The Sims Turns Three Years Old
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The Sims, the best-selling game of all-time turns three this month. When it was released, The Sims quickly skyrocketed to the top of the charts when it shipped to stores in February of 2000. Since then it has remained a top seller in every major market worldwide.
EA President and COO John Riccitiello had this to say about The Sims' phenomenal success:
Three years ago, no one believed that a videogame about people and social interaction, without shooting, driving or what passes for action, could be published successfully. Today this game, The Sims, has evolved to become the world's most successful PC game and a global multi-platform success. The Sims' incredible appeal among teens and young adults, and especially among female players, has broken all the old established rules about videogames.Here's just some of the amazing highlights of The Sims:
The Sims franchise has shipped over 24 million units, including more than eight million units of the core product, The Sims. Since the launch in 2000, The Sims franchise has spawned five expansion packs and a deluxe, console, and online version. The Sims has been translated into more than 17 languages and is sold worldwide. An estimated 60 percent of The Sims players are female, most of them young teens. According to The NPD Group, The Sims base product was the number one selling PC game in 2000, 2001, and 2002. The Sims franchise games held five of the top ten spots on the 2002 best-selling PC games in North America chart, released by The NPD Group.The game's long list of honors has included being selected "Game of the Year" for 2000 by the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences and by numerous other publications in the United States and abroad. The creator of The Sims, Will Wright, was inducted into the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame in February 2002, joining such industry legends as Sid Meier and Shigeru Miyamoto. Will Wright has also been recognized by ISDA in 2002 for his extraordinary body of work and enduring legacy he has established in the interactive entertainment industry.
The Sims and all of its expansion packs have been ported to the Mac by Westlake Interactive and published on the Mac by Aspyr Media.
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