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I'd like to preface this blog with a disclaimer stating the
following: It's late, I'm tired, I have a headache, I hate computers when they
don't work like they are supposed to...and I may be a little out of sorts (more
so than usual). A perfect time to rant a little bit? Maybe.
Before I begin, let me say I am huge supporter of innovation
and bold ideas. Whether this is from the major corporations or little
independent studios, I like grand ideas bordering on far-fetched. I think
that's how we as an industry grow and evolve. But I'm not really a big fan of
games that aren't games nearly as much as they are gimmicks - games just to get
gamers talking about them, but not really trying to offer something
substantial. And the games I think tend to abuse this the most are the rash of
sim games sprouting up here and there.
While I do think the prospects of being a bear or a goat are
refreshing and original ideas, and might even offer an enjoyable experience, I
wonder about the long term effects of such a game. Even more than that though, I wonder about
all of the other sim spin off games that just seem to get more ridiculous than
Oh sure, some of the first were cute and clever. I own
Surgeon Simulator 2013. It was mildly entertaining. Truth be told, it wasn't
really designed to be an authentic surgery simulator. I think this much is obvious. But
now there are so many different sim type games, which isn't necessarily a bad
thing...but most of these seem to parodies or at least games that aren't to be
taken very seriously.
Please allow me to give a sampling of some of these fine
Forget Forza. Move over Need For Speed. There's a new game
for gearheads. Yes...it's Car Mechanic Simulator 2014.
Now you can own and
operate your own auto repair service with PlayWay's Car Mechanic Simulator
2014. Car Mechanic Simulator 2014 gives you the behind the scenes view of the
daily dealings at local garages and dealership repair shops.
If tuning cars isn't your thing, perhaps being a long haul
transporter of cargo is a more exciting adventure. You might be interested in Euro
Truck Simulator 2. Apparently so successful, it deserved a sequel.
Travel across Europe
as king of the road, a trucker who delivers important cargo across impressive
distances! With dozens of cities to explore from the UK, Belgium, Germany,
Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, and many more, your endurance, skill and speed
will all be pushed to their limits.
I posted a blog not too long ago about how video games
recreate so many tasks from our everyday lives, but little did I know there were video
games for obscure jobs like those found in Woodcutter Simulator 2013.
2013 allows the player to control and operate an entire lumber mill. From
clearing woods to the evacuation of the logs, the player has to undertake all
arising tasks to complete numerous missions - from cutting trees for demanding
customers to producing woodchips for heating purposes.
I could go on. I could tell you all about Tow Truck
Simulator or the Warehouse & Logistics Simulator (No, I'm not making this
up) or Corporate Lifestyle Simulator, or Skyscraper Simulator, but I'll spare
you the agony of having to read all that.
Just give me Blogging Simulator 2014 and maybe I'll rethink
my outlook on all these simulators.
Until then, good night, sleep tight and good games.