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10 Things Parents Should Know About The Sims 4

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Everything parents should know about The Sims 4 in 2 minutes. From why the game is so good to things like death, violence, grim reaper and woohoo sex. Here’s 10 things parents should know about The Sims 4.

1. Genre and story: The Sims 4 is the latest in an incredibly popular series of life simulation games, in which players manage the lives of virtual people called Sims. The world in which these Sims live can be described as “realistic-ish”, as Sims get jobs and earn money to pay bills and buy things but can also, for example, die from laughter and then meet and talk to the Grim Reaper.

The Sims 4 has little in the way of plot beyond the pre-built characters that the developers have included, and is more of a virtual dollhouse. Players choose Sims or create their own, build them houses or move them into ready-made ones, and decide how they will live their lives. The Sims 4 improves on the previous games in the series with simpler creation tools and a more complex simulation in which your Sims’ emotions affect their interactions with objects and other Sims.

2. Developer: The Sims 4 was developed by series creator Maxis and The Sims Studio.

3. Format: Currently, The Sims 4 is only available for PC, but there should be a Mac version in future.

4. Cost: From EA’s digital store Origin, the Standard Edition of The Sims 4 costs £49.99/$59.99. A Digital Deluxe Edition that includes a soundtrack and some additional digital content costs £59.99/$69.99.

5. Length: The Sims 4 is a game without end. Sims can die from causes both natural and unnatural, but then you can move your attention to their offspring or just head back into Create-a-Sim.

6. UK and Europe – PEGI and additional consumer information: PEGI rates The Sims 4 as only appropriate for those aged 12 or older, with content descriptors for Sex (for “sexual images and/or sexual innuendo”) and Violence (for “non realistic looking violence towards human characters”, which causes “minor injury only”).

The Games Rating Authority expands on its PEGI rating by pointing out that during Create-a-Sim you can “enlarge breasts which the player can then zoom in on” and “dress your Sim in revealing lingerie”. It also explains that violence is “mostly slapstick”, with “no obvious physical harm or injury”, which is also the case when Sims set themselves on fire.

7. US – ESRB: The ESRB rates The Sims 4 T for Teen, with content descriptors for Crude Humor, Sexual Themes, and Violence, and adds that the game “includes online features that may expose players to unrated user-generated content”. The description goes into further detail on the sexual content of the game, explaining that Sims can “pursue more intimate encounters, such as the ability to kiss, hug, or engage in “Try for Baby” and “Mess Around” (i.e., sex) with another Sim: this action depicts the Sims squirming, giggling, and moaning under the covers until hearts float around the bed”. As for violence, Sims will sometimes fight, “which is depicted by sounds of struggle and partially obscured “fight-cloud” effects”, and they can also die from e.g. electrocution or fire.

8. Common Sense Media: Common Sense Media gives The Sims 4 a suggested age of 13+, stating that there are “lots of sexual themes, including skimpy outfits, flirting, kissing, but no nudity” and that “sex is performed entirely under the covers”. They also say that while “Sims can get hurt and die through player neglect”, “it’s rare and not gory”. An additional concern is “the ease with which players can share custom content and associated descriptive text.”

9. Themes: Because of its mimicry of real life, The Sims 4 has the potential to reflect events from the player’s own life, including divorce or the death of a loved one. However, the developers have tried to keep things relatively light: deaths are cartoony and sometimes reversible, baby Sims cannot die, and ageing can be turned off so that Sims won’t die of natural causes.

10. Why people play: Some of the warnings are related to the way in which The Sims 4 reflects real life, but that’s also where the enjoyment comes from. Different people play The Sims for different reasons. Some spend a lot of time in Create-a-Sim making Sims that look like their loved ones or celebrities. Some prefer to focus their attention on building the perfect house. Others like to use their Sims to tell soap opera-type stories, which they might then go on to share online. The great thing about the game is how it provides the player with all of these tools and gives them the freedom to make their own fun.

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108 thoughts on “10 Things Parents Should Know About The Sims 4

    1. If you have a child quite intelligent, don’t really it’s not hard download it from the net via torrent, i suggest to use Game*torrents.c*m to download all the sims and all expansions, and don’t forget about GTA, Watch Dogs, Thief, etc.

    2. Yeah seriously don’t listen to this. An 11 year old is way over the age limit to get this game. A 6 year old could play this game. It’s not like it shows anything under the covers so if your kid does not know what sex is, they will not learn it from this game. I mean sex is literally called Woohoo…And if they already know what it is which they probably do if they’re 11, then it’s not like they’re going to be taught anything bad. I played the Sims 2 with my older sister when I was like 5 and it was my favorite game ever. If anything it just made me a lot closer to my sister, it never taught me one thing that was bad. Parents are way too strict nowadays. I don’t think you realize that kids find out about this stuff in like 3rd grade from their friends. If you don’t let your kids get this game then you might as well home school them too…

      1. I agree with you, I’m 12, and I think the game is fine for me as you’d need extra packs to get *those* outfits and “Woohoo” is literally two people in a bed.
        I also agree with you about how young we find that stuff out, all my friends have older siblings so they knew at a young age, and many others also do.

      2. I homeschool my 11-year-old and he plays this game. It’s not that serious. You are so right that they learn so much from others. Just have that line of communication open with your children.

  1. Thank you for this review. I found my kids 6yo + 8yo watching a video of sims 4 on youtube and they were asking us to get it for Christmas. Obviously, its not suitable for them and this is exactly what I was looking for.

    1. Don’t listen to all this bullshit! Yes it to late for my reply, but please don’t listen to this thread, I don’t think that a kid of 6/8 years old can install Animatedwohoo

    2. People claimed that they have been playing a Sims since they were (3?)5 to 8 years old, including me. When I was a younger child, I indeed wanted to play the sims and I did. I think it’s suitable for any child as long they aren’t under the age of 6.

      1. It’s like to talk with the wall, Lina. Nobody listen to us. All parents listen to this fuc*ing blog. It’s a sad thing, the admin made this site just to earn some bucks, not to protect our children.

        1. I could name dozens of different ways she could have learned and found out about sex other than the sims, your claim is ridiculous

      2. My friend who was in first grade didn’t get it and when she saw sexual things she’s been talking about sexual things now. Were in like third rate now. I just wish she never played that game until she was 8 or so.

    3. You could play it yourself and let your kids help create child Sims. The new Get Together pack even allows you to create groups for Sims. Your kids could create child-aged Sims and create age-appropriate clubs for them.

  2. You might also want to check on other things u can get like CC(custom content or mods) that ranges from Clothing, Hair, and even remove the mosaic(censor) off. There’s ALL types of clothing from trashy to classy. Even some shirts for females that says SLUT (it’s a crop top) Any parent that has their kids with the sims 3 or 4 you better check out what kind of mods they get.

    1. Yeah because a kids going to know how to download mods, get real. You wouldn’t even know how to download mods, how would they?

      1. ” because like I mentioned above you should monitor what your child will download.” bla bla shut the fuck up! Do you really think that you can monitor donwloads?

        1. Umm.. Yes you can monitor downloads. Just do ctrl+j and you can see everything. If you want history, press ctrl+h. Idiot.

          1. But be cautious because your children can delete it off the history so you can’t see it. If that happens, you can see it on the admin profile. (Make sure your child has an account of their own so you can monitor everything.) Also add restrictions onto it. (Be smart 😉

          2. I had restrictions since I was 17. Then my parents said I could have it taken off. You could also have a secret recorder added to their computer to watch their every move. They will not see the tab open. At the end of the day you could watch the video and see if they gotten into trouble. Hope this helped!

  3. hello great review but so fucking nor true, please stop telling people this my daughter has sims 3 and 4 on her iphone and its has nothing to do with sexual relationships, the bad thing is you could have kids read this and it’s not true so delete this website or else i’m suing because stuff like this shouldn’t be on websites or on the internet for anyone to access, and if these parents were smart enough like what i do… they should place a password on the electronic and make sure the kid does not know that way they don’t just download whatever. please answer back at this website. confirming you doing as i said

    1. LOL do u hear yourself? Hon the game does have suggestive themes. Don’t play that best friend mom deal; which by the way that will not help ur kid in the long run. Also this is for the pc; learn to read.

