The Sims carries a strange stigma, as if a hardcore gamer like myself can’t like the series without having my peers glare at me with a sort of “oh, so you like that dollhouse simulator, huh?” Oh, yes, please bathe me in your judgmental stares. I feed off them. Okay, I lied. My peers don’t really care. They just want me to stop playing fake life and go outside where real life apparently exists. Escapism, our collective ass.
But really, The Sims 4 hits my guilty pleasure spot. Though the demo Electronic Arts showed was still in alpha, the smoothness of the character creation and the user interface was even more incredible than the two prior trailers showing the two. Seeing is believing, after all, and being able to sculpt a brand-new Sim like clay, just by pulling on its cheeks, shoulders, and legs without having to enter any numbers is the very definition of user-friendly.