For me, the sims 1 was more than just a game. It helped me socially in life too. Some games can be used for medical applications too, and believe it or not the sims 1 helped me open up socially. You see, in life, i am very introvert and im autistic too. I did not even start talking to people until i was 11 years old. Before this, i never talked to anyone except my family. When i played the sims 1, i learned social queues i copied in real life to "act" like a normal person and conform to the normal person's persona. That is what i called it. You see, when i was born, there was no autistic learning classed back in the 1970's like there is now. I had to self teach myself everything. Sometimes i did this by copying how people acted on tv shows, but most of the time, i copied books, and yes, video games. Thanks to sims 1, i used it as a way to open up social interactions in real life. If you read my other post about preserving video games, this is one reason why i am so passionate about saving the sims 1. It made me more social and talking to others in real life. Now people can use smartphones to do the same thing, and i imagine if a study is done with autisitc people who use smartphones, it would probably show they learn more socially this way. Well, there was no smartphones when sims 1 came out. I suggest you also read my preservation post on here on why the sims 1 should be preserved for cultural and historical digital history.
Plus the game is really a masterpiece. I have yet to play anything i really liked it before. I still remember how my brother made his ex-girlfriend on it and drowned her in the swimming pool to help with his breakup with her. He also used it as a way of coping with real life. This is one reason why i think will wright made this game was to cope with things in his life that bothered him too. He may of never said it in a interview, but to me, that is how the game felt to me. But because EA/MAXIS refuses to release it to a digital preservation society or as a free game on the internet, they are holding a beautiful and historical piece of digital history. This makes me very sad. If you are sympathetic with what i said here, please consider posting on the link below here your opinion about historically and culturally preserving old games, like the sims 1:https://forums.thesims.com/en_US/discussion/1000702/why-old-video-game-media-should-be-preserved-like-this-game-for-future-information#latest
Thanks for reading.
NOTE: I wanted to include this link to a article about using video games to treat mental health issues to show even old games can be used to treat disorders too and it has it's application:https://www.verywellmind.com/video-games-could-treat-mental-illness-study-shows-5190213
Also, ironically, my brother now works in the medical field.
A sims 4 player, but i mostly play on steam. I do not own sims 4 on steam, but thru origin. I play on few occasions sims 4.