The Sims 4 Paratext

Amy Dunn

What it offers players and how it influences the game

A paratext is a piece of text separate from the main body of work and can include things like product packaging, advertising materials and sequels. Paratexts in video games are usually made by someone other than the game developer and are designed to enhance the players experience and do not aim to take anything away from the main game itself.

In the Sims 4 paratexts inclue game modification and custom content which are created by users of the game and are often created as an extension of the base game and downloadable content (DLC).

Game modification and user generated content has become a significant aspect of the online gaming community, but what exactly do they offer to players and what is their influence on the game itself?

What they provide to players

Game modifications and custom content offer a number…

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