Because people generally can’t control everything that happens in their own lives, this desire has met its realization virtually through games. The Sims is by far the most successful video game to capture the entertainment in living a second, virtual life. The Sims is a life simulation computer game produced by Maxis and the popular gaming brand Electronic Arts or EA.
The concept of life simulation provides the player full control over the course of his or her character’s life from birth, studying, choice of course, work, leisure, and all other simple and detailed activities. If you think that you have already maximized the life opportunities for your character in this game, the following similar alternatives are worth trying.
One of the most popular alternatives that players like is Second Life which was released just a few years after the original The Sims was introduced. Similar to The Sims, the player can create his or her character and control its needs and activities. The character can attend lectures and go to the movies or simply party. And one interesting element of this game is the character’s ability to trade property and engage in its own business.
As this game’s name suggests, in Virtual Families you are not only supervising the life of a single character but build and control the entire family as well. You start by creating your character and eventually find its partner to create a family. All these family members have their own goals and household activities from food preparation, babysitting, learning, etc. This game is considered simpler than The Sims but could still provide that same level of entertainment.
Another similar game is Animal Crossing, released by Nintendo. With this game, you’re character is placed in a slightly different environment or scenario. Your character is the sole human in the game and you’ll have to learn to live with the anthropomorphic animals which also thrive in the village. Among the tasks include the collection of items, planting, and socialization with the animal residents, etc. This game has become very popular that it has been released in three editions; the original, the Wild World, and the City Folk.
A life simulation game which takes on a more specific life role is The Movies. With this game, the player can be the producer and the director of the film he wants to create. As the movie mogul, you have the ability to design your own studio, forge the career of your desired actors, and eventually to create the film you wanted. When processing, the game even allows you to add bits of sound-effects. The finished movie could be shared online and there’s even an Oscars-like awarding event where you can submit your work.
Socio Town is a massive multiplayer game which gamers can play live on the internet. With the game, you can make friends will all other players, your character can have a job to earn money called the SoBucks to eventually spend on the character’s needs like a house, food, household items, or simply for leisure and partying.