It was good see the game on the list. It often gets ignored despite showing high volume of sales on this list:
The list also shows it is the 4th largest game franchise, losing to Mario, Pokemon, and Tetris. It is a freakin' huge player in the game market, despite mismanagement from EA. Why is it so frequently ignored by designers? Why aren't there a 100-million clones trying to take some of that money? There are so many first person-shooters that fail each year. There so many MMOs out there that basically pop in and then die trying to claim a very limited market:
Yet, the Sims is ignored at best, mocked at worst. I had a friend who wanted to go into game design who sat there insulting it for a good five minutes while my Sims-fan wife glared at him. Why is this?