Divan The Simmer March Feature

My name is Divan, you may know me online as DivanTheSimmer, and I'm a 22-year-old Simmer from South Africa! I just started my first job as an intern at a steel company, after studying Computer Aided Draughting for two years. In my free time, I play video games, write SimLit, listen to music and all sorts of other things.

I've been a Simmer for almost 11 years now. My uncle's girlfriend, now his fiancée, played The Sims 1 on her laptop at my grandmother's home, where she and my uncle lived back then. 11-year-old me was in complete awe of this game and couldn't wait to get started! My parents couldn't get me a computer at the time, so I started playing The Sims 2 Castaway on PlayStation 2, which I received for my twelfth birthday. Then, I got The Sims 2 Pets and The Sims 2. The following year, I received The Sims 3 and my first laptop for my thirteenth birthday and the rest was history! What keeps me playing is the ability to tell my stories through the Sims I create and the ability to express myself creatively.

So far, my favourite Sims game is probably The Sims 3, mostly because that was my first full-on experience playing The Sims - you could do so much more on the PC versions of the game back then than you could on the console versions and I bought every expansion pack released. That eventually caused a lot of lag, to the point where I couldn't play the game anymore, I didn't have a lot of knowledge about computers back then and had a notebook that couldn't actually handle games, which is the downside to it. The Sims 2 games on console will always hold a special place in my heart, because of pure nostalgia and I had countless hours of fun playing them.

I tend to play story-based gameplay. Meaning I will get an idea for the characters I want in my story and then I create them in the game. From there, I set up screenshots that will be featured in my story and that's that! I also love building and creating Sims and literally spend hours just doing that. I also like to actually play the game and do challenges, like the Murkland Challenge, 100 Babies Challenge, Legacy Challenge, Bachelor Challenge and much more. It keeps the game challenging and brings new and interesting ways to play the game. I've only successfully completed one such challenge, though!

I would probably stop playing The Sims the day I die or get seriously ill or injured. I'd have to physically be incapable of playing the game in order for me to quit. The same could be said for all the other games I play. Yes, sometimes we Simmers are let down and DLC can be quite expensive, but I'll always be willing to give each and every version a fair shot. If I suddenly stop playing the series when a new iteration comes out, you'll know it's really, really bad!

My favourite thing about The Sims 4 is the look of the Sims and the world around them. I love writing SimLit and the screenshots come out looking great as a result of how good the graphics are. I love the Sims' facial expressions and the way they perceive everything and everyone around them. They are much more life-like than they were in the previous games. I also really like Create a Sim and Build Mode - a huge improvement from The Sims 3, apart from the lack of options, like a colour wheel and Create a Style.

I hate how you have to have every piece of DLC just to feel satisfied with the game, at least for me. There are so many stuff packs already and while they're great, I really feel most of the things included in them could have been added in expansion or game packs, and they can get quite pricey the more you buy them. The game is over five years old and it still lacks so much depth. Every new expansion, game or stuff pack only keeps you entertained for so long before it becomes dull and boring.The other games were completed in their fifth year and felt fully complete when they ended. The Sims 4 just doesn't feel the same way at this point and it's kind of heartbreaking, to be honest.I think if the developers and EA listened to the players and just gave them the things they've been asking for over the years, the game would already be much better. Things like ladders, bunk beds, cars, improved babies, more family-oriented gameplay, overhauled personalities, the return of NPCs and features from previous games would improve The Sims 4 significantly. It's great that the team is trying new things, but at the end of the day, Simmers just want simple things that you'd expect to see in a life simulation game! If they've given us those things, they can feel free to let their creativity go loose all they want! They also need to ensure that there are no bugs before releasing new content for the game.

I don't know if I'm ready for The Sims 5 just yet. The Sims 4 needs to feel complete and it will take
several years before that happens. I've heard that EA has plans to make The Sims 5 an online experience and as an introvert dealing with social anxiety and having a poor Internet connection at home, I don't want that.  I love the Gallery and being able to download and share each other's creations, but that's as far as I want the game being online to go. I think they should focus on making the game as best as they can, learning from the mistakes they made in the past. If there's no way to play offline, I don't think I'll actually purchase the game.

There are positive and negative sides to the online community. It's great that we can connect to other Simmers who share the love we have for the game and I've met a lot of incredibly kind people online, moreso in the SimLit community, but I digress. It's also great that we can talk openly with the developers of the game and tell them what we think about the content they create.The negative part of the online community is the hate and unnecessary drama, especially with the EA Game Changers program. Some Simmers will bully each other just because they disagree with them and the Sim Gurus also receive a lot of hate from dissatisfied players. Sometimes, I really miss the days before social media was a thing, where games would just be released and I'd discover everything for myself. No one needs to surround themselves in a toxic environment.

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