See if You Can Do Better than Donald with Government Simulator, New Game Coming Soon

I enjoy playing political simulator type of games, even though most of them are not really complex and don’t offer a flawless experience (I am mainly talking about the Democracy series here).

But this type of game is still extremely addictive and nice to play, especially because everybody believes that they can do better than the current leadership, no matter where they are in the world. Or at least so I assume. Well, Government Simulator gives you a chance to give it a try, albeit just virtually. Still better than nothing.

Created by Austrian-based studio Ambiera, Government Simulator seems to be a really complex text-based game that is definitely not suitable for all gamers, but for those who enjoy playing deeper simulations or strategy games, it could offer countless hours of fun.

The official statement tells players that “the game simulates a whole country: Population, debt, GDP, economic growth, unempolyment, crime, life expectancy, birth rate, mortality rate, state of the infrastructure and so on. The player can adjust budgets, taxes, laws, and see what the outcome is.”

This would be what makes it or breaks it, depending on the simulation models and how true to real life they really are and how everything else ticks in the game.

There are military options as well, so you can start a war with any country in the world, and adjust its operation mode while the conflict is active. But be sure not to let it run out of control. Some countries for example also have a nuclear option, of course.

The game also includes a media and public relations system, where you can read the most interesting headlines, and try to influence the media with PR stunts, interviews, and similar.

When the game launches, you’ll only be able to play USA, Germany, Russia, France, and Austria – but more scenarios and countries will be available for download and I am sure that the modding community can’t wait to start working on improving the game even further once it’s out.

So yes, this seems to be a really big game with a huge level of depth, which is exactly what you need from a political simulator and what few games (if any) actually deliver. Now we just have to wait and see if it really pays out in the end.

Well, I guess we’ll see for ourselves pretty soon, as the game is set to be released on December 4th, 2017 for PC only on Steam. If you want to find out more and keep an eye on its progress, visit its official website here.

Survival Action Shooter Left Alive: Screenshots and Trailer

Square Enix is working on an extremely promising new game. Left Alive is its name and it’s a survival action shooter with a ton of potential. The game will be released on PS4 and PCs and, judging by its early looks, it will pack a real punch.

In today’s article, you’re going to find out a few details about the upcoming game from Square Enix, check out some screenshots and a game trailer.

Veteran developers Toshifumi Nabeshima (director, Armored Core series), Yoji Shinkawa (character designer, METAL GEAR series), and Takayuki Yanase (mech designer, Ghost in the Shell: Arise, Mobile Suit Gundam 00, Xenoblade Chronicles X) are working together to bring Left Alive to life. Described as a “dark and gritty” action game, Left Alive is coming in 2018, but very little is known about it so far.

We have a beautiful trailer below that gets us in the mood for playing:

There’s also a teaser trailer available which does a good job at keeping us on our toes.

And finally, we have a few screenshots from the game, offering a glimpse of the beautiful in-game graphics.

From the few details that we have, we know that Left Alive will take place in the future, in 2127, in a world ravaged by war and dominated by future tech. Robots and futuristic weapons are the norm, while the fight for survival is real. Who are we fighting against and why – these are questions that are not yet answered.

But more details are coming soon and I’ll me sure to keep you updated. Until then, I think we have enough to consider this game worthy of our “to keep an eye on” list.

Successful Launch: Xbox One X Scorpio Edition Sold Out on Amazon

The new limited edition Xbox One, the Xbox One X Scorpio Edition, seems to be selling like hot bread on a cold winter’s day! Or even better!

Amazon is already listing the limited edition console as “sold out”. So those who have been waiting a bit longer to make a decision should hurry to make one quick and purchase the product – that is IF they manage to find it anywhere else at the moment.

You can see for yourself the lack of availability of the Xbox One X Scorpio Edition on Amazon US. Reports from other countries are similar: supplies of the new console from Microsoft are long gone or almost over! However, at the moment of writing this article at least, the UK version of Amazon still has the console in stock.

The Xbox One X Scorpio Edition will be launched on November 7th and it will come with a major boost in performance compared to the original Xbox One.

This limited edition console is described as the world’s most powerful console (just like the Xbox One X it’s based on). It offers true 4K gaming and it claims to be 40% more performant than its competitors, mainly the PS4.

It has an 8-core Custom AMD CPU clocked at 2.3GHz, 1TB of storage space and 12GB of GDDR5. 6 Teraflop GPU enables 4K environments and characters to become more realistic than ever, with more detail and smoother animations.

It only has 8GB of flash storage, the 1TB being a traditional HDD. Switching to SSD would’ve made it even faster, but probably the costs – already relatively high – would’ve been even higher.

