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The Sims and CyWorld: Create your own world July 28, 2006

Posted by Matsu in Family, Information Technology, Technology, Web.

The SimsLast weekend my twelve-year-old son was invited over to a friend’s house to celebrate the friend’s birthday. It was an overnight (sleep-over) party where a bunch of boys stayed up way too late watching movies and playing computer games.

One of the first things my son said to me when I picked him up the next day was that he loved playing The Sims. We have some of the very early simulation games like Sim City and Sim Earth, but not The Sims. So, that was my son’s first experience with the interactive computer generated life simulator. He really found it fascinating and entertaining, which is not surprising since the Sims has been a big hit and sold more copies that I could guess over the past five years.

CyWorld Beta LogoNow, you can take interactive life-situation simulations to the next level by interacting with other people through an online simulator known as CyWorld, which you can read about here. According to this post on the same blog, the web site is now (finally) open for business. In that CyWorld, you get to pay to furnish your simulated room and it’s not fake money. That’s how the CyWorld creators cover their costs and make a healthy profit.

A friend of mine at work has been talking about the fact that the U.S. federal government can tax you on anything of value, including any characters you create and develop through online gaming. Imagine what the IRS will do when it comes to paying taxes in this new virtual world. You may end up filing a CyWorld income tax form. I almost think that people who play in that world would find that to be fun. In real life, filling out the tax forms and paying taxes each year is not fun at all.



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