LizzieLilyy February Feature

I'm Lizzie. I'm 23 and I'm from the West Midlands in England. I have lived in the same house my whole life and am saving up to move out on my own hopefully this year. I work for the NHS in mental health as a psychological well-being practitioner. I deliver low intensity cognitive behavioural therapy in groups and to individual service users. I trained for a year and have been qualified for a year. Before that, I got my BSc in psychology at the University of Leicester and hope to one day become a clinical psychologist. I'm also an aspiring author and am writing my first novel at the moment.

I started playing when my sister introduced me to The Sims in 2001, so I was about five years old. I remember being obsessed with The Sims Superstar and Unleashed, but I don't think I knew what I was doing! I jokingly call my love for the game an addiction, I don't know why I still play other than I don't know how else I would spend my time! I love that the game is so open-ended and there is never a final 'win' or completion. I think the community helps as well, being able to share my own designs and challenges and try out others' makes the game infinitely exciting!

I'm strongly torn between Sims 2 and Sims 3. For me, Sims 2 was such a significant evolution and progression from the initial game and there was so much to it that it just blew my mind. I loved the aspirations, the wants and fears, not to mention the age stages. I always played as a family aspiration so I could have lots of babies!

I don't think any Sims game can parallel Sims 3 though for its open world, story progression and how beautiful the worlds were. The Sims 3 is the only version where I have completed a 10 gen legacy, a 100 baby challenge, and lived out all the possibilities with Bella and Mortimer. I still think that you can't rival The Sims 2 when it comes to lore. I love them both!

I will always take on a challenge and try to tell a story with it. I'm not much of a builder and I only modded Sims 3 last year, so custom content and CAS aren't my strong suits either. I love designing challenges and completing them to see if they'll work.

 I found legacies easier to create on Sims 3 because the open world meant all the spares and their families could easily be found around town. I'm trying a 100 baby challenge on Sims 4 at the moment and it seems to be going well!

I would have to quit if they somehow discontinued Sims 3, I think. When Sims 4 released without toddlers, pools, cars, create a style, or an open world, I immediately went back to Sims 3. I only really invested in Sims 4 in 2019 after holding off for a long while. If Sims 5 doesn't make up for what I consider to be regressions (I consider Sims 4 to actually be Sims 2.5 in terms of gameplay), then I'll just stick to what I know. If my hands fell off, then maybe I'd learn to play with my feet!

My favorite thing about The Sims 4 so far is the inclusivity. It has absolutely nailed how unique people really are and has shown us that we can really be ourselves in the game. I adore Create a Sim purely because it is just so detailed and diverse. Being a part of the LGBTQIA+ community myself, it has been amazing to see it really come to life for the first time. I also like seeing the fashions and gameplay for different cultures.

I don't hate anything about the franchise and I always try to stay empathetic towards the Devs and Gurus. However, I really miss fully open worlds and I miss Sims 2 style create a world, Sims 3 was too high skill for me. I've also recently become quite upset that they have yet to include heterochromia (having two different coloured eyes) for Sims when they have done it for pets. I have this myself and have never been able to make my Simself; it's just quite disheartening.

Trying to be feasible with regards to what they can produce would help improve The Sims 4. I would suggest they give us a Sims 2 style Create a World tool. So that we can make our own bigger worlds and place lots where we want in the sizes we want. Oh, and they need to work harder on lore. Sims 2 came with full back stories for each new neighbourhood and those memories and relationships were in the game. That made it so much more interesting and fulfilling to play.

I love The Sims 4 online community! I used to browse The Sims 2 forums when I was younger but didn't have an account. I have been very active on the forums since Sims 3 came out and developed my own blog based on the legacy challenge I was completing. It went down really well and I made a lot of friends! Now I'm much more present on social media and YouTube which is brand new to me and very exciting.  I am very sad to witness bullying and hateful comments still going around within our community and I will never tolerate that kind of behaviour. I think we could work a lot harder to stand against bullies and trolls.

You can find me on Twitter and YouTube as Lizzielilyy! At the moment I’m sharing my own challenge that I initially created for Sims 3 and redesigned for Sims 4. It’s called the Pimlico Challenge and is a legacy challenge with a renovation twist! Check out my blog: for the rules and tips! I’m also on Instagram, Twitch, Tumblr, and my Origin ID is Lizzielilyy too. I’m really excited to get to generation 2 next week on my channel, my videos go up every other day.