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 the last.

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 products...

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.

Woodcutter Simulator 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.