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by Leigh Harris 17 Comments 15 Likes 8,516 Views 07/02/2014 Back to PS4 articles PlayStation 4

Games have a long history of nonsensical things, ranging from the abstract to the downright bizarre. A lot of this is due to their early infancy having extreme limitations on what could be visually and aurally represented, leading many budding young developers to reason that if they couldn’t accurately represent reality, why even try?

These days, absurdity in games is more like its own niche. There are abstract games like Every Extend or Rez, of course, but those aren’t the kind of absurd I’m talking about.

I’m talking about Space Giraffe.

A game which replaced most nouns in the game with utterly random things (kind of like the art movement Dada did). The visuals made little to no sense either, and bombarded you with colours and sound effects that simply didn’t match up. It was a downloadable Xbox game. I remember in the spirit of the game, the Australian Official Xbox Magazine giving it Teapot/100 in their review. A highly desirable score, probably.

Mobile gaming is right at home with absurd games as well, there being little rhyme or reason to some of the biggest hits. Tiny Wings, The Impossible Game, these sorts of things care not for reality, but gleefully revel in their trademark otherworldliness.

Enter Flappy Bird.

A game by one dude from Vietnam who released a simple, buggy, repetitive and highly unoriginal game for 99c on iOS and Android and is now making millions of sales EVERY DAY.

If there’s a hint of jealousy in my voice (being a fellow indie dev myself), it’s because the game could be made in a week by anyone, and has little merit. It’s kind of like winning the lottery to take it to the top.

There’s no way of knowing if a small game like this will be successful, but games with decent production values are generally guaranteed to have some kind of market waiting for them – piddly little titles like Flappy Bird, however, do not. They could sell 2 copies or 20 million and no one can really figure out why.

It’s distressing on the one hand, but on the other delightful bouts of madness can be a thing to be relished.

Enter Goat Simulator: yes, you read that correctly.


A silly game jam project, Goat Simulator has you running around a fairly generic 3D world in third person bleating and kicking things. There’s no real gameplay to speak of, it’s just hilarious to watch the goat run around, get hit by cars, fall over, climb up a ladder (using an adorable glitch where someone has clearly ported the model from a human character as you see the goat mistakenly use its neck to climb) and knock objects at things.

The video of the inane stupidity of the all-goat-all-the-time action of the game went viral. It’s easy to see why: it’s hilarious.

But the developers, upon seeing the childlike delight their project brought them, has recently suggested they might make it into an actual game.

They said might, but it’s still a strange gaming world we live in where a viral video can greenlight a game which makes no sense from conception to release.

Those who try for utterly absurd often fail. The truly sublimely out there games seem to come out of a moment’s mad inspiration. Then there are games like Flappy Bird which come out of a moment’s simple ‘I wonder if I can make a game on my own’ pondering.

It’s a gold rush scenario. You can be an expert prospector and ensure you take as much gold as you can from each claim, making sure to keep your head above water, or you can accidentally swing an axe your first time and find a seam big enough to dwarf Kanye West’s ego.

Whatever the case, it’s 2014 and I’m genuinely looking forward to a game called Goat Simulator. Now there’s a sentence you couldn’t come up with as fiction.

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  • Tano 340747 XP 07/02/2014 +1
    Goat Simulator GOTY 2013.

    Flappy Bird actually presents an interesting critique of a very unpredictable and shallow market imo. There is no real incentive apart from competitive jeering and bragging rights between friends...which I guess is enough these days.

    Its simplicity is a model devs could certainly look to. But the game is, as you said, buggy and unoriginal.
  • Gryllis 345092 XP 07/02/2014 +6
    What phone are you using?

    I'm here all night!
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  • zurczner 8458 XP 07/02/2014

    @Gryllis said:
    I'm here all night!


    WIN! :)))

    @Tano said: Goat Simulator GOTY 2013.


    Goat Simulator would be a hall of famer.
  • BBking 27124 XP 07/02/2014 +2


    I don't get how Flappy Bird is buggy? It's too simple to be buggy.

    Unless you're complaining you can't get past 5 points and declaring "I tapped it in time!!". :P
  • Vanquish 3191 XP 07/02/2014 +2
    Surely I'm not the only person who thought of laddergoat when I watched this

  • Blob 40794 XP 08/02/2014 +1

    @BBking said:
    I don't get how Flappy Bird is buggy? It's too simple to be buggy.
    Unless you're complaining you can't get past 5 points and declaring "I tapped it in time!!".


    Constant crashes and the fact the hitbox of the bird doesn't match the shape of the bird?
  • Daseti 11386 XP 08/02/2014

    @Vanquish said: Surely I'm not the only person who thought of laddergoat when I watched this



    You are not alone in this thought.
  • BBking 27124 XP 10/02/2014

    @Blob said: Constant crashes and the fact the hitbox of the bird doesn't match the shape of the bird?


    Constant crashes? I haven't seen it freeze/crash yet...? Although, I have read that it's had updates through out it's release, but not many.

    It matches pretty well. Just makes it harder. So, again I go back to: "Unless you're complaining you can't get past 5 points and declaring "I tapped it in time!!". :P"

    BTW, I can't get past 5. But I'm not blaming the game/developer. :P
  • KezDaMuss 1349 XP 11/02/2014
    People paid for Flappy Bird? Must of missed that.
  • sjt333 235802 XP 16/02/2014
    you can do goat front flips?

    GOATY
  • Guyver 438864 XP 17/02/2014
    Goat Simulator is going to be bloody awesome!
  • tsubibo 4430 XP 