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How the Sims became an inspiration for interior designers

The Sims, a virtual haven where players can shape lives and build dream homes, has become an unexpected source of inspiration for the world of interior design. Over two decades since its inception, the iconic life-simulation video game continues to evolve, keeping pace with shifting trends and capturing the imaginations of aspiring architects and designers.

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Created in 2000 by American game designer Will Wright, The Sims allows players to create and control virtual characters, or "sims," building their homes and lives from the ground up. With four main iterations and numerous themed expansion packs, The Sims stands as one of the best-selling video-game franchises globally.

Interior stylist Rory Robertson attests to the significant impact The Sims had on his career. 'People laugh when I mention playing The Sims, but it was hugely significant in terms of spatial planning and was a key part of how and why I have ended up in the line of interior design work that I have,' he shared with Dezeen.

The game's emphasis on architecture and interior design dates back to its roots. Will Wright, inspired by the loss of his home in a firestorm, initially conceived The Sims as an architecture game, with the focus on characters added later. Throughout its evolution, The Sims has consistently offered players a diverse array of design options, from minimalist bungalows to extravagant dwellings with unique themes.

The game's development team ensures that The Sims stays current with design trends. Game designer Jessica Croft and art director Mike O'Connor revealed their process of scouring the real world and the web for up-to-date references. They actively seek inspiration from contemporary patterns and styles, adapting the in-game options to reflect cultural and technological progress in the real world.

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