University of California
Type of paper: Thesis/Dissertation Chapter
The Sims is one of the most popular video games series for players and it is developed by Maxis and is published by Electronic Arts. Electronic Arts is the world’s third-largest gaming company by revenue after Nintendo and Activision Blizzard. It is an American developer, marketer, publisher and distributor of video games and it has been founded on May, 1982 by Trip Hawkins.  As of May 2011, the franchise has sold more than 150 million copies worldwide and it is also the best-selling PC franchise in history. So far, there are three main series of The Sims such as The Sims is released in 2000, The Sims 2 is released in 2004, The Sims 3 is released in 2009 and The Sims 4 will be released in 2014. This report introduces the main series of The Sims and will be focus on The Sims series video game to explain why it is a canon game and the reasons of why it is important.
The series: The Sims: There are three main series of The Sims such as The Sims, The Sims 2, The Sims 3 so far and The Sims 4 will be released in 2014. The Sims is the first game in the series and it is the basic series. It was released for Microsoft Windows in February 2000. The Sims uses a combination of 3D and 2D graphics techniques. The Sims themselves are rendered as 3D objects, but the house, and all its objects are pre-rendered and displayed diametrically.  In this video game, the players can create human modes what they like. For example, the players can create a woman who with a sexy body or they can create a man with big eyes, even they can create a family such as father, mother and children. After players have finished create the human mode, they can start to enter the building mode and they can choose which house to live. However, every family will start off with §20,000 Simoleons no matter how many people there are in the family. After the family has been in the house which the players choose, the players can decorate the house.
For example, they can buy the lights so that the house can keep bright at night; they can change the rooms’ wallpaper and the floor; they also can change the house outlook and they can expand or reduce the size of the house. Then players can control the person modes’ lives such as watching TV, playing computer, find a job and make friends with the neighbors. If the players have no enough time to control the modes, the modes can do what they want like take a shower and have dinner, but it also have actions they cannot do without specific commands from the players such as paying the bills, working out and conceiving children. In addition, The Sims is a real-life video game. The person modes also can get sick even dead if the players do not pay intentions to play the game. The person modes also can broke up the relationship so that one of them would move out. Because The Sims is popular for the customers, it has been developed much more series such as The Sims 2 and The Sims 3 and it has added new elements.
The Sims 2: The Sims 2 was released on September 14, 2004 by Electronic Arts. It is a sequel of The Sims and it has a huge innovation than The Sims. It uses a new graphics engine and even makes the players to get great entertainment during they build the characters. The Sims 2 adds a genetic system result in making the next generation persons have the similar human behavior as the previous generation persons. Players also can choose whether turn on or turn off the willpower for the Sims. If players choose to turn on it, the Sims can take care themselves so that players can reduce the trouble to control the Sims and it also reduces the proportions of dead for the Sims. In addition, it has released eight expansion packs and nine stuff packs for The Sims 2.  For example, The Sims 2: Seasons is the fifth piece of DLC information in this expansion pack, players can experience the four seasons like snow ball wars in winter and bonfires in summer. Furthermore, different seasons would affect the Sims have different emotions and feeling.
The Sims 3: The Sims 3 is the third installment of The Sims franchise and it was released on November, 2006. It has added some new elements such as a new system called Wishes and in The Sims 3 ghosts do exist.  They float and Sims can talk with them. In addition, ghosts can be turned back into payable characters through a random opportunity at the science lab and allow the ghost Sims to be added to the household like a family member. Furthermore, the Sims also can have a baby with ghosts and that would have chance to have a ghost baby. The Sims 3 also has expansion packs and stuff packs such as The Sims 3: World Adventures and The Sims 3: Ambitions.