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The Sims Architecture – Building a House

By May 13, 2007 7 Comments

Yesterday we looked at SimCity for the Nintendo DS and the ability to create a sprawling metropolis on the hand held console. Taking the concept further and moving it into suburbia is life simulation computer game The Sims. Created by game designer Will Wright, The Sims is the best selling game in PC history (Wiki – The Sims), and as is common nowadays comes with its own building tools to create your own in game architecture.

YouTube user chrispycrunchy86 has posted a series of videos detailing how to build a house in The Sims. The movie below illustrates the construction and architecture of House Type 1:

As with many game sandboxes the tools are easy to use and within a short time you are able to built a unique structure. In 2002 Maxis shipped The Sims Online, with an online chat system, custom avatars and the ability to build it could in some ways be compared to Second Life. Interestingly the game was not a success. In today’s world of social networks and Wikinomics (see our book review) The Sims online may of been before its time…

Andy

Andy is Professor of Digital Urban Systems at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis at University College London.

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