O Steam Simfest: Hobby Edition started yesterday with some good deals on sims of all kinds. The week-long online event will also include a series of game demos, developer live streams, game sessions and more.
The interesting thing about “yes” as a genre is that it covers a huge amount of ground – simulating other activities is an inherent element of video games, after all. Valve defines sims, for the purpose of this particular event, as “games that attempt to simulate a hobby or job”, which is a little narrower in scope, but not much, really. This is how you end up with a single genre containing games like:
Honestly, if you line up all these games and ask me what they have in common (perhaps leaving out both of them with “Simulator” in the title, so as not to give away the game), I’d be baffled. Arma 3, Hellish Quart, and Assetto Corsa Competizione are as different from each other as you can get, and yet here they are, all sharing space in the boundless glory of the “yes” genre.
(Ironically, immersive sims are not included! Shame, that.)
Here are some highlights from upcoming Let’s Play panels, discussions and sessions:
Steam Simfest: Hobby Edition is available now and runs until April 4th.