The Sims was created 18-years-ago today. And yes, this headline seems to defy a bit of logic... How can escaping into a computer game that allows you to play God for hours on end be good for you?
Well, imagination is a beautiful thing, which The Sims tends to feed, and compared to drugs, booze, gambling, or ptetty much any other form of escapism, The Sims is a-okay.
Unilad reports on a psychoanalyst named Steve McKeown who's done some extensive reasearch on how The Sims was turning the people who used it into happier, healthier people:
Life Simulation games such as The Sims may replace the reality that we know and live in, when internet speeds become fast enough.
The suggestion that we may spend more time in a virtual world than the physical one has been developing speedily over the years and has fast become a way in which we can live an alternative life in exactly the way we want.
The Sims can allow a person to escape social normality, its pressures and chronic stresses that are so prevalent in the real world, it allows the gamer to create a perfect reality in which they play the main character and have full control over the outcome.
It is important to remember that immersing yourself in your imagination periodically is actually a very positive form of escapism and is considered important for our brain functions as it can expands our creativity. It allows the gamer to express a part of their personality that may not have known if they hadn’t played.
Albert Einstein once said ‘creativity is intelligence having fun’.
Our consciousness is very adaptable and allows us to create an opening to different paradigms of reality every time we focus on alternate versions of life through our thoughts. With the assistance of life simulation games such as Sims we can enhance our inner experience.
Without escapism we would simply burn out. It’s the main reason why we dream at night when we sleep as it’s our minds way of disengaging from the state of conscious living."
Read the full Unilad write up here.