Watching people do the jobs you pretend to do
I have a favourite YouTuber. Her name is Allie Knight and she’s a trucker.
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The youngest and oldest truck sims compared
When I was growing up in Spittoon, Texas in the mid Nineties, truck simming wasn’t just encouraged, it was compulsory. Didatech’s Crosscountry USA enlivened many a schoolroom and improved many a scholar. American Truck Simulator might offer handsomer highways and more realistic rigs but can it teach you which state produces 98% of the United States’ low-bush blueberries and instil a life-long fear of hitchhikers? Not on your Nelly Furtado! Read the rest of this entry »
Jackpots in Jackpot
I’ve talked about companion texts in Flare Path before , but I’m not sure I’ve ever used this column to air my companion games theory. In short I believe certain games have soul mates – titles that compliment them so perfectly that the idea of playing one without the other is almost unthinkable. The two games that make up a companion pair are usually very different. The partnership works because themes cross-pollinate. Because pacing and player demands balance out. Because game (A) creates a craving for game (B) and vice versa. This week by a happy accident I found myself in the presence of the most perfect pair of companion games I’ve ever encountered. This week I’ve been bouncing, like a jet-kicked ball bearing, between American Truck Simulator and The Pinball Arcade. Read the rest of this entry »