Maybe moving to the big city to be a Disney City Girl wasn't such a good idea. My apartment is a hovel compared to the palace Jenna has, and even that's stretching my budget to the limit. My boss will give me extra money for washing dishes if I dress in active wear, but he doesn't pay me enough to buy new clothes. My idea of fun is sitting in my apartment singing karaoke by myself. I saved up enough money for a fridge so I can stop eating microwaved Cup of Soup, but it arrived disassembled and I have no one to help me. Space is at such a premium I have a coffee maker next to my toilet. A COFFEE MAKER NEXT TO MY TOILET.
That entire introduction was paraphrased from an actual conversation I had with my wife earlier this morning, after the stress of trying to make my way in Playdom's new Sims-for-ladies game, Disney City Girl, officially launching today on Facebook. Within the first hour of play I had moved into a crappy little apartment; reconnected with a childhood friend/non-player character with a much more glamorous life than my own (I spend a lot of time at her place to keep from getting too depressed); began pursuing my dream job of being a famous chef (the other choice was fashion design); and generally went about the business of being a small town girl in a big city world.
Emily (my wife-creature) said that the stress I was exhibiting was a fairly realistic response for a girl striking out on her own for the first time. I am a 39-year-old man. Obviously Playdom is doing something right.
It's also doing one thing wrong—you won't get far in this game without friends. That fridge I purchased requires parts from friends to fix. I've got a quest to listen to classical music on the stereo of three friends' apartments, and I only have one friend (and she's not technically real). Advancing in my career from bussing tables to tending bar required friend approval. I used the initial in-game currency to bypass that one—now I have to wait two hours between barkeeping sessions to advance.
That's sad, because I must say I do enjoy creating fashion combinations from items purchased at the game's virtual boutiques and submitting them to be judged by my fellow player. I blame Nintendo's Style Savvy.