This article is being highlighted as one of Gamasutra's top stories of 2013.German Truck Simulator. Bus Driver. U-Boat Simulator. Ski Region Simulator. London Underground Simulator. Street Cleaning Simulator. These are all names of real simulation video games that you can currently buy for PC, and the sorts of games that receive notable ridicule from many U.S. gamers.And yet, despite the mockery and oodles of mocking videos you can find on YouTube, these seemingly niche simulation titles keep on coming. In some cases, such as with the Farming Simulator series, there are multiple releases every single year across multiple platforms, with the year usually attached to the end of the name -- much in the same way that EA's popular FIFA Soccer franchise goes about its business.The question remains then: Who exactly is buying these games, and is there really so much demand that yearly releases are necessary?SCS Software, a development studio from Prague, Czech Republic, is one of the biggest … [Read more...] about Who’s buying all these niche simulation games, anyway? We found out
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From Excalibur Publishing, the fine folks that brought you the premier farming simulator of the year, comes the announcement of an all-new game called Digger Simulator 2011. If farming wasn’t your thing, perhaps civil engineering will get your bloomers damp? Digger Simulator 2011 allows players to create their own civil engineering company, complete with construction vehicles to purchase, such as the heavy load roller!The game sports a specially modeled ground system that contains different layers of dirt, soil, and other embedded materials. For those of you sick of the floaty, arcadey feel of past digging games, Digger Simulator 2011 comes with fully realistic physics, displayed at their finest while dredging and compacting the ground with your various construction vehicles.Personally, I don’t know how Excalibur could top the precision and deep storytelling of Farming Simulator 2011, or even rival Forklift Truck Simulator 2009, Bus Simulator 2, or my … [Read more...] about ZOMG, Digger Simulator 2011 Announced!
Every Sunday, we reach deep into Rock, Paper, Shotgun’s 141-year history to pull out one of the the best moments from the archive. This week, another Jim road trip, only this time he’s cleaning up the mean streets of Street Cleaning Simulator. This article was first published on July 8th 2011 with the title, “Street Cleanin’ Man”, an age before we were all au fait with labour sims.Discovering that this game existed was a moment of perverse joy for me. I knew that it would be deeply boring – it really is – and that I would have to play it extensively for no reason other than to take joy in being quite deliberately boring. It’s the kind of non-challenge I relish, and I gleefully set about compiling a diary of the events – or lack thereof – in the life of a simulatory street cleaner.Read on to find out how I got on with that.The existence of banal, municipal or commercial activity simulators delights me in a way that I often … [Read more...] about Street Cleaning Simulator: Diary Of A Street Cleanin’ Man
Discovering that this game existed was a moment of perverse joy for me. I knew that it would be deeply boring – it really is – and that I would have to play it extensively for no reason other than to take joy in being quite deliberately boring. It’s the kind of non-challenge I relish, and I gleefully set about compiling a diary of the events – or lack thereof – in the life of a simulatory street-cleaner.Read on to find out how I got on with that.The existence of banal, municipal or commercial activity simulators delights me in a way that I often struggle to articulate. I’ve already described it as perverse, and in some ways it is: I am not genuinely interested in the simulation, so much as the fact of a videogamelike experience that is not actually trying to be fun. The received wisdom that “games are (or must be) fun” has always struck me as a little empty, and when boring simulator games come along and are not fun – and are … [Read more...] about Street-Cleanin’ Man: Street Cleaning Simulator
German Truck Simulator, which contains trucks apparently “inspired by real designs from seven major European truck manufacturers, including official license from MAN.” Once again you’ll be driving round a miniaturized version of the country in question, in order to “deliver cargo between 18 major German cities connected by major highways. Pick from over 60 different loads.” Yea, that’s the stuff. Get the demo here. … [Read more...] about Hot Wheels: German Truck Simulator Demo