November 10, 2020
Twenty years after it first launched, The Sims is still going strong. Much more than a nostalgic relic of the noughties, the game has a thriving community of fans. In this episode, Tara, a longtime player of the game, explains it’s enduring appeal to Simran — a self-identified Sims noob.
We get into the tensions of escapism and introspection within the game and talk about the challenges of reflecting the ‘real world’ in a simulation. We’ll also ask: is The Sims “a beguiling capitalist fantasy” or can a more meaningful commentary on consumerism be found amongst the hypnotic tones of the ‘buy mode’ music?
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Clips used in this episode:
The Sims 1- House Fire
Sims 1: Craziest Party Ever…
The Sims 1: The Tragic Clown
The Sims 1 - All Places to "Play with" (Woohoo)
Lily Allen - Smile (Simlish)
The Sims Soundtrack: Build Mode 1
The Nod, Autumn
Playing The Sims Is Better Meditation than Meditation, GQ
I Think About My Painting Goblin in The Sims a Lot, The Cut
My land of make believe: life after The Sims, The Guardian ,Liv Siddal
Will Wright - New Yorker profile
The Sims at 20: two decades of life, love and reorganising the kitchen, The Guardian
Playing "The Sims"as though you were Kurt Cobain, Miguel Sicart
Inside the online communities making beautiful black Sims, Dazed
The Untold Story of 'The Sims,' Your First Favorite Jazz Record, VICE