How is this happening?

#1 Posted by BisonHero (6055 posts) -

I must be either grossly underestimating how weird Europe is, or grossly underestimating how influential Giant Bomb is, because how on Earth is Euro Truck Simulator 2 the best selling game on Steam right now? It's 36 flippin' dollars!

These are the end times, people, the end times!

#2 Posted by Sackmanjones (4650 posts) -

I truly have no explanation for it except that it truly is the end of times

#3 Posted by EarlessShrimp (1631 posts) -

Explanation: the mods out there for the game actually make it kind of interesting to play? I dunno that's my theory. It could be pretty damn fun, WE JUST DON'T HAVE ALL THE FACTS MAN!

#4 Posted by Kidavenger (3488 posts) -

It is a new release and I'd imagine business is slow with all the regulars due to the recent sale but it does make me wonder if we overestimate how popular Steam is, especially when games aren't on sale.

#5 Posted by TheHT (10812 posts) -

Fantastic.

#6 Posted by Ramone (2956 posts) -

I was sort of interested in it after the quick look. It looked like a game you could just sit down for a couple of hours and play while you listen to a podcast or some music.

#7 Posted by Mirado (983 posts) -

The Yogscast also did a livestream during the holidays; it's safe to say that it has been getting enough exposure (not necessarily positive exposure but hey) over the past few weeks to make it to the top of a slow week (weeks? Month? ....months?) of game releases.

#8 Posted by glyn (382 posts) -

Because the game looks very very interesting.

#9 Posted by Pie (7035 posts) -

Game is relaxing man

#10 Posted by zombie2011 (4968 posts) -

@Mirado said:

The Yogscast also did a livestream during the holidays; it's safe to say that it has been getting enough exposure (not necessarily positive exposure but hey) over the past few weeks to make it to the top of a slow week (weeks? Month? ....months?) of game releases.

This

I have a feeling The Yogscast stream made a lot of people buy this, hell I sat there and watched them play it for 6 hours.

#11 Posted by GunslingerPanda (4608 posts) -

It probably has less to do with Giant Bomb and more to do with the Yogscast, unfortunately.

#12 Posted by BeachThunder (11649 posts) -

Is there a Truck Z mod?

#13 Posted by SirOptimusPrime (1917 posts) -

Three things:

A) You're underestimating how fun sim games are, especially when you throw in the mechanical aspect of them.

B) You're underestimating how many PC gamers are into weird shit in general.

C) @Mirado said:

The Yogscast also did a livestream during the holidays; it's safe to say that it has been getting enough exposure (not necessarily positive exposure but hey) over the past few weeks to make it to the top of a slow week (weeks? Month? ....months?) of game releases.

#14 Posted by Atlas (2428 posts) -

Game is awesome. I'd have bought it on Steam, but I was impatient and bought it through the publisher's site. Been really enjoying it; excellent game to play while listening to music.

#15 Posted by DudeOlav (127 posts) -

Did you not see the quicklook? Euro Truck Simulator 2 is the shit.

There is something serene and calming about running lights and blazing through the Slovakian countryside with a truckload of tomatoes.

#16 Posted by Scrawnto (2433 posts) -

@BisonHero: Europe is super weird. I seem to recall Farm Simulator being pretty high on the list when it came out too.

#17 Posted by Milkman (16486 posts) -

The power of Vinny.

#18 Posted by SirOptimusPrime (1917 posts) -

@Milkman said:

The power of Vinny.

x ^

#19 Posted by oraknabo (1453 posts) -

Vinny + Germans?

#20 Posted by Kaiserreich (681 posts) -

The game is actually pretty fun.

#21 Posted by Nux (2294 posts) -

Remember the zojirushi thermos? Giantbomb has power over people's minds.

#22 Posted by AlexW00d (6168 posts) -

@Scrawnto said:

@BisonHero: Europe is super weird. I seem to recall Farm Simulator being pretty high on the list when it came out too.

Farming Simulator 2013 outsold combined sales of Medal of Honour over all 3 platforms of MoH's release week, which was like the second or third week Farming Sim had been out. And was like the highest selling release until Football Manager 2013 came out.

People love sims, and some sims are legitimately fun.

