I used the word "he" because I usually do not bother with being politically correct. I am fully aware that there are female gamers and strategy enthusiasts as well. I am quite sure that when she thinks of strategy games Sims are the last thing on her mind as well.
Considering the entire industry barely spends enough money on "ink" to study what a female gamer thinks, I seriously doubt that you would know what most female gamers think.
We could simply agree to disagree, but instead of bailing out from an interesting discussion, tell me - why do you think strategy would befit Sims better as a classification than simulation?[/quote]
In fact, you know what? I suspect that with throwing in "strategic" into the definition the publisher simply wants to generate more revenue by appealing to a wider audience. Its as simple as that.
It has nothing to do with gamers and their interests and is in fact misleading, much like calling games such as Arma2 "shooters" when in fact they are tactical simulators - gamers expecting actual shooting aka Modern Warfare 2 will be disappointed by the amount of time they have to spend crawling through grass and looking through the binoculars.
Incorrect. The publisher, which you must know is EA, does not list the Sims series as a strategy title. That is gamespot's doing and while i know websites like IGN, gamespot and the rest have bowed down to the mighty dollars of the publishers, it wouldn't make a lot of since for EA to push a website to make the Sims a winner in a category EA doesn't even list the Sims belongs to.
Back to the original idea/discussion.
I am having trouble keeping this somewhat short so... my apologies.
What does the Sims series have in common with strategy titles, long term planning. The fact that the goals are set by the players and not the game, to me, is not important. A lot of people, there are exceptions, set goals for themselves playing the game and they work towards them, and when they are done with that, set new goals and rinse and repeat. It's not mindless, and while some people just watch what happens, judging from playing the 3 primary games and participating in those communities, I would say a lot typically have plans. What it doesn't have in common with other strategy titles is any sort of loss system, or punishment for bad decisions. There is also no combat system, war or revolt type thing. There are, however, reactions to bad events.
What it has in common with simulators is it has a loose simulation on life, but it's very loose. Sure your sims wash and eat and take care of kids, but it's not so deep that your going to walk away learning much from it. You play a flight or a train simulator, you're going in pretty deep with the highest rated games. Sims also let's you design clothes and build houses, simulating a house, in a physical sense, sure that describes it pretty well and some people simulate real houses and clothes very well, so definitely simulation there but that entire part is optional. You don't have to make any clothes or houses, you can just choose them. So while some people might spend 12 hours building a replica of some victorian house (maybe even more hours than than that), or a few hours just creating one for fun, there are number that never do that at all.
Now looking at some other games often lumped next to the Sims series, whether the sims is put in the simulation, strategy, or life simulator catgory or all of the above.
Kudos: The problem is Kudos is a life simulator, right up to the minimum wage, not enough life balance and money issues. It doesnt' really have goals, but it has an ending and it's pretty punishing.I would call this a life simulator because of the more realistic approach, but the sims lacks that realism.
Spore: Spore was, imho, was just an attempt to hit lightning twice by trying to appeal to the sims players and everyone else and they wound up with a weird little action game with a simulation phase and 2 strategy phases, so 50% weak strategy, 25% social/simulation thing, and the one i liked best was that stategic/action water cell phase. anyway, this has very little in common with the sims but it's also weird in that not only does it satisfy few people, it doesn't really have a great category either
The Game of Life: what the hell Amazon, this ia board game. I don't care if it has the word life in it.
SimCity: Well I suppose this one could fit into simulation in that you player a mayor and run a city with some realistic elements, it seems to fall into strategy titles too though
Airpot Tycoon: If this is the one i remember, it does not simulate an airport. I could be thinking of Airline Tycoon I suppose, but then again, 3-5 tycoons fall into life simulator but not the others, not Rollercoaster, Zoo tycoon for example?
Diner Dash: That's a time management game, not a life simulator or strategy
East India Company: I haven't played this one so I can't say for sure, but I got the strong impression this isn't a life simulator either.
The Guild and the Guild 2: I've played these, and seems more like a strategy title with a very, very minor amount of any life simulation in it in that you have a character and a family that marries and has kids
Steam lists games like the Tropico series in simulation AND strategy and Majesty hits both too, don't believe they have a life simulator section, and don't appear to sell Sims at all.
Like I said. I don't know that there is a great category for the Sims series, and while life simulator might be an okay fit, so long a there is a strong attempt to separate it from flight and train sims, just look at what e-tailers throw into that category, pretty much everything. Simulation and strategy seems to be a catch all for the moment with many of the titles often listed under both listings. So to say that the Sims series is not a strategy title and therefore cannot win strategy game of the year, is a pretty hollow argument since no one has really agreed what separates simulation from strategy in the first place.
Having said that, Sims 3 is not award winning in any category. A lot of credit should be given to Sims 1 and 2, (despite what the haters say) but 3 is just Sims 2 with some icing. I disagree with their decision, but it has nothing to do with the category it's in.