The Sims Wiki strives to be an encyclopedia for a wide breadth of information related to The Sims series of video games. While a large portion of our content is focused on in-game characters, locations, and features, we also feature a range of articles about non-canon creations. The Sims Wiki classifies non-canon material into two broad groups: Fanon and Custom Content. The Sims Wiki has adopted these special policies to guide the proper creation, display, and organization of non-canon articles.
The Sims Wiki defines "canon" as any content that is included in a game at launch, or any other content created by or published by Electronic Arts. All of the following types of articles are considered canon:
- Sims, families/households, pets, and other creatures created by EA;
- Neighborhoods, worlds, and other in-game locations created by EA;
- Base games, expansion, stuff, game and other content packs developed and/or released by EA;
- Official game updates and patches, downloadable content, or online store packages;
- Any articles related to any EA-developed game features or mechanics.
Articles about canon subjects are written to be as up-to-date as possible with current releases, and are written based on the most recently-released official versions of the games. Articles written about canon characters and locations incorporate only those details present when the characters/locations are officially released; any changes to pre-made characters or locations by the player are not considered canon.
The Sims Wiki uses the term "fanon" to refer to several related types of content, including:
- Articles about Sims, families/households, pets, and other creatures created by players unaffiliated with EA, created for the purpose of telling a story;
- Articles about in-game locations created by players for storytelling purposes;
- Articles about fictional content packs, or other fictional or fan-created content;
- Articles which are written about EA-created characters, locations, or other game elements that have been subsequently changed or further advanced by the player. (as an example, a player's article about an EA-made Sim would be considered fanon, since the article would include details about that Sim that were not present in the original EA version of the Sim);
- Articles that tell stories based on EA-created or player-created content and characters (also known as fan fiction)
Custom content[edit source]
We use the terms "custom" or "custom content" to refer to such things as:
- Player or third-party game patches, updates, modifications, or other unofficial changes to the games