Matt Chat 7: The Sims is now Live!

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In this week's Matt Chat, I look at The Sims, one of the many games given its own chapter in our book Vintage Games. I enjoyed reviewing the game and hope you'll like the video! As usual, please rate it, subscribe to my channel, leave a comment, etc. It's a lot of work making these, so please let me know if you find it worthwhile.

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These are great! Definitely

These are great! Definitely worthwhile, Matt. Especially the old-school games that you covered in earlier videos.

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It was fun to see this game

It was fun to see this game again. My sister and I greatly enjoyed playing it about 9 years ago. I got to act out the ultimate male fantasy - putting a toilet in front of the TV! You get some funny reactions when guests walk in on you while you're on the job.

Although the game does not encourage violence, you can drown guests in the swimming pool by removing the ladder. But they will get revenge by haunting your house.

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Nice game - good video!

The first time I played the Sims it reminded me of LCP (Little Computer People) although the latter is nothing more than a simple demo compared to the complexities of 'The Sims'. On the one hand the plethora of expansion packs ensures an almost forever-lasting supply of introducible new Sim-parameters to toy around with but on the other hand is utterly disorientating. Anyway this is a very cool 'ant-farm' type of GOD-game.

I believe a Mac version is out there as well, although the original Mac Sims may be 'MacOS' or Classic only. The Sims-2 is OSX (universal) compatible though.

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The Sims = real life lessons!

First of all, the same kudos as usual, Matt. I was tempted to say "this was garbage, you worthless twerp," just for a change of pace, but I refrained from my more juvenile instincts. I've just run out of compliments, so it seems you've achieved a level of quality and consistency that your viewers will now take for granted.

My friend's teenage son once told me that he didn't like "The Sims," considering it a "pointless game." I couldn't disagree more, feeling that there was great wisdom and real-life lessons to be learned from the game! Certainly more so than "Gears of War" or whatever he plays (unless bloodthirsty aliens try to take over our world in the near future).

I admit I grew bored of "The Sims" after a few weeks, but was still mightily impressed with the implementation. "Simlish" is very entertaining, and the various reactions of the various characters were extremely fun. It just seemed to take too long to build your Sims up to have satisfying lives. Perhaps I wasn't playing properly, but I felt like I would have to play for months on end to see some of the more interesting "rewards" the game had in store for my "Sims."

That having been said, perhaps that's the point: it requires real work to have a satisfying life! Perhaps that's the underlying "conservative" message of "The Sims." Life can have great rewards, even in the simple things, but it can fall apart if you play the game of life unwise or lazy, but you can always fight back from previous failures!

Yes, I got that message from "The Sims," a deceptively light-hearted-looking game with possibly deep implications. There's your "Gone with the Wind."

I haven't played "The Sims 2," but just talking about it, I need to give it a shot. And so does my friend's son.

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Rowdy Rob wrote:

Yes, I got that message from "The Sims," a deceptively light-hearted-looking game with possibly deep implications. There's your "Gone with the Wind."

As usual, thanks for the compliments, Rob! It may seem to you that your responses are tired or expected or whatever, but believe me, it all helps!

As for The Sims, I definitely see that depth to it as well, but I wonder how many people do as well. Gone with the Wind is a nice analogy--how many people who saw and loved that movie back when it came out really thought much about it? They probably thought, "What a nice romance!" or "Oooh, the Clark Gable is handsome," or whatever, without really thinking about its role in history, or its status as a "great classic" or what have you. I can remember hearing people talk about Star Wars back in the early 80s as just a fad, just another science fiction film (indeed, often confusing it with Star Trek or even Ice Pirates). They had no idea it would become such an epic franchise. My guess is that many fans of The Sims merely play it for fun, seldom if ever reflecting on the "social commentary" side of it. :)

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Chris Kennedy
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Yo Matt

Once again, Matt Chat covers a game I haven't played. This seems to be an ongoing theme for me, and that is a good thing.

My Simsperience only includes: Sim City, Sim City 2000, Sim Earth without a manual, Sim Ant and maybe Sim Health and Sim Tower. I wasn't really drawn to the Sims when it was released, but I can see the appeal. Not sure if I will try it someday or not.

And for the record - I look forward to your Matt Chat each week. Mark another tally in the "thumbs up, keep it up" column.

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Matt Barton
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And for the record - I look forward to your Matt Chat each week. Mark another tally in the "thumbs up, keep it up" column.

Thanks, CkRtech! I was heavy into the original Simcity and did play one of the sequels quite a bit (can't remember which one, though, probably 2000). I also enjoyed Atrain.

I didn't play The Sims, though, until long after it had come out. Doing the Matt Chat was a good way to get familiar with it, though, and see why it was so appealing. It's still a very popular franchise.

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Awesome as always

Awesome as always Matt!
Thought you might like to know, in my latest MaximumRD video thanking now 100 Subscribers I gave you a plug, mentioned Matt Chat as well as your book to @ about 2min 10seconds into the video...........

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Thanks for the shout out,

Thanks for the shout out, Rob! I love how we're able to share each other's subscriber base like that. I'll have to find some other ways to mention other great projects so hopefully we can keep building up this community. I like how you had the little clickable boxes in your video so people could see the sites you were talking about.

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