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November 23, 2010

“How ‘The Sims’ Made Me a Homewrecker”

Filed under: pop culture,Treats — posted by Breakup Girl @ 11:11 am

We enjoyed this ruefully sweet essay by Sofi Papamarko in today’s Salon.com, in which she gets sucked into The Sims as an alternative to her — she felt — stalled single universe, which appeared to be late in delivering¬† her standard coupled-up fantasies:

It is impossible to overstate how astonishingly easily my dream life came to me, how addictively its rewards added up. At the beginning of the game, for instance, I was given a charming little house in a nice neighborhood. Given! It was handed to me! I didn’t have to scrimp or save or deal with real estate agents or even apply for a mortgage! Landing a terrific job was as easy as showing up to the town hall in a pair of tight leather pants. I told my boss a couple of jokes and was instantly rewarded with a promotion and a healthy raise. In real life, my neglected tomatoes wither on the vine, despite my best intentions. In the game, I harvested huge, succulent crops after watering them no more than twice. I became a master angler and a gourmet cook, whipping up red snapper and catfish gumbo as if I were the secret love child of Nigella Lawson and Bobby Flay. Everything was easy.

And then I met Walter.

Ooh! Read the rest to find out how virtual Walter — and Bernie, and Jack — help Sofi discover that her reality is pretty fantastic, after all.


  1. I had sims for awhile, and the time would just fly by. I would play in the AM and then it would be dark and time for dinner. after awheile it got a little boring so I’ve taken a break. its more fun having a real person around, so its been replaced. :)

    Comment by Karen Hiebert — November 23, 2010 @ 2:35 pm

  2. I added an image using correct HTML and it daislpys properly in FF, but I get completely different results with IE8. When viewing the source in FF, I see the img tag exactly as I entered it. However, when viewing the source in IE8, that tag is missing completely and I’m prompted to allow non-secure information to display, but even allowing the display makes no difference. Here’s the tab content:Is there something I need to do that is special for image tags in IE? My other two tabs (text only) work just fine. I’m using FF for development of this.

    Comment by Eiiz — November 28, 2015 @ 9:36 pm

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