Baaaaa! Why so serious?

Subject: General Tech | June 4, 2014 - 02:29 PM |
Tagged: goat simulator, gaming, fun

It seems that gaming has become a lot less about having a good time over the past few years.  An entire branch of gaming expects you to run a treadmill of low level quests before you get to the point where you can actually start exploring and many people will not even pick up a game if they can't get achievements for simply playing something that they should be able to enjoy for the simple sake of playing. 

It is more than that however, we have progressed from teabagging and hurling vulgarities at any and all players, be they friendlies or enemies, to having a subgroup of gamers actively insulting so called 'casual gamers' and 'fake gamer girls' in social media and other public forums.  Somehow the idea that gaming is enjoyable because it is a game has been overwhelmed by those who find their fun in deriding other players.

Perhaps this is why Coffee Stain Studio's Goat Simulator has caused such a divide of opinions in gamers; those who can see the fun of wandering around smashing things and generally being silly love it. Those with a need to either prove themselves better than everyone, or at least that everyone is worse than they are can't grasp the idea of purely enjoying a game because it is simply amusing in and of itself.

For those still able to enjoy pure silliness you should read through the full patch notes of Goat Simulator 1.1 on Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN; the addition of a new map and split screen multiplayer has nothing on the notes involving Flappy Goat, the "Applying plastic wrap around your screen will now give you a 3D-effect." or Minecraft goat.  If you have even a tiny bit of a sense of humour left you should also watch the accompanying trailer.

If you want to play with the Fragging Frogs, the most fun frog-based gaming community around, you had best practice having fun. For those of you who never lost that playful spirit, come on it and join in the fun!

"Goat Simulator really is just the dumbest thing, isn’t it? Naturally, that’s why everyone in the whole world loves it and I have a pet goat now. I was surprised (and let’s face it: a bit saddened) to find that real goats have functional neck bones and lack tongues that stretch like elastic and stick like gorilla glue, but them’s the breaks. Related: do not hurl real goats into traffic. They will break. That got a bit dark there, didn’t it? But you know what’s not dark?"

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June 4, 2014 | 02:48 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

I'm looking for a frog simulator with some AI components, that can learn to take on busy highways and floating log rivers, and eventually get to the other side on its own, without any assistance from my brain, other than some initial repetitive non fatal training beforehand. Let it start in the tadpole stage, and work it's way up from there! Get past those hungry fish first, then go on from there to the highways, byways and river logs.

June 4, 2014 | 07:44 PM - Posted by Scott Michaud

You're in luck! Frog Simulator 2013 exists: http://demo.kaazing.com/frogger/

June 5, 2014 | 08:38 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

LOL I love this game.

June 5, 2014 | 09:02 AM - Posted by Collie (not verified)

I ran into this debate just a few weeks ago. One of my co workers and were talking best games and I said the best game I've played in the past 2 years was far cry 3 Single player. He said "but if I'm not beating anyone, what's the point?" Diffrent strokes I guess.

June 5, 2014 | 12:00 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

"...For those of you who never lost that playful spirit,
come on it and join in the fun!"

WTH goes on in this perverted Frog Club?

June 5, 2014 | 04:14 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Super intelligent leaping frogs, equipped with frickin laser beams! Now, on to world domination! [Obligatory stroking of fluffy white lap Kitty, Pinky to pursed lips!]

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