Witch Way to The Sims?
Once upon a time, I had a Macintosh computer. Back then, there were
almost no games for the Mac (okay, so not much has changed), and the few
that were available, you had to wait months for them to be ported from the
PC platform (still referred to as specifically IBM at that point) to the
Mac. Then, an amazing thing happened...an unbelievably cool game called
SimCity came out...for the Mac! The IBM users had to wait a couple
months for an IBM version to come out...it was nice that they had a tiny
taste of what we Mac users had been suffering! That was the beginning of
Maxis' great series of Sim games.
Since then, there's been several different incredibly cool titles
released: SimFarm (I think I'm one of about 4 people who actually
likes it), SimIsle, SimTower, SimEarth (which was
great on the Mac, but somehow sucks on the PC), SimTown (for
kids), SimPark (also for kids, but I love it), SimCity 2000...and
finally, The Sims! There's
others, of course, but those are the ones I have. What's made the Sim
games great, in my opinion, is that there's no way to "win" the
game. You start out, you build, and then you watch the simulated activity
take place. Then you fiddle with it endlessly, until you're either bored
with that city/park/home and start over, or you get it just...perfect.
I get bored with games that I can win. One of the Sim titles not
previously mentioned comes to mind here SimAnt. You
controlled a colony of ants, either red or black, and tried to take over
the backyard, forcing out the other color and ultimately forcing the Sim
family out of their home. Once you did that, you won. So I got bored with
that particular Sim title.
At any rate, I'm thoroughly in thrall to The Sims now, and the
folks at Maxis have been kind enough to release a couple of tools that
will allow you to create your own wallpapers and floors to put in your
Sims' homes, as well as incorporating graphics of your own into the game
as paintings. I've made a few things; some
paintings. I've uploaded a couple of my Sim homes to
Sims Exchange, where my username is Mullein. If you'd rather just grab house .iff files, I've got a whole starter neighborhood and some downtown lots you can grab.
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