#23 Posted by oraknabo (1453 posts) -

I have to admit I got a copy after the quick look. I had played the last one and it wasn't that great, but this one was a massive improvement in every department. I liked listening to French metal stations in it too.

FULL DISCLOSURE; I have also played Tokyo Bus Guide 1 & 2, Big Rigs & Desert Bus.

#24 Posted by Shortbreadtom (682 posts) -

Everyone who refused to buy DmC this week invested their money elsewhere?

#25 Posted by Jams (2959 posts) -

@AlexW00d said:

@Scrawnto said:

@BisonHero: Europe is super weird. I seem to recall Farm Simulator being pretty high on the list when it came out too.

Farming Simulator 2013 outsold combined sales of Medal of Honour over all 3 platforms of MoH's release week, which was like the second or third week Farming Sim had been out. And was like the highest selling release until Football Manager 2013 came out.

People love sims, and some sims are legitimately fun.

I'm still waiting for my wilderness survival sim. GODDAMN IT I'M TIRED OF WAITING!

#26 Posted by Cold_Wolven (2206 posts) -

Europe, it's a big continent in love with simulators.

#27 Posted by mosespippy (3984 posts) -

The other games on the list are either older, more expensive recent releases or preorders. None of those would be seeing a sales spike so it has to be a slow week. Combined with the sale price, europe's love of sims and the positive coverage it's received in the media and it's snuck it's way to the top.

#28 Posted by Svenzon (711 posts) -

Those sims are crazy popular over here. Seems we get one new title delivered every week at work. Farming Sim and Euro Truck are the big sellers.

#29 Posted by Quarters (1624 posts) -

I'm not gonna lie, it actually looked entertaining in the QL. Seems relaxing.

#30 Posted by Animasta (14643 posts) -

GO CRUSADER KINGS 2

EVEN IF THE REPUBLIC IS HORRIBLY UNBALANCED SO FAR

#31 Posted by Ubersmake (754 posts) -

@Jams said:

@AlexW00d said:

@Scrawnto said:

@BisonHero: Europe is super weird. I seem to recall Farm Simulator being pretty high on the list when it came out too.

Farming Simulator 2013 outsold combined sales of Medal of Honour over all 3 platforms of MoH's release week, which was like the second or third week Farming Sim had been out. And was like the highest selling release until Football Manager 2013 came out.

People love sims, and some sims are legitimately fun.

I'm still waiting for my wilderness survival sim. GODDAMN IT I'M TIRED OF WAITING!

I remember that: http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2012/11/05/farming-simulator-2013-is-your-new-god/

As for that wilderness sim, well, there's this: http://store.steampowered.com/app/218860/

#32 Posted by Sin4profit (2903 posts) -

As someone who's really into sim games and who has never considered a truck sim, i bought this on Steam and have just come off playing it for 4 hours and i've found it pretty relaxing and strangely nostalgic as i listen to European radio...hell just listening to a radio station itself is nostalgic for me at this point.

A lot of sim games come across as a simple slapped together cash grab but the GB QL of this game impressed me with the quality of effort i feel went into this sim so i like to support those who build sims with what seems like a genuine interest in the subject matter.

...and when all that's done you install mods and tear ass all over Europe.

#33 Posted by DarthOrange (3837 posts) -
@Ramone said:

It looked like a game you could just sit down for a couple of hours and play while you listen to a podcast or some music.

If Gran Turismo 5 wan't already my relax and listen to a podcast game I would have considered buying this.
#34 Posted by egg (1450 posts) -

Haven't played but let's put down what we know about it..

it's an open world driving game

I'm almost certain it's better than 99 percent of the garbage people here play

#35 Posted by floodiastus (1262 posts) -

@Cold_Wolven said:

Europe, it's a big continent in love with simulators.

This is true. America loves to kill people with chainsaws, Europe loves simulations and strategy, preferably games where you can strategize and be a führer like in civilization ;)

#36 Posted by AlexW00d (6168 posts) -
@Ubersmake

@Jams said:

@AlexW00d said:

@Scrawnto said:

@BisonHero: Europe is super weird. I seem to recall Farm Simulator being pretty high on the list when it came out too.

Farming Simulator 2013 outsold combined sales of Medal of Honour over all 3 platforms of MoH's release week, which was like the second or third week Farming Sim had been out. And was like the highest selling release until Football Manager 2013 came out.

