Popular  Tagged Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Popular  RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network 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!

Top 5 Xbox One Games https://www.gameskinny.com/vek5o/top-5-xbox-one-games https://www.gameskinny.com/vek5o/top-5-xbox-one-games Sat, 03 Jan 2015 20:11:22 -0500 Jreesecup99

The Xbox One is a fantastic console, one packed with all the media functionality we could ever need, and plenty of games to boot. After all, that's why the console graces our entertainment stands--to play awesome games. Whether your still deciding between buying a PS4 or Xbox One, the question stands: what games should you play if you have an Xbox One?

There are many enticing upcoming Xbox One games we can't wait to get our hands on. But if you're looking for something to play right now, I have ranked the top 5 games out of the many I have played. Starting with... 

5. Battlefield 4

The first-person shooter genre is defined by its seminal moments. There's Doom's corridors. There's Quake's multiplayer modes. There's Tribes' breadth and scale. There's Modern Warfare's online progression. And now, there's Battlefield 4's "levolution." Sure, the name is awful and its creator should be shot. But the idea--taking an online multiplayer level, and through player action, fundamentally altering that level--will be the new industry standard for the biggest and most lucrative genre in gaming. That fact alone puts Battlefield 4 near the top of this list of the best Xbox One games.

And even setting aside levolution, Battlefield 4 offers one of the finest--if not the finest--large-scale multiplayer components available on any console. With 64-player maps, Xbox One owners are getting the same experience PC gamers have held over them for years, one that's defined by an expertly crafted mix of infantry interacting with ground, air, and sea vehicles. Add in a wholly competent (if not inspired) single-player campaign, and what you've got is one of the best interactive experiences currently available.

4. Sunset Overdrive

It’s felt like ages since Insomniac Games has put out something that dazzled us--we were starting to worry that we’d never see the creative spark that was the heart of, say, Ratchet and Clank. Thankfully, Sunset Overdrive put those fears to bed in an colorful explosion of tongue-in-cheek insanity.

Grinding around Sunset City to reach our next destination Jet Set Radio-style never got old, while our arsenal of wacky guns and cheeky one-liners kept us grinning throughout. The vibrant world is downright gorgeous--a comforting reminder that game palettes aren’t limited to mud--and our player-created, aging punk rocker fit it like a glove. If you think creativity in AAA gaming is dead, Sunset Overdrive is one of the better ways to change your mind.

3. Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor

Prepare yourself, we’re about to make a bold prediction: Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor is going to be just as influential to games as Max Payne or Gears of War. Why, you ask? Just like bullet time or third-person cover shooters, we expect Mordor’s Nemesis feature to become the new flavor to dominate games over the next few years.

Enemies affected by your actions? A dynamic social structure within the game world? Gameplay that responds to the actions of the player? Honestly, it’s the kind of stuff we thought all open-world games would have years ago, but to see it in action is just so, so satisfying. Then again, we could be wrong--if so, we’ll just have to wait anxiously for a sequel.

2. Destiny

Forget the haters--Destiny is a game that’s all about innovation. Bungie tied the class system, loot grabbing, and multiplayer raids you’d find in an MMO to their trademark FPS gunplay in a way that had us dying to jump in time and time again.

Actually, that’s something of an understatement. We’ve played Destiny a lot. Our Xboxes stayed on throughout launch week and our game discs kept spinning until the sun came up. We maxed out a character, then immediately fired up the next one. We’ve even managed to delude ourselves into believing that Peter Dinklage isn’t just a Guilty Spark knockoff with a new accent. Despite any hiccups along the way to an FPS/MMORPG hybrid too beautiful for our mortal minds to handle, Destiny remains an addictive experience that’s hard to match.

1. Alien Isolation

So often are we the aggressor that we almost never experience the other side of the coin. The most popular games always cast us as the badass, the champion, and every other form of unstoppable hero--why is it only horror games that are willing to knock us down a peg?

Case in point: Alien: Isolation made us fear for our lives, squealing like little girls when the titular extraterrestrial made mincemeat of our fragile human form. It’s the Alien (note the lack of “s”) game we’ve always wanted, an atmospheric survival simulator starring a beast that’s just as intelligent as it is unpredictable. If you don’t believe us, just hop on board and see how long you last. We’ll be here hot chocolate and hugs when you need us.

Those are the top 5 Xbox One games that I have chosen. Hope you enjoyed, and I hope I have enhanced your gameplay!