the sims 4: stepping into online community

The Sims series has been the king of DLC(downloadable content) games for the past decade, Sims 4, which was introduced in early 2014, is no exception, to this very day it is perhaps still one of the most user-driven games out there. the most intriguing part of the game is that, we, as gamers can have control on almost everything in it.


Similar to its predecessors, sims 4 starts with creating your own sims, during this process one can manipulate every detail of the “sim”‘s appearance, from hairstyle to body parts, as well as age and personality(even the way they walk!)


the player’s creativity can be further extended, in the building mode where the player has full control of designing buildings for various purposes.

The sims is traditionally a single-player, off-line game, however, sims 4 introduced a new feature–the gallery, which allows importing Sims and houses other people have made from The Gallery into the player’s game. This impacts the world around the player’s Sims. Players may publish their creations into the Gallery for other players to download into their game instantly. The new feature is the Sims’ first try  of building an online community, in which players can explore and share their creations, instead of playing the game alone.



  1. I have been a fan of Sims for years and I have yet to play Sims 4 and just seeing the differences from when I first starting playing it until now is amazing. The audience participation and online community is huge now and next time I want to procrastinate I’ll definitely think about playing this!


  2. I think I ended my Sims journey on Sims 2 and reading your post I’m impressed but not surprised to see how much more interactive it has become. Even though this game is all about individual creativity it is not exempt from wider audience participation online. This is a great example of how audience participation can effect all aspects of game!


  3. I used to love this game! I think it became so popular because people can express their individuality and live the life they want to even if only in a virtual world. Isn’t it funny that even in Sims 4 people are still taking photos of their “selves”, they want to show how they look like and also to keep their mates updated with what their creation has achieved so far. Sounds like real life, doesn’t it?


  4. It’s interesting to see how a game with no intention of being community based become well, community based. I remember before the release of Sims 4, they tried to implement it in to the Sims 3 through an online update but it didn’t really take off.


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