The Sims

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The Sims
NTSC-U cover
Game general and emulation properties:
CERO rating: B
ESRB rating: T (Comic Mischief, Mature Sexual Themes, Mild Violence)
PEGI rating: 7+ (Violence)
GRB rating: 15
Widescreen patch available
Supports up to two local players
Languages supported:
English: SLES-51257 & SLUS-20573 & SLUS-20573GH
Japanese: SLPS-20078 & SLPM-62514
German: SLES-51257
French: SLES-51257
Spanish: SLES-51257
Dutch: SLES-51257
Italian: SLES-51257
Swedish: SLES-51257
Danish: SLES-51257
Korean: SLPM-64540
Region NTSC-U:
Serial numbers: SLUS-20573
SLUS-20573GH (Greatest Hits)
Release date: January 12, 2003
2004 (Greatest Hits)
CRCs: A4B3D285, 802352AA
Windows Status: Playable
Linux Status: ?
Mac Status: ?
Region PAL:
Serial numbers: SLES-51257
Release date: January 31, 2003
April 2004 (Platinum)
CRCs: 046962B0
Windows Status: Playable
Linux Status: ?
Mac Status: ?
Region NTSC-J/C/K:
Serial numbers: SLPS-20078
SLPM-62514 (EA Best Hits)
SLPM-64540 (Korea)
Release date: May 29, 2003
Windows Status: ?
Linux Status: ?
Mac Status: ?

Developer(s): Edge of Reality
Publisher(s): EA Games (US), Electronic Arts (EU, JP)
Genre: Simulation
Wikipedia: Link
Game review links: IGN8.0/10, Metacritic83/100
Game description: Build, buy, and live. The Sims give you the chance to create simulated people and build their homes, then help your Sims pursue careers, earn money, make friends, and find romance--or totally mess up their lives. Keep your Sims happy by decorating your home with over 150 objects in the game and downloadable ones from Test your "people skills" as you deal with family, friends, careers, and chaos. There is no right or wrong way to play the game.
The Sims is a game created by game designer Will Wright and published by Electronic Arts. The goal of the game is to control one or more "Sims" in their day-to-day lives.

Winlogo.png Test configurations on Windows:

Environment Configurations Comments Tester
Region OS CPU/GPU Revision Graphics Sound/Pad
  • ?
  • ?
0.9.8 r4600 GSdx 4600
  • SPU2-X 4600m
  • LilyPad r4510
BIOS: scph39001, Will not boot. MyDreamName
PAL Windows
  • Intel Core i5-3470 3.20Ghz
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 650 GSDX
  • SPU2-X
  • LilyPad svn 0.11.0
Europe v02.00(14/06/2004), INTC, Wait Loop Detection, microVU and MTVU (for going "almost ingame"), Won't boot from CD. Works with ISO, goes through menus, I can make a Sim in "Get-A-Life" mode, but as soon the game finishes loading, it hangs on loading screen (but music keeps playing with ingame sounds too sometimes). Actually, I got "almost ingame" by enabling the cheat that unlocks the "Sim Mode", but as soon as I selected it, it hangs (see last pic).
NTSC-U Windows 7
  • AMD FX-8350
  • Nvidia Geforce GTX 750
1.2.1 r5875 GSdx 0 (MSVC 18.00, AVX) 0.1.16
  • Modes: HW DX11 & SW DX9
  • SPU2-X r5875 2.0.0
  • Lilypad r5875
Able to load up starting screen. Hangs on create-a-sim screen(HW DX11). Upon switching to SW DX9, I was able to get past CAS and entered the dream house level. Major graphical glitches and game freezes upon completing said level. Combatheros
NTSC-U Windows
  • I5 3330
  • XFX Radeon HD 7970
1.3.GIT-567-g270fc13 2014-09-08 GSDX
  • SPU2-X
  • ?
USA v02.20(10/02/2006), EE/VU Clamp: Standard, EE/VU Rounding: Standard, Unchanged., Will Hang after loading screen end,tryed with gamefixes....Negative Results.
PAL Windows
  • I5 3330
  • HD radeon 6850
1.3.svn5932 GSDX
  • SPU2-X
  • ?
USA v02.20(10/02/2006), Exacty the same above,still unchanged.
NTSC-U Windows
  • AMD A10-7850K
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960
1.4.0 DX 10
  • SPU2-X
  • Pokopom 2.0
No change. emjds
PAL Windows 10 2004
  • Intel Core i5 7300HQ 2.50GHz
  • DELL GTX 1050 4GB
1.5.0-dev-3379-g9fd8d5c58 GSDX SPU2-X Europe v02.20(10/02/2006), DX11 HW, upscaled to 4K. Game only lets you pass CAS section with workarounds described in workarounds for "Known Issues". mavethee
NTSC-U Windows 10 20H2
  • AMD Ryzen 9 3900x
  • AMD Radeon R9 Fury Nano
1.7.0-dev-1192-g3db5e42b9 GSDX-AVX2 SPU2-X USA BIOS v02.20(10/02/2006), DX11 HW, upscaled to 1080p. Created a sim in CAS, played through the Dream House and "Money from Mom" levels in HW mode with zero problems. Only workarounds enabled are the two in "Known Issues". (Half-Pixel Offset and Skip MPEG Hack) Democrab
NTSC-U Windows 10 20H2
  • AMD Ryzen 7 3800xt
  • Nvidia Geforce GTX 1080
1.7.0-dev-1286-gd988e8d76-windows-x86 GSDX-AVX2 SPU2-X USA BIOS v02.20(10/02/2006), Was able to duplicate previous entry. Created a sim in CAS, played up to "Reality Bites", renderer in DX11HW/OpenGL/SW mode, 3x Native(1080p) no discrepancies. No Game Fixes Enabled/Instant VUI Speedhack is Active.

