Pin It
Favorite

Game Review 

by Marty Demarest


Forget what you've learned from MTV and Super Bowl ads. America's favorite family isn't the Osbournes. It's the Sims. Sure, they're atypical, what with the mixing of genders, skin colors, shapes, sizes and species; but when it comes to popularity, they're hard to beat. The Sims, which allows players to design a virtual neighborhood home by home and populate it with simulated beings, was published in 2000 and has gone on to become the best-selling computer game of all time. It's since moved to the Playstation2 in a fun version. SimCity 4 allows players to transport their Sims into cities, and there are add-on packs available that send the Sims on vacation and give them pets to care for. These have all sold phenomenally well -- not bad for a game that puts you in direct control of when an imaginary character goes to the bathroom.


Now the Sims have gone online, and unfortunately, The Sims Online doesn't work. It's one thing if you're logging on for hours each night to kill dragons and hang out with nubile young elves, but quite another to meet realistic-looking people for a stimulating session of office work. Because after choosing an appearance and name for your character (getting a life?), you'll find yourself clicking through a virtual world in which everybody is frantically working. Oh sure, people are friendly enough -- you can chat away as you spend time trying to earn "simoleans" -- but why are you doing something this mundane through a computer? Of course, you can get funky on a virtual dance floor like you never might in the real world, or you can chat up the hottie you would be too scared to approach in the flesh. But those moments seem few and far between, tucked in among "skill building" and "career paths," all wrapped up in a slugglishly moving virtual world.


One of the brilliant features of The Sims was the way that it made players look at the way they allotted time in their lives, and let them see how they use material possessions to move themselves through their world. But the characters wisely disappeared when it was time for the workday to begin. Here, that's mostly what you get. Frankly, working in the real world is more fun, and you don't have to pay an additional monthly fee just to do it.

  • Pin It

Latest in News

  • Seven Ways Drought is Impacting the Inland Northwest
  • Seven Ways Drought is Impacting the Inland Northwest

    No, it's not as bad as in California, but drought is taking a hefty toll
    • Jul 29, 2015
  • Hopeless for Heroin
  • Hopeless for Heroin

    As heroin deaths continue to rise in Washington state, what can a parent do to save a child from the depths of addiction?
    • Jul 29, 2015
  • Call Mr. Yuk
  • Call Mr. Yuk

    Gov. Inslee avoids the "poison pill"; plus, pushing back against empty Kickstarter promises
    • Jul 29, 2015
  • More »

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Today | Fri | Sat | Sun | Mon | Tue | Wed
59th Annual Spokane Highland Games

59th Annual Spokane Highland Games @ Spokane County Fair & Expo Center

Sat., Aug. 1, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

All of today's events | Staff Picks

More by Marty Demarest

  • The Cowboy's Cowboy
  • The Cowboy's Cowboy

    A Canadian sings about the life —  not just the lifestyle — of the new West
    • May 15, 2013
  • Completing the Trilogy
  • Completing the Trilogy

    Mass Effect has finally arrived
    • May 23, 2012
  • Minecraft
  • Minecraft

    Adventure and survival too often give way to mindless crafts in this building-block simulator.
    • Feb 8, 2012
  • More »

Most Commented On

  • Patrolling While Black

    Gordon Grant's nearly 30 years as a Spokane cop have been affected by race, but that's not the whole story
    • Jul 8, 2015
  • Rushing's Rant

    The Airway Heights City Council has asked the mayor to resign after posting a racist Facebook message
    • Jul 15, 2015
  • More »

© 2015 Inlander
Website powered by Foundation