Most people who play the Sims understand how addicting and life-ruining it is. After spending hours crafting the perfect Sim or the perfect house, I can personally attest to this. And while I spend a lot of time playing my Sims who have great lives, I also have a few specific families that exist solely for the purpose of having horrible lives. And I control it all like a scary, behind-the-scenes mastermind.
Does this power go to my head? Probably. It’s hard to avoid it when you can literally build a family and then destroy everything by sabotaging various things in the house while also making everyone despise a certain Sim, and basically let everything in their lives go wrong. Sometimes I also build a room with no door around a Sim and see how long it takes until they die. Am I a psychopath? No, I just like ruining things and by the many videos of people making Sims die in various ways, I am not the only one.
So why ruin lives anyway? The short answer: it’s really, really satisfying and stress-relieving to destroy things. Everyone agrees. There are literally places in Japan where you can pay to be in a room with lots of breakable objects and bash them in with a bat. I am not lying. And while it’s nice to control things and make good lives–the sort of perfect lives we wouldn’t have in real life–it’s also nice to play God and stir up drama. At least half of the pieces of literature I have read in school for the past four years has, in some way, warned against the dangers of playing God (take note, students—the answer is always this or resurrection), but there aren’t any consequences for playing God in the Sims. Maybe that’s dangerous. Maybe one day someone will try to inject that into his or her real lives. But if there is one place in the world where you can do what you want, it’s in a video game. So I will continue with my plan to make my Sim the world’s public enemy. That is all.