I dunno if it was apparent to anyone, but I’m a huge Sim geek. I’ve played all iterations of SimCity since its inception, The Sims and various other titles such as SimAnt, SimEarth and SimIsle. I’ve been known to talk about Will Wright like he was God.

I played almost every version of The Sims, including the life-sucking Sims Online. I played Sims 2 when I had access to a PC when it first came out, but alas couldn’t run it on my old PowerBook.

Now that I have my new MacBook, the obsession begins again.

Of course, the first thing anyone does when starting a new Sims game is create Sim versions of yourselves…

Sim Courtney
Sim Courtney

…and of your loved one(s).

Sim Cecil
Sim Cecil

…and then you try to see how they behave.

Upon entering her new home, my Sim was disappointed in my choice of lamps and easy chair, and clapped in delight at the full-size bed. SimCecil loved his little twin bed but hated the bathroom lighting, and immediately went to watch comedy TV.

Our Sims eventually met and exchanged a few words about fortune telling(?) and the weather, then SimCecil decided to put the moves on SimCourtney. She was not pleased.

Funny how much time I end up investing in SimLives. I just gotta be sure to keep Real Life in check 😉

PS3 vs. Wii vs. XBox vs. gamers

This comment at Plastic sums up my sentiments about E3 and the current console wars quite nicely:

Console company A is first to market with its console of generation N. It’s proclaimed to be the greatest thing since sliced bread, but critics are somewhat reserved because they know there are at least two competing consoles coming out.

Console company B debuts its product at the next big trade show. Bored with console A, which doesn’t have enough games yet, critics proclaim B to be the obvious winner, since it’s so stunning and they just got their hot little hands on it.

Meanwhile, console company C is showing demos and mockups of their product, and everyone denounces it as the obvious loser and points out that that company must be about to go out of business, or at least that they’re about to go out of the console business.

Some months later at another trade show, company C debuts their console and the pundits proclaim that it’s just not as good as the others.

Consumers, meanwhile, tend to buy the console that has the games they want. The manufacturers consequently have their ups and downs but stay in the game. Sometimes a new company enters the market, and perhaps forces out an old one. But, life goes on.

Look, this is just another round of an old cycle. The Xbox is going to continue to be the console of people who want console games that act a bit more like desktop computer games, the Sony will take the middle of the market, and the Nintendo will be the more family and party game centric unit. The only detail will be that the market will shift a little between the three, until a viable fourth player enters the market.

I’m going to stick with my Atari Jaguar for now, maybe buy a few of the games I don’t have yet on eBay. I don’t have time to spend on a new console, and the games aren’t compelling enough for me.

End of line.

This really isn’t a war anyway. No one’s gonna win, per se, we have our audiences and fans and I don’t think they’re gonna change their minds…

gamer's woe

I visited my family yesterday after work, since this particular job is in the East Bay. It’s pretty nice to get to see them on a regular basis… sure beats being three thousand miles away, that’s for sure.

I did get to see my brother’s new Windows box, which is pretty sweet. It was about darned time that they upgraded, because my family usually waits at least 5 years before upgrading. The horror! It certainly made him pretty happy, especially since it resides in his room.

When I went to take a look at it, he was playing Command and Conquer Generals. This was basically my first look at the game in play. It made me gripe again about the a big issue I have with the mac platform… we have an extreme lack of games available for our platform. Bah. What to do?

Well, at least we have a windows machine here that is used solely for gaming. But I think it’s due for an upgrade or two. 😉

*sigh* I’ll just go play Tropico for a little while…

it's got a good beat

…and I can dance to it.

I’ve just spent way too much time at Overclocked Remix listening to remixes of my favorite video/console/computer/arcade games of yesteryear and today.

Some of them are really good, and suprisingly enough, not all of them are techno remixes! Try this StarTropics mix or this pretty ingenious Sims mix using the sim dialogue (“Simlish”) as its base.

I wish they had more (or ANY) Amiga, Commodore 64, Colecovision and Atari 2600 songs… ah well, can’t be choosy! 😉 This is certainly fun stuff, and it brings back some good memories of games past.

What were your favorite video games as a kid?

the power of cheese

Just in case you are wondering how constructively my time in TSO is spent…

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It took a lot of coordination to get all these sims lined up like that… really. And it was worth it, when one unsuspecting visitor dropped in to be welcomed by this sight!

It’s a cheese cult. Yeah, I know, it’s silly… but it’s just a game. 🙂

Thanks to James of SimWardrobe for shooting this pic. 🙂