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Simmingal made a excellent point for me to ask the members. She said she "doesn't play to be the sim, but she plays to control the sim" In my games I am the sim no matter how many sims are living with me (mostly 1wife and 1 child). So my question is are you the sim in your game or are you ACruelButLovingGod (a shot out to our member) that plays to control the sims? Hmmm!!!

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    ACruelButLovingGodACruelButLovingGod Posts: 708 Member
    Haha...thanks for the shout-out! To be fair, I don't control the sims so much as I control the story, more like a director working with actors—and I let them ad-lib and improv sometimes.
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    Darstep0301Darstep0301 Posts: 745 Member
    Haha...thanks for the shout-out! To be fair, I don't control the sims so much as I control the story, more like a director working with actors—and I let them ad-lib and improv sometimes.

    Exactly. A director is what I envision myself as when I have to control the female sim. Hahaha
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    VeeDubVeeDub Posts: 1,862 Member
    Haha...thanks for the shout-out! To be fair, I don't control the sims so much as I control the story, more like a director working with actors—and I let them ad-lib and improv sometimes.

    This is very much like my own style. I'm the god, more a director of stories (and the numerous mini-stories or scenarios within those) than the controller of every little aspect of sims' lives.
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    Darstep0301Darstep0301 Posts: 745 Member
    Thx for the comment VeeDub. I play both roles too. God and director. If you get a chance check out my discussion about guys playing the female sim role in their game.
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    BabykittyjadeBabykittyjade Posts: 4,976 Member
    edited November 2021
    I absolutely do NOT like playing myself in the sims. I live with me everyday. I want to live other lives, be other people and do other things. I enjoy playing as sims completly opposite of myself, especially male sims, doing things I'd never do. Like partying for example. Never been to a club party in my life nor would I ever attend one, but I have this party addicted sims who just loves to party the night away in the clubs. One of my favorite things to do actually. Sims 4 has the best parties 😅😅😅. Love DJ-ing.
    I don't like to think of myself as "God" since I believe there is one and only. But I play as a writer and the sims are my characters. I am telling their stories. I have a small rotational group. I have a group of main characters I've been playing immortal for years. And then every other sim is a side character. I have an antagonist or a few of them actually. And then the problems and hardships that need to be overcome to reach the end goal. Except unlike a novel this is a never ending story 🤣🤣🤣🤣 poor sims.

    That's why I want more wild, weird and quirky things In the sims. I can see me in the mirror, live with me,and clean and cook with myself everyday.
    But it's not everyday I get to be an evil vampire living amongst a clan in an underground ice cave in Mt komorebi luring in victims. 😏
    Zombies, oh please oh please give us zombies!! :'(
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    GirlFromIpanemaGirlFromIpanema Posts: 843 Member
    Welcome to the forums @Darstep0301 what an interesting topic, I always like seeing how other Simmers play.

    Quick forum tip, if you want to "shout-out" another user and have them notified about it, put an "@" symbol before the user's name. (Feel free to practise with my name if you want!)

    As to answer your question, I think I kind of do a bit of both. I never create my sim-self, but I do put a little of myself into my Sims, whether it's just a trait or the way they dress. I think that I mostly play to control the Sim but there will always be a particular Sim that is "my Sim", and all other members of the household (spouse/child etc.) are simply characters in her life that I also control, but my main Sim is my priority.

    I really like some of the comments here about being directors and writers, I think that describes the Sims very well. :smile:
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    GalacticGalGalacticGal Posts: 29,063 Member
    edited November 2021
    Haha...thanks for the shout-out! To be fair, I don't control the sims so much as I control the story, more like a director working with actors—and I let them ad-lib and improv sometimes.

    I control the story, too. I am not my Sim. I am Me, the writer/director. And some improvisation is okay with the supporting cast and only when my star doesn't need to focus on the task at hand. ;) (I play with autonomy on full, since it's either on full or it's off.) Just for the record, it's never off.
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    WorramotWorramot Posts: 52 Member
    It’s my doll house :p
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    GlacierSnowGlacierSnow Posts: 2,426 Member
    Another "writer/director" style player here. I create characters to play with and tell stories about. I don't think of any of them as myself.

