Goat Simulator Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Goat Simulator RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network The 10 Horror Mods That Will Have You Screaming Through Halloween https://www.gameskinny.com/23d3o/the-10-horror-mods-that-will-have-you-screaming-through-halloween https://www.gameskinny.com/23d3o/the-10-horror-mods-that-will-have-you-screaming-through-halloween Sun, 01 Oct 2017 09:00:01 -0400 Ty Arthur

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Hopefully, you've got enough mods on hand now to transform any game in your Steam library into its scariest version!

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Of course, there's a whole lot more available out there than just the 10 listed here, with plenty more creepy add-ons for all your favorite games available through services like Nexus Mods or the Steam Workshop. If you can't get enough mods to try out this autumn season, check out last year's roundup of horror mods here!

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Minecraft: P.T. Silent Hills Map

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Download the P.T. Silent Hills Map Mod Here

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Five months of painstaking work went into creating this map, and man does it ever show! Some insane Minecraft fanatic recreated the legendary Silent Hills P.T. playable demo to inject some serious horror into the block building, open world phenomena.

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The pounding on the doors. The radio text. Absolutely everything from the (sadly) canceled Silent Hills demo has been lovingly recreated in pixelated form here. We might not ever get the full game, but this mashup experience is a nice consolation prize.

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If you're looking for other scary Minecraft experiences or just want to spice up your gameplay, make sure to head over to our Minecraft mods page

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Goat Simulator: Slender Survival

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Download the Slender Survival Mod Here

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Somehow, Slenderman has even managed to sink his fingers into the already-insane world of Goat Simulator, everybody's favorite dumb, time waster of a buggy tech demo.

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This mod puts you in a dark survival mode, with a Slendergoat chasing close behind. Couple it with the Goat Simulator first-person mod and you're basically playing Slender: The Arrival, just with a moronic goat who has no bones and can fly.

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Garry's Mod: FNAF And Beyond!

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Considering the whole point of Garry's Mod is to change and add in new things, it shouldn't come as much of a surprise that there is a horde of horror-themed Steam Workshop add-ons for the game.

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Seriously, just hit the Workshop and randomly search for the name of any horror movie or game you can think of and something is almost certain to pop up.

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Some of the best mods available include Five Nights At Freddy's, SOMA, Amnesia, and even Alien: Isolation, where modders have worked hard to make the models behave much like they do in their original games. Get ready to be terrified of a fast running Foxy all over again!

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Arma III: Baphomet

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Download the Baphomet Mod Here

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We recently took a look at the best all-time mods for the hyper-difficult military shooter Arma III, and Baphomet proudly stands among them -- whether it's Halloween or any other time of year.

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Melding together the tactical shooter genre with a storyline akin to Hellgate: London, Baphomet has your squad battling demons and zombies in a fiery hellscape as the denizens of the pit have spilled onto Earth. It's legitimately creepy and a whole new way to experience the Arma franchise.

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Want to see what else is up in Arma III modding? Check out the full list of Arma III mods over here.

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Crysis: The Worry Of Newport

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Download The Worry of Newport Mod Here

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This one deserves major kudos for drastically changing the Crysis base game, shifting it from a sci-fi action shooter to an atmospheric Lovecraftian horror game that's slow moving and all about investigation rather than running and gunning.

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The Worry Of Newport mod is much more focused on narrative and horror overtones than fast-paced gameplay, so if you dig the idea of playing through a book (or enjoy games like Myst and the 7th Guest, just scarier), this is definitely one to try out.

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Skyrim: Freddy Krueger

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Download the Freddy Krueger Mod Here

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The illustrious Skyrim modding community has added in characters from so many other franchises that I doubt I could even find them all in a full day of searching -- let alone download and install even a fraction of them.

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But that means that horror- and Halloween-themed characters most definitely have not been left out, with the Headless Horseman and many other figures from myth and legend added to this open world fantasy game.

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However, one of the most bizarre (and kind of amazing) has got to be Freddy Krueger. I mean, someone clearly put a lot of work into this mod, even if it doesn't fit the game at all. It has nothing to do with Skyrim and is beyond lore breaking, but it's also pretty awesome. Go ahead and kill Freddy, loot his dream chest, and become the clawed nightmare yourself!

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And if you're looking for more ways to spice up your Skyrim experience, make sure to check out our Skyrim mods page

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Skyrim: The Evil Mansion

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Download The Evil Mansion Mod Here

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Every time I think I've seen the pinnacle of what the modding community can accomplish, I'm consistently proven wrong by something even bigger and better than what's come before.

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This latest jaw-droppingly awesome mod for a Bethesda game recreates the first Resident Evil inside Skyrim. Yep, all of it -- even the dogs jumping through the window in the hallway.

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Although changes have had to be made to fit within the Skyrim framework, even some of the puzzles and traps have been recreated. Seriously, just get to downloading this one already.

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Skyrim: Epic Halloween Overhaul

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Download the Epic Halloween Overhaul Mod Here

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If you only get one Halloween-themed Skyrim mod this year, this is unquestionably the one to get. It's got everything all in one bundle: new quests, new locations, and new skins. To top it all off, there are even pumpkin and Halloween light decorations placed everywhere to complete the vibe. 

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Sadly, this mod isn't compatible with Skyrim: Special Edition, and it takes a little elbow grease to get working in the vanilla game because it's actually three different mod install files instead of one. But the results are well worth the work.

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On the plus side, more content and updates are added every year, with the 2017 additions being worked on as we speak.

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Fallout New Vegas: Obscurum Pandemic

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Download the Obscurum Pandemic Mod Here

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One-half survival simulator in the vein of PUBG or Battle Royale and one-half post-apocalyptic horror game, Obscurum Pandemic is a total overhaul of Fallout: New Vegas in the truest sense of the term.

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This is an entirely different experience than what you normally get playing as the courier. The character creation and leveling processes have been radically altered, all the vanilla NPCs are gone, new warring factions are added, and monsters galore have now invaded the New Vegas wasteland.

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This mod will make you wish you'd never left the Vault. 

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Fallout 4: Pilgrim -- Dread The Commonwealth

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Download This Scary Fallout 4 Mod Here

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The only appropriate response to this overhaul mod is a simple Keanu-Reeves-inspired, "Woah." Pilgrim -- Dread the Commonwealth drastically changes Fallout 4's tone by changing up the game's color filters and weather, creating a dreary and gritty atmosphere inspired by horror flick The Witch.

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But that's not all. Everything gets a creepy remake here, from the terrain to faithful hound companion Dogmeat (who, for now, is just a bit scarier version of his current self. However, in a future update, he will be replaced entirely with the Satanic goat Black Phillip).

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For the best scary Fallout 4 experience, combine Pilgrim with the smallest setting on the Pip Boy Flashlight mod and install the Commonwealth Connifers Redux mod for a more forested feel in line with the movie.

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Pilgrim is just one of dozens of Fallout 4 horror recreations! Want even more? Check out our full list of Fallout 4 horror mods here.

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The glory of autumn has finally arrived, which for my family means an unrelenting onslaught of 31 solid days of horror! That's right, we only watch scary flicks, read horror novels, and play creepy renditions of video games for all 31 days of October.

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Sometimes that's a tall order on the gaming front considering the relative dearth of horror games in the gaming world, but those who are willing to try diving into the mod community will find that nearly any game you can think of will have some kind of Halloween recreation or scary mod attached to it.

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From truly scary total overhauls that add in completely new storylines to silly pumpkin skins simply added for aesthetics, there's something for everyone when it comes to Halloween mods. 

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Over the next 10 slides we'll show you some of the best Halloween and horror themed mods currently available for the likes of Fallout 4, New Vegas, Skyrim, Arma III, Crysis, Garry's Mod, Goat Simulator, and even Minecraft!

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Ultimate Epic Battle Simulator is a Dumb Tech Demo...So Why Are You Buying It? https://www.gameskinny.com/9lh05/ultimate-epic-battle-simulator-is-a-dumb-tech-demoso-why-are-you-buying-it https://www.gameskinny.com/9lh05/ultimate-epic-battle-simulator-is-a-dumb-tech-demoso-why-are-you-buying-it Tue, 06 Jun 2017 16:27:33 -0400 Ty Arthur

I'm having serious déjà vu watching the unfounded hype grow around Ultimate Epic Battle Simulator. We've all been through this before, and sadly enough, the gaming community -- from the streamers who thrive on silly novelty all the way to sites like us -- are to blame.

