1. The Sims 3
The Sims isn’t a life simulator – that’s not what makes it so addicting. Though it’s true that you can play through an entire being’s existence from birth to marriage to death in one day, it’s deeper than just “playing life.” There’s something primal, something instinctual that makes it feel alright to spend an entire day playing The Sims 3 instead of doing anything else. Human nature dictates that it’s our job to create life and to perpetuate our species, and that’s what The Sims does. That's what it really simulates.
You’ll meet another Sim, have babies that look genetically similar to you, and then watch them grow up, helping them through their troubles as you would an actual child. It taps into a part of your brain that most other things in life don’t, giving you a strange parental feeling that it’s hard to understand at first. You’re tricking your brain into thinking you’re helping extend your bloodline; that’s why it’s easy to lose all track of time, because, deep down, you're supposed to.
And then you can turn your Sim into ghosts and go around haunting people and stuff!