Does anyone use Sims as a Social Tool?

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Does anyone use Sims as a Social Tool?
Tue, 06-29-2010 - 5:36pm

I am not a gamer by any stretch of the imagination. I heard a rumor that the game SIMS was a social game in which the characters remembered social faux pas and social graces. I thought this might be a nice, safe environment for my DS3 Asperger's to learn the 'rules' of society. Before buying a gaming system or game (I hope it is a computer game), I thought I would ask around to see about appropriateness for the age (I am not interested in anything resembling the violence and culture I've heard is in Grand Theft Auto) and the topic.

Thanks for any feedback.

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Registered: 02-24-2001
Sun, 07-04-2010 - 6:27pm

I play Sims. My 14 yr old plays it. My 15 yr old who has pdd-nos was playing it, but he does not anymore. I admit that I don't care for him to play it as he kept just wanting the Sims to have sex as far as I could tell. He went with the aspiration for romance which meant basically, your character is a slut. We have troubles with our oldest being too , ummm, well, interested. OK, I know, I know, all teen boys are interested in sex.

But overall, I do like Sims and I would just suggest peeking at what your teen is doing with it every so often. My younger children like us to make characters for them and put them in the game, but they don't know how to play it. I would not object if they did play it as it is what you make of it. My daughter tends to build houses, decorates them, has her sims study, sends them to college, makes them work their ways up in the career world, you get the idea.

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Registered: 07-23-2004
Thu, 07-01-2010 - 7:41pm
There is another game out there for younger kids called MySims, but I've never played it, so I don't know if it has and social aspect to it.

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Tue, 06-29-2010 - 10:25pm

Several years ago, my husband tried playing the Sims for a bit.

It was kind of a dumb game. The idea is good, but my husband and I kept running into problems. The characters mope around their houses, thinking, "I wish I had a big screen TV". So you try to make them look for a job (by picking up a newspaper to see the want-ads), but they say, "I'm too depressed to look for a job."

I'm serious. DH and I had a good laugh at first, at what lazy whinebags these characters could be. But after a while, it stopped being fun, because every character was like that, so you could never get them enough money to do much of anything. And the message it sends is creepy; that if you don't have a big screen TV or some other material possession, that's a good reason to be too depressed to look for a job. I mean, really!

From what I remember about the social interactions, I don't think it would make a good social tool any more that your typical reality TV, bickering roommates kind of show. (Not that I've ever watched any of those shows, but I've seen bits and pieces. ;))


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Tue, 06-29-2010 - 7:32pm

My husband and I were discussing this not long ago.