Old Video Games part 1 (Sims 2)

Jamey and I both have favorite video games that have been around for years.   Mine is the Sims 2 (2004) and Jamey’s is Sid Meier’s Alpha Centauri (SMAC) (1999).

To give each game their due, I am going to break this post into two parts.   I will write about the Sims 2 today and Alpha Centauri tomorrow.


Why Sims 2?

From time to time I consider Sims 3 or Sims 4 and then I read about all the people who have them who end up going back to play their tried and true Sims 2 and wonder why update?

Sims 2 in hot tub (Apartment Life)
Sims 2 neighbors enjoying hot tub in Apartment Life

I played and enjoyed the original Sims for several years before deciding to upgrade to Sims 2.   I will confess there are some parts of the original Sims that I still miss but I do like the fact that the Sims 2 have better AI.

There is so much replayability in the Sims 2 also.  Sometimes I try out some of the challenges created by the Sims 2 community.

Most of the time though I play what I enjoy most – my own random number challenge where I start a sim out with nothing except a refrigerator (can’t have them starving) and then each day allow them one more item chosen by a random number generator.    That never gets old for me as the random factor always keeps the game challenging – try keeping your Sim happy when they desperately want a toilet and instead are given a painting or sculpture.


If you thought the Sims 2 was only for humans ...

I am grateful both for the fact that I still get so much pleasure out of a game that I have had for so many years and that the cats can enjoy the game too.   Since when do cats enjoy the Sims?   Keep reading.

The story behind the following picture is that one day when she was 5 months old (January of 2017), Johnny grew fascinated by a cat in the Sims 2.   She watched the cat play, eat and use her kitty litter.   When the Sims 2 cat went to sleep, Johnny put her head down on the warm portable computer keyboard and took her own nap.

5 month old kitten napping on warm portable computer keyboard
5 month old kitten, Johnny 5, napping after avidly watching a Sims 2 cat play


How about you?

Have you played the Sims 2?  Do you still play it?   Have you tried any of the challenges created by the Sims community (such as Legacy)?    Or have you played / do you still play another Sims game?