The Sims

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The Sims 2
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Release date: September 14, 2004
Developer: Maxis
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Series: The Sims Series
Platforms: Windows,
PlayStation 2,


The Sims is a strategic life-simulation computer game created by game designer Will Wright, published by Maxis, and distributed by Electronic Arts. It is a simulation of the daily activities of one or more virtual persons ("Sims") in a suburban household near SimCity.

The Sims was first released on February 4, 2000. By March 22, 2002, The Sims had sold more than 6.3 million copies worldwide, making it the best-selling PC game in history. Since its initial release, seven expansion packs and a sequel, The Sims 2 (with its own expansion packs), have been released. Another sequel, The Sims 3, is currently under production. The Sims has won numerous awards, including GameSpot's "Game of the Year Award" for 2000.


In 2002, The Sims became the top-selling PC game in history, displacing the game Myst. Critics praised it with positive reviews. It has been a success in many ways—attracting casual gamers and female gamers (the latter making up approximately 60% of players) — unusual in a market traditionally dominated by young males. Open-ended gameplay has been done before in games, such as the farming-based simulation series Harvest Moon (a 1997 game originally released for the SNES), but The Sims has certainly gained popularity for this particular style of gameplay.

See Also

Electronic Arts
The Sims Series
The Sims 2
The Sims 3


Official Website

The Sims
The Sims, The Sims 2, The Sims 3