We love our studio members here at Maxis. They are fun loving, creative, and super passionate about The Sims; and some love this franchise and community so much they decide to become SimGurus! Some of those passionate folks are on The Sims Mobile team and today we are here to have a chat with the wonderful Senior Producer for the product, SimGuru SarahJen.
Can you give us a brief introduction to yourself?
I love the Sims and have been in and out of Maxis for the past 15 years! I was a producer on The Sims 2 and on Spore! After Spore I left to work in Mobile Games for about 7 years and then came back to Maxis to work on my dream game, The Sims Mobile. I love working in games because I am surrounded by super creative people and there is always something interesting going on. I have two kids, a boy and a girl, who both love the game and in my free time I love to read and go on hikes in the Redwoods.
What do you do on The Sims Mobile?
I am the Senior Producer for The Sims Mobile, which means I wear a lot of hats. Most importantly, I make sure everyone on the team is focused on what will make a great game for our players. I also get to spend a lot of time with our marketing, publishing and community partners!
What’s’ the best thing about being a SimGuru?
It is such a treat to be able to speak to and interact with people who love our game and our franchise! I love meeting new people and hearing what they think about The Sims Mobile and what they would want to improve. The Sims Mobile is what it is because of feedback from the community. The legacy challenge, originally created by our very community for The Sims 2 and updated for The Sims 4, was the genesis for legacy gameplay in The Sims Mobile. We’ve listened to a ton of feedback from the community and much of it has been implemented in the game today!
What do you love most about The Sims franchise?
I love how creative you can be, especially creating unique looking sims! Often I get lost in Create a Sim and spend hours working on my perfect Sim when I should be checking a bug or doing other things. The creation tools that we give our players are really powerful and I love stretching them to see where they take me!
What’s your favorite ice cream flavor?
I don’t eat dairy, so I would probably have to go with coconut sorbet.
Check out our previous SimGuru Spotlights on SimGuruDuke and SimGuruNinja. Interested in our Simmer Spotlights? Check out our previous ones featuring JulyVeeGaming and the Family Vacation Build Challenge.