Remember The Sims? It’s still just as great!It’s no big secret that I adore a game every now and again, whether it’s a ‘geeking out’ session on my old Playstation, a quick blitz on a phone app whilst I’m on the tube, or a board game with friends, there aren’t many other ways that I’d prefer to spend some downtime. Historically, so much of the gaming world was geared towards men, but the tables are starting to turn. These are my favourite ‘games for girls’; though not dressing up, not all unicorns or baking cakes, they are games that I think are great, as a girl.
Before you all jump on me and say that I’m behind the trend, just know that I was there from the start. I love games that allow me to get outside and explore the world a bit! When Pokémon Go finally arrived after it’s huge build up, the game was mostly brilliant, but occasionally a nightmare because of the floods of people trying to access the servers. This meant that game play was great, until it crashed. Nowadays, they’ve sorted out the server issues and the game is so much better for it. If you were born in the same generation as me, then you’ll remember bobbling around the Gameboy screen, looking for the rarest Pokémon you could get your hands on. I remember those times fondly and Pokémon Go brings the game right up to date, whilst holding on to that sense of nostalgia. Get your Pokédex ready!
A recent discovery for me was poker. I was looking for a real brain workout but was all too aware that my attention can wander during the usual mental exercises. Someone suggested making it a game and that was when I discovered poker. I started out on mobile poker sites, learning to hone by skills behind the safety of a screen. Nowadays I love playing in person and online equally. Poker is fast moving, highly strategic and most of all, really exciting. There are plenty of YouTube channels where you can pick up tips from actual professionals and if you apply yourself then you’ll start to see your game improving pretty quickly. If you’ve never played before then I’d suggest starting out with free games to build up your confidence or by inviting your friends over for a poker night. Then when you’re feeling ready, you can start playing for a little bit of money at your local casino, or even online. I play for the love of the game, but it’s still really exciting when you win!
Remember The Sims? It feels like it’s been around for as long as I have. When doing a ‘Marie Kondo’ underneath my bed the other day, I came across an old copy of the game and stuck it on my laptop. It’s as good as it ever was. For those who don’t know, The Sims allows you to make a virtual person and control all aspects of their life, from their job to the colour of their couch. I only had the original under my bed, but I think they’re up to the third version now which looks like it has some really cool features. I managed to spend two hours designing a virtual home before I caught sight of the time, which goes to show just how much fun it is. This one is a classic for a reason guys, take my word for it!