Meet the Sims 4 player plumbing new depths of depravity in this punishing 700-year challenge

The Sims 4 community is a little sadistic, and unabashedly so. The sandbox capabilities of EA’s otherwise family-friendly life sim have always encouraged us to explore those morbid curiosities with a proud lack of compunction. You’ll be hard-pressed to find anyone who didn’t delight in deleting pool ladders in The Sims 2, and it’s a unique kind of hilarious to install some of the best Sims 4 mods like Life’s Tragedies, trigger random acts of violence, and let chaos reign.

Fan-made community challenges are another way we like to make life harder, both for our digital playthings and for ourselves. My own attempt at the 100 Infants Challenge ended in starvation, thanks to a few recent base-game updates that turned regular gameplay on its head. To this end, I caught up with a fellow Simmer to chat about her experiences navigating one of the most intense, comprehensive, and difficult-sounding challenges of them all: the Ultimate Decades Challenge.