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The Sims 4: Understanding Social Interactions

Little bit of a disclaimer here; I speak for myself. I am not advertising for any products, I am sharing insight for an interest I personally find extremely fascinating and may be beneficial. The Sims is the property of Electronic Arts and the image is free to share. All rights are rightfully reserved.


The hit computer game series, The Sims.

What is The Sims?

Why did the games become huge hits?

What are a few things can we learn from The Sims?

 

The Sims is a franchise developed by MAXIS and produced by Electronic Arts (commonly known as EA) in which the player can take full control on the characters in the game. You can make them go to places, you can make them eat, you can make them dance, cook, sing, swim, sleep, play games, show off, play a musical instrument, become a gardener, become a detective, and just about anything else you can think of that the game provides. Not only does the games encourage the player to make these characters and make them do whatever they...

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Social Story Character: Sally

Red Shirt
Name: Sally

5 Favorite Hobbies:

  1. Reading
  2. Watching nature documentaries
  3. Researching frogs
  4. Playing around with sound design on the computer
  5. Doodling on her tablet

5 Favorite Things:

  1. Frogs (would catch one and keep it as a pet for one day before letting it go)
  2. Fast food
  3. Animated shorts
  4. Sports (Baseball’s her favorite sport)
  5. Even with being caught up on new technology, she has a soft spot for tech from the 90’s and early 00’s (2000’s).

5 Strengths:

  1. Friendly
  2. Interested in all kinds of people, autism or otherwise
  3. Detailed oriented
  4. Organised
  5. Never afraid to ask for assistance; whether it’s for her or for other people

5 Weaknesses:

  1. Even with a tablet, she would still be afraid of whether or not she will say the right words
  2. She cannot talk (oftentimes would wonder what she would sound like)
  3. Difficult to make clear eye contact; May look like she’s not paying attention or not interested but she in most cases, she always is interested
  4. Would...
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Social Story Character: Arnold

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Name: Arnold

5 Favorite Hobbies:

  1. Catching bugs
  2. Puzzles
  3. Putting together models with his parents
  4. Baseball
  5. Yo-Yo

5 Favorite Things:

  1. Hotdogs and pizza are his favorite foods
  2. School and academics
  3. Computer games
  4. Comic books
  5. People

5 Strengths:

  1. Loves to talk and being around people! Since his parents own a local comic book store, there are a lot of people that Arnold finds very interesting, oftentimes based on what the content provides in the bookstore
  2. He isn’t afraid to say what’s on his mind
  3. A genius in math and science
  4. Can be a total goof at times getting a few laughs here and there
  5. Very good at sports (baseball being his favorite sport)

5 Weaknesses:

  1. Very closed minded when it comes to food
  2. Doesn’t know when to stop talking about his favorite things at times (even though he admits that he needs help in some areas)
  3. He rambles on whenever he’s afraid in trying something new. Whether that’s with food or going to a new place. Even if it’s...
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Computer Games

I grew up with computers. Those machines that make cool noises when starting it up and the monitor screens to see what goes on in these wonderful devices.

When I think of using a computer, now I think of work and music, but back then, it was computer games! Sure there was internet, but I wasn't really into that back then, it was computer games! I used to think that anything that involved a CD would be a game, even CDs made for music. Just the cover art made me think that they might have been computer games. Not just games in general, but software where I can learn a few things here and there on the screen.

Some of the software programs involve content from:

  • Microsoft
  • DK
  • Jumpstart
  • Tonka
  • Humongous Entertainment
  • Math/Reading Blasters
  • David Macaulay

Some of the content provided may involve letters and numbers, the basic stuff for younger children, some involve harder topics like science, history, and animals. What makes these programs and games so successful to me is the color. Always...

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