The console does look good and we can’t ignore the awesome specs it offers. We’ll just have to see how many developers will embark on the new ship and spend extra time to deliver better graphics for the new Xbox One.

What Does It Mean to Be a “Gamer”?

Most people – with your parents on the top of the pyramid – probably frown when they hear this. Being a gamer, to them, is something similar to being a low life. A scum. Somebody who wastes their life away playing those horrible things called video games. There’s nothing to learn from playing video games. There’s no added benefit. There’s NO point in being a gamer.

At least that’s what some people believe…

But what does it actually mean to be a “gamer”?

If we look at the actual definition after a quick search on Google, a “gamer” is “a person who plays video games or participates in role-playing games.”

Fair enough. You don’t need an phd in astrophysics to figure that out by yourself! But is this definition complete? Would gamers consider themselves just people who play video games? Would the society agree that this is all you can say about gamers? Because, yes, we’ve already decided what parents would think…

Many people – those who consider themselves as “gamers” – would say that being a gamer is equal to being a “hardcore gamer”. There are also non-gamers or casual gamers. You probably know them. Those playing games every now and then, enjoying freemium titles on mobiles, playing match three games and hidden object adventures.

They are the ones “real gamers” frown upon.

Being a “real gamer” is a cult thing. You own all major game consoles (or are a diehard fan of a particular one), you spend hundreds of hours per month playing video games, you have completed a few just last month, you know everything there is to be known about your favorite franchise and those who play Call of Duty are crap.

The truth is that there are many ways to look at this. “Real gamers” – the really dedicated ones who still play games night and day, have tens of titles ready to be played and can kick your ass when you go against them, no matter the genre – might not be the actual “real” gamers.

Are professional gamers more “real” than the “real gamers”? Aren’t they as hardcore as you can get? Shouldn’t they be considered gamers, and everybody else non-gamers or casual gamers?

You see… it’s always a matter of the angle of the people answering the question.

For your mom, a gamer is that person who plays games. You can spend a ton of time in front of the computer writing programs or doing something else, non-gaming related, but still be a no-good gamer. For the people who only play the most popular mobile games and have made it to level 1,200 in Candy Crush Saga, that would be gaming. They’re gamers because they play games.

For the hardcore gamers who spend tens of hours customizing their main character for that popular RPG, who build their rooms into true (and a bit nerdy) sanctuaries of games and godlike virginity, they’re the real gamers.

For the pros, those who earn real money by playing games, it can’t get more real than that.

And you know what? All of them are right, up to a point!

Should there be a difference between core, “real” gamers and casual ones? Aren’t we all just a big, happy family?

And what makes a game “core” in the end? Some would say that core games are difficult and not accessible to the masses. Well… have you tried playing Flappy Bird? Flippy Knife? Even Candy Crush Saga can get frustratingly difficult and seemingly impossible to beat…

Now, I completely understand that there can be a distinction between hardcore and more casual gamers based on the time and resources they invest in their hobby. Make it something like playing for the pros or the amateurs: you’re still playing the game, but in a different league!

It might all have its origin in the early moments of gaming. Back then, it was a bit underground to be a gamer. Back then, there weren’t as many options and the gamers were indeed a select few.

But today, games are mass market thing. It’s true, many of them have been dumbed down in order to appeal to greater masses, many changes have been made and they’re completely different than games a couple decades ago… but you know what? This is not a bad thing!

And even the hardcore gamers today should be reminded that, most likely, their favorite games have been dumbed down a bit too – or at least changed, in some cases radically.

Do you know that back in the days there was no such thing as regenerating health in FPS games? Nowadays, most require you to find cover and you’re magically healed. Well… playing Wolfenstein 3D or the highest difficulty mode was as difficult as getting a score of 30 in Flappy Bird!

All genres have changed and evolved. Some have been improved thanks to the technical evolution – mostly strategy games – but things are still different.

Being a gamer, therefore, is not a title that should be decided by hours played, consoles owned or money spent. For example, I still consider myself to be a gamer, even though I’m aging, I have a family, I have a job, I need to sleep more… and therefore I don’t have as much time as I’d like for playing games. I am no longer hardcore, that’s for sure, but I am still a gamer.

And you know what? I really enjoy some of the silly mobile games out there and play them regularly. Because, in some cases, 5 minutes is better than having to invest a few hours in something.

And we’re not even getting into the whole debate. There’s also the “gamer girl” thing going on for a while, which is nicely debated over at Big Fish Games. Also known as a portal for casual games. Or, in other words, completely unknown to “real gamers”.

So… what do you think? What does it mean to be a gamer? Should you feel ashamed if you play more casual games… or should those who only go for the so-called core games feel somehow superior for the choices they make?