Electronic Arts and Maxis have announced that The Sims has turned ten years old, having enjoyed an entire decade since the release of the first game in the series.

In that time The Sims franchise as a whole has sold more than 125 million copies and accumulated in excess of $2.5 billion USD in revenues for EA.

While The Sims is no longer overseen by series creator Will Wright, who has moved on to other things since the release of Spore, the series has continued to grow and do well. No matter what your thoughts are on the latest game, The Sims 3, there's no denying how successful it is - it has sold more than 4.5 million copies since launching last June.

The launch of The Sims 3 also saw the unveiling of The Sims 3 Exchange platform, through which nearly 110 million bits of content have been downloaded by users. The game has even seen a rather interesting port to the iPhone, complete with an online store of it's own.

The Sims 3 and the latest expansion pack, The Sims 3: World Adventures continue to sit in the top ten UK PC games sales chart too.

You can check out our The Sims 3 review for more information on the game, or let us know your thoughts in the forums.

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