Sometimes it isn't about the struggle, it's about the sheer licence to be as wacky as you want.
To satisfy both camps is last year's indie gem Mount Your Friends by Stegersaurus Software Inc., the extreme simulated sporting sensation sweeping the digital nation.
"Mount Your Friends is a fiercely competitive sporting event for you to play with your friends in the contextual security of your own home, assuming that your home is not composed of sexual innuendo. If it is, we may suggest buying a new home or at least getting the current one cleaned professionally.
Mount Your Friends is a physics based competitive climbing game where what you climb is each other. Players take turns climbing to the top of a tower of previous climbers (and a goat) working to become the new highest point before time runs out. If you run out of time before reaching the top, you're eliminated. It's simple to get into, but difficulty to master. Adept competitors can create massive towers by flinging themselves faster than simple climbing methods can attain. Of course, you may also end up just falling all the way down a tower if you miss!"
The subject of many a hilarious Let's Play and drunken Raid Call with friends, this game has everything: