The Sims 3 is an awesome simulation game where players can control the lives of characters that they create from choosing their careers to making them talk to strangers or go see a movie at the cinema. Not only that, but you can design your character to be fat or thin, muscular or skinny, a baby or an adult...the possibilities are endless! You can control what your character looks like right down to what pajamas they wear to what shape their eyebrows are.
Now I've compiled a list of 5 things I have learned [about life] since playing this game.
1. There's always something else to do. Depending on your interests you can watch tv, go for a jog, learn to garden, take a walk into town, talk to strangers at the library or park, take up a part time job at the salon, bookstore, or grocery store, read a book to learn a new skill, redecorate your house, go fishing, overclock your computer, talk into the mirror to improve your charisma, take classes to learn a new skill, and the list is pretty endless.
2. Random bad things happen...but so do good things. A burglar can break into your house and steal your stove before you can wake up to call the police. You can be on a date at a restaurant, join in the table next to you that's singing "Happy Birthday," and get a raise because it turned out to be your boss's friend's birthday.
3. You can make a living off of gardening, fishing, mooching money and food from people, selling paintings, and writing books/articles.
4. If your basic needs aren't met chances are you're angry or depressed. Who would be happy if your house is cluttered, your fridge is empty, your bed is uncomfortable, your shower only puts out cold water, your walls are bare and ugly, or you just haven't been getting enough social interaction.
5. I take life very seriously. I tend to play the game the way I want life to be in real life. Everyone in the household has a stable job, everyone gets along and has good personality traits, the house is big and beautiful, everyone likes to cook and use the computer, there is enough money to go shopping or out into town, etc. My characters tend to be normal and do what is expected of them...most of the time.
I must warn you that if you have not yet played this game it is highly addicting. When I first started playing The Sims 2 for the playstation I somehow stayed up playing 6 hours after my bedtime. The Sims 3 is much more addictive because there is just so much to do.