The Sims are also very entertaining.
I agree. I play The Sims 2 regularly. I now have more families in more neighborhoods than I can count, and play each family for quite some time until I move on to the next family. I have zombie families, vampire families, and now robotic families.
When I tire of families, I go into building houses, businesses, and even my own cities/neighborhoods using Sim City 4. I find great relaxation in exercising my creativity in this way.
Sometimes I write up their albums as complete stories. For example, I have a cult family who is trying to escape the influence of their elders. The elders are a family of their own who live above the KH. It is complete with podium, fake plants and the infamous library where they "counsel" the Sim families. I can shoot photos of the elders giving talks, demonstrations, etc, and integrate the photos into the album of the cult family. Then I add elaborate captions.
There seems to be no limit to the things to be done and I am constantly tweaking and perfecting my virtual worlds. There are also many surprises, such as fights, jealousies, and affairs that go on while you are just watching them live their lives.
I recommend it highly.