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Stamp Spotlight: The Sims

Les Sims • FR 3155j

  • 0.33 € commemorative, from the Heroes of Video Games souvenir sheet
  • Issued November 11, 2005
  • Limited run of 3 million units printed by Imprimerie des Timbres-Poste et des Valeurs Fiduciaires (ITVF)

In the fall of 2005, France issued a souvenir sheet that likely fills the hardcore gamers of today with fuzzy feelings of nostalgia: Héros des jeux vidéo, or Heroes of Video Games. Included in this souvenir sheet were stamps honoring characters from the game franchises Zelda, Mario, Adibou, Pac-Man, Prince of Persia, Rayman, Tomb Raider, Spyro, Donkey Kong, and, of course, The Sims. The long-running and critically acclaimed “life simulation” game series commemorated in this stamp allows players to create and play as “sims” in pre-built neighborhoods, and either follow the game’s storylines or strike out and create their own drama. The stamp shows two such sims fighting over the iconic “plumbob” featured in the series, which typically hovers over the head of sims, indicating their general mood.

At the time of this stamp’s issue, The Sims 2 was the most recent entry in the franchise, and The Sims 2: Nightlife (released September 2005) was the latest expansion pack. The Sims 2 was the first of the Sims games to have a 3D graphics engine, allowing the player 360º views of the game. Though it was superseded by The Sims 3 in 2009, The Sims 2 remains popular among modders, streamers, and gamers craving a bit of nostalgia. Other countries have also released stamps honoring specific video games and the genre as a whole; in 2000, the USPS issued a video gaming stamp as part of the 1980s sheet of its Celebrate the Century series, and Japan issued a set of stamps honoring Mario and the other characters of Super Mario Bros. in 2006. To see more stamps on the topic of video games, you can visit computer-stamps.com‘s list here.