I've actually found the Sims to be so addictive that I had to swear them off, especially during the school year. Like many of you on here, I'll spend hours and hours at a time on the Sims. I felt like I was living vicariously through them, while letting my own life pass me by. It got bad. Add that to the fact that my laptop can't seem to run the Sims for whatever reason and I am now a recovered Sims addict. I think about them a lot, about how much I miss them. Sometimes something will remind me of them again, like when a specific aspect in my life is doing badly, I imagine my mood bar showing red for that - example: I have to pee really bad - my bladder bar is red, I'm jumping up and down and waving my arms to get my operator's attention. Or in conversations, I will imagine the conversation bubble over our heads. "I like planes." "I don't like planes." Change subject. The Sims actually just came up in conversation today as my fiance and I were discussing the film movement toward virtual actors. Totally Sim like. I wish I was able to have a relapse every now and then. But since my stupid laptop won't run it and I don't especially like the PS2 version, at least not as much, nor do I own it, a relapse will not be happening anytime soon. So I'll just have to stick to my guns and go on longing. And, I guess, get back to living my life, rather than living the virtual life of five other characters. Playing God. Oh, how I miss it.