      1. Yeah The sims for pc is plenty of sexual themes, but we cannot see when sims makes wohoo (sex for those that don’t know what this mystical word means), you are ignorant and stupid like the author of this thread!

        1. Just make you are Sim a single parent with okay do you can get one without doing woohoo you can adopt one or Cas mode. Don’t listen to this the only thing I seen is boohoo and you don’t even see what’s going on it’s under the covers you don’t have to do it and family members don’t do it so just get a single parent with adopted kid

    2. Um… The only Sims game on the iPhone is The Sims Freeplay and as a hardcore simmer myself I can assure you that this review is correct. So please do not go around commenting things you do not know.

    3. you sound like a child. being a teenager myself, i found this article very informative. iphone versions will be different than pc/mac games. ignorant comment, you obviously don’t know what youre talking about. -.-

    4. They aren’t talking about the game for mobile, we can compare the size of the games between pc and mobile, Mobile = 200/400 mb, PC (Only The Sims 3 original) = 7 gb, PC (The Sims 3 with all expansions) 100+ gb, PC (The sims 4 + Expansion) 6 gb + 4 gb. But as i already said,

      “Yeah, parents, don’t buy the sims, is too dangerous, buy something more secure and educative like GTA I-II-III-VC-SA-IV-V, Watch Dogs, Assasins Creed, Thief, Sleeping Dogs, etc. or you can simply buy a kalashnikov aka AK-47 a good book of math.”

    5. I have a six year old and an irresponsible 18 year old. My 18 year old son, let’s my six year old daughter play sims 3. I put a password in it, but my niece who turned 4 last week must’ve saw it because my doc year old was playing on it again.

      1. Oh no that’s bad. My eight year old daughter listens to me, when insay she can’t play sims 3. I let her play simsfreeplay. And my eleven year old, I let her help my right year old read. They started last week, and their on level ten already.

        1. Jakyla, that’s unfair.
          Sims Freeplay is 10x harder.
          Since you need to wait like 10 hours for a thing to finish.
          I am 10 and I played that game since 5.
          Seriously, Sims 3 is better than freeplay.
          Also freeplay is mostly a money grab since you need some jewels to skip time and jewels are rarely obtained or bought by real money..

          Sims Freeplay also has woohoo.

          I seriously don’t believe in ratings.
          Sims 4 in Russia got an 18+ rating meanwhile it is 12+ in other countries and 6+ in Germany.

  4. I’ve often seen the sims referred to as a ‘dollshouse’ type game in reviews but as your article highlights there are other themes in the game that go beyond a childs imagination. I don’t have children of my own but my niece is 13 and I’m thinking of getting it for her when I next visit. I think compared to the other video games on the market the sims is tame but I appreciate some parents have differing views on what’s appropriate at what age…

  5. Wow such a contrast in feedback. Do parents just want to play dumb and not acknowledge what their children are exposed to? Dang, knowledge is power… do you want your kid playing this way or not? Make your decision but don’t kill the informer. Thank you for the review.

  6. My daughter is 9 years old… There’s nothing here that would prevent her from playing this in my opinion. We monitor everything she does on the computer.

  7. Yeah, parents, don’t buy the sims, is too dangerous, buy something more secure and educative like GTA I-II-III-VC-SA-IV-V, Watch Dogs, Assasins Creed, Thief, Sleeping Dogs, etc. or you can simply buy a kalashnikov aka AK-47 a good book of math. Why “protect” your childs from the real life, they find out in the course their lives, better prepare them for this s****y world.

  8. Oh, another thing, don’t monitor your childs with screen recorder, remote monitoring softwares, and so on, it’s not difficult to unplug the lan cable or to turn off the wifi, or to download Linux distro, boot it up, remove the monitoring software resources and then watch por*hub and x*ideos, buy drugs and weapons from deep web, freely! Good morning/afternoon/evening/etc.!

