Eurotruck Simulator 2 Articles RSS Feed | Eurotruck Simulator 2 RSS Feed on en Launch Media Network Why are those simulator games so popular? You know the ones Mon, 22 Feb 2016 11:59:25 -0500 Alec Pearce

Strap yourselves in for the most incredible AAA title of 2016...Bus Simulator! Okay just kidding, but seriously, why on Earth are these niche simulator games so popular? It just doesn't make sense.

Allow me to try and answer this question, as well as explain to you why I think most, if not all, simulator games suck. Bear in mind I am talking purely about sim games like Truck Simulator, Flight Simulator, Train Simulator, etc - not games like The Sims. 

If you're a fan of the simulator genre then fair enough, I am certainly not going to begrudge anyone for liking a specific gaming genre. However, I am definitely not one of you, myself. For me, a game is a release from reality, an experience that can help you escape from a mundane day to day lifestyle with an engrossing story or a fun multiplayer experience. The last thing I want to do is play a game that drags you back into the 'real' world and frankly, simulators do exactly that.

Simply put, they are so bloody boring.

With the release of Bus Simulator's launch trailer (see above), I was wondering just what makes simulator games popular. You always see them being churned out year after year, to such an extent that games were created with the entire purpose of making a mockery out of the genre. Goat Simulator was a hilarious fad, made famous by numerous, prominent YouTuber's, causing it to go viral. The same could be said of Surgeon Simulator and I can understand their popularity as these two examples are so bad that they are good. 

PewDiePie's GS series has gained a combined total view count of around 68 million! 

This has led me to believe that the main reason simulators are in any way popular is because these internet personalities make ironic videos of these games - this in turn causes thousands of people to go and buy them, simply for a laugh, i.e. to see how bad the games really are. 

I would argue that no-one can truly think these games are any good at all. The graphics are certainly not ground breaking, the controls are usually clunky and frustrating and as I said before the gameplay is incredibly dull! There are, however, some people who genuinely enjoy playing these games.

A quick Google search led me to Reddit, which in turn led me to a Gamasutra article from 2013. They asked the question 'Who was buying these games?' and found out that the genre was popular with the 8-12 and 35+ age groups, but there was very little enthusiasm from anyone else. There is no way that the age groups mentioned above are prominent enough to create a stable economy for game developers who create the Farming Simulators of this world. 

Apparently, many people like a relaxed gaming experience and I can understand this to a certain extent, but not enough to sway my opinion that these games are terrible. There are plenty of games that can provide a similar but far more interesting and immersive experience - Elite: Dangerous is a space sim game that does this exceptionally well.

I am not the only one that thinks this either. An article posted on Kotaku in 2014 addressed the same thing. It is now 2016 and new sim games are still being produced. If you can think about a normal everyday job, that involves a vehicle, then there is probably a simulator game for it. As the article states, it's getting out of hand.

To sum this little rant up, I firmly believe that it is YouTube's influence that makes these games popular. YouTubers will continue to make videos because making a mockery out of the genre makes views and thus money. These games are not good, they are simply the product of a system that is based on people buying the games as a joke. This naturally makes the developers money and gives them an incentive to keep producing new sims.

What are your thoughts on these niche sim games? Do you love them or do you agree with me and never touch them? Let me know in the comments!

Eurotruck Simulator 2 on Oculus Rift Makes YouTuber Lose His Mind Tue, 22 Oct 2013 12:21:58 -0400 Stephen Johnston

If you are a big fan of the Oculus Rift and/or Eurotruck Simulator, you will get a kick out of this effusive video from YouTuber Emart. Even with the relatively low-res, Emart is beside himself with the experience of driving a truck in Europe.

