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The Sims

During the 1980s, I employed considerable irony in self-deprecatingly referring to myself as “Zee Greatest Game Designer in Zee Universe.” However, since then, Will Wright has demonstrated such a powerful combination of imagination, abstraction, background research, and design perspicacity that I have long since yielded the olive branch to him. His masterpiece, The Sims, is without doubt one of the greatest achievements in computer game design, and it has rightly enjoyed huge success.

These things said, I cannot resist the opportunity to take a few sour pot shots at this great work. I offer my complaints not to detract from the reputation of this great game but to demonstrate that even the very best of games have flaws.

The most obvious ...

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