Sims survey asks too many vague questions about life simulation

Getting player feedback is often an integral part of what developers do, and a new Sims survey that’s been sent out to die-hard Game of Life players is no exception. Questions have been sent in by EA and Maxis about The Sims 4, and apparently The Sims 5, but many players are talking about how the questions are vague or leading, and how they’d like to give more feedback.

The Sims 4 survey begins with standard, albeit vague, questions about players’ overall feelings towards The Sims 4, and whether or not they would recommend it. Players were also asked what they thought of the rate of content added to the game and what they would like to see in the future.

The format of the questions, alongside what exactly Maxis and EA are asking players, has sparked the interest of many gamers as they are concerned about the wave of questions, ranging from “very satisfied” to “very dissatisfied”, despite players wanting to give more nuanced answers.

You can check out Simmer Erin’s video below, which shows some of the questions and answers available in the Sims survey that was sent out to a number of players.

Questions were also asked about whether The Sims 4 base game is free, and how players have reacted to this change, as well as general satisfaction with the amount of content in the base game, and if it’s enough to “have fun”.

“I think a lot of the questions focused too much on the amount and rate of content,” says Logion of Sims forum users, “when they should have known more about the enjoyment of playing their content as it relates to the different ways to play the game and whether there’s enough depth and development, not just whether there’s enough content to have fun with.

The other telemwill player said on the forums that they received the survey and “there were opportunities to comment. I’ve been asked several times why I chose the answer I did,” which is at least a good sign for more accurate feedback.

While some of the questions are pretty vague, a few seem to point to The Sims 5, with Maxis and EA potentially gauging the interest of hardcore gamers in the ideas they have coming up for the new version of the game of life. Questions like “I prefer video games that allow me to create my own world” vs “I prefer video games that have a story I can immerse myself in”.

Again, weighing these two against each other doesn’t valorize people who love both, as they have to choose between the answers of the railroads. But again, this survey doesn’t mean that the development of The Sims 5 will be changed, or explain exactly what it will look like, as it’s more about gauging the interests of the player base than anything else.

I wouldn’t be worried about The Sims 5 as a result of this survey, even though it was worded and presented in a way that limited the scope of the answers and completely ignored external factors. A The Sims 5 playtest is also underway, so I’d venture to assume that feedback from that is more valuable to EA and Maxis anyway.

If you want to know more directly from the developers, we recently did an interview with The Sims 5 Project Rene which explains where the developers want the series to go and what they think of where it is as well. We’ve also put together a list of all The Sims 5 cheats we expect to see in the game, if you’re interested. We also have a list of the best Sims 4 mods and the best Sims 4 CC packs.

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