Fallow: Competitive Farm Machine Championships 2013

By John Walker on October 10th, 2012 at 2:00 pm.


It’s too much in an Olympic year. Can we really cope with the news that there’s to be a Farm Machine Championships 2013? A game depicting competitive events such as… potato planting?

Part of me wants to believe that products from the likes of PlayWay and Excalibur are a trick that’s being played on me, an elaborate ruse to make me look silly because I thought Old Village Simulator 1962 and Camping Manager were real things. But that part of me knows it is wrong. And the rest of me desperately wants to share the trailer for Farm Machine Championships 2013 with you. And then see if I can start a war.

I wondered if there was a real-world equivalent to this – it would make some degree of sense if there really were such a championship that this was emulating. But the closest I’ve been able to find are tractor pulls, which seem to involve very little planting of potatoes or “bricking the straw”. Which is a shame, as if I were up at 2am and it was on, I’d watch it. Instead, watch this:

You know, one of my favourite things in the world is when a game has a “mouse click” noise when you click on a button in a menu. Just in case the mouse click noise my mouse made when I clicked it on the button wasn’t loud enough. More peculiar is how little it all seems to have to do with anything involving a championship, until finally – finally! – at two and a half minutes in, we get to see some tractor races. (It’s kind of unfortunate that it says “realistic machine handling” just as the tractors awkwardly shuffle their way into a turn.)

But, I wonder, could this be the start of an ugly war? PlayWay seem to be the new players on the block here, with only 12 games under their belt compared to Excalibur’s 89 billion. Both publishers seem to be hell-bent on making astonishingly niche games looking as though they were developed in 2002. And PlayWay’s tractor game does seem to have used an awfully familiar-looking font.





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  1. noom says:

    Looks like crop to me.

  2. Lambchops says:

    Looks like this tie-in has been farmed off to the cheapest developer.

  3. yhancik says:

    I love how bold italic sans serif font with a light-grey gradient has become the de facto standard for simulators titles.

  4. mooken says:

    I’m so glad this is coming out on the PC instead of console, the PhysX engine makes all the difference in the world when you try and replicate wheat husk particle physics. I lost my $#)@ at 2:15 with what looks like the next great multiplayer mode — every game is going to be copying this from now on. At least we’ll know who originated.

    Oh, and because this is always appropriate:

  5. CobraLad says:

    TRACTOR freaking RACES

  6. Sparkasaurusmex says:

    WTB Camping Manager!

  7. waaaaaaaals says:

    Nothing beats White Van Racer for being the best and yet the worst idea for a cheaply made game.

  8. Berzee says:

    I have participated in bricking the straw/hay a few times in my day. I drove the tractor once, and managed not to kill anybody! I found it tricky enough that I am willing to accept a championship based upon it, but less tricky than I imagine (say) motocross to be.

  9. mpk says:

    “Zombie Driver. Genre: Apocalypse Simulator”

    That’s me. I’m done for the day.

  10. Artist says:

    I take my combine harvester +1 and beat the shit out of any enemy you field against me!

  11. Dozer says:

    The 2007 World Ploughing Championship was held in Tasmania not very far from where I live. Dad pointed out the field as we drove by on the old highway. It looked like a field, no mistake.

  12. oyog says:

    I really kind of hope all those American themed assets are reused on the European maps.

  13. hamburger_cheesedoodle says:

    This is a Real Thing that Actually Exists!?

  14. Symce says:

    At 1.19 in that trailer it says Precission Driving, seriously they make spelling errors in their own advertisement trailers, nuff said.

  15. remoteman21333 says:

    I’ll always wondered how publishers like this can survive in the industry. But I guess videos like these help: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gEJHrmliVQw

  16. stupid_mcgee says:

    Dude, Farming Simulator has been MLG for years now. Just check out some of the pro montage vids on the net.

    • stupid_mcgee says:

      Of course, the real pros stick to Forklift Truck Simulator 2009. It’s like comparing pro TF2 to CS:S. FTS’09 is just so much more h4rdc0r3!

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