The New York Times went all out in an article today about the Sims. There's a video which describes how the game works and a description of the big bucks the popular video game is making for Electronic Arts, the company that produces it.
There are many Sims games and game packages. Wize.com rates all of them so that you can find the best to play.
One of the interesting things that the article points out is the relationship the Sims video games have to the old board games that people have played for decades and still play today.
In the article the Times asks, "So how did a game in which the action is as mundane as scrubbing a toilet, having a kid or flirting with a neighbor come to captivate so broadly?"
Read the article and you'll find that there are many reasons and thus many uses for the game.