  9. thx so much my parents looked at this site and they are still questioning if they will let me play it or not and I’m a teen and i know what the themes in the games are

  10. Who wrote this thread it’s the mostra idiot man i’ve ever seen. My daughter plays GTA 5, hitman, AC, the sims 3/4. And she is 14

  11. I played Sims when I was like 7, seriously the game isn’t that bad all things considered unless you’re really nuts and religious I guess.

  12. My god, thanks to “Hacker” my daughter will never access the internet. Ever. Sure, I could police her at the FIREWALL but why bother? Better to just give up and wait for the day that we can play GAT together on Xbox. 20 years from now should work.

    If “Hacker” weren’t spending so much time here I would’ve allowed my 10yo to play Sims4. No way it’s happening now. 😉

    1. You’re punishing your daughter just to take revenge for what “Hacker” said. And, i don’t think “Hacker” give a fuck about your daughter….

      1. Lol, but the most stupid thing is “….I could police her at the FIREWALL but why bother?”, because he have NSA firewall, no one can bypass it with Web Proxy, HTTP Tunneling, etc.

  13. Sorry, friend. It wasn’t my goal. Please don’t think about me or other stupid people, like the author, think about your daughter life, no one can help you to grow your daughter. Sorry again, man. And of course, sorry for my bad english.

      1. Actually I am nine and have the game! It is not inappropriate! Have “sex” is called woo-hoo. Plus in it you only see blankets moving! Not bad at all!

  14. My 8 year old started school late, and she had to go to kindergarten. She thought it was pretty embarrassing, but one day when I came home from work, she was playing simsfreeplay and I got mad and she said “I’m eight now so I don’t need your opinion anymore.” My 12 year old, has my permission. She can do whatever except if theirs bad language. I bought her sims 3 last month and she says it was cool and my 8 year old is just rude. She’s just buying it with my ex- husband’s credit card.

    1. I was eight when I started playing sims 1. I loved it and I had no idea what woohoo really meant besides the sim got fat and had a baby. However, I’m part a totally different generation though. The computer was in the main living room so they could see what I was doing.

      Your daughter is likely just acting out. She probably feels like an outsider in school and separations are hard on children. Sims is an easy escape for adults let alone kids. It may better she blows off steam on a game with your ex’s credit card then acting it out in real life or using your credit card. But that’s just me I suppose. Do I let my eight year old cousin play my sims? No because he isn’t mature enough to handle it. If you don’t think she is mature enough to handle it just remove and block it. She can no longer play it. My cousins can’t access my game unless they have my password, which I change monthly to prevent them figuring it out.

    1. Oh my god. Your irony is beyond anything.

      Let me just write out all of your spelling errors and correct them, shall I?
      jesus = Jesus
      grammer = grammar
      dose = does
      one no = no-one or no one
      in = on the
      innernet = internet
      know wirte how too?? = know how to write?

      I enjoy correcting people’s spelling errors, haha. :>

  15. I’ve just read all the threads & OMG I’m none the wiser whether to get this game for my 12 year old son who is Asperger’s.
    I thought the game may help him social or he can act his frustrations of what happens to him at school.
    He hates school but hey has to go… Can someone PLEASE HELP …. and write a truthful explanation ????

    1. Hi, reedy.

      I’m an Aspie myself (I’m 13 years old) and my mother is considering getting this game from EBGames for my sister’s birthday, for us to share. Being an Aspie, I could probably give you some valuable information about whether you should buy The Sims for your son.

      I for one love school, but hate the people. I enjoy learning and exploring new topics and ideas, but because of my Asperger’s and my Autism (I am actually diagnosed on the spectrum with PDD-NOS, but I was originally diagnosed with ADHD and Asperger’s) I absolutely despise the social experiences. I get bullied a lot because I stand out.

      Perhaps this game would be good for your son to release his anger on? While wishing death or harm upon his bullies or people he doesn’t particularly like isn’t really all that good, if he creates a look alike to the bullies in Create-A-Sim, he could possibly take out his anger by making his character and the bully character become good friends. Another plus is that unless you install the Get to Work expansion pack, you don’t actually have to go to school with your sim, meaning he can just completely forget about school.

