When kids say they want to be President or an astronaut, they only receive encouragement. To youth all options are open, but as the years wage war on their bodies and they come to realize their strengths and weaknesses, door after door closes on foolish aspirations.
But that’s why games like The Sims 3 are so popular. They let you create an avatar or family of avatars, place them in an extravagant home and create lives for them that only exist in dreams. In the Sims a lonely accountant can become a sex-machine, a social reject can become immensely popular and anyone can live well outside their means. Quite simply, it serves as a place for fantasy fulfillment.