The Sims 3: Getting Real

Four years in the making, The Sims 3 is the best yet of the wildly popular PC franchise

There's a professor at Oxford University who makes a compelling argument that if humans survive long enough to create conscious computers, it's likely that all of us, right now, are simply historical simulations the computers created for their amusement. After playing with The Sims 3 — the latest sequel in the mega-popular Sims franchise — I believe that prof. Ich bin ein Sim.

The game, in which you create a character and interact with artificial intelligences in a simulated world, has sold more than 100 million copies since its debut in 2000. It's the best-selling PC game of all time. That's...

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