Sunday, 7 August 2016
Why Walking Simulators Are Insufferable
If you've not played any of those games then allow me to describe to you what a walking simulator is. In a walking simulator, there is very little to no actual game play. No challenge, nothing trying to stop you achieve your goals and very little in terms of mechanics outside of "use WASD to move and mouse to click". The idea of this genre is that it's trying to deliver a good story to you by giving you an interactive environment for you to explore and discover the plot for yourself.
Now there's a number of reasons I find these games completely unbearable not only to play, but to hear people talking about. The big reason that sticks out in my mind is that they aren't even games really. A game is something that has mechanics, win and fail states, a goal to achieve maybe even some competition, things like that. These games don't do anything like that, it's sort of like walking through an art gallery but all the artwork was created by piss-gargling twats who think they are being deep. "Digital Art" would be a better way to describe these pieces of software rather than video games. For some reason the fact that they are marketed as video games just sort of upsets me.
Another reason that I hate these games are the people who make them and the people who play them. Let me just show you a picture of the people who made indie trash heap Gone Home
However the thing that really gets to me about these games is the fact that it just takes a giant shit on actual talented developers who not only care about making games but giving us great story experiences as well.
Or hell, what about Kamaitachi No Yoru
These are just three but there are tons of games like this, tons of games making a great effort to marry fine storytelling and gaming mechanics in order to create unique and memorable experiences. Then these fucking idiots come along, make some shitty story and put it into some shitty interactive environment and then crown themselves the kings and queens of artistic gaming.
Go choke on your Vente Starbucks you insufferable bastards.