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Is This The Real Life Or Is It Just A Sims Stream?

Splitscreen returns to learn how deep The Sims goes

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A screenshot from The Sims 4: Nifty Knitting Pack with the Splitscreen podcast logo to the left.
Step One: Exist. Step Two: Make a game about existing. Step Three: Profit.
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Life imitates. Or art imitates life. Or the two imitate each other enough that we can’t tell which is which. And if we can’t tell which is which, then how can we know if we exist in life or in art? How are we to know that this life isn’t just a giant Sims playthrough?


Right, so this week on Splitscreen, we’re talking about The Sims. There will be a brief existential crisis where we ponder living in a simulation and acknowledge that your Sims can play The Sims in the game before bringing ourselves back from the brink to discuss how expansive this franchise really is. With four main games, a couple of spin-offs, not one but two mobile games, and just an absolutely wild number of DLC packs, there’s a lot to look into.

As the resident Sims expert, Michael Fahey and Ethan Gach pepper me with questions as we finally think of an expansion that doesn’t exist yet. It was harder than it seems! I’ll have a somewhat controversial take on a mod I wish were in the game proper. And, naturally, Fahey will have an ridiculous story about his life that vaguely ties back to the topic at hand.


Listen to the full episode as Ethan and I continue trying to convince Fahey we’re really not that bad, we swear. And as ever, new episodes will drop every Friday, so don’t forget to like and subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Stitcher. Also, if you feel so inclined, leave a review, and you can always drop us a line at if you have questions or to suggest a topic. If you want to yell at us directly, you can reach us on Twitter: Ethan is @ethangach, Fahey is @unclefahey, and Lisa Marie is @lisamarie_lynn. See you next week!