The Sims is an Microsoft Xbox video game that allows players to assume the role of human characters and simulate real life in a suburban neighbourhood outside of Sim City. This life simulation game utilizes a combination of 3D and 2D graphic displays. The actual characters are three-dimensional while the surrounding environment is more flat in a two-dimensional display. The three modes to The Sims are Live Mode, Build Mode, and Buy Mode. During Live mode, The Sims characters interact with objects, meet other characters, find a job, pay bills, and conceive children. During Build Mode, players direct their characters to purchase a home or vacant lot. During the Build Mode, players buy furnishings for their homes and other possessions. Players of this life simulation game must direct their characters to build skills, attend to their daily needs, and gain promotions in life and work. This Xbox video game does not have any defined levels of play, but players must work to keep their character alive and avoid death from various viruses, starvation, fire, or drowning.