My Favorite PC Game Series
I've been playing the Sims since waaay back when it was Sims 1. When Sims 2 came out, I was incredibly psyched. I was not disappointed. The educational oppurtunities in here are so great that it boggles the mind. First, there is Create a Sim (aka CAS) where you design families to your liking. Now, if you play around in Body Shop, you'll find you can design your own clothes, hair, makeup, etc. etc. for your Sims to wear. This is an amazing creative learning experience. Experiment with all sorts of tools in the graphics program you have and you could create beautiful things for your Sims, including dazzling purple eyes, lacy wedding gowns, cool color-streaked hair, and so on and so forth. If this isn't your cup of tea, (It certainly isn't mine. I download from the Exchange.) you can try your hand at architecture with the stunning building tools provided. Make residential or community lots! A four-story mansion or a quaint grocery store? If this still isn't your thing, you may be a genius with the camera. If your computer is fast enough and you are skilled enough, you make make Sim films. (If you know how to work your way around a computer, you could add voices and make funny or thrilling movies.) But if your computer is slow, or you just can't be bothered with trying to work a video camera, you can always try storyteller mode. Two oppurtunities in one: Photography and story-telling skills. Or you could simply learn life skills by playing your favorite Sims through their lives, through jobs and family and aspiration troubles. There are new oppurtunities with each expansion. (Ex. Learn business skills in OfB.) But with life lessons comes some things parents are wary of. Sex? Well, they have to learn some time and if they're not learning it at home yet, they're probably hearing it from more unreliable sources, such as friends at school. I personally can't remember NOT knowing about it, though I didn't know details until I was older. MY parents were responsible and talked to me before I could be influenced by others. Alcohol? Please, unless you're old enough to catch the innuendo, it's just a juice bar to you. Nothing is graphic. A paper cut in real life is twice as graphic as Sim "fights."