      With regards to the social aspect of things, I’m not quite qualified to speak on that level. However, I do find that watching Let’s Plays of The Sims (on YouTube, I’m sure your son enjoys watching YouTube) helps extend knowledge of social cues, sometimes even better than a psychologist or psychiatrist may do. By watching these let’s plays and then watching characters become friends with other characters through certain commands and actions, it may influence the way the brain conceptualises social cues and gestures. It could also influence the way your son makes friends, particularly for the better, as he will understand what to do when.

      Onto the topic of not wanting to go to school – I imagine that if you live in America, your son would likely be in Middle School, correct? I live in Australia so I don’t quite understand the American system, but eh. Your son’s school should still have a program for children with special needs/disabilities, and I would assume that your son would be able to take time out in class when needed to go to a Teacher Aide or a Professional, to vent or just to relax. I find I need to do this often as a Grade 9 student, and it really does help in the grand scheme of things. It pointedly helps prevent major meltdowns or accidents.

      Sorry for the ridiculously long reply, I want to help as much as I could.

      I hope this helps!
      ~Clarette Tolstonn
      (My Pseudonym)

      1. This comment has nothing to do with me but I enjoyed reading it, very articulate. I started playing the sims from sims 1 when I was 13. Now I am 28 and I have a daughter who really loves sims 3 and 4, she is 7. I watch what she is doing on there, in fact we have computers next to each other. She doesn’t understand at all what a woohoo is, she doesn’t really care. To her it’s something to get the sims closer together. Of course she has asked me about it, I just tell her they are enjoying time together. The ONLY time I find sims to be concerning is if you use custom content. Some of it can be ridiculous. There isn’t really anything wrong with parent allowing kids to play Sims as long as you are prepared for one or two questions. My daughter is learning about managing some money, learning the burdens of taking care of a family, including getting some of her kids taken by social workers (when she plays sims 3). She isn’t learning sex from sims, if that’s a concern then it should be a minimal thing, it’s such a small aspect of this game.

  16. Is there a password protection option on the SIMS4 game? We only want our daughter (8 years) to play this game when we are about. She was beside herself when some of the characters inexplicably(!?) died (much to our horror – yes, it was our fault for not understanding the game!). I have had a scout round in the options menu but nothing obvious there. Thanks

  17. I’m 11. I watch Youtubers play this all the time, and I don’t plan on downloading custom content. I consider myself at least a little bit mature (compared to the average 11-year-old), so should I be able to play this game?

  18. I was wondering if the Sims 4 is suitable for me. I’m 11 and I watch people play this on Youtube pretty often. I don’t really plan on looking into custom content (IDK, houses maybe?), so can someone help please?

  19. This may change your view on this or worsen it but I am a 13 year old and I play the sims 4. It did say sexual themes and crude humor. And I can assure you if your child has been to a school outside of home or has even been on the internet they are not innocent. They can handle these “sexual themes”. And the “sexual themes” are basically just “woohoo” used to make a relationship grow faster and “try for a baby” to expand your family, all of the intercourse actions are under the bed sheets so nothing is seen. There can also be fights in this game but it’s nothing serious, everything is blurred for the exception of noises and maybe a leg or two. Overall this game is a nice past time and you should consider your child playing it. There isn’t anything that your child wouldn’t’ve heard about in school.

