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Children replace Dolls for Sims
The New York Times has today published an article about children replacing the classic dolls for videogames, of which the Sims is probably played the most. Children use the toys to play variations of their own lives, or lives they observe or imagine. It's those children, especially the middle-class schoolchildren in the USA according to the paper, who made the Sims the success it was - it sold 60 million copies globally since its release. Experts say that girls seem to like making a friend, whereas boys like to take on a pretend identity. Will Wright is also quoted saying that girls want a more creative, complex experience than boys for entertainment, and that the Sims gives them that. Also, girls tend to stop playing the game when they're going to high-school and start getting more interested in boys, at about the same time when they lose their interest in science or math. If this continues, Education Professor James Paul Gee says the gender imbalance in those areas will continue to exist. In the article several young fans of the Sims also talk about the game and their experience with it. For all the details read the entire article, which covers three pages.

Written at 14:03 on Monday, 8 May 2006 by ChEeTaH.

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Written at 17:23 on Monday, 8 May 2006 by Sorcererlady
Hey, I'm a senior in high school and I only STARTED playing the sims when I was a sophomore. Probably because that's when MM came out. I was only ambivalent towards the whole Sim thing until I found out they could be wizards.

Written at 15:51 on Thursday, 11 May 2006 by Gina Ayars (gdayars)
Well I am a 40 year old woman and my daughter is 16, and we BOTH love the sims very much. A friend of mine (female) also loves it. As a matter of fact, I know more women that like it than men! I have been a big fan of sims since before sims2, and have all the expansion packs for the old sims game and everything but the family fun stuff this time. Not to mention a ton of hacks........

Written at 22:38 on Wednesday, 17 May 2006 by kody (kody_dark_heart)
if your all american you can that!! becuse im english and over here i play the sims2 on my xbox and im not addictid.yes i love the game but the accusatsions your making are redicuolous (spelling mistake on ridculous and acusations)hey im only 13

Written at 14:12 on Thursday, 18 May 2006 by Simsmomma
Im 38 yrs old and three kids ...both of my daughters use to play with dolls, but are too old for them now...When i read this my first thought was ...Ohh So cool for mothers, ...think about it moms, no more picking up barbie parts and clothes all over the floors. if you can remember those days, a little barbie shoe here, a little barbie shirt there, here an little pants, there a purse, ...now all u have to do when your girls says " i want to play with my dolls" is pop in an CD into the computer. sooo cool thank-god for computers.
Scream all you moms out there..
" NO more 1000 barbie parts pick-up for us maxie ..give us more sims games"...heheheheh


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