MySims Impressions - MySims Comes to the PC

MySims' secret online garden is no longer a secret.

PC game players got left out of the cute, silly fun of MySims when it launched last September on the Nintendo Wii, but they're about to be treated to the best version yet. This fall, when MySims ships for the PC, not only will it offer all of the charming, creative content contained in the original console versions, but it will also feature customizable gardens that can be accessed by your friends.

Here is how it will work: You will go into your brand-spanking-new, slick-looking Tuscan garden, and you'll have the opportunity to play with the landscaping and add several buildings to vacant lots. If you're familiar with MySims, you should know that this, in and of itself, can take hours, because everything is completely customizable. And you'll want to put your best work in, because your friends will be coming over to play!

So, you've decked out your garden with a house made of bacon and some nifty flowers, and you're ready to share it with your friends. What next? First, you must find out their registered MySims player name through whatever means are available to you (e-mail, telephone, smoke signals), because there will be no lobbies or anonymous chat rooms.

Once a few friends are on your friends list, you can easily invite them over to play as long as they're signed on. Once your friends enter your weird little world, they can go about admiring it, and they can change anything they see on the fly. (So you'll want to be careful which friends you invite over.) Again, there are no restrictions on what a person can do to your garden, so if you don't want them changing stuff, you'd better speak up. Then again, you probably won't mind if a friend leaves a little "Biff was here" memento, especially since you could get a new "essence" out of it--an intangible item you can draw out from other stuff in the world that can be used as a component to build something new.

You see, there will be more than two dozen new essences in MySims for the PC, but each gardener will have access to only about five right off the bat. The trick is, you and your friends will likely all have different ones, but as soon as a friend makes an object with an essence and gives it to you, you can deconstruct it and make the essence your own. Once you're all done swapping essences, nothing is more refreshing than a little game of tag, which you can play with anyone who's willing. The version we saw on display was simple, straightforward tag, though it seems as though this game will be customizable, like everything else in MySims. Also, there is currently a means by which players can sprint, though this may or may not be in the final version. Whether it is or not, there will be plenty for you to get your hands on in MySims for the PC when it sprouts this fall.

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11 comments
tamd
tamd

lousy graphics better stay with nex tgen sims

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tamd

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lumeiwan
lumeiwan

I doubt it will be any better than the wii's version.Rather pick Sims 3 instead.

Jackyll87
Jackyll87

Now that Joe has responded to the pervert comment can anyone let me know if this game is popular on wii? Is there any gameplay footage anywhere i can look at and is there ny plans for a demo?

Adam_the_Nerd
Adam_the_Nerd

I liked how the guy was joking throughout the whole preview. Calm down everyone hahaha. Still, I'm gonna wait for Sims3 before I pick this up.

Kadaj316
Kadaj316

Oh for God's sake what is the big deal? It was a witty and humorous preview. Let's face it if anyones gonna teach their kids about internet security and saftey it will be parents, I'm sure it was meant to be joke - though I know it is a serious subject it is just a preview for a game. Lighten up.

skyline7284
skyline7284

Is it just me or is the guy who wrote this sounding like a creeper?

J_Dodson
J_Dodson

You have a point, Lord_Tigger, and I will change the wording asap to ensure that no parents are given a false sense of security.

Lord_Tigger
Lord_Tigger

Wow you totally missed the point. I'm talking about the statement the editor made of "perverts will not be able to contact your kids through the game". If they're already in contact, then yes indeed they can still talk to them through this game. The game does not further any kind of protection or prevention. I'm sick of parents thinking one game is safer than the other or a website is more dangerous than the other when it's all an issue of Internet and anonymity.

magnum2k6
magnum2k6

"A rediculous and naive statement. It's still Internet and it's still anonymous. What's to keep a perv from meeting the kid on Yahoo! or MySpace THEN coming to MySims. It doesn't make MySims less secure, but it doesn't make it more secure. We need to keep the mindset that Internet gameplay is never secure without constant monitoring by the parents. Don't blame the game, but don't put unnecessary trust in it." That's still not contacting someone through the game, that's called contacting someone through Yahoo or myspace.

Lord_Tigger
Lord_Tigger

"Don't worry parents, perverts will not be able to contact your kids through this game." A rediculous and naive statement. It's still Internet and it's still anonymous. What's to keep a perv from meeting the kid on Yahoo! or MySpace THEN coming to MySims. It doesn't make MySims less secure, but it doesn't make it more secure. We need to keep the mindset that Internet gameplay is never secure without constant monitoring by the parents. Don't blame the game, but don't put unnecessary trust in it.