In real life, people tend to take shortcuts here and there. So why should virtual reality be any different? Turns out, it is not. The Sims 4, the latest game in EA Maxis' popular life-simulation series, has one thing in common with all of its predecessors: It offers players a multitude of ways to cheat.

It is helpful, of course, to know exactly how will go about making your virtual life a little easier -- and what (sometimes unintended) consequences your cheating might cause. Luckily, our friends at GameFAQs have compiled an extensive list of all the different commands at your availability.

To use a command, hold down the Ctrl, Shift and C keys at the same time. A box will open and prompt you to enter a magic phrase.

Here are some of the highlights of what you will be able to accomplish at the stroke of a few keys:

Feel like entertaining, but your Sim neighbors are busy with work or are not quite your friends yet?  This is not a big deal. Just type in "soak.create_soak_party_situation", and your party is sure to be a success.