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Farming Simulator 2013 Is Your New God

What’s weird about the above image? I mean, other than that anyone paid for Medal of Whatever: Whatever Whateverer.

Don’t fuck with FARMING SIMULATOR 2013, yo.

Number two in the UK PC retail charts ain’t to be sniffed at, and there is no shame in losing out to the latest installment of the evergreen money fountain that is Foot-to-ball Commander in its first week. Meanwhile, VGChartz reckon it was the best-selling game in the world last week, although as I understand their charts are at least partially created by pulling of numbers from an orifice usually used for post-digestive processes.

Europe loves to farm. A return to a pastoral, self-sufficient idyll, rather than the bleak encroaching moneypocalypse mood of today, perhaps?

The game hasn’t done quite as well on Steam, just missing out on the top ten for last week, which looks like this:

1. Football Manager 2013
2. Left 4 Dead 2
3. XCOM: Enemy Unknown
4. Natural Selection 2
5. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
6. Chivalry: Medieval Warfare
7. Borderlands 2
8. The Walking Dead
9. Dishonored
10. Dead Island Game of the Year Edition

FS2013’s absence leads me to wonder about what kind of audience the game has recruited. Clearly, it’s people who prefer to buy from shops rather than online (that UK chart only representing retail and etail sales, which means it’s 99% irrelevant but still throws up points on interest). People who may not even be aware it can bought online, perhaps. People who aren’t even online, maybe. Which could be because they live out in the sticks. Which might mean…

Of course! Everyone buying Farming Simulator 2013 is a farmer! They’re doing a little bit of pre-breakfast farming simulation, then going out and farming, then coming home and doing some farming simulation until the wee small hours. They’ll be very excited about the upcoming DLC aimed at better recreating the farming experience, which carries the working title Farming Simulator 2013 Simulator.

If you are a farmer and wish to spend your time simulating farm, this is the kind of thing you can expect:

And you could experience it for yourself without spending any money – thus saving your pennies for more shotgun shells and green wellingtons – here.

Edit – oops, sorry, I forgot this. Don’t know what I was thinking.

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