The Sim Diary

by David Bond

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‘The Sim Diary’ is a humorous short story that gives the reader a peek into the world of a playable video game character. The story begins with Sarah rummaging around her attic, finding an old video game case covered in year’s worth of dust. Upon opening the case she unearths some scraps of paper covered in computer code. After successfully deciphering the computer code, Sarah is shocked to find a diary which documents a character’s life within a video game she had long since forgotten. The nameless character’s diary begins positively enough as the character is excited about being moved into a new house with other ‘people’. However, a series of unfortunate incidents that the reader may be somewhat familiar with befalls the little man until he is eventually left alone in his virtual home. The box on the video game is ultimately closed for good, and the little man is left to wander around his virtual desert. His tragic yet comical story is left undiscovered before Sarah finds the virtual diary. The influence for 'The Sim Diary' was found of course through playing a famous, not to mention addictive, computer game in years gone by.

Story Elements

Ratings Factors

Language: No profanity or censor words
Sexual Content: Sexual acts implied but not described
Target Audience Age/Stage of Life: Everyone (no target age)
Violence: Death, but minimal violence


Geography: Earth
Realism: World is similar to ours, but plot elements exceed our current tech level
Setting Type: Urban (city)
Time Period: 2010 - 2019

Main Character

Age: Young Adult
Gender: Male
Race: Irrelevant
Religion: Irrelevant
Sexual Preference: Heterosexual

Styles & Themes

Humor: Laughs take priority over all else
Inspires Reader to Feel: Nostalgic/Happy
Mysteries & Puzzles: Modest mystery element(s) to story
Pacing: Moves quickly
Physical Action: Minor and occasional action
Political/Social Commentary: Politics irrelevant to story
Romance: Minor romance, not a significant story driver
Genre Humor
  • Laughs take priority over all else


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About the author

David Bond

Born in Stretford, Manchester, I am currently travelling around Australia doing odd jobs in return for accommodation, and I recently started writing short stories as a means of self-expression. Writing something that really resonates with people is the dream. It would also be nice if writing could support me financially, but that's a long way off yet! My first published story here on Scribl is 'Life and Death on the Tracks', a dark little tale that won second prize with the Darker Times fiction competition. There are plenty more stories in the pipeline, including 'The Sim Diary', which won an honorary mention in the Five Stop Story fiction competition. Thanks for reading! P.S. Check out my Smashwords page at ''

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