Monday Memories: New Genres

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Monday everyone!

Have you ever thought of how you were introduced to certain game franchises that you continue to play today? Or how they may have shaped your gaming preferences over the years? That’s what this Monday Memories is about.

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While I don’t remember how exactly we got on the topic of Sims 2, one of my managers from a previous job — my job that I had probably about ten years ago now — mentioned how she had nearly every Sims 2 expansion at the time. I had heard of the games but never played them and she offered to let me borrow them.

Color me surprised when she came into our next shared shift with a giant garbage bag filled with these boxes of expansion packs that had about two to four CDs worth of programming in them. I cannot remember how long it took me to install every CD that she had onto my computer, using the key codes to ensure that they were legitimate copies and all that fun stuff. Pretty sure I did not have enough time to actually play the game that day before everything was installed!

Once I did start playing the game, I was hooked. Creating your own characters, building houses, and essentially playing God was amazing. Before Sims 2, I had never really played many simulation games. Really, the games I mostly played were RPGs or adventures with a bit of platforming thrown in here and there. Not having a definitive story in a game was a foreign concept to me, as most of my games have end goals. Some weren’t as definite, no — such as the difference between Ocarina of Time’s endgame to, say, Harvest Moon games were the goal is simply to have a thriving farm — but there was always something to reach for in them.

Sims 2 basically threw me a digital dollhouse, complete with cheats and mods crafted by brilliant people, and said, “Have at it.”

Sims 3 eventually came along and I jumped on it, being just as much in awe — if not more than — of it as I was of the Sims 2, and Sims 4 has been great fun as well. The simulation genre of games has evolved into one of my favorites, with me enjoying games such as Game Dev Tycoon and Tomodachi Life. I’ve even gained more of an appreciation for the Animal Crossing franchise. Harvest Moon games are arguably simulation games as well, yet the later ones became gimmicky enough with quests and stipulations to further the gameplay that the Sims series was refreshing.

It also went hand-in-hand with my writing. In the Sims series, I’ve always been able to create my own characters with personalities and quirks, watching them react to each other and giving me ideas on how the characters can interact in my stories can be insightful to my writing.

To think, this love of a video game genre started with my manager delivering them all to me in a garbage bag.

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Top Tuesday: Favorite Simulation Games

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Tuesday and happy March!

I’ve been playing a variety of games lately – some new, but mostly old. I’ve been thinking a lot about my favorite genres and decided to break them up into favorite lists.

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The Sims

This is certainly no secret that I enjoy The Sims. I stream it often and I love living a different life than my own. I can create myself and either pursue what I’m trying to accomplish in real life (and get jealous of my sim when she becomes more successful faster than me) or I can become something I’m not or something I’ve always wanted to be. Or I can create someone random and live an unrealistic life of goofing off. This game is a time-sucker and makes real life time seem to go as fast as the in-game time goes.

Game Dev Tycoon

This game is a gem. It was an accidental find on Steam and once Kris and I started playing it, we couldn’t stop. You play as game developer starting off in your garage. Once you get successful enough you can move into a small office and hire one or two people. Then you keep growing from there. It’s a rabbit hole kind of a game. Once you start, it’s hard to find a spot to save and stop playing for a while. It’s another time-sucker and I wish making games were this easy.

Animal Crossing

Do I really need to explain this one? Animal Crossing is one of my all-time favorite games. Being able to live in a small village, paying off my debt, and making friends with the various villagers, all the while redecorating my house and collecting random objects and items, it’s a lot of fun. This isn’t as much as a time sucker because it’s based on real-life time so you’re limited throughout the day sometimes. Still, it’s a great one and a lot of fun.

Catz & Dogz

This an old PC game that Kris and I used to play all the time. You could adopt cats and/or dogs and bring them home where you could play with them in the back yard, living room, feed them in the kitchen, and bathe them in the bathroom. The later games, Catz 5 and Dogz 5, I think it was, you could take them to visit other places where they’d play mini games and you’d earn item such as toys for them. You could also breed them and have puppies and kittens. Another mindless game, but so much fun.

Pokemon Ranch

I don’t think this game was too popular. It was a digital download for the Wii and I can’t remember if it was free or if we had to pay for it… but it was Pokemon so naturally, we got it. This was when the Sinnoh region was popular. Pokemon Ranch was a simulation ranch where your Pokemon could hang out and have fun. Haley was the main rancher but you could add your Miis to be ranchers as well – Kris and I were ranchers. I believe we added our other sister Lisa. We also added Raph, Donny, Mikey, and Leo, the Ninja Turtles. (Yes, I made Miis for them. I’m pretty sure I maxed out the amount of Miis we could have on the Wii.) You could hook up your Diamond and Pearl Pokemon games (not Platinum, sadly) and input your Pokemon from the games to the Ranch and take them back out and put them back into your game. The more Pokemon you had in the Ranch, the more rewards you’d get such as expanding the Ranch or Haley gifting you a Mew! I always loved having it on as background noise watching the Pokemon play together. I wish they would make an updated version for all the new Pokemon and the Switch.

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