The Sims – Transending Games
I will never forget when I got my first copy of The Sims. My dad had been on a mission to buy only the best computer games for my twin brother and I. He did his best to buy games that he thought we both would like…Age of Empires, Grim Fandango, and the Myst series to name a few. My brother was much more interested in video games then I was at the time, and he often got first crack at the new games my dad brought home.
But The Sims was special, and this game he gave to me directly. He said, “This game is the best selling video game for both boys and girls this year. It’s the first video game ever to do that.” I didn’t really understand the gravity of those words at the time. I look back on that memory now and I think about what those words imply. The Sims was one of the first computer games to prove that a game could do well with both the male and female gamer audiences. I think in the long run it proved that female gamers are a viable market, and it pays to develop games with them in mind.
Over the years there have been a lot of crappy video games targeted toward the female gamer. I feel as though gaming companies very rarely develop computer games with me in mind. The female gamer is an afterthought, not a priority. One reason I love The Sims so much, is because it never made me feel that way. I have had my issues with EA over the years, but standing here and looking backwards, I am grateful for The Sims game series, and I am looking forward to The Sims 4.
If only the rest of the gaming industry would be as committed to finding good games for girls as my dad was.