The Sims is a strategic life simulation computer game created by game designer Will Wright, published by Maxis, and distributed by Electronic Arts. The game is a simulation of the day-to-day activities of one or more virtual people (dubbed "Sims") in a suburban household located near SimCity.
First released on February 4, 2000, the base game has sold more than 16 million copies, making it the best-selling PC game in history. Including expansion packs, the franchise has sold over 70 million units worldwide as of January 2007. Since its initial release, seven expansion packs and a sequel, The Sims 2 (with its own expansion packs), have been released. Another sequel, The Sims 3, is also in the works. The Sims has won numerous awards, including GameSpot's PC Game of the Year Award for 2000.