• New PBS Game/Show asks if The Sims is just reality TV
01.17.14

New PBS Game/Show asks if The Sims is just reality TV

The fourth installment of the The Sims is coming out in fall, which will undoubtedly bring the number of Sims games sold to a grand total of a gazillion copies. It’s already the best-selling game on PC of all-time, and we were wondering what makes a simulation about the ins-and-outs of everyday life so incredibly popular. 

The easy answer is that Will Wright created it; and that it has broad demographical appeal; and you can kill your Sims by having them get in the swimming pool and then removing the ladder. But that’s overlooking the possibility that The Sims is the DIY version of Jersey Shore, and The Kardashians, and many other shows that fall under the banner of reality TV. Does The Sims really satisfy our craving for watching real people in fake situations getting up in each others face?

Check out the episode to find out, and tell us what you think down in the comments!

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