People love sims, and some sims are legitimately fun.

I'm still waiting for my wilderness survival sim. GODDAMN IT I'M TIRED OF WAITING!

I remember that: http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2012/11/05/farming-simulator-2013-is-your-new-god/

As for that wilderness sim, well, there's this: http://store.steampowered.com/app/218860/

Nah fuck cabela, hunting unlimited is where its at. You actually have to track and animals and shit. Its pretty great.
#37 Posted by Jams (2959 posts) -

@AlexW00d said:

@Ubersmake

@Jams said:

@AlexW00d said:

@Scrawnto said:

@BisonHero: Europe is super weird. I seem to recall Farm Simulator being pretty high on the list when it came out too.

Farming Simulator 2013 outsold combined sales of Medal of Honour over all 3 platforms of MoH's release week, which was like the second or third week Farming Sim had been out. And was like the highest selling release until Football Manager 2013 came out.

People love sims, and some sims are legitimately fun.

I'm still waiting for my wilderness survival sim. GODDAMN IT I'M TIRED OF WAITING!

I remember that: http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2012/11/05/farming-simulator-2013-is-your-new-god/

As for that wilderness sim, well, there's this: http://store.steampowered.com/app/218860/

Nah fuck cabela, hunting unlimited is where its at. You actually have to track and animals and shit. Its pretty great.

I really wish they'd at least add some kind of hunger, thirst fatigue(sleep) management to deer hunting games. I've been a fan since the original Deer Hunter. I think the first Cabela's Big Game Hunter used to have some of that. I remember packing jerky on hunting trips.

#38 Posted by Abendlaender (2736 posts) -

Might be a bit late, but I just want to let you guys know: If I walk into one of the major electronic stores here, I have the option to buy these fabulous products (roughly translated):

-Airport Fire Department Simulator 2013

-Suspension Railway Simulator 2013

-ABC Protection Simulator 2013

-Model Railway Simulator 2013

-Surgery Simulator

-Police Simulator

-Service Station Simulator

-Army Tank Simulator (yes, it's actually called army tank simulator)

-City Bus Simulator Munich

-Winegrowing Simulator

-Quarry Simulator

and a shit ton of other stuff. I think it's mostly Germany that's crazy about that stuff though. And I can tell you: Don't even compare Eurotruck Simulator to the shit I mentioned. It might not be the best game ever, but at least it's not.....this

And that's an official picture from the website of the "Quarry Simulator 2012"

#39 Posted by SkullcrusherMountain (946 posts) -

@BisonHero: Allow me to help explain:

Q.E.D.

#40 Posted by Rafaelfc (1311 posts) -

it is THAT good

#41 Posted by Fearbeard (823 posts) -

I don't know. The quick look was oddly compelling though. If it was just about driving your truck around it would be really boring but the RPG and company building aspects looked kind of interesting.

#42 Posted by Levio (1782 posts) -

I don't think those are rankings. It would make more sense if that order was decided by Valve's marketing team to maximize sales. Can anyone say otherwise?

#43 Edited by Akyho (1585 posts) -

It is selling well, and it is fun. Its not for everyone it just hits the rpg and customization spots for me. Aswell as wanting to taste what it is like being a driver in the real world and then what a real truck driver has to do on a normal average day.

Not the mental days or crazy people like Ice road truckers.

Also Farm Simulator 2013 is selling well as well. No need to be a such a pessimist about it all folks.

Also after I had my fill with Red Faction Guerilla I still had a hankering for Demolition..... this satisfied it.

#44 Posted by MikkaQ (10264 posts) -

@Levio said:

I don't think those are rankings. It would make more sense if that order was decided by Valve's marketing team to maximize sales. Can anyone say otherwise?

Nah they're definitely rankings because sales affect them in weird ways and if you follow the trends the rankings make sense.

My best guess is that maybe redeeming a code counts as sale, and thus anyone who bought the game before it was out on steam, went on steam and redeemed their CD key on steam, which got counted as a sale or something and bumped it up. If not, hey, maybe the game is just doing well, there's not a whole lot else on Steam this month that's interesting, so maybe this quirky title attracted a lot of attention. I mean there's got to be a large user base for this stuff or they wouldn't put out that insanely expensive Train Simulator DLC all the time, for years on end.

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