Gaming's Five Weirdest Simulations Thu, 16 May 2013 11:46:32 -0400 Alan Bradley

Escapism is one the most important pleasures video games provide.  Be it inhabiting a fantastical virtual world outside of our own material universe, or filling the shoes (or chain mail greaves) of a hero on an epic quest, the best games allows us to slip the bonds of our day-to-day and experience things that might otherwise be impossible.  Sometimes, though, our fantasies don’t involve hurtling through space faster than light or battling exotic monsters.  Sometimes we want to experience something that feels very real because it’s wholly possible, if completely outside our norm.  Enter simulations.

While most simulations focus on exciting professions or engagements beyond the scope of our average experience, the ones on this list tend towards the bizarre, mundane, or bizarrely mundane; in fact, calling some of these products “games” is a stretch.  Join us for a voyeuristic peek into some of the strangest corners of PC simulation. 

 Eurotruck Simulator

 We’re not entirely sure who was clamoring for an intensely detailed, highly realistic simulation of the European trucking and transport industry, but apparently demand was high enough that a pair of games (thus far) was required.  The Eurotruck franchise lets you experience every level of a trucking enterprise, from managing your company and purchasing equipment, to loading, driving, and servicing your trucks.  The trucks themselves are rendered in exquisite detail, from the lightbars and mirrors to the complex interiors.  These trucks, in other words, are smoking hot and ready to party. 

Though it’s easy to scoff at the idea of simulating the life of a European trucker, we have to admit there’s a certain surreal pleasure to be had cruising the highways of Europe by night in your big-rig, listening to the latest in Scandinavian dubstep.

Trains vs. Zombies


An expansion to the Train Simulator series, Trains vs. Zombies (and its standalone sequel) gives gamers the opportunity to live out that extremely specific fantasy we hadn’t been having: guiding a meticulously-rendered train across miles of realistic track in the midst of a zombie apocalypse.  On the surface it sounds ridiculous.  That’s because it is, in fact, ridiculous.  That said, it’s also much more fun than that you might expect from its absurd premise, but you need to be in a very particular mindset to enjoy it (which, actually, is true of every game on this list). 

Snowcat Simulator 2011


Snowcat Simulator 2011 (or, its much more evocative German title, Pistenraupen Simulator 2011) has one of our favorite product pages of all time.  From the text on the box art (“Rundown caretaker with heavy machinery”) to the list of thrilling features (“Various different task”), everything about it screams weird and niche.  For those of you unfamiliar with the noble snowcat (which, according to the product page is no one, as “Everybody knows the giant vehicles”), they’re the machines that clear and smooth ski runs so that tourists can hurtle their bodies down them atop fiberglass planks.  The newest version of the game also features the gripping adventure of using a snow blower to clear paths, though if you’re really interested in some hands-on experience with that sort of machinery we welcome volunteers to clear our driveway in mid-January.



In the 90s, riding high on the success of the SimCity franchise, Maxis went a little crazy with its line of simulation titles: SimCopter, SimIsle, SimTower, SimHealth.  The strangest entry, however, is easily SimAnt, which (stunning twist) simulates the internal life of an ant colony.  Our protagonists, heroic black ants, set up shop in the backyard of some unsuspecting (and presumably villainous) humans, and must expand their colony while battling evil reds.  The goal of the game is to commit ant genocide by massacring all of the red ants and destroying their colony, and then to invade the house and drive out the pesky humans.  While slightly creepy, SimAnt was also a great deal of fun to play, and holds a sentimental place in our hearts when we think back to Maxis’ experimental phase.

Woodcutter Simulator 2011


From the people that brought you Snowcat Simulator 2011 comes Woodcutter Simulator 2011, the sequel to the (*AHEM*) critically acclaimed Woodcutter Simulator.  While, much to our bafflement, these games have been annualized and Woodcutter Simulator 2013 is currently available, 2011 remains our favorite again on the strength of its product page.  From the descriptive text: “The smell of fresh tree gum, the sound of heavy vehicles and hard work for real men awaits the player in the Woodcutter Simulator 2011.”  That’s right: real men cut wood.  Enough said.