions as properly.
“When a brand new pack comes out, it permits me to create new collection that target the brand new content material while looking for methods to include entertaining and relatable tales which is a problem that I like as a creator,” Fake-Wilkins says. “I at all times really feel just like the group has such a buzz round new content material as a result of it’s so enjoyable to see how everybody interprets it otherwise and makes it their very own. I feel these are the instances I in all probability really feel most impressed as a creator.”
As with every online game, group also can have an effect on how gamers expertise a sport. And The Sims group isn’t any completely different. It serves as an essential a part of the sport expertise for Fake-Wilkins and Malixa as creators who’re regularly sharing their distinctive Sims tales with others.
“When I discovered Sims content material on-line, which is what impressed me to start out my very own YouTube channel, I didn’t even understand that there was an energetic group for The Sims!” Fake-Wilkins says. “However there are Sims gamers dotted all around the world and I’m so fortunate to name so lots of them my buddies. I’ve managed to search out so many like-minded individuals who don’t thoughts me chatting about all my ideas about video video games and I feel that’s actually particular to lastly really feel such as you’ve discovered your individuals.”
“I even met my closest buddies via the Sims group, and I’m so grateful for that.”
There’s a way of shared ardour for storytelling throughout the group which will be seen via gamers like Fake-Wilkins and Malixa deciding to share their concepts and characters with others via their movies. As opposed to what’s a solo sport, The Sims all of the sudden turns into considerably of a shared expertise.
“I like sharing what occurs in my video games, and I like seeing what different individuals create from their video games. I like the group as a result of generally taking part in the sport by your self can get lonely,” Malixa says. “So with the group there, it looks like I’m sharing my love for the sport with a bunch of buddies. I even met my closest buddies via the Sims group, and I’m so grateful for that.”
The Sims has an excessive amount of freedom to supply to gamers with a group that’s in full assist — each within the creators who dedicate time to sharing their video games and to their fellow followers who’re watching. For these two content material creators, the whole inventive management that The Sims affords them is a singular manner for them to create tales and characters that they want to see on a real canvas of their very own making.
Interview responses have been flippantly edited for readability.