  20. Okay Thsi is getting too far im 8 years old and I love the sims 4 although I say that this game is fun, but if kids make adults maybe get teen next to u ?
    But when child sims u dont need a teen next to u
    And by the way woohooing is not shown in the game So whats the point the cover their selfs in the bed sheets nothing is shown and the cats and dog Game pack is for kids ….
    I dont mean to say anything, But This Game Is Awsome it shows a kid how to take care of there carreer school Skills
    Making An Awesome Family, **If i spelled anything wrong tell me** Whatever, Me and my freind are ganna make child sims and if that is not enough im ganna get my teenager sister next to as , And by the way i watch ldshadowlady and she plays the sims 4 ,I Love this game so much, And I think parents could know now that kids can learn good things not bad From : Aya/emala

  21. To all of the younger users on here (ex. Those who are under 16 years of age):

    You are not as mature as you might think. I’m sorry to say this, but I’ve been there before— very recently, in fact— and being an “under aged used* doesn’t make you mature or cool. It just garners a lot of attention from creepy adults who will try to trick you on the web. Just don’t go around, wearing a big ole sign that says “I’m eleven, shoot me first,” because you’re going to get yourself hurt. You shouldn’t be posting your age like that on the web, because there will always be someone who won’t hesitate to use it against you. You probably shouldn’t be playing this if you really have to ask if you can. I started playing when I was five. Heck, I played Grand Theft Auto when I was five, but I didn’t advertise my age to the world! That wouldn’t be very smart or responsible of me, and where would I be then? Anyway, you could always just not listen to me. I mean, I’m just some random person on the internet. What do /I/ know about life?

    Sincerely,

    Me

  22. The way I see it is the rating only works for kids into the woohoo stuff. So play the game with them or watch them and see if they do anything you don’t like. My neice loves Sims 4 and shes to busy playing and laughing to even think of such things. So conclusion every kid is different and if your care about them enough to go to this site then give them a chance. They deserve a chance to prove they aren’t like that.

  23. hi,
    i am in media studies rn and am reading all yer comments… LOL!
    hacker, i agree with you 100%
    anyone here single? i need a formal date for March and would love to take somoene who shares a common interest for Sims with me.
    let me know!
    have a fabulous day and i hopw kids dont download FreePlay just to witness woohooing.

  24. The company needs to delete the sexual content. This is another example of media telling girls that having enlarged breasts and butt is more attractive. Also, showing that if they put a few good things into the video game, like managing money, consumers should ignore the inappropriate material. There is no need for the sexual aspects to be included in this game.

    1. See but you are missing the point, this game is real life based. What do we do in real life? We do many things and one of them is sex. By playing the game I have noticed they don’t just expose us to sex they are under the covers, the covers move, there is music in the background. So I do see the point.

    2. – This is NOT a children’s game.
      – – This is NOT an educational tool.
      – – This is a game for teens AND UP. AND UP!! UP!!! It’s a game for full grown ADULTS and also teens. Deal with it.
      – How are Sims supposed to create new LIFE (babies) without woohoo, hmm?
      – How are adult Sims supposed to accurately reflect life, romance and MARRIAGE? Should marriage not have woohoo? In real life too?? Because it’s a LIFE simulator, for NON-children!!

      Nah, you think it should be a fake, non-life, non-simulator for CHILDREN and no longer appeal to teens let alone adults.

      You’re just fully wrong and representative of one reason this series has gone downhill. It’s so frustrating for actual Sims players.

  25. I’m 12 and my mom is thinking about letting me get sims 4 IF she looks into the woohooing part more but I already know about sex so, I don’t understand why she won’t let me get it

  26. Hi, I am indeed a player of the sims 4 game. I find that everyone plays this game for different purposes such as, creating your sim or building your house, which seems fine? Personally I think that 18+ is most definitely to high of an age restriction because there is very little inappropriate content. “Wooho”/“Try for a Baby” is done under the covers in order to find out if you will be starting a new family. Taking showers, baths, and going to the bathroom are all blurred out so nothing is seen. “Fighting” as people may state it as, is not violent at all. Some “fights” can consist as two sims rumbling around with a cloud surrounding them, and dizzy birds placed on top of their heads. I do also think that young kids, such as the age of 8 should not be playing this game. It would be difficult for them to understand, considering they are not so mature yet. Depending on how you feel your child acts mature wise, I think that 12+ seems like an accurate age to start at.

  27. See but you are missing the point, this game is real life based. What do we do in real life? We do many things and one of them is sex. By playing the game I have noticed they don’t just expose us to sex they are under the covers, the covers move, there is music in the background. So I do see the point.

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