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Revisiting The Origins of The Sims Custom Content


I was spending some time a few evening ago downloading some new Custom Content for The Sims 4. While I was browsing through different creators, it got me thinking about how I first discovered custom content back when I was playing The Sims and how blown away I was that it even existed in the first place.

Even now, I can still remember some of the sites that I used to use, so I decided to have a look and see if any of them still existed! To my surprise, a number of the sites that I recall are still going strong even today and I discovered some new sites too!

The first piece of custom content that always comes to mind for The Sims is the Rejuvenation Chamber from Homeslice. Essentially it is a shower that replenishes your Sims needs, which at the time seemed a lot easier than constantly trying to queue interactions for your Sim just to ignore or by trying to cheat them.

You can still download Homeslice’s creations here including Slice City, Mabel the Chicken, the Typewriter and the Harley Fixer-Upper II!

Around The Sims was another site that is still up and running today and was the first site that I had ever used to download custom content. There was one occasion where the majority of my custom content was from Around The Sims. I loved it as it just helped fill those missing gaps in my Sims homes be it an Architect’s Office, a laundry room or downloading skins or Build mode items.

Revisiting the site for the first time in a number of years felt nostalgic, and it reminded me of all the different homes I tried to build using custom content.

Revisiting The Origins of The Sims Custom Content

Click here to visit Around The Sims.

SIMcredible Designs was another site that I would visit often. I don’t remember many of the pieces of custom content that I had, but I remember having a selection of bedroom, patio and a selection of more miscellaneous items too.

Revisiting The Origins of The Sims Custom Content

Click here to visit SIMcredible Designs.

Of course, over time many of the sites I can remember have closed down as we have moved onto newer instalments of The Sims games. I tried to search for a few of the sites I could remember, but sadly the hosting for those sites had stopped.

The last site that I had a few memories from was a site called Sim Freaks, and it is still going pretty strong even now in 2021. Not only could you download a variety of custom content, but there was also tutorials and guides should you be looking to create your own custom content as well. I’m pretty sure this is where I found the guide to help me try and create my own custom content for The Sims, but that is a story for another day.

Revisiting The Origins of The Sims Custom Content

Click here to visit Sim Freaks.

Fellow Sims Community Staff SnarkyWitch has a brilliant guide on how to install mods and custom content for The Sims as well as a handy list of resources for the game too. Click the links below to check them out!

Do you have any memories of sites you used or pieces of custom content you used to have in The Sims? Let us know in the comments or over on our social media!

About the author


Hey, I'm Krista! Long time Simmer and Sims Community Staff.

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