There's an obnoxious cycle where the whole internet goes nuts for some silly "game" that barely qualifies for the title, taking over news feeds and YouTube channels for weeks. And then the storm breaks and the world moves onto the next big thing.

It happened previously with dumb, barely-playable games like Goat Simulator and I Am Bread, as the games in question somehow racked up thousands of positive reviews because a famous streamer decided to make fun of it one day.

Go back and try to play either of those game after a month away from them -- I dare you to! No one in their right mind will actually think, "Man, this is a quality gaming experience right here."

 Seriously? 3,000+ positive reviews for I Am Bread?!?!?


That cycle strikes again with Ultimate Epic Battle Simulator, a "game" that doesn't really have any business being out of Early Access. It's more of a tech demo than anything else, letting you make silly battles that will be amusing for somewhere in the neighborhood of 45 minutes -- at best -- before it gets very, very old.

Here's the thing though: unlike I Am Bread or any of its bad physics indie cousins, at first, Ultimate Epic Battle Simulator actually sounds amazing.

Santa fighting off a horde of zombies? A horde of Santas (what's the plural of Santa, by the way?) fighting to the death against a cadre of dinosaurs? Penguins versus legionaries? Kangaroos versus orcs? That all sounds like a smashing good time -- if it were actually implemented well and had any actual gameplay.

 We can finally re-create that segment from A Christmas Horror Story!


The problem is that Ultimate Epic Battle Simulator is beyond a one trick pony -- it barely even has that one trick at all.

More than just "bad," the fighting animations are barely even there, much less anywhere near on par with other epic battle games. And you don't really "play" the battles at hand anyway -- instead you more so just watch it go down after setting some basic parameters. This definitely isn't Total War or even any sort of real-time strategy game.

Honestly, it feels more like one of those late 90s screen savers where you set how many animations appeared on the screen and clicked "go."

Remember how 1-2 Switch was rightfully derided as a tech demo that should have been bundled with the Switch for free? That game has more interactivity and a longer shelf life than Ultimate Epic Battle Simulator.

As icing on the cake, it's also buggy as all hell. Good luck getting a decent frame rate with your 10,000 chicken horde versus T-Rex army battle simulation.

    Somehow the chickens are winning

Frankly, this is a piece of software that solely exists for people to point to and laugh at for a few minutes while browsing YouTube vids, and if it was some freeware novelty that was aware of its own limitations, then that wouldn't be a problem.

Yet somehow, like Goat Simulator and many other pointless exercises in obnoxiously bad gameplay after it, UEBS is being treated like a legitimate addition to your gaming library.

How are people actually buying into this?

The popularity of non-games of this sort results from a cascading effect: a 20 million-subscription YouTuber finds a novelty to exploit, every single small-time YouTube channel follows suit to get in on the views, the potential players share all those clips, and then all all the game sites notice and perpetuate something that isn't even worth your time.

Yet despite the lack of worthwhile gameplay, and the fact that the only reason you know about these games is precisely because of that lack of depth, the hype train has already left the station and it becomes a weird  badge of honor to say you played that one weird game.

Of course, with so many games across so many devices, demos like this also thrive in a low attention span environment, with gamers looking for something short, silly, and stupid to waste a little time on before jumping into anything more substantial.

It's disheartening to see a single-punchline joke like this get so much traction, while games that are legitimately worth sinking dozens of hours into get overlooked.

If you really feel like flushing $16 down the toilet just because Markipilier or PewDiePie laughed at how dumb this game is...well have at it, I guess. You can spend the next 20 minutes recreating Game Of Thrones scenes or watch your own Battle of the Little Bighorn and then get sad about your poor life decisions.

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F*ck You, Physics: 5 Games That Throw The Laws of Science Out the Window https://www.gameskinny.com/mtpaj/fck-you-physics-5-games-that-throw-the-laws-of-science-out-the-window https://www.gameskinny.com/mtpaj/fck-you-physics-5-games-that-throw-the-laws-of-science-out-the-window Sun, 09 Apr 2017 10:00:50 -0400 ThatGamersAsylum

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Every Game Ever

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I bet you thought that you’d just get to read a cute listicle about how physics hates you in a few games...but nope. It hates you in basically every game. Almost any game you have ever played has something in it that would violently mutilate you if repeated IRL.

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You know how you jump in like every platformer ever? Well no one has ever jumped higher than 1.5m. And in most games you jump WAY higher than that.

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You know how there’s that Krogan Shotgun in Mass Effect 2 that tells you it would break the arm of a human when shot because of its force, but then the game lets you use it anyway? Well, spoiler alert, that would actually break your arm.

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And don’t even get me started on the logic present in Mass Effect Andromeda’s life support system. Standing in caustic water for half a second kills me, but my shields can withstand a hail of bullets for a couple seconds? Something is not adding up there.

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In fact, really anything you hold sacred and true in a video game is probably a lie if you look at science. But isn't that half the fun? Physics may be what keeps us grounded in life, but in video games....anything is possible. And that's why we love them!

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Little Big Planet

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Before I say anything else about Little Big Planet I must address the sack in the room: sackboy is just that -- a sack. There is no way that he should be able to stand, or jump, or grapple, or self-destruct at will.

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Either he is possessed by a demon (which is supported by the fact that all the non-sack NPCs speak in tongues), or he is the love child between Nightmare Before Christmas’ Oogie Boogie and a baby doll. I don’t want to think about either of those possibilities.

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What’s that? He could have a skeleton and real organs, you say?

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[Source]

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That’s just screwed up!

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But wait....we're talking about physics. Right. Ahem.

I guess LBP is a physics platformer or something too, but let's be honest -- the real impressive defiance of physics in LBP is sackboy’s unnatural ability to exist at all.

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Goat Simulator

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Goat Simulator is my type of game. All the other games on this list position the player in direct opposition to physics. Learn to walk, learn to surgeify, learn to bread. And what prevents you from learning these things? Physics, of course.

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But not Goat Simulator. If it wasn’t already apparent by the fact that mountain goats wall hike up sheer cliffs, then this game should make it perfectly clear: physics loves goats. It’s willing to put its hatred of game developers and humans aside to celebrate our unified adoration of them. The developers over at Coffee Stain Studios and Double Eleven were able to figure this out and harness it into a game that’s enjoyed by people of all ages.

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QWOP

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In QWOP you play as an elite athlete (of sorts) for the small nation QWOP -- a real place in South America. It is unclear exactly what QWOP spends its GDP on, because it sure as hell isn’t the track and field team. 

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It’s probably gravity intensifiers, considering the fact that your character is relentlessly shoved head first into the ground every time you try to start running. But that’s okay. After a couple dozen times I can really tell I’m getting the hang of it -- I made it 4.1m (out of 100m) along the track. Progress!

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I Am Bread

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I Am Bread is not a misleading title. You play as a piece of bread. More specifically, you only play as a single piece of bread at any given moment --though you can play as many different types throughout the game. What do you do in this game? Whatever bread does when left to its own devices, we suppose!

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Want to cling to the walls while slowly driving the owner of your house literally insane? You can do that, just like every loaf of bread I’ve ever owned has done.

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Want to race through obstacle courses as a bagel? You can do that too, also presumably like a real bagel would.

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Want to play as a horde of crumbs that sneaks into all the places that your owner would think you could never get into? Well, you can’t do that. But you can play as a slice of bread in Zero-Gravity, so there’s that. Boldly going where no slice of bread has gone before. No matter what physics has to say about it. 

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Surgeon Simulator

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Surgeon Simulator tries to play nice with physics, but it falls a little short. It’s basically a 100% accurate simulation of actual surgery, where you have to control the hand of a surgeon using your mouse or controller. The controls allow you to grasp with your fingers, move your arm up and down, and twist your wrist every direction.

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They definitely provide the amount of finesse needed to do real surgery on real patients. But in practice.....it doesn't work out so well. 

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Learning such a control scheme takes a little while to master and you end up looking like a toddler as you slap organs off of the operating table and fling surgical tools into the face of your heavily sedated patient.

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On the PS4 you can even do co-op, where each player controls 1 hand to make things even more interesting. After about 20 minutes of sawing into our patient’s chest cavity and haphazardly removing bones and organs, we still couldn’t quite grip the heart hard enough to yank it out. 

