Yes, we're Simming again!
We do lots of other things here besides playing computer games, I promise you, but Lyddie is very much into The Sims again at the moment, so I thought I'd blog something about this.
If you didn't know, The Sims are little simulated people, living simulated lives. You build simulated houses for them, which you then have great fun decorating and furnishing before you move them in. After that they can have jobs, relationships, friendships, babies, hobbies, cars, swimming pools, staff, bankrupcies, repossessions, social workers, dogs, cats and now even snow. Snow!
And we have this fabulous add-on which enables them to be self-sufficient, which as you can imagine is my Sim paradise.
Lyddie loves to play, and....
Let your eyes glaze over here if you don't want to read the EduBlurb...
... it's improving her spelling (got to type Motherload to get a free 1000 $imoleans, and characters' names etc); and her reading: because you need to read the messages to know what's going on; and her skill with numbers because you need to know what things cost and whether you can afford them. Or whether you need to send your little Sim out to work, if you're not cheating.
If Lyddie doesn't take good care of her Sims: by providing them with all of their living requirements, like food, hygiene, comfort and company, they become ill and eventually die, if the problem isn't remedied. It's easy to see if they're not happy because the little floaty diamond above their heads goes from green to yellow, then orange and finally red. Green means healthy and red is dead, basically. So - oh, a bit more EduBlurb I'm afraid. I can't help it, my mind just works that way ok? - she's learning what people need. As if she couldn't learn that from just living... but I suppose it's set out a bit more clearly in little computer-simulated simple people and you could argue that they're a bit safer to experiment on than real people.
In fact, you could argue about the subject of children playing on and learning (or not) from computer games for a long time. I'm up for the debate if anyone else is.