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I think Life Sims are making a comeback. If you think about it, Persona has life-sim elements and it's found a ton of success with Persona 3 Portable and Persona 4 Golden. Animal Crossings came out last year and was a massive success, with some people playing it still to this very day one year later. Plus, we have some pretty big titles in the form of Tomodachi Life and The Sims 4 coming out this year.

Now, for full disclosure, I'm a huge life-sim fan. Regardless, with all these life-sims coming out, I really just had to stop and think about what it could be that made these things so popular. I always thought with Persona it was fulfilling my curiosity on school life in Japan (everyone fights monsters for extra credit, right?), but with New Leaf, Tomodachi Life, or the Sims 4, it doesn't seem to fit in nearly as well.

Honestly, I think part of it might just be because it's perfected social interaction, you know? There's a very clear negative reaction and a very clear positive reaction for every "social input" you give. It boils down interacting into... a science of sorts, I suppose. As an example, if Pecan comes up to me and asks me how I think her outfit looks today, I give her the answer I think she wanted based on her personality, and she usually gives me a positive reaction. I know she won't feign a smile and then start wondering if she should start trying to look "cute" instead of "cool" when she gets home just because that's what Mayor Neryl said. In fact, the only person who has any sort of depth in terms of personality and interaction in those games is me. I'm the best character.

So, we're going to talk about Life Sims (or even Dating Sims) today, TAY. Why do you love or hate them? Are there any features in them that you wish you could implement into real life? What's your biggest pet peeve with them? Talk about it down below!

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**As a side-note, since I mentioned implementing gamey stuff into real-life, does anyone remember ages ago when people were discussing that some people had issues separating real-life and video games and we started getting reports about people seeing "health bars" above other peoples' heads? What the heck ever happened with that? Was that actually a thing?

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