The Sims Online takes the gameplay from The Sims and brings it into a consistent online universe, where all the Sims are controlled by real people.
Taking place completely online, The Sims Online runs 24/7. Upon installation, you can create up to a maximum of three Sims, dress them however you like, name them whatever, and enter a region, where you can build a house or become a roommate with someone.
Skills in TSO are more important than the off-line versions, as the better skill you have, the more money you'll make when taking part in group objects. For example, if you have a high charisma rating, you'll be able to sell more items using the telemarketing phone, which in turn brings in more money. Having a high Cooking rating will allow you to make bigger and better pizza's, bringing in more money.
Most money making objects require a group. The pizza maker, for example, requires four people; one to take the order, one to select the proper dough, one to select the proper ingredients, and one to finish off the toppings. Communicating will result in a good pizza, while not communicating will result in a charred mess, equaling nothing in money.
You can choose to live anywhere there is a free spot and build up a house all your own, or you can move in with someone, sharing the house and buying objects together.
Most of the objects from all the expansions are in the game, including some that are specific to TSO, such as the aforementioned Pizza Maker, mathematics board, telemarketing machine, lawn bowling game, and over one hundred more objects.
The 2003 version includes some new features:
- Service characters
- Clothing racks
- Secure trading
The game's last server was shut down in February 2008, officially ending the game, but all the cities were merged into a larger realm based on an improved version of the game, living on as EA-Land
- "TSO" -- Informal abbreviation
- "EA-Land" -- New name from March 2007 to August 2008
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The Press Says
|Game Informer Magazine
||9 out of 10
||Nov 28, 2002
||88 out of 100
||Jan 06, 2003
||6.7 out of 10
|PC Gameplay (Benelux)
||67 out of 100
||Feb 02, 2004
||6.6 out of 10
|Computer Gaming World (CGW)
|All Game Guide
|Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault)
||Jan 23, 2003
||Feb 06, 2003
||59 out of 100
||Jan 01, 2003
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People have taken paths in The Sims Online
that EA nor Maxis expected to be available. Although the main concept was to create a friendly environment were new people could meet, a dark side grew as well. There were scams, money tricks that disturbed the economy (known as mazing), account hacking, explicit sexually oriented communities, prostitution, censorship, terrorist forces and counter terrorist organizations, ... In fact, TSO
resembled real life much more than was originally planned, while Maxis and EA did everything to keep an artificial, friendly community that doesn't scare away new players.
Peter Ludlow, a player of TSO
, posted an article in his blog-type TSO newspaper The Alphaville Herald about the spreading of brothels in The Sims Online
. EA terminated his account for this.
Comedy Central's The Daily Show
did a comedic investigation on the matter in February 12 2004.
In March 2007, EA
renamed The Sims: Online
On August 1, 2008, EA closed down the servers, shutting down the game.
Information also contributed by
- Computer Gaming World
- April 2003 (Issue #225) – MMO of the Year (Readers' Choice)
This entry to the MobyGames database was contributed by JPaterson (9098)
on Feb 14, 2003.