The Sims, a life simulation video game franchise by Electronic Arts, has been a mainstay in pop culture for almost 17 years now, but many die-hard fans have been complaining about how underwhelming the series has become. Players are able to “play with life,” as the tagline says and create people in-game with character traits, dynamic needs, and emotions.
The Sims 4 is the fourth installment in the Sims franchise. The game creators boast smarter, more distinctive, and more vibrant virtual people, or Sims, than ever before. While the Sims 4 seems to be innovative, “simmers” are widely in search of ways to enhance their games.
Modding is where players download “mods,” or file modifications, to their games that changes the gameplay. Players can download custom content–dresses, hair, furniture, custom made homes, etc.–for their sims, but they can also create new, distinctive memories for their Sims that are not available to them in the untouched game.
With The Sims 4 being rated T for teen, a stretch in the eyes of many simmers, many human or fun experiences are not included in the game. Players can find modifications that add aspects to gameplay like murder, violence, unplanned pregnancy, disease, and other events that add an element of realism to the game.
As an avid Sims player since 2012, I’ve found that the game developers have started caring less about quality and more about the quantity of game add-ons. Because of this, game mods add a sense of realism to the game that keeps me always coming back for more.