|My current house on the Sims 3|
I was sitting in class the other day trying to stay awake and scrolling through Pinterest, which is where I usually access Buzzfeed, when I came across "23 unforgettable things about playing the Sims".
It honestly nearly made me cry.
For the uninitiated, the Sims is the human simulation video game where you build a dollhouse and populate it with little people you can either watch succeed or or torture for your own amusement. The franchise is up to it's fourth installment, and twenty some-odd expansions. You can customize the entire community down to the tiniest detail and build a twisted network of love, enemies and broken hearts.
The Sims is the game I've dumped hundreds of hours (and sadly, hundreds of dollars) into. Throughout the years I've built all of my friends, the X-Men, Batman, the casts of Friends, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Seinfeld, the Simpsons and Family Guy.
Why you ask?
|Baby Charlie and I.|
You ever seen those zen gardens? Monks spend hours meticulously combing the sand and grooming the plants in a belief that the simple act will bring them closer to spiritual enlightenment. With me it's kind of the same thing. When I play the Sims it's like I'm tending to my own little zen garden, building an extension onto this person's house or getting these two to fall in love. The game has no ending and no real goal, so it is just one big peaceful meditation on life in general.
|My wife Katie, who is an inept spy.|
|Baby Charlie in his toy box.|
|Our living room with my Harley Quinn couch.|
|I... I don't even know...|
...in which you can make the neighbors fight to the death for your amusement.
Hay, you find zen your way, I'll find zen mine.
What game have you dumped hundreds of hours into?