Playing The Sims was one of the great millennial culture touchstones.
For those of us who played the life simulation game, it was formative. We would spend hours – or as long as our mums would let us, plus a little longer when we were quiet enough that she forgot about us – sitting at the computer, building gaudy homes, having our Sims cook hors d'oeuvres and having NO idea what that meant, and spending a weird amount of time giving them pool ladders and then... taking them away.
The Sims taught me that you can get better at being a surgeon by playing a lot of chess in your downtime. It taught me that you can just wander into any neighbour's house unannounced and it's fine. That absolutely everyone has a pool, and if they don't, you can build one with one hit of 'motherlode' and absolutely no building consent.
Real-life later taught me that none of those things were remotely true, but it was a fun fantasy for a time.
So, in the interests of nostalgia, here are all the memories former Sims kids share.
Taking the ladder out of the pool.
I don't know why we all enjoyed making our Sims swim until they're so exhausted that they die. But we all did it. And it was quite fun. To be fair, I also don't know why our Sims weren't smart enough to just lift themselves out the side of the pool.