If the Baby Boomers were the ‘Me Generation’ and Gen Xers were the ‘MTV Generation’ and Millennials were the ‘Internet Generation’, this next generation rising through the ranks and born after 2000 may well be the ‘ generation “Minecraft Generation”.
Extra Credits released a video about the effect Minecraft would have hit the gaming industry in 2014, and much of what they said “would happen in 10 years” is already well on its way to happening.
But you might not be a child or a young teenager reading this. You could be much older, and the transformation into a simulation player may have taken place decades ago.
After all, when the original Simcity came out on the SNES as a launch title, many kids whose NES experiences were games like Contra and Punch ! suddenly found a whole new world they had never seen before, just waiting to guide their maturing tastes in a whole new direction.
Many of you still play predominantly action-oriented titles, but look no further than Red Dead Redemption 2, a game in the action-RPG genre, which requires more patience to get the most of the experience than we’ve ever seen in a game that didn’t have Todd Howard’s design handprints all over the place (I see you there, Fallout 4).
But I’m not talking about Red Dead when I say you should play more simulation games in 2019. I’m saying you should take the plunge and get into the serious simulators, the ones with the word “Simulator” in it. title that does not also include the word “goat”.
“But Fox,” you may be asking wisely, “why would I want to do this?” “
I’ll give you five good reasons.
Games are fantastic short distractions
Have you ever had half an hour to kill and done a quick quest in an RPG or a ride in a game like Civilization Where Total war, only to find out that what was supposed to be a quick time killer got you playing all day, victim of the wrong kind of distraction?
Have fun. Go buy one of the Truck Simulator games (American Truck Simulator Where Euro Truck Simulator 2, depending on your geographic preferences.) Load the game when you have about 30 minutes to two hours, then choose a freight ride that you can complete within that time.
Then do the cargo run, notice the game gives you a fantastic natural exit point requiring a little effort, not a lot, but just enough to remind you that you only planned for one cargo run , then see how the simulated trucks are. a perfect part of that balanced breakfast between being an adult and wanting to spend time playing.
If you have responsibilities (work, kids, wife, whatever), simulations are the perfect games to fit into your day without getting carried away.
They don’t have to be trucks either. It can be a farming day in a relaxed setting (Valley of stars) or serious (Agriculture simulator, in the semi-annual version which your computer prefers in terms of graphics and performance) sim. A flight in X-Plane 11 or even Microsoft Flight Simulator X. Sports games, if they are precise reflections rather than arcade-style games (think Madden Where NBA 2K) even under that large play tent.
The community tends to be great
Is there a bigger cesspool in the game than the MOBA genre? You have hyper-competitive kids who try too much to be nervous in voice chat, to the point that a lot of non-gamers think it’s all video games when they dismiss our hobby.
Compare that with the way the community interacts with the developers and among themselves among the big fans of simulation. Because games are not PVP, even in their online modes, people have no incentive to be fools to each other and have every reason to be super helpful and cooperative.
There are also some awesome Let’s Play-style instructional videos on YouTube. Playing American Truck Simulator, I found the turning radius of my trailers so ridiculously wide that the only real solution was to have them towed whenever they got into a rough spot. But there was YouTube, ready and willing to help and demonstrate. A few videos later, and I was spinning this trailer somewhere like the minute hand on a clock.
And at no point do most of the people in these videos have the patronizing tone that you get from forum posts and the like.
If you are exhausted by others, doing simulations is a great way to get out of this discomfort.
If you want a long session, you can have one
Go ahead, Valley of stars players. Lie to me in the comments and tell me you’ve never played an entire season (or more) in one sitting.
Likewise, these are games that if you don’t try to limit yourself, you can get lost in them.
Put on classic rock, load a tractor or truck or this town in Cities: horizons you worked on and stretched across the freeway for the first time and wasting a day or a weekend or a whole college winter break playing.
These games are relaxing and stress free recovery games. When you need a sanity day to pass the time, this is the perfect kind for it.
Worlds persist in ways MMOs don’t
There’s nothing quite like going back to a game and having what you’ve built exactly the way you left it. It is the object of many reveries during the working days, the source of incredible screenshots like those Minecraft worlds you see all over the internet, and perhaps the most satisfying part of playing simulators in the long run.
It’s having a neighborhood in a Sims game you started on a blank or nearly blank card grows, changes and thrives with each generation of Sim kids and new house construction until the neighborhood is full and bustling.
Introducing the sport once again, it’s franchise mode which is moved away several seasons from the first game of Year 1, with the game’s auto-generated draft classes having had their own Hall of Fame careers, all but the most. young recruits from real sport long retired.
And the best reason to play simulators?
They tend to be cheap
Well, with the exception of the DLC. But that’s just it.
These are “lifestyle games,” and every mod you install, every content pack you buy, or whatever add-on – free or paid – you bring to the game makes it truly yours.
At no time is this mandatory. It may sound like this – Truck Simulator games seem pretty limited without their extensive maps – but you can have a very satisfying experience with just the base game.
This scalability makes simulations a lot of fun, because at no point does it constrain the playerbase in the same way that an MMO not only blocks new areas from people who don’t buy the expansion, but part of the community. friendship and content that other players provide.
You can mix and match for any budget, plus these games get a big discount on Steam all the time.
So why not try a simulated life in 2019? You’ll find it’s a nice change of pace, and who knows, when you play one that really speaks to you, you might end up like that high school freshman whose love for the simulated cities in 1992 turned into one. love for writing on simulations 27 years later.