I was playing Sims 4 today and I found myself feeling annoyed. My sim was always fiddling with their phone, wanting to take selfies, wanting to send texts, wanting to browse the web and play video games.
Lately I've been seeing constant posts from players saying they are running out of fun things to do with their Sims. It's true!! Lets face it, nobody wants to sit on a computer and watch a digital simulated life sitting on a computer playing the same game. The new Sims social media career path is depressing and incredibly boring to play. How much fun is it to watch a Sim updating their status, uploading images and sharing memes?
It's great that they're accurately portraying our current dependence on social media/internet/phones for everything but it's getting too real and losing the magic that made the Sims so popular in the first place.
The Sims series was on the right path with games like "Sims Medieval" where you could be a king, pirate, priest in another era. They were on the right path with "Castaway" where you are stranded on an island drinking coconuts and building a home out of bamboo. They need to do more like this if they want to keep the series alive.
They explore time travel to a small degree in Sims 3, with the ability to travel to the future and the Roaring 20's town world you could download. They had a 70's, 80's clothes and furniture stuff pack.
What about an expansion pack that fully takes you back to simpler times? Lets eliminate the Sims constantly checking of cellphones and playing games on computer. We can do that in real life. We can experience that reality every day.
A great idea for Sims 5 would be to start in the 1800's. How amazing would it be travel back in time? What about living off the land as a farmer to survive or a doctor like "Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman" in the old west? How about a sharp shooter like Annie Oakley? What about driving a buggy, feeding chickens, cooking on an old stove. How about expansion packs that explore different eras, for real. Lets go back to the 1920's, 1940's and back to the woodstock 60's. lets return to sims checking the newspaper for jobs like they did in the original sims series. If the job you want isn't available, you have to wait until the next day. Lets get those old fashioned phones back on the walls. Lets bring back grocery stores, book shops. Every expansion pack could be a new world in a different time period.
Lets explore history in a way that would put THE SIMS back into today's news for being revolutionary, for being different. Sell the idea of traveling back in time and people will respond to it.
There is a game called "The Movies" by Lionshead. It came out back in 2005. This game explored time travel with a movie studio through different generations. Even though it's now dated, I still love to play it. Sims should take a look at that unique game and consider trying to explore a new path with the Sims series. I would love to see this happen and I really think it would be just the thing to push Sims into the next generation.
At the end of the day, Sims is supposed to be an escape from our every day humdrum reality. An opportunity to "play god" and explore a different way of life. Somewhere along the way it became too much of a simulation of our current times. Our current times are pretty depressing. The more they continue down this path, the less people will play. I'm ready to throw in the towel and I've been a big fan since Sims 1.
That's just my two cents. I would be so happy to see the Sims go in this direction and really explore time travel. Does anyone else agree?