Obviously, I’ve been playing a lot of Sims 4 lately. And playing got me thinking back to all the life lessons I learned from playing the popular life sim for the last 15 years or so. Everything from love is blind to how freaking expensive furniture is, these are lessons I’ve carried with me for most of my life.

Check out a piece I did for Remeshed.com about some of the very real (and sort of hilarious) life lessons The Sims has taught me:

1. Being an adult can be super boring

When you first start the Sims, the only thing your Sim does is go to work, eat, use the bathroom, and sleep. If this is not the most accurate portrayal of adulthood, I don’t know what is. Even when my Sim has the day off, they’ve have to spend it cleaning or repairing broken appliances or endlessly upping their skill levels to try and get a promotion.

It gets better as you level up, but essentially, the Sims prepared me to accept the impending boredom.


2. Furniture is expensive

One of the most accurate parts of the Sims is how expensive everything is. You go into a new play through with $30,000 or so and that can be gone in an instant if you’re a bit too cavalier with your purchases.

It’s actually kind of rewarding to buy the cheapest stuff, or have very little furniture, and then get to replace it with shiny new things as you earn more money. It’s just like real life! The first time you buy a brand new couch is a joyous occasion.

3. Actually, everything is expensive

You want hardwood floors throughout? Better be prepared to kill half your budget. Go out to the bar? Sure, if you can afford for your Sim to spend $24 on a single drink. Play video games when they’re stressed? If you didn’t blow all your money on furniture and you can afford a computer on $10 an hour. That’s on top of the weekly bills you have to pay to literally keep the lights on.

You either learn to save or your Sim will be a sad panda—a valuable lesson we could all learn.

You can read the rest of my piece and more on Remeshed.com!

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Emily Kelley is a writer, actress, video game junkie, comic book nerd, and future galactic war hero. She lives in Los Angeles and spends most of her time at the Disney Interactive office. Along with being a multiple award winning journalist, she is an avid RPGer, cosplay noob, and mother to two beautiful cats.
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