The year was 2000. The Millennium Bug had come and gone, leaving barely a cough in its wake. Your PC had not turned rogue and murdered your entire family, and instead sat with its large derriere calmly sprawled across your desktop.
What to do? What to do? After exhausting your scribbling-on-MS-Paint-and-filling-the-spaces-with-the-paint-bucket-tool capabilities, you turned your attention - if you were lucky enough - to The Sims. The original. The number one. The father.
Though there have been Sims games since, none have ever compared to the original. Why? Because you inevitably did all of these 21 things, that's why.
Setting off fireworks in your home because you were the master of life and death
Typing in cheats that were milling around the playground, only to find out they were all lies
Then discovering 'rosebud' and typing ;!;!;!;!;!;!;!;!;!;!;!;!;! after it to stretch the cheat to its limits
Taking dark and terrible pleasure out of making your Sims pee their pants
Having your expectations set up for the rest of your life
Like, multiple times
Wondering how the burglar fit your flat screen TV in his tiny little swag bag
Enjoying the simpler time when Comic Sans was a legitimate font choice
Being denied certain expansion packs because they were just too damn rude
Taking the ladder out of the pool and waiting to greet your old friend death
Getting your first ever crush on Bella Goth
Waiting 30 minutes for the game to load, playing for another three, and getting bored
Coming to the early realisation that hedge mazes > gardens
Living that pink flamingo life
Accepting that the music would never, ever leave your head
Forgetting to pick up your papers and feeling the paperboy's wrath
Never questioning the eerie sparseness of Neighbourhood 1
Stalking the local graveyard to try and spot a ghost
Getting the sickest rides to work and school
Trying to make toast but
Trapping the pizza delivery guy in a fence but then being gutted when he just disappeared anyway