art by Catt Weglicki
Who knew a video game could do this…
I’m a part of a generation known for its love of instant gratification. However, I believe that my longing for instant fulfillment stems from something entirely different.
I first encounter Sims circa 2008 at Lana Singer’s birthday party. I stumbled upon her sister playing the iconic game in their computer nook and I was instantly enthralled. Instead of going downstairs to swim like a normal fourth grader, I wasted away playing The Sims Makin’ Magic.
For those of you that are unfamiliar with the game, I’ll give you a brief overview. Unlike normal games, there is no mission or goal driving you. Instead you boot the game, select a pre-made character or make you own, and start playing. Many people opt to make a family or climb their sims’ career path; whereas, other sick-o’s spend their time building pools only to drown their sims in. Overall, the game provides you with endless possibilities, and as the game has released new versions, the possibilities have only expanded.
If you have been reading GrrlPunch for sometime you probably know a good bit about me. From my articles you know I’m a normal 19-year-old (almost 20!!) with normal life problems, and from my bio you know I love coffee shops and cats. But what you may not know is I own every sims game ever released. Yes, you read that right. I have entire closet in my house filled to the brim with pointless games–and I love it. My personal favorite will always be Sims 2, simply because this game has the largest community. The internet was booming at the time of Sims 2’s release, and the amount of custom content is truly incredible. Therefore, gameplay become immensely interesting since there are so many prospects.
Now, you’re probably wondering why I’m boring you with all of this pointless, and frankly embarrassing information. I know you’re thinking, “How did this weird game ruin Emily Zachry’s even weirder life.” Well, readers, Sims has one crucial function I left out of its description: the fast-forward button. While you’re playing god on these sims’ lives, you have the ability to scrub through the boring parts–you know, the time they’re at work, or when you’re just ready for their birthday.
After years (9 to be exact) of gameplay I taught myself subconsciously that there are some parts of life that are worth skipping. Instead of patiently waiting for something, I want to instead skip to the end (cough-cough-instant-gratification-cough). However, there is one crucial difference between Sims and the real world: there’s no actual fast-forward button in your life. As much as I want to skip through the next 3 years of college I cannot. Instead, I must learnt to love even the most turbulent of times.
My fellow Simmers, I leave you with this: don’t aimless stroll through life waiting for the interesting parts because the interesting parts are happening when you least expect it. So, get up off your computer and go do something exciting!!