The game does not appear to work with MTVU Speedhack, "Interrupt BIT is Set!!!" flood in console, accompanied by "(EE pc:002EF654) TLB Miss, addr=0xc [load], (EE pc:002EF654) TLB Miss, addr=0xc [store]" and a call stack overflow hang. In short use VUI

NTSC-U/PAL Windows
  • Intel® Core™ i5-4430 CPU @ 3.00GHz
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960
V1.7.0-dev-140 GSdx
  • SPU2-X
  • ?
USA v02.20(10/02/2006), fixed v1.7.0-dev-124
NTSC-U Windows 8.1, x64
  • Intel(R) Pentium(R) CPU G2030 @ 3.00GHz
  • PALIT GeForce GT 1030 @ 2 GB
v1.7.0-dev-1996 GSdx
  • SPU2-X
  • LilyPad
Europe v02.00(14/06/2004), Perfect, The game runs at 1440p (2K) and 1620p (3K) 60 FPS, without freezes, brakes and bugs.


  • Original names: シムピープル お茶の間劇場 (SLPS-20078), 심즈 (SLPM-64540)
  • Also known as Sim People (JP)

Fixed Issues

Games crashes at the intro FMVs.

  • Status: Fixed
  • Type: Serious
  • Description: The game will crash at the intro movies.
  • Workaround: Fixed as of 1.7.0 dev builds. For older versions: Go to Config -> Emulation Settings -> Game Fixes tab, click "Enable manual game fixes", and enable the Skip MPEG hack.

Lines around text and light effects

  • Status: Fixed
  • Type: Minor
  • Description: In hardware modes at higher than native resolutions there are lines around text and light effects.
  • Workaround: Fixed as of 1.7.0 dev builds. For older versions: Go to Config -> Video (GS) -> Plugin Settings, click "Enable HW Hacks", go to Configure Hacks and enable Half-pixel Offset.

Create-a-Sim name menu freezes

  • Status: Fixed
  • Type: Major
  • Description: The Sims hangs when you reach the menu to name your Sim in the Create-a-Sim menu.
  • Workaround: Make sure you are under GSdx9 and press F9 to use software mode and quickly enter the name and information for your Sim. Chances of crashing are lowered, but still has a very high chance of crashing in the next menu. Fixed as of 1.7.0 dev builds, both DX11 and OpenGL modes appear to work even when upscaling is enabled.

Infinite Loading Screen after Create-A-Sim section.

  • Status: Fixed
  • Type: Major
  • Description: The Sims hangs when you will done with creating your Sim in the Create-a-Sim menu, press Done and Loading Screen will pop up.
  • Workaround: Fixed as of 1.7.0 dev builds.

Dream House crashes

  • Status: Fixed
  • Type: Major
  • Description: Game crashes upon completing the dream house level.
  • Workaround: Fixed as of 1.7.0 dev builds

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