Need to relax ? Try Watching The Sims 4 Creation Videos

When I’m having a stressful day, I don’t usually go the hot bath and glass of wine route. A yoga session won’t calm me down either.

No, if my day has reached a maximum stress level, there is only one thing I turn to. On those days, I light a candle, set up my Chromecast, and stream Sims 4 building videos on YouTube to the biggest TV in my house.

As a reasonably regular Sims player (read: I play for a manic week, then sit idle for six months, then rinse and repeat), I like to think of myself as a decent builder. I can make functional homes with funky decor. I once did a gym where you don’t have to watch anyone else while you exercise (the dream). I even built a working graveyard where deceased Sims were honored with shrines inside a mausoleum, and that is my greatest achievement.

But I will in no way claim to be a Sims builder.

There are people – architectural geniuses – who can use the same tools available to everyone and create something amazing. From sprawling castles to multi-level villages and intricate little houses, these players are dynamic, have an innate style and an immeasurable sense of design. Not only that, but they’re also landscaping, with shrubs and terrain paintings perfectly placed to make a place look real.

I am self-aware enough to know that it is, without a doubt, beyond my own abilities to achieve these masterpieces. But it’s fun to watch.

I am not alone in this case. The Sims community loves a good build video, with some of the most popular YouTubers and Twitch streamers working in the build space. With hundreds of thousands of subscribers, these videos regularly reach millions of views.

Take YouTuber SimLicy for example. With nearly 400,000 subscribers on YouTube, her channel hosts soothing building videos that have her narration above, explaining not only what she did, but also how you can achieve it in-game. Her builds are usually more traditional houses, with titles like “Single Mom and 7 Kids!” or “Fun Family Home!”

Want something more fantasy inspired? Discover SIMproved. From realistic adaptations of sprawling pop culture settings (Kaer Morhen’s lot is amazing) to water parks, gigantic castles, spaceships, fairy mushroom villages and even the Spirited Away bathhouse, every thing that pops up on his YouTube makes me wonder. ask if we’re even playing the same game.

Then you have builders like DoctorAshley, who regularly mimics some of the biggest and sleekest homes on platforms like Zillow in its Curb Appeal series. From floor plans and photos, she creates near-exact replicas of multimillion-dollar mansions in The Sims 4 on YouTube and Twitch — and every time they not only look gorgeous, they’re totally playable.

His ability to recreate these homes is astounding, and it’s no wonder his designs are so popular – it’s no exaggeration to say that these builds could take days and days of painstaking work, fine-tuning details and experimenting. different arrangements. The best part? She started out as a construction video watcher as well.

“I started watching The Sims making videos in college to relax from the stress of exams and studying,” Ashley told CNET. “Shortly after graduating, I was in desperate need of a creative outlet and decided to upload Sims building videos to YouTube to document my building progress.”

It’s a similar story for a lot of Sims creators who are always looking for ideas. Besides constantly checking real estate websites and giving you “I could totally do that” comments when you see a cool house (just me?), building videos are some of the easiest places to go. ‘Inspire.

“Building videos are also a kind of quieter content that people can easily put on the background to keep them company while they do chores,” Ashley said. “I grew up watching a lot of HGTV interior design shows with my mom, so I’ve always had a general interest in architecture and interior design.”

Putting in the actual work to create these builds yourself would be extremely stressful if that’s not your jam, but there’s something so incredibly calming about watching it unfold in front of you.

It’s like my version of watching elite athletes dominate in their chosen sport – I’ll never do Produnova (it’s called the “vault of death” for a reason), but I could watch Dipa Karmakar landing one in the 2016 Rio Olympics.

You might even consider it a type of ASMR. Hearing the narration play as you watch a house slowly come together tickles the right side of my brain. It is an audio-visual feast for the senses.

And look, it works for me. That’s all that really matters, when it comes to this. When I put them on, my whole body relaxes. It’s procedural, it’s soothing, there’s a definite end result, and there’s a lot of creativity and problem-solving involved. Who could ask for more?

The Sims 4 building videos might not be your cup of tea, but this is the kind of tea I’d like a pool full of – ideally without someone removing the ladder on me.

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