People play The Sims 4 for many different reasons. Some enjoy to create and participate in community challenges, such as the 100 Baby Challenge, where others play it for interior design and fashion purposes. Personally, one of the main reasons that I play The Sims 4 is for the purpose of character creation and storyboarding.
When the game was released it opened up a whole new world of sliders, making the customisation of your Sims more unique than previous generations did, and so this was perfect for simmers who wished to add a little extra flair to their Sims. And so after the initial stage of playing for the sake of playing, I realised that this new software could be used for so much more.
For the past two years, a friend and I have spent our time drafting a book together, and drew pictures of our characters by hand in order to get a better feel of who we were writing about. But with the Sims 4, we could create them in a way that really showcased their personalities. We could suddenly choose what hairstyles and outfits would go with different scenes in the story, and then later, act out those scenes and see how the characters would react.
The Sims 4 has become so much more than just a game for me, and has turned into one of my most trusted sources of inspiration when it comes to creative writing. I would highly recommend this method to other writers, especially ones who struggle to find inspiration for their characters. Create your own inspiration!
The Sims 4 can be used to create concept art for storyboarding and character creation as well as just pure fun!