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We'd flip off the physics in this game, but we can't figure out how to work our middle finger...

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Video games hate physics, and physics hate video games. This is well known and long accepted. (Seriously, have you tried making a game in Unity before? Getting those damned colliders to reliably NOT fly through one another can be a huge pain in the ass.)

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For this reason most developers shake their firsts and say something like:

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”Eh screw it! I'll show you, physics!!!”

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This leads to games that have utterly ridiculous physical interaction -- and those are precisely the sorts of games we're looking at today. Ironically, most of the games on this list tried to utilize physics more than your average game, though in their cases that just exacerbated the problem at hand. 

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In these next 5 games, it's clear that the developers took their gloves off and did battle with physics. But we're not sure who won in the end...

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[Header Image Obtained From Hash Milhan. Edited]

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6 Best Games to Play on Date Night https://www.gameskinny.com/vwbbw/6-best-games-to-play-on-date-night https://www.gameskinny.com/vwbbw/6-best-games-to-play-on-date-night Sun, 12 Feb 2017 14:05:07 -0500 Emily Parker

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A video game date night can either strengthen a relationship or leave it shattered and abandoned. Choose your game wisely and count yourself lucky you have someone to play with. 

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What are your favorite date night games? Will you be having a game date on Valentine's Day? Let us know in the comment section below. 

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Salt and Sanctuary

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Consoles: PC & PS4

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Couch Co-Op: Yes

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Skill Level: You both better be MLG

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Budget: Console version and a giant stuffed animal to cry into ~$30

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If you both thought the Dark Souls games were just a little too easy, check out this side scroller homage that you suffer in together! The difficulty is significantly amped up when co-op is turned on, so no weak links on this date night. 

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Rock Band 4

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Platforms: PS4 and Xbox One

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Couch Co-Op: Of course

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Skill Level: As a gamer? Not required. Musically? Appreciated. 

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Budget: Band in a box & bottle of stage whiskey ~$200

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Get ready to take your relationship to the next level -- start a band. Be prepared for fights over the drum kit, spending way too much cash picking up new songs, and listening to your partner slaughter Florence and the Machine at least 5 times. 

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Goat Simulator

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Platforms: PS4, Xbox One and PC ( there are versions for older gens as well)

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Couch Co-Op: Yes

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Skill Level: Best to not have any

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Budget: Console version and a mid-range bottle of tequila ~$35

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Get your goat on and laugh until you cry. There's nothing better than that feeling on a first or 50th date. You'll also find out whether the person you love most (or are tryna chill with tonight) is an evil goat mastermind or a saint among goats...  

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Just remember -- there's no turning back. 

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Don't Starve Together

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Platforms: PC & PS4

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Couch Co-Op: Yes (Lan also available)

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Skill Level: Medium and Medium, or High and Low

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Budget: Bundled version (if you don't already own the single player game) and a really full bodied red wine ~$50

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For the couple that enjoys a more macabre atmosphere, Don't Starve's multiplayer expansion is just perfect. The game is simple to begin with, but can get really complex if it grabs your attention. Its co-op mechanic allows even the most button-smashy partner plenty of activities to keep them busy.  

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Child of Light

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Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, and PC (there are versions for older gens as well)

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Couch Co-Op: Yes

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Skill Level: Medium for Player One, Very low for Player Two 

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Budget: Console version and giant ice cream cake or equivalent  ~$25

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Crank up the romance with this literal bit of digital poetry. Meant to feel like a children's book, this game is thoughtful and beautiful. You'll definitely score some cute points, but remember that this is a turn-based RPG. Some people will just never ever, under no circumstance, be able to sit through a strategy RPG like this. But it doesn't hurt to try.   

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Minecraft

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Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC, and just about everything else. 

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Couch Co-Op: Yes on consoles; LAN available on PC

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Skill Level: Not Required (It's actually very easy)

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Budget: Console version and some flowers to match your in-game garden: ~$30

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All of us have (probably) dabbled with the sandbox survival top dog, but have you considered playing it with that special someone? Building a house, setting up a farm, or digging into the earth only gets better when you can bicker about it with your partner. 

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With Valentine's Day just around the corner, it seems like an appropriate time to compile a list of the best video games to play with your significant other on date night. 

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Whether both you and your partner are master gamers, one of you is a little new, or you're both hopeless, there is always a game to play together. Here's a varied selection to get you on track for the best date night ever! 

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The Bizarre Simulator "My Summer Car" Could Be the Next Big Thing https://www.gameskinny.com/nkf5d/the-bizarre-simulator-my-summer-car-could-be-the-next-big-thing https://www.gameskinny.com/nkf5d/the-bizarre-simulator-my-summer-car-could-be-the-next-big-thing Sun, 06 Nov 2016 01:58:18 -0400 Jared Elliott

My Summer Car features the same campy, Tim and Eric-esque presentation that catapulted Goat Simulator to fame and notoriety -- but instead of steering a goat through the sky at break-neck speed, the player steers a custom vehicle which he or she builds, maintains, and occasionally drives off of tall precipices. There's a catch, however; Permadeath awaits reckless (or wreckful) players in a style similar to Day Z. Death means total loss, and a restart is required after the unfortunate event unfolds. So, safe driving!

Where the game is most interesting is its emphasis on the minute details of building and maintaining a vehicle. The player chooses everything from the body to the engine itself, and must install any modifications manually (yes, even on the engine). Radiator fluid and gasoline levels must be kept at healthy levels, lest you find yourself stranded on the side of a dirt road. For all of its goofy qualities, My Summer Car is a comprehensive simulator that brings a fresh experience to the long-insipid genre.

In addition to maintaining one's car, the game forces players to maintain themselves as well. The player character needs to be fed, with The Sims-like meters indicating how hungry or full the character is at any given moment. Similar meters exist for fullness of the bladder, thirst, and the mysterious "dirtiness" stat. The survival aspect of My Summer Car enhances the overall experience by adding more depth to gameplay, and the new possibilities that it creates are both surprising and refreshing.

My Summer Car is available as an early access title on Steam for $14.99. Considering the number of features already present in the game, there's no doubt that the game will get better and better with time. If you're still wondering if the game is worth your time, I found this "let's play" video which shows what it's all about.

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Goat Simulator: Waste of Space is Just as Nuts as the Original https://www.gameskinny.com/v3lxk/goat-simulator-waste-of-space-is-just-as-nuts-as-the-original https://www.gameskinny.com/v3lxk/goat-simulator-waste-of-space-is-just-as-nuts-as-the-original Thu, 09 Jun 2016 13:40:26 -0400 Robert Guthrie

Goat Simulator is out with an expansion. That's a sentence I never expected to write, but here we are. I could try to explain WTF is going on in concrete terms, but I'd rather just give you a taste of some of the insane wackiness that goes on when you're a goat in space.

Here are some of the totally normal things you can do in Goat Simulator: Waste of Space. Enjoy!

Headbutt People and Take Their Money

If you really want to be playing GTA, but all you've got is Goat Simulator, you can still satisfy your need for random theft and violence. Just run up to one of the hapless morons standing around the space base and violently assault them for their money. It'll even help you pay for the mission!

Lick an Alien

There are many denizens of the weird space-base that you hang out on in Goat Simulator: Waste of Space, and some of them are aliens. I think I was supposed to be herding this weird tentacled thing into a pen or something, but he kept bouncing around while I was trying to drag him places with my goat tongue. Eventually I left him in a pile of debris and moved on. 

Ride a Hoverbike

This is actually pretty tame for Goat Simulator, but trying to control this wonky POS was a lot of fun. It handled about as well as the Mako from Mass Effect, but the controls are way more difficult.

Not pictured: my spectacular crash or any of the people I knocked into orbit while trying to fly.

Clone Yourself

There's a handy-dandy cloning device in one of the buildings on the moonbase, and you can make yourself a brand new goat, except with different colors -- some of them totally reasonable, like checkerboard or rainbow. Don't ask what happens to the original goat.

Make a Black Hole

If you have no regard for your personal safety or the integrity of the universe, then this is definitely the game for you. If you poke around long enough, you can end up making a black hole in a lab -- it's just like CERN, but with goats!

Seriously though, that's dangerous, don't do that.

Become Goat Hawking

Did I mention that after you create a black hole that you can end up in a wheelchair with a robotic voice, just like Stephen Hawking? It's just as hard to control as the regular goat, and you can't headbutt things anymore, because you're paralyzed, but you can throw black holes at stuff, so that's definitely a plus. 

Don't ask me how to stop being Goat Hawking, my game crashed before I figured it out.

Play a Simulator

Yo dawg, I heard you like simulators, so I put a simulator in your simulator...you know what, never mind. The simulator was pretty fun, actually and at least as stupidly complicated and hard as Goat Simulator. If Elon Musk is right and we're all in a simulation, then I was like, three Inception-layers deep. Pretty intense.

Find the TURDIS

Look, I like a good poop joke as as much as the next guy, but come on. I never did find the blue box after it timey-wimeyed away, but it's out there somewhere. Note the Pridesaber that I knocked all over the place while I was trying to get to the TURDIS.

Blow Up the Earth

Oops.

Any other crazy stuff that you find while you were goating around in Waste of Space? Have something to add? Just want to 'baa' at me? Let us know in the comments!

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Goat Simulator and XCOM part of Xbox Games with Gold birthday celebrations https://www.gameskinny.com/407vt/goat-simulator-and-xcom-part-of-xbox-games-with-gold-birthday-celebrations https://www.gameskinny.com/407vt/goat-simulator-and-xcom-part-of-xbox-games-with-gold-birthday-celebrations Thu, 26 May 2016 05:48:01 -0400 Lisa Filmer

Yesterday, Xbox announced that June marks the third birthday of their Games with Gold program. To celebrate, Xbox Live subscribers will be getting 4 great titles coming to Games with Gold. If you are an Xbox Live subscriber, you will get Goat Simulator, and The Crew on Xbox One. Also, because of backward compatibility, Xbox One and Xbox 360 Live subscribers will also get Super Meat Boy, and XCOM: Enemy Unknown.

Goat Simulator will be added to the Games with gold line-up from June 1 - 30, on Xbox One. It will free to Xbox Live subscribers, with a normal price of $9.99. This game is all about destroying everything you can as a goat, a game you can play with friends.

Next, The Crew will be available from June 16 - July 15, also free to subscribers. The normal price for The Crew is $29.99. In this driving game, you can connect online and drive with your friends in an open-world of the United States.

Super Meat Boy will also be available from June 1 - 30, on Xbox 360 and Xbox One with backward compatibility. It will be free during the celebration, but normally costs $14.99. This is an Indie platformer game you won’t want to miss.

Finally, XCOM: Enemy Unknown will be joining the Games with Gold on Xbox 360 and Xbox One. You can download XCOM: Enemy Unknown for free from June 16 - 30. XCOM: Enemy Unknown normally costs $39.99. In this turn based strategy, you will be challenged as you lead your squad to fight aliens.

Xbox Games with Gold has been around since June 2013, since they gave out their first game, Fable III, on Xbox 360. Defense Grid was the first game to come out on Xbox one, in the following month. Since Games with Gold started in June 2013, Xbox has given out 120 games to Xbox Live subscribers, according to this list on TekRevue.

Games with Gold third birthday celebration has some great games heading your way. With a combined retail value of over $94, June is going to be a good month for getting free games. All you have to do is be an Xbox Live subscriber, and you will be able to download these games on the dates listed. But they are only available for a limited time, so don’t miss out!

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Why are those simulator games so popular? You know the ones https://www.gameskinny.com/0vped/why-are-those-simulator-games-so-popular-you-know-the-ones https://www.gameskinny.com/0vped/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!

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Goatbread: I Am Bread and Goat Simulator slam together in new DLC https://www.gameskinny.com/v0fre/goatbread-i-am-bread-and-goat-simulator-slam-together-in-new-dlc https://www.gameskinny.com/v0fre/goatbread-i-am-bread-and-goat-simulator-slam-together-in-new-dlc Fri, 23 Oct 2015 06:45:01 -0400 Samantha Wright

Do you like Goat Simulator, I Am Bread, or both? If yes, you're going to be in for a treat. Coming soon to Steam is Goatbread, a crossover between I Am Bread and Goat Simulator.

Goatbread is being released as a DLC for both I Am Bread owners and Goat Simulator owners (Goat Simulator gets an I am Bread inspired level and I am Bread gets a Goat Simulator inspired level). Don't worry, it's also free to owners of both the previous games.

In case this doesn't already sound like a crazily cool concept to you, there's a teaser trailer that features a piece of bread and a goat going on a date. "What could be more natural than that?"

The official summary for the game reads:

"Coming soon to Steam,  players will be able to access the super new cross-love content, GoatBread, for both I Am Bread and Goat Simulator. I Am Bread will have a new Goat Simulator-inspired level ‘RAMpage mode’, and Goat Simulator a new, playable piece of bread. Crumbs! This brand new content will be included in both games and is free to existing owners, adding 100% more Goat and Bread to their experience."

I Am Bread, developed and published by Bossa Studios, is currently available for Mac, PC, and PlayStation 4. Goat Simulator, developed and published by Coffee Stain Studios, is currently available for Mac, PC, Linux, iOS, Android, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation 4.

Be sure to check out some of the other crossover I Am Bread has released lately including the Team Fortress 2 crossover and the Star Wars crossoverGoat Simulator also has its fair share of crazy DLC including Goat MMO Simulator and GoatZ, a zombie survival expansion.

What do you think of this crazy idea? Are you hyped for playing it or not? Be sure to let us know in the comments below!

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Amazon UK welcomes in Underground service featuring hundreds of free android games https://www.gameskinny.com/lclvp/amazon-uk-welcomes-in-underground-service-featuring-hundreds-of-free-android-games https://www.gameskinny.com/lclvp/amazon-uk-welcomes-in-underground-service-featuring-hundreds-of-free-android-games Thu, 27 Aug 2015 05:35:44 -0400 Courtney Gamache

A new Amazon service called Amazon Underground is giving away over $10K in apps and games for Android devices using Google Play. Not only are the apps and games free, but all in-app purchases are also free of charge.

One thing to note is that this is unfortunately only compatible with the Amazon UK region, so on the Amazon US accounts it'll claim that the offer isn't in your region.10 Featured Free Games

While there are over 400 hundred free apps and games, there are quite a few that stand out amongst the crowd as casual mobile games people love to play. Below are 10 highlighted games that are completely free and ready to download through the Amazon Underground app

  • Fruit Ninja 5th Anniversary
  • Goat Simulator
  • Cut the Rope 2
  • Sonic Dash
  • Farming Simulator 14
  • Ruzzle
  • Duck Tales: Remastered
  • Monsters University
  • Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse
  • Looney Tunes Dash!

The only way Amazon was able to make this huge business deal was by paying the developers behind the apps and games a play-per-minute rate for the Amazon customers. While it isn't great that this is only available in the UK, there are high hopes that this "long-term program" will move globally through all Amazon supported countries. 

"We've made this possible by working out a new business model with app and game developers: we're paying them a certain amount on a per-minute played basis in exchange for them waiving their normal in-app fees."

- Amazon UK

What games and apps would you like to see added to Amazon Underground? Do you think this service is worth Amazon's time and money? Share your comments below!

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PS4 and PS3 get Goat Simulator https://www.gameskinny.com/3yxmt/ps4-and-ps3-get-goat-simulator https://www.gameskinny.com/3yxmt/ps4-and-ps3-get-goat-simulator Wed, 12 Aug 2015 08:29:17 -0400 Anthony Jondreau

Gamers these days are primarily concerned about getting a quality product. For $60, plus costs to play online, a game had better look good and play even better. PlayStation 3 and 4 owners have gotten exactly none of that with the release of Goat Simulator on August 11th.

The absurdist game, which has gained popularity for its bugs and ridiculous premise, seems out of place next to critically acclaimed games such as BloodborneBastion, and The Witcher 3. Its appeal can be likened to that of a film like "The Room," the notoriously terrible film that continues to have a cult following.

The premise of Goat Simulator is simple. You control a goat whose job it is to cause as much destruction as possible. Actually, that sounds reasonably accurate for a goat. You can cause destruction and mayhem by setting things on fire and traveling to outer space, all while attacking people with a tongue that would make Gene Simmons envious. This part may not be quite as accurate.

A new edition to the PS4 version is GoatVR, a virtual reality simulator that requires no additional equipment. You can see it for yourself, but have aspirin handy, because it's not a brain friendly view, although it might not matter much when you're flying through the world with a jetpack. I like to think that Goat Simulator is the type of life goats dream about while they're grazing. Now it's your chance to live that dream on the PlayStation.

For a less serious adventure, Goat Simulator is a good way to go to let some steam off. At $9.99, it may prove to be one of the better PS4 and PS3 bargains.

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Goat Simulator is finally coming to PS4 https://www.gameskinny.com/v6utk/goat-simulator-is-finally-coming-to-ps4 https://www.gameskinny.com/v6utk/goat-simulator-is-finally-coming-to-ps4 Wed, 15 Jul 2015 10:59:39 -0400 OrganisedDinosaur

PC and Xbox gamers have already experienced life as a goat (well life as an indestructible goat at least), but soon PlayStation gamers will finally have complete lives as Goat Simulator makes its way to Sony platforms.

Goat Simulator is a ridiculous, wacky and hilarious game where you get to run around and cause havoc as an invincible goat who can somehow ride bikes, climb ladders and use jetpacks. There are silly objectives to complete if you really want, but most of the fun to be had is in simply playing around.

It was developed by Coffee Stain Studios and released for PC in April 2014, with Double Eleven porting it over to Xbox platforms in April of 2015. We here at GameSkinny helped celebrate the game's one-year birthday with a t-shirt design contest.

Goat Simulator has also been made available on Linux, iOS and Android. Mark South of Double Eleven posted on the PlayStation blog that thanks to a collaboration with Coffee Stain Studios, the game would be available for PS3 and PS4 on August 11th 2015.

The PlayStation version will feature everything we've seen in the game already, and will also be used to debut the latest feature: GoatVR. Precisely what this will involve is hard to tell from the blog post, but it promises to be "the most authentic “simulated GoatVR experience. 

Have you played Goat Simulator? Will you pick it up for Playstation? Let us know below!

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5 weird games that will make you wonder..."what were they thinking?" https://www.gameskinny.com/svley/5-weird-games-that-will-make-you-wonderwhat-were-they-thinking https://www.gameskinny.com/svley/5-weird-games-that-will-make-you-wonderwhat-were-they-thinking Wed, 24 Jun 2015 02:30:01 -0400 SwordandSorcery

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Just because the game is weird does not mean it is not worth playing, however.

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Often the strangest games are the most thought provoking...or at least the most amusing. The concept for a game may seem odd, but try not to let that keep you from trying different games. Sometimes weirdness is a good thing.

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What is the weirdest game you have ever played? Feel free to let us know!

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Octodad

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Octodad has a pretty weird concept, but the hilarity that ensues just trying to control the character you play pretty much overwhelms that. This game was developed by a group of students at DePaul University, that are now known as Young Horses.

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You are an octopus posing as the father and loving husband to a human family. Obviously the humans finding out that you are an octopus would be a terrible, terrible thing, so much of the game is dedicated to diminishing the suspicions of your wife and taking care of your children. However, you are also trying to avoid a Japanese chef who is just about the only one who saw through your clever disguise and desires to expose your secret and turn you into sushi.

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In some ways, the game evokes thoughts of spies and undercover agents. Though, we have no idea why the octopus is posing as a human father. Octopi are pretty clever. I hope they are not planning on being our new evil overlords.

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I Am Bread

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Developed by Bossa Studios (the studio that made Surgeon Simulator), you are put in the role of a piece of bread that wants to become toast. The controls are difficult but that is a purposeful design choice and part of being a piece of bread. You navigate the house you are in, trying to get to the nearby toaster by flopping, and climbing away from hazards that might make you less edible.

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You occupy the house of an older man who steadily becomes more aware that there is a sentient piece of bread wrecking his home in its quest for toasted perfection. He attempts to tell the therapists who are treating him about this, but they believe he has gone senile and is imagining things.

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In the end it is pretty funny to be a piece of bread that, despite having a mind of its own, only desires to be toast. Why toast? Admittedly, if the bread desired to be anything more the game would probably be far stranger than it already is. The concept certainly makes me question if there are sentient socks in my house…seeing as they are always going missing.

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Hatoful Boyfriend

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Hatoful Boyfriend is a dating sim developed by Mediatonic and Hato Moa, and published by Devolver Digital…but not a typical dating sim. All the characters in the game (except for you) are birds…intelligent birds that have grown in size. You are the only human (female) going to the St. PigeoNation’s Academy for birds. And things just get stranger from there. It becomes clear that there are not too many humans around, and if there are, politically inclined birds are debating what exactly to do with you. And apparently birds are completely capable of wielding guns and cleavers.

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The sheer weirdness of birds with human intelligence that you can (and, to progress, must) become romantically involved with is hard to describe. Though the game’s individual stories range from creepy to adorable, it is really hard to shake the fact that you are dating birds. The stories from each playthrough (if you pursue a different bird) weave together into one narrative, though, a narrative that makes the game even more curious and at least somewhat worthwhile. Just be careful. You could end up as a preserved head in a jar.

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Goat Simulator

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One would not think that a goat simulator would be fun at all, and that being a goat would be a dull existence. This is not so in Goat Simulator. The game is open world and there really is no plotline, but the things you can do to occupy your time range from sacrificing humans to become a demonic goat to using a jetpack and trashing peoples’ stuff. Coffee Stain Studios, the developers of this game, also left in a number of hilarious glitches that make the game unrealistic but highly amusing to watch.

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The likelihood that a game simulating the life of a goat would be so funny for little spurts of play is what makes this weird…that, and the goat’s long, sticky tongue. What goat do you know can attach itself to a hanglider by its tongue and get flung about by the movement, or drag humans to their untimely demise with it?  Not many, I’m sure.

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Composition 83

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This short, 5-10 minute game by nuprahtor places you in a seemingly apocalyptic world. Little explanation is given as to why certain things are the way they are throughout the game, but the slow movement, gray landscape and frozen humans, as well as the sound make for a particularly unnerving experience. The end is rather abrupt and, ultimately it left me rather disturbed, if not full of questions.

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Why has the world gone into such a state of decay? Why are these humans trapped reliving their final moments again and again? Why are the controls so difficult to use? What kind of person would be able to dream up such a warped, horrifying world?  I do not think I am going to get any answers to these questions, however.

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There are some really, really weird games out there.

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Sometimes they are so weird that we have to take a step back and wonder what on earth the developers were thinking when they came up with the concept for the game.

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These 5 games are prime examples of this kind of strangeness:

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Which PC Games Should Come to PS4 Next? https://www.gameskinny.com/nqzba/which-pc-games-should-come-to-ps4-next https://www.gameskinny.com/nqzba/which-pc-games-should-come-to-ps4-next Mon, 08 Jun 2015 12:49:39 -0400 Curtis Dillon

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Those are the PC games, both out and yet to come out, that I want to see in my PS4 library. All of them are unique and interesting ideas that fit perfectly with the kind of dynamic library Sony are working to build on the PS4. The system already has a ton of diversity but should they add some of the games on this list, a few of which they have already said will come, then the library will be even better, albeit weirder.

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So what games would you like to see come to PS4? Do any of the games in this list get you excited for a possible PS4 release? Let us know in the comments!

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Routine

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And the final game on the list is Routine, a first-person exploration horror game set on an abandoned moon base. Developer Lunar Software has already said they want to bring the game to PS4, it's just a matter of time. One of the most interesting aspects of Routine is the completely open world and the perma-death. So you can go off in any direction and explore but keeping in mind death is significant. Routine looks very exciting and chilling, exactly the kind of game I want on my PS4!

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Among The Sleep
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Among The Sleep is another game that has already been confirmed to be on its way to PS4, with no specific release date. The game was released on PC last year and received a lot of attention for having a baby as the protagonist, as well as working with the Oculus Rift. We assume this means it will be playable on Sony's Project Morpheus someday.

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Playing as a baby looks both fun and daunting; the ultimate weakling. Imagine the opening of Fallout 3 but that being the entire game, and much scarier. I cannot wait.

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Dreamfall Chapters: The Longest Journey

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Dreamfall Chapters: The Longest Journey is an episodic game that takes place in two different worlds; a cyberpunk one, as seen in the picture above, and magical fantasy one. That alone makes this game incredibly interesting. The actual story puts you in the shoes of 20-year-old Zoe, who lives in this futuristic dystopia.

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This particular game is the third in the Dreamfall series, which would seemingly make it unlikely to come to PS4, especially considering the previous games came out in 2006 and 1999. However, the developer announced last year that it would come to PS4 eventually. Considering there is still 3 episodes to be released, I'm fine waiting for the entire package.

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Lifeless Planet

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Lifeless Planet is a really unique game that was made by 1 guy. In Lifeless Planet you play as an astronaut sent to another planet, thought to be filled with alien life, but when you land it turns out to be completely empty. However, as you can see above, there's a bizarre Soviet Union presence on the planet. You aim to figure out what the heck happened. The game came out last year and is currently in development for Xbox One, so may be a lost cause on PS4.

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Amnesia: The Dark Descent

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Amnesia is similar to Goat Simulator and I Am Bread in that it has gotten a lot of attention from YouTube walkthroughs. You navigate an old castle while avoiding monsters and solving puzzles. Also, it's frickin' terrifying! Amnesia is interesting because it's a collection of bite-sized experiences, so you can have five mini heart-attacks, as opposed to a massive one. 

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Dead State

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Dead State is a turn-based RPG that takes place in a zombie apocalypse. The game is very much about survival and the relationships that develop during the conflict. Think The Walking Dead meets The Sims. Yep, that's my elevator pitch.

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To The Moon

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The plot of To The Moon involves a lot of time-shifting/memory altering and so would take too long to explore here, but basically two scientists attempt to fulfill a dying man's wish to go to the moon. To The Moon is a charming and heartwarming game that is made in a 16-bit 2D art style that looks a lot like an old Final Fantasy. The game received excellent reviews and a sequel is in the works, so now is the time for this to hit PS4.

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Firewatch

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Firewatch is an upcoming first-person exploration game in which you play as a park ranger at Yellowstone National Park in 1988. That setting is particularly interesting because it is right after a series of awful fires at the park. The story sees you descend from the tower to investigate something and, in your absence, the tower is ransacked, leaving you with only a walkie-talkie and a friend on the other side.

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So, you must explore the park and figure out what happened, while dynamically developing your relationship with the walkie-talkie lady. Developer Campo Santo has already expressed interest in bringing Firewatch to PS4.

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Goat Simulator

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Well if this doesn't epitomize the bizarre kind of games that are on PC these days then nothing will. Goat Simulator is a batsh!t crazy game that is reminiscent of a PS2 Tony Hawk but with a Goat, instead of a Skateboard. Need I say more?

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Asylum

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Asylum is a game due out later this year that was revealed way back in 2010, and eventually Kickstarted in 2013. The game is a little like Outlast, in that you must explore a creepy asylum and figure out what went wrong. Asylum is obviously a horror game and would fit right into the PS4 ecosystem alongside Outlast and Daylight.

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Sony has done an amazing job thus far of bringing quirky PC games over to the PS4, as was the case with Surgeon Simulator, Outlast and the upcoming I Am Bread. Both of these games garnered followings thanks to YouTube and it's smart of Sony to bring them to the PS4.

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So we wanna show you what games we think should also come to PS4 and help round out the ever-growing library of weird and awesome games.

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10 Games Worth Offering in Xbox Live's Games with Gold https://www.gameskinny.com/2b004/10-games-worth-offering-in-xbox-lives-games-with-gold https://www.gameskinny.com/2b004/10-games-worth-offering-in-xbox-lives-games-with-gold Mon, 08 Jun 2015 02:30:01 -0400 Elijah Beahm

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Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell

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Gat Out of Hell is a standalone spin-off to Saints Row IV. Similar to inFamous: Festival of Blood, it works both as a singular game and as a DLC expansion. While many gamers played Saints Row IV, not many have tried Gat Out of Hell. So let's fix that. It has two player co-op, so we once again get to highlight online capability, on top of a sizable open world. There's also a musical number like out of Disney, sung by the devil. I don't know what else needs saying after that.

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Well, that's my list, but are there any games you'd like to see with Games with Gold? Be sure to let us know in the comments below!

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Shadow Warrior

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Shadow Warrior took everyone by surprise. It was a really fun, smart first-person shooter full of "wang" jokes, yet also telling a compelling story. It also features one of the most detailed gore systems to date. Yet hardly anyone's bought it on consoles, and it's sitting usually around fifteen to twenty dollars. So, let's give shooter fans something to do with their fancy new consoles.

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Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris

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Remember how Badland was a great game that would utilize multiplayer? Well, so would Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris. The four player co-op shooter/puzzler/platformer hybrid is a perfect way to get players playing with friends, using their local controllers for something other than paper weights, and actually playing online. It also released only a few months ago, so it'd be a relatively new title they could put on offer.

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Lords of the Fallen

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With the Xbox One lacking Bloodborne, the closest competition, short of Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin, is Lords of the Fallen, which Microsoft should totally bank on. Offering a hardcore third-person action-RPG could bring in the crowd normally more interested in Sony platforms. It also would generate a lot of interest for the upcoming sequel, and make gamers feel a bit more inclined to get it on Xbox One.

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Badland

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What? Why is there a mobile port here? Because Badland is arguably one of the best games to come out on mobile in recent memory, and really should be on Games with Gold. It has local and online multiplayer. It has a simple yet deep and addictive style of gameplay. It is one of the most beautiful games in recent memory. I struggle to think of any reason not to offer it. Once again, a much better hold-over option than Pool Nation.

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Goat Simulator

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Let's face it, this gag has run its course, and it's time to be taken out to pasture. Anyone who was going to buy it already has, so instead let's make it a novelty game for Games with Gold on both Xbox One and Xbox 360. It will prove a passing interest, and at least be something more interesting than yet another month where Pool Nation occupies one of the Xbox One slots.

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The Evil Within

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The Evil Within was not the record-breaking, utterly mind-blowing hit that everyone expected. It was, however, a decently received third-person survival stealth/shooter hybrid. So, rather than just let it languish, now that all its downloadable content is released, Microsoft could re-release it as a Games with Gold game. They could even put the Season Pass and individual DLC episodes on sale, for those who find the game to their liking.

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Borderlands

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Another game that feels like a no-brainer for the Xbox 360 is Borderlands. GameSpy may be dead and gone to skag heaven, but that doesn't mean it isn't one of the best local-co-op games on the Xbox 360. Re-releasing it as a Games with Gold title could also hook players in so that they try the Handsome Collection when they upgrade to Xbox One.

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Contrast

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Contrast is a rare game that could be offered for either 360 or Xbox One. Either way, the stunningly beautiful puzzle platformer deserves to be played by more gamers, and it's not like it is selling like hot cakes. It could also be released for both, if Microsoft wanted to emulate Sony's recent cross-buy focus with PlayStation Plus.

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Splinter Cell: Conviction

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I've already spoken at length about why Splinter Cell: Conviction is one of the best Xbox 360 exclusives. It's got a snappy, rock solid stealth-action vibe that rewards swift, decisive action, and manipulating your enemies. The portable EMP gadget is a neat little wrinkle, as is the Mark & Execute system that lets you take down multiple foes quickly. If Microsoft actually released it for free with Gold, you could even play the multiplayer again.

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Sony's PlayStation Plus put Xbox Live Gold on the ropes a couple years back, but Microsoft's response with Games with Gold was a step in the right direction. Unfortunately, almost all of the decent games in the program have been on Xbox 360, and even then that's been stretched to the limit some months. So here's ten games that Microsoft should offer, both on Xbox 360 and Xbox One.

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9 Strangest Simulator Games You Need to Know About https://www.gameskinny.com/qrfc6/9-strangest-simulator-games-you-need-to-know-about https://www.gameskinny.com/qrfc6/9-strangest-simulator-games-you-need-to-know-about Wed, 22 Apr 2015 05:48:40 -0400 Dani Gosha

If you've ever found yourself asking "how much weirder can games get?" Obviously you have never played a simulation game. Simulator games are games meant to simulate aspects of either real or fictional reality. They walk the line of pure insanity and the absurd but somehow we can't get enough of flying goats, harvesting farms, cleaning streets and poor attempts at baking cakes.

However, not all simulator games are weird.. but when they are weird, they're weird. Keep reading to get the skinny on 9 of the strangest simulators people are actually playing. 

1. Goat Simulator

Developer: Coffee Stain Studios and Double Eleven

Platform: Xbox 360, Xbox One, iOS, Linux, Microsoft Windows, OS X and Android

Where to get it: Steam

It wouldn't be a strangest simulator list without including the highly popular Goat Simulator. If you ever wondered what it was like to be a rampant goat who can pull off some mad aerial moves, cause havoc and get points for it, well this game answers that question. Really, it is as silly as it sounds but somehow it is ridiculously fun.

2. I Am Bread

Developer: Bossa Studios

Platform: Microsoft Windows, OS X

Where to get it: Steam 

The title explains it all. You're bread or at least play as a piece bread that is trying to become toast, literally. Your mission: get to the toaster. Unfortunately, it isn't as easy as it sounds and it is as strange as it is hard. Many a gamer has rage quit because of this game but, I guess that's the price to pay in order to toast yourself. I am Bread comes from the same minds that brought us the infamous Surgeon Simulator.

3. Surgeon Simulator

Developer: Bossa Studios

Platform: Microsoft Windows, OS X, Linux, iOS, Playstation 4, Android

Where to get it: Steam

Before there was I Am Bread there was Surgeon Simulator; a virtual game of Operation but with more blood and not so easy maneuvering. If you have ever dreamed of becoming a world-class surgeon, this certainly isn't the game to give you the training for it. Still, this game manages to make a serious situation into something weirdly laughable as you fumble around with complicated controls and end up doing more harm than good. 

4. Drowning Simulator

Developer: CLM BBDO

Platforms: Browser

Where to get it: Sortie En Mer

The correct title is Sortie En Mer but gamers' know it as the Drowning Simulator. Out of all the simulators out there, this is by far the most real and terrifying simulators out there. While other simulators have 3D graphics, this game is completely in real time, making the drowning that more terrifying. While it is a strange game, it's purpose is even stranger: Drowning Simulator is nothing more than an interactive ad promoting Guy Cotten yachtwear. That's marketing, I guess.

5. Robot Vacuum Simulator

Developer: Stolidus Simulations

Platform: Microsoft Windows, Mac

Where to get it: Stolidus Simulations

The life of the Roomba isn't as luxurious as it seems, a lot of hard work goes into it and you get to experience that in this simulator. The game gives an incredible insight of the world of a robot vacuum while relaxing jazz music plays for your pleasure. 

6. Hatoful Boyfriend

Developer: Mediatonic

Platform: Microsoft Windows, OS X, Linux, Playstation 4, Playstation Vista

Where to get it: Steam 

Hatoful Boyfriend can simply be summed up as a human girl trying to court birds in high school. It really doesn't get any weirder than that. In fact it is probably the strangest game on the list but, it wouldn't be a cult-classic Japanese game if it wasn't weird. If you're interested in the strange and hilarious world of inter-species dating simulators, you should check this game out. 

7. Soda Drinker Pro

Developer: Will Brierly, Snowrunner Games

Platform: Microsoft Windows, Mac

Where to get it: Soda Drinker Pro

We've seen simulators revolving around beverages before but that usually entails making them i.e. Ampu-Tea and Coffee Simulator. However, Soda Drinker Pro is all about drinking, you guessed it, soda. While drinking is a very normal thing, it is weird that a game about a "first person soda" was ever made let alone became popular.

8. Toilet Tycoon

Developer: Anvil

Platform: Microsoft Windows

Where to get it: Toilet Tycoon

While this game is certainly weird and a little gross, it is simulating actual aspects of product management. The game is all about strategy and management with a mission to have the best toilets in the town! If you have a tough enough stomach and a competitive streak, I'd recommend picking this one up. 

 9. Rock Simulator

Developer: Strange Panther Games

Platform: PC

Where to get it: Game Jolt

If you never managed to reach your dream of becoming an archeologist, Rock Simulator is the next best thing.. well, kind of. If you think playing as a Roomba is exciting, then playing as a rock is going to be the highlight of your life. The world is your oyster as you sit on the edge of a golf course or mountain. #RockLife

So, are you still wondering how much weirder games can get? We are. Share some of your strange simulator favorites that didn't make the list!

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Goat Simulator Goes Jurassic in Its Xbox One Trailer https://www.gameskinny.com/mzpar/goat-simulator-goes-jurassic-in-its-xbox-one-trailer https://www.gameskinny.com/mzpar/goat-simulator-goes-jurassic-in-its-xbox-one-trailer Thu, 09 Apr 2015 08:20:26 -0400 Elijah Beahm

When not working on what we're all hoping is Sanctum 3, Coffee Stain Studios is bringing its famous gag game Goat Simulator to Xbox One. To celebrate this, they've released a "live action" trailer (above), like all true console games should. Not only that, but it hints to what the latest update may bring.

This release will include the Coastal City update:

For the five people in the audience who don't know, Goat Simulator is a goofy physics game about licking, headbutting, and causing general mayhem as a seemingly invincible goat. Glitches, so long as they aren't game breaking, are considered a feature. To give you an idea of how often this happens, they even included a Respawn button in the main pause menu for if you get stuck outside of the world.

Why does this exist? Because gamers demanded it (seriously). Goat Simulator is currently available on mobile devices, PC, Mac, and Linux. There are even box copies (yes, again, seriously).

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Why Modern "Horror" Games Are Not Scary https://www.gameskinny.com/5cxdo/why-modern-horror-games-are-not-scary https://www.gameskinny.com/5cxdo/why-modern-horror-games-are-not-scary Tue, 24 Mar 2015 07:36:59 -0400 The Soapbox Lord

“They just don’t make them like they used to.”

You hear this a lot when you spend time with an older generation reminiscing about the past and the “good old days.” While the phrase is not always accurate, sometimes it has a fair amount of substance behind it.

Nowhere is this truer than the state of horror games. Horror in gaming has been subject to one of the most interesting and unique evolutions from its roots to its present state. Looking at a game like Haunted House on the Atari 2600, one would never imagine games such as The Evil Within and the Silent Hill series would be birthed from this type of game.

However, when I look at the state of modern horror games, I see a troubling trend: most of these games are not scary or even horror. Worse yet, some are blatant cash grabs made by cynical developers seeking a quick buck. Granted, there are exceptions, but it seems most games released nowadays labeled as “horror” are anything but and deserve those quotation marks. So what happened to our once great genre? I am so glad you asked!

The Rise of Amnesia Imitators

Up until 2010, most gamers had not heard of Frictional Games. While some of us were enjoying their Penumbra series, many people still had no idea about this great studio. On September 8, 2010, this all changed. Amnesia: The Dark Descent was unleashed on an unsuspecting gaming population and proceeded to take the world and YouTube by storm. Hailed as one of the scariest games of all time, Amnesia soon led to a deluge of reaction videos, live streams, and Lets-Players screaming their heads off for the enjoyment of their viewers. This is where the trouble began.

With the success of Amnesia, imitators were inevitable. Whenever something is as remotely successful as Amnesia has been, imitators are drawn to the success like sharks to blood in the water. Like most facsimiles, the games trying to ape Amnesia missed what made the game work in the first place; hence why we now have a glut of horror games where we are unable to defend ourselves.

Many of the imitations simply removed combat from their game because that was all they saw in Amnesia: A game where players could not defend themselves.

In Amnesia, the mechanic fit with the world and the game was made with this design in mind. Many of the imitations simply removed combat from their game because that was all they saw in Amnesia: a game where players could not defend themselves.

But they missed the carefully cultivated atmosphere, the terrifying monsters, and the subtle things the game had which set it apart from others. Five years later, we are still seeing developers trying to copy the success of Amnesia and still failing to grasp why players gravitated towards the game. Instead of trying to make new games and explore new ideas, people are still trying to mimic a game which they do not even understand.

YouTube Fodder Attacks!

Another outcome of Amnesia’s success was the rise in popularity of YouTubers and horror games, specifically reaction videos and let’s plays. Just look at the views on these things, millions of people watched others be scared witless or act terrified as a result of this game. As a result, we have a new blight upon the gaming world, “YouTube fodder.” 

Coined by Jim Sterling, this affectionate term is spot on in describing this new wave of greedy cynicism which has swept gaming. While the popularity of Goat Simulator and Surgeon Simulator videos contributed to this as well, most of this fodder is in the horror genre.

What is YouTube fodder you ask? Simply put, it is a greedy team cobbling together the barest minimum of what can be considered a game and releasing it through Steam with the intent of gaining sales through YouTube videos. (The fact these are even releasing on Steam and in general is a rant for another day.) These are not games. They are the products of developers with no sense of ethics releasing complete drivel.

These are not games. They are the products of developers with no sense of ethics releasing complete drivel. 

Besides being morally questionable, this bunk is ruining horror gaming. It seems every day upon booting up Steam I am greeted by a new “horror” release. All of these releases being labeled as horror ensure quality horror games are harder to find for players who are less-informed. They also burn players out on the same experiences making players wearisome to try more games. Worse yet, these things seem to release nearly every day. No, seriously. Look at Jim Sterling’s channel. The amount of these releases is dumbfounding and terrifying. If these were paper, they would not be worth using to house break your puppy. We need a New Mexico landfill for these abominations.

Jump Scares ‘R’ Us

As I have mentioned before, I think what Scott Cawthon has done with Five Nights at Freddy’s is admirable, and I respect him for it. However, the series is another disturbing trend in the decline of quality horror: jump scares. As long as there has been horror, there have been jump scares. When used masterfully like in Alien, The Thing, or Resident Evil, they can be absolutely terrifying. The problem with FNAF is not the jump scare; it’s that the jump scare is all there is. Yes, the games do build tension and have some atmosphere, but every session of the game is essentially anticipating a jump scare.

See, the game relies on a simple pass/fail mechanic. You either survive the night or you don’t. If you do not, an animatronic eats your face off while screaming at you with the voice of a small child. The core of the game is built around the anticipation of this scare. Without the scare, there is nothing to the game. There is no escaping in a weakened state while trying to fend off monsters while tending to your wounds. No hiding in a nook while watching with bated breath as your pursuers attempt to surmise your location. There is nothing. Jump scares cannot be the foundation of the horror experience; they accentuate it.

Even if you could kill the beast, the knowledge that a perfect predator is constantly tailing you ensures when a jump scare transpires, you jump.

Think about Alien: Isolation. There were times when the xenomorph makes a surprise visit in an attempt to give you a passionate lover’s kiss. These moments are terrifying because you know the monster is constantly hunting you, and you can never truly conquer it. Even if you could kill the beast, the knowledge a perfect predator is constantly tailing you ensures when a jump scare transpires, you jump. Jump scares go hand in hand with other elements of horror to deliver a horrifying experience. Without the rest of the elements, you are left with an incomplete picture; a shadow of what could be.

All Filler, No Substance

While all of the above are serious issues with the horror genre, there is one matter which lies at the core of the problem. Most modern horror games reduce horror to bare scare-tactics and end up being anything but horror. This applies to the AAA and indie scene alike. Now there are exceptions, 2014 saw the release of Alien: Isolation, The Evil Within, and P.T. All of these games were a fine return for horror in the AAA market. While not perfect by any means, each game pursued horror in a unique manner.

As a whole though, the AAA market has all but abandoned true horror and has instead pursued some bizarre action/horror hybrid abomination. The Dead Space series started out with two solid entries, but the third entry devolved into a nonsensical action co-op shooter. With an exception for the recent Resident Evil: Revelations 2, Resident Evil has gone completely down the Michael Bay rabbit hole. Both series started out as tense, atmospheric experiences where survival was paramount and empowerment was scarce. Now they are the complete opposite.

Sadly, this mostly applies to the indie market as well.

Going hand in hand with the YouTube fodder and jump scare trend, most of the recent indie games forgo horror altogether to make the most unintentionally hilarious things this side of The Room and Birdemic. Seriously, go watch some of these things in action. Most of the games even fail to grasp a fundamental understanding of atmosphere, content to have the player wander aimlessly for thirty minutes while throwing random noises and poorly paced jump scares. 

Most of the games even fail to grasp a fundamental understanding of atmosphere, content to have the player wander aimlessly for thirty minutes while throwing random noises and poorly paced jump scares.

In Silent Hill 2, you encounter the town and your first enemy within the first thirty minutes of the game, and by that point, the game has already established a fantastic sense of atmosphere.

The first thirty minutes of The Thing (the original 1982 film, not the poor prequel) has the first major alien encounter and gross out scene, but it also establishes place, characters, and atmosphere with incredible mastery. Most of these newer horror games are not even sure of their identity nor their goal at the thirty-minute mark. Strange noises and plodding around locations with no sense of tension or context does not equal atmosphere. 

The Future

While I sound cynical in this post, I am hopeful for the future of horror games. The year ahead holds several promising games for us horror devotees. Perhaps even more encouraging though, is to see players and some prominent personas and pundits in games media speaking out against some of the more malicious of these practices.

We can expose these games for the shams they are, and we can refuse to give poor horror the money and attention they demand. People are calling out developers and spreading the word about these blatant pandering products, and that is a start.

The future for horror is bright, but we players need to do our part as well.

We need to speak up when we see cynical fodder littering Steam and point out YouTubers who play some of these strictly for the pandering. We need to support the good horror games that do get released, like The Vanishing of Ethan Carter and The Cat Lady.

As the consumers and players, we hold an extreme amount of power in our hands. The trick is to responsibly harness this power to better the gaming landscape and the horror genre. Until then, watch your backs. You never know what lurks in the darkness.

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The Goat from Goat Simulator may Appear in DotA 2 https://www.gameskinny.com/388so/the-goat-from-goat-simulator-may-appear-in-dota-2 https://www.gameskinny.com/388so/the-goat-from-goat-simulator-may-appear-in-dota-2 Thu, 19 Mar 2015 19:02:31 -0400 Jon Magnusson

Now I know what you may be thinking. How on earth is the Goat from Goat Simulator meant to fit into the world of Dota 2? Well, the answer to that question is not very well, but couriers (small creatures which the players of Dota control to ferry items) in Dota are generally quite out of the box.

Generally, cosmetic items in Dota try to fit into the world, at least in the visual style. There is only one major exception (the Alpine Stalker Ursa set, which was subsequently removed from the in-game store) but that example withstanding all of the cosmetics in Dota fit within the world. Couriers are an exception, there are several couriers which do not by any stretch of the imagination fit into Dota, the Deathripper from Warmachine being a prime example.

Normally when couriers are being made, their "fitting" in doesn't matter. The same goes for announcer packs. There are several odd and hilarious announcer packs out there, ranging from the dulcet tones of Bastion's Narrator, or The Stanley Parable's Narrator. And as mentioned before, couriers aren't completely out of the question when it comes to world breaking. Whether or not the courier gets into the game itself, is still up in the air. The item has to go through the Steam Workshop, meaning the public has to vote on if the courier is able to be put into the game.

So for now, enjoy the wacky video Coffee Stain Studio's made for their courier, if anything, it's a good little laugh.

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Goat Simulator Comes Crashing Onto Xbox This April https://www.gameskinny.com/ax9ze/goat-simulator-comes-crashing-onto-xbox-this-april https://www.gameskinny.com/ax9ze/goat-simulator-comes-crashing-onto-xbox-this-april Fri, 13 Mar 2015 22:00:06 -0400 JC Lau

One of last year's most absurd and popular PC releases was Goat Simulator, a game where, unsurpsingly, you play as a goat and wreak havoc on unsuspecting humans with your jumping and headbutting skills. Points are awarded for how creative players can be in their destruction. 

If you missed the original release, or you're not a PC gamer, don't despair. Double Eleven announced today that they were pairing with the game's original developers, Coffee Stain Studios, to bring the goatiness to Xbox One and Xbox 360 in April this year.

Lee Hutchinson, CEO of Double Eleven, stated: “We’re delighted to be working with Coffee Stain. They’ve created something truly enjoyable and completely disruptive; we want to bring that to Xbox One.”

Although no specific date in April has been announced so far, the PC version of Goat Simulator was released on April Fools' Day, so it might not be too surprising if the Xbox version showed up on the one-year anniversary of the game.

Goat Simulator’s charm comes in part from the bugs that were deliberately left in. Coffee Stain Studios fixed the crash-bugs but left everything else "to ensure a well-rounded, realistic experience of life as a goat". 

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