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The Sims Turns Five

Company: EA Games
Product: The Sims franchise

Electronic Arts has announced that the award winning computer game franchise, The Sims, celebrates its fifth anniversary this month. The very first The Sims video game for the PC began shipping to stores in February 2000 and took the nation by storm by becoming the #1 selling PC game in four out of the last five years. Since 2000, the franchise has spawned seven expansion packs, been translated into more than 17 languages, and has sold more than 54 million units worldwide. In September 2004, the next-generation sequel The Sims 2 quickly became the fastest-selling PC game. In just five months, sales have already reached more than 4.5 million units worldwide. The first expansion pack for this award-winning game, The Sims 2: University, will be in stores March 1, 2005, and will allow players to send their Sims to college and experience the ultimate on-campus fantasy.

?The Sims changed the way people play video games and also changed the kinds of people who play video games,? said Bing Gordon, Executive Vice President and Chief Creative Officer of Electronic Arts. ?The Sims 2 and its expansion packs will continue to deliver what Sims fans everywhere want -- new content, fun and innovation, because The Sims franchise is still just beginning,? Gordon added.

The creator of The Sims, Will Wright, has been honored with many accolades for his outstanding achievement in his trade and was inducted into the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame in February 2002, joining such industry legends as Sid Meier and Shigeru Miyamoto. Wright has also been included in ?Entertainment Weekly?s? ?It List? of ?the 100 most creative people in entertainment,? ?Time Digital?s? ?Digital 50,? a listing of ?the most important people shaping technology today.? In 2002, he was listed as number 35 on ?Entertainment Weekly?s? Power List, and in 2003 was featured in ?Game Informer?s? ?Top 10 Developer List of 2003.?

-Red Dawg, GameVortex Communications
AKA Alex Redmann

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