So these "Walking Simulators" on Steam...

Dec 24, 2006
11,308
0
0
#1
If you've been around on Steam for long enough, you realize that there is a certain brand of game called "Walking Simulator" These games include such titles as Proteus, The Graveyard and Ultraworld. Are any of these actually good? Followup question: Do you think this is an actual genre or is it just a flagrant abuse of Steam's tag feature.?
 
Oct 10, 2009
30,024
5
775
#4
These games include such titles as Proteus, The Graveyard and Ultraworld. Are any of these actually good? Followup question: Do you think this is an actual genre or is it just a flagrant abuse of Steam's tag feature.?
The fact that you've lumped those three games together would suggest not.

Ironically the first game I've seen that attached to was DayZ
 
Jun 18, 2014
4,272
0
300
#12
Nah, I don't consider it a genre. It's just stupid people who say that they aren't games, it's usually the same people that post saying games like Heavy Rain, Walking Dead, etc. aren't "real" games.
 

mrklaw

MrArseFace
Jun 10, 2004
59,901
0
0
Windsor, UK
#15
Dear Esther, the vanishing of ethan Carter, gone home - loved all of them. They feel a bit like visual novels in a way, but with more surface appearance of interaction (in reality you are still bound by the story though)
 
Oct 9, 2013
6,627
1
310
#16
Am I the only one who loves walking simulators? I don't actually play Grand Theft Auto or the Elder Scrolls. I just go adventuring for a few hundred hours until I have the map memorized.
 
Sep 14, 2009
7,217
0
0
#21
These type of games are not my thing. I am not against them but I don't want to play them. It saves me some time and possibly a uninformed purchase when the game gets tagged like this.
I get it, they're not my games either really outside a few. but the term is typically used as a dismissal. Like "bullshit waifu JRPG"

you might get a sense about what that means but it doesn't mean the guy saying it isn't being a dick about it

But I like walking simulators. :(
It's usually used in the context of "not a real fucking game, just some hipster walking simulator"

which is a real shit attitude
 
Nov 26, 2009
37,157
3
0
Brazil
#26
When they are good they are VERY good. Gone Home and Stanley Parable are AMAZING

But when they suck .... dear god I hate Dear Esther =P

Kinda sad that steam refunds will kinda kill the genre since most of those you can easily finish in less than 2 hours
 
Oct 30, 2013
3,532
0
0
#31
"Walking Simulator" is normally used as a insult against games. Of course quite a few games that get this tag are good like Gone Home, Proteus, The Vanishing of Ethan Carter and The Stanley Parable which all have really unique elements.

I don't think that it could be used as a genre title due to how it is often used to mock certain games.
 
Dec 24, 2006
11,308
0
0
#32
When they are good they are VERY good. Gone Home and Stanley Parable are AMAZING

But when they suck .... dear god I hate Dear Esther =P

Kinda sad that steam refunds will kinda kill the genre since most of those you can easily finish in less than 2 hours
I'd like to think that the vast majority of people will use Steam refunds responsibly. Sure there are a few bad apples, but I doubt that the vast majority of people are going to use it as a makeshift rental service.
 
Oct 5, 2013
7,070
0
0
#34
really hate the name these have been given, because its mostly become a joke. A lot of these games I find to be really fucking good. I think they deserve a better name. what that is, idk too lazy to come up with a new one.
 
Apr 12, 2013
3,978
0
365
#36
Proteus is cool as hell


People use the term walking simulator to be assholes
After games like Dear Esther, Gone Home, and the Stanley Parable, tagging something as a ‘walking simulator’ is more likely to increase my interest than lower it.

If assholes indeed came up with that term as pejorative, it kinda backfired hardcore.
 
Dec 4, 2007
22,805
0
0
Saint Louis / New York City
#37
I get it, they're not my games either really outside a few. but the term is typically used as a dismissal. Like "bullshit waifu JRPG"

you might get a sense about what that means but it doesn't mean the guy saying it isn't being a dick about it
I can sympathize with this, but I'm not sure how to convey this information. The purpose is to inform the reader that the game is minimally interactive, with very little to do but walk around and let the story unfold.

I'm fine with coming up with a different label, but I feel almost all of them are going to seem disparaging.I feel like "minimal interactivity" would do, but maybe that's insulting too.
 
Jun 17, 2014
19,094
0
0
USA
sirtaptap.com
#38
I'm conflicted, I more often than not really do appreciate these games though "walking simulator" is mostly used derogatorily.

If you've ever wanted to explore, really just explore, not fight, that's what they're for, love Proteus for that.

Dear Esther is excellent and very poignent. I've played it three times through and every time I get something new out of it. Proteus is also pretty neat.
Apparently the spoken "story" changes randomly so that might be why, I only played it once but that's what I heard.
 

dave is ok

aztek is ok
Aug 16, 2004
17,420
0
1,390
#40
I can sympathize with this, but I'm not sure how to convey this information. The purpose is to inform the reader that the game is minimally interactive, with very little to do but walk around and let the story unfold.

I'm fine with coming up with a different label, but I feel almost all of them are going to seem disparaging.I feel like "minimal interactivity" would do, but maybe that's insulting too.
Lets call them WASDs
 
Apr 16, 2012
28,442
2
0
#43
It's a troll tag for a somewhat niche / emergent sub-genre
I guess it's a troll tag. I don't know what else to call it, and "walking simulator" has already stuck. May as well stick with it.

I like what I've played of this genre and don't personally consider the name derogatory. If someone has a more appropriate name, I'll gladly use it though.
 
Sep 27, 2009
19,653
7
705
#46
Proteus is weird and interesting and looks really unique.

Dear Esther is boring but pretty and the story is partially randomised which makes it hard to actually interpret what exactly is going on as what you are told might be different to what your friend is told for no reason other than to make the story seem deep and ambiguous.

The Stanley Parable is hilarious and very clever with a lot of replayability.

Gone Home is something I haven't played but I remember losing interest when the devs said something like "there is no ghost" because it seemed like a creepy kind of game but there is nothing to it. The story is supposed to be good though but I've not played it.
 
Dec 4, 2007
22,805
0
0
Saint Louis / New York City
#48
I guess it's a troll tag. I don't know what else to call it, and "walking simulator" has already stuck. May as well stick with it.

I like what I've played of this genre and don't personally consider the name derogatory. If someone has a more appropriate name, I'll gladly use it though.
As someone who doesn't like these games (but has no interest in belittling those who do), I feel the same.

I have no problem avoiding this term if people find it insulting, but I need to know what else to call them instead.

Lets call them WASDs
I like it!
 
Jun 16, 2014
9,430
1
0
#49
Proteus is great.

Everybody's Gone to the Rapture looks like it's shaping up well.

It's not a genre I want to play consistently but it's a nice change of pace.