    But it's an interesting question. To some degree, when I am writing, all my characters draw something from my own experiences in order to become life-like in the story. That's just part of how I do character development because it works for me. But none of them are "me".

    Prior to playing the sims (I started with sims 3, and now play mostly sims 4), I never really played many computer games. My main way of having fun, even as a kid, has always been working on creative projects such as writing stories and doing art. So that is how I naturally approached the sims games once I realized they could be used that way. Kind of like what @ACruelButLovingGod mentions, I control the story. I think of the sims as my actors, like for a movie or a play. In some cases I direct them very strictly in order to follow a certain plot point I want, and in some cases I let them improvise a lot and just run with whatever they do. It depends both on the story and the scene.
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    CaitxcatCaitxcat Posts: 680 Member
    I play to control the sim they are dollies in my dollhouse, although I do let them make their own decisions.
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    SweetieWright_84SweetieWright_84 Posts: 4,132 Member
    While I may be their creator, that's where my god-like control begins and ends. It always felt weird to me to be the Watcher, the one they pray to in Sims Medieval. I'm their director and observer. I look at it like an interactive tv show or something, where I make the decisions but their free to do what they choose as well. But I also look at the game as Barbie or GI Joes for those who no longer play with dolls?
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    mightyspritemightysprite Posts: 6,121 Member
    I use the game as, I guess, improvisational story-making. I have story ideas, the game does things I don't expect, I work those into the story and get more fun and interesting results than I would have come up with on my own, and repeat.

    It would give me the heebie-jeebies to play as myself. I only made a simself for as long as it took to get the (lousy) picture in my avatar.

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    cynciecyncie Posts: 4,758 Member
    edited November 2021
    Storyteller/director here, with input from the game. I never play a sim-self. I don't play traditional "work your way up, get married, have kids then die" or generational style games. I create main characters with a supporting cast, set them up in the life they need for my story idea, then direct those stories with the game acting as story and plot twist generator. I may identify with the main character to some extent, but that character isn't me in Sim land and isn't acting out some version of my own life.
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    babajaynebabajayne Posts: 1,866 Member
    edited November 2021
    Eh, I can’t say I never have, but I’ve played so many sims over the years that a very small percentage would be my simself. I’ve started legacies with a female sim who looked kinda like me, and I’ve started them with female sims that don’t look like me. I’ve started legacies with males.

    I like pairing them up with an interesting partner and seeing what their kids look like. I like when a sim develops their own personality and grows into a role that’s perfect for them. It’s nice to play a variety of sims.

    I get a sense of accomplishment with the little things and the big things. But I’m not them. I’m not their god - I’m nothing to them. They’re there to perform for me, if and when I feel like it.

    ETA: I also don’t capitalize sim, just like I don’t capitalize human or alien. I am well aware that the devs and the game capitalize it. Just wanted to point out this is conscious on my part.
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    CAPTAIN_NXR7CAPTAIN_NXR7 Posts: 4,524 Member
    edited November 2021
    Nowhere near enough, but I have about 6 different saves with 6 different versions of sim self.
    I admit I can’t get enough of myself LOL.
    • I have one in which I’m a global celebrity millionaire who owns 54 talking toilets and a rabbit.
    • I have one in which I’m a playboy 😇.
    • I have one in which I’m married with 7 kids but I don’t play with that save.
    • I have one in which I’m a sim self vampire married to my sim self spell caster.
    • I have one in which I’m a ghost toddler, just to see what that’s like.
    • I also have a designer shirt with my own face printed on it, but that’s how far I will take it beyond The Sims on these forums. You’d want to see my house.


    I’m sorry. I lied. About everything.

    I actually play writer/ director style but I’m not the lead in my own stories. In fact I don’t go anywhere near my sim self! 😂

    I’m like Steven Spielberg and my game is like Jurassic Park. It’s mayhem, but it’s epic. 😎
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    RochertRochert Posts: 168 Member
    Personally, I have never played simself, and I have never regarded myself as Sims' god.
    It's true that I sometimes control them (for example, when I make my Sims acquire skills those I believe are useful), but I think in many cases I help my Sims achieve their wishes or solve their problems instead of controlling them,
    For my cases, I'm a rather servant of my Sims than their god.

    In a sense, my playstyle may be similar to yours, @ACruelButLovingGod: Sometimes a director of their drama, sometimes an author of their story.
    But in other sense, I am neither a director nor a writer because I don't intentionally make my sims life dramatic. Sadly, I have no talent to do that.

    Do you think this can be another "To be or Not to be" question, @Darstep0301? :D
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    SERVERFRASERVERFRA Posts: 7,204 Member
    I've sort of made a sim self with my personal traits & skills. But got so bored with playing me. Lol :D
    However, I did manage to come very close to the look of my real life home. ;)
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    SindocatSindocat Posts: 5,622 Member
    I am a benevolent but stern Watcher, directing my sims to be their best selves.
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    DoodlyDoofusDoodlyDoofus Posts: 1,188 Member
    Never made a "Simself", at most made Sims with the same name as me, sometimes the same(ish) hair and clothing styles. But I've never played Sims to play "me". My Sims are my Sims.

    I JUST DETERMINE HOW THEY'RE GOING TO DIE.
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    viola-illyriaviola-illyria Posts: 182 Member
    I take on the role of The Watcher. I've not made a simself since the first game,

    Also, I don't think "to be or not to be" is the right question to be asking here.
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    Mstybl95Mstybl95 Posts: 5,883 Member
    I am god to my sims. I rarely intervene when bad things happen. I don't play favorites. I am not cruel. I love my simizens very much and carry them over into many different games.
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    MoonlightGrahamMoonlightGraham Posts: 884 Member
    In a simming career that is very short compared to many of yours--no more than a year on The Sims, and only a few months on Sims 3 and 4--I'm finding it most fun to be a cross between writer, director, and lead actor. I seem to switch from role to role depending on what might be more enjoyable at the moment.

    I probably spend way too much of my gaming time creating Sim-worlds and populating them with interesting Sims. Some of them are completely imaginary, but I've also created Sim-versions of real people whose stories I find interesting. They're often people who died young. I enjoy bringing them back to life in my Simworld. When I do this, I turn aging off, so they're not taken from my world unless I decide it's time.

    I'll sometimes evict a premade household if I want to place another family in their house, but I won't delete them. I'll sometimes change a premade's character; I've decreed that Nancy Landgraab pursued her art career, rather than turning to a life of white-collar crime.

    I usually choose one of my creations as my active Sim. None of them are truly Sim-selves, although I'll occasionally create a Sim with some of my characteristics. I don't play them actively, but it's fun to have my Sims interact with them. My current favorite Sim is good friends with one of them.
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    RouensimsRouensims Posts: 4,858 Member
    I am my Sims, even though I have 400 of them!
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    RouensimsRouensims Posts: 4,858 Member
    babajayne wrote: »
    ETA: I also don’t capitalize sim, just like I don’t capitalize human or alien. I am well aware that the devs and the game capitalize it. Just wanted to point out this is conscious on my part.

    Interesting comment! I always capitalize Sims, even though most people don’t, because I think of them more like a different nationality (like Spanish) than a different life form, I guess.
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    GirlFromIpanemaGirlFromIpanema Posts: 843 Member
    Rouensims wrote: »
    babajayne wrote: »
    ETA: I also don’t capitalize sim, just like I don’t capitalize human or alien. I am well aware that the devs and the game capitalize it. Just wanted to point out this is conscious on my part.

    Interesting comment! I always capitalize Sims, even though most people don’t, because I think of them more like a different nationality (like Spanish) than a different life form, I guess.

    It is interesting. I always capitalise Sim/Sims too. I know I capitalise "The Sims" as it's a title but I don't know why I am compelled to capitalise the word "Sim" when talking about my individual characters.

    I'd be interested in a poll to see what everyone else does, just for the sake of curiosity.
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