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    Lesser Hivemind Node Leopig's Avatar
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    Is there anything in the world that someone has not made a simulator for yet?

    Just looking at gamergate sales and there is currently a LOAD of sims ranging from ship, heicopter, building, demolition, wood cutting, road works, bus, truck, train, plane and even Bungee jumping and automobile rescue.

    Honestly certain things I can see being enjoyable, but refuse collection? Who would play such a thing? someone who does the job for a living and can't get enough of it? and they all seem so expensive most of the time too and look like they were made with Hammer.
    If graphics are not important why spend so much on a GPU?

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    Still waiting for Chimney Sweep 2012.
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    Quote Originally Posted by squareking View Post
    Still waiting for Chimney Sweep 2012.
    i hear it is hitting just in time for Santa.
    If graphics are not important why spend so much on a GPU?

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    Quote Originally Posted by squareking View Post
    Still waiting for Chimney Sweep 2012.
    I'll have you know, chimney sweeping is an amazing profession.


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    An ignoring people on internet message boards simulator?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hypernetic View Post
    An ignoring people on internet message boards simulator?
    http://www.forumwarz.com/

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    Quote Originally Posted by postinternetsyndrome View Post
    That's kinda the opposite, but fun regardless.

    Edit: Just sank two hours in that game because I'd apparently made an account back in 2008. FFS!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Leopig View Post
    Honestly certain things I can see being enjoyable, but refuse collection? Who would play such a thing? someone who does the job for a living and can't get enough of it?
    The way I see it refuse collection is the same as a taxi or something similar. Go to A, pick it up, drop it at point B. Like an awful lot of driving simulators out there, baring the racing ones. Lots more people wanted to be bin men/women growing up than taxi drivers too.

    That said, I have no interest in those ones. The building ones always looked intriguing but never looked as if they gave you free reign, give me the tools from one of them, the freedom of minecraft and the options of the sims and I could be very happy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leopig View Post
    Honestly certain things I can see being enjoyable, but refuse collection? Who would play such a thing? someone who does the job for a living and can't get enough of it? and they all seem so expensive most of the time too and look like they were made with Hammer.
    A wild guess I might throw is that the sort of peaceful, repetetive gameplay in these sims is so very zen-like and enjoyable to a certain mind set that it becomes a downright interest much in the way other games are for us, and that the specific type of mundane context is a bit more irrelevant. So instead of there being people who are REALLY excited over the idea of becoming a virtual garbage van driver, the interest is more about the gameplay and the setting is just a new dressing for it (to sell the same thing again and again for that particular niche market).
    Give me steam and how you feel to make it real.

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    i don't think there's a master baiting sim yet ;)

    Quote Originally Posted by Leopig View Post
    Just looking at gamergate sales and there is currently a LOAD of sims ranging from ship, heicopter, building, demolition, wood cutting, road works, bus, truck, train, plane and even Bungee jumping and automobile rescue.

    Honestly certain things I can see being enjoyable, but refuse collection? Who would play such a thing? someone who does the job for a living and can't get enough of it?
    anyone who's ever played Theme Hospital knows better than that.

    even if by simulation, you don't mean managerial games, it's all about the gameplay, not the setting.

    Quote Originally Posted by Leopig View Post
    and they all seem so expensive most of the time too and look like they were made with Hammer.
    i guess many of those games are aimed at the general (i.e. non-gaming) public... most of them are total rubbish of course.

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    Also, I suspect that some of the more "random" ones might be the result of publishers working with students and the like. I know that the US Store Hot Topic works with "artists" to make T-shirt designs for them in a borderline sweat-shop manner.

    No reason to assume said publishers wouldn't do the same for Garbage Truck Simulator 9000 (explaining all the glitches). Results in almost zero costs for development (especially because, if it is a school setting, the student is paying to work for you), the student gets real-world experience for their CV, and the publisher might be able to shift some copies.

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    Low-key challenges that don't involve killing people.

    I don't want to be a sanitation man, but I don't want to be a soldier, either. And I think playing a sanitation man is probably healthier for me anyway.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nalano View Post
    Low-key challenges that don't involve killing people.

    I don't want to be a sanitation man, but I don't want to be a soldier, either. And I think playing a sanitation man is probably healthier for me anyway.
    Process server simulator?

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    Herding eurasian badgers (meles meles). No game focuses on that. If there's one, let me know.
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    Secondary Hivemind Nexus Nalano's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hypernetic View Post
    Process server simulator?
    Dentistry simulator. Everybody wants to be a nice DDS, right?
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    I wanted to say rape but even that exists.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RapeLay

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    No one seems to have made a true Zeppelin sim yet. :P

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    Quote Originally Posted by johnki View Post
    No one seems to have made a true Zeppelin sim yet. :P
    Maybe this one?

    http://www.mobygames.com/game/zeppel...nts-of-the-sky

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    Proctology Simulator 2012?
    Dispensing Chemist Simulator 2012?
    Golf Ball Manufacturer Simulator 2012?
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    Quote Originally Posted by magnus1969 View Post
    Proctology Simulator 2012?
    I remember seeing an article in a magazine back when I was in high school(around 2004ish) that was about weird Japanese arcade games. One of the games mentioned had you using a plastic finger to poke a rubber ass that was on the machine. I'd say that's about as close as I'd want to get to a proctology simulator and, since I'm not exactly sure what the game was about, that may have actually been what it was.

    And I just googled "Japanese arcade game rubber butt poking" and found an article about it. Apparently it was called Boong-Ga Boong-Ga. Here's a picture -
    boongga.jpg

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