Hoo-boy, we just went through a whirlwind of crazy and I need a moment to catch my breath.
Who is developing these crazy simulators, but more importantly: who is actually playing them? For many of these titles, honestly it just has to be people who are pointing and laughing and want to take a quick peek at the oddity. It's the freak show rendition of gaming.
I mean, is anyone really addicted to Robot Vacuum Simulator? It seems doubtful. I call this the Hatoful Boyfriend syndrome: nobody bought a game about dating birds because they thought it was going to have excellent dialog and gameplay mechanics.
Octodad is a notable exception, since it's more of a legitimate full game. Oddly, Farming Simulator seems to have a legitimate following that goes well beyond being ironic. In some twist of the human psyche, people like physics-based farming. (Is it just part of the strange gamer love for farming-based games in general?)
Which of these did you think was the strangest, and what bizarre simulators did we miss that should have made the cut? Have you played any of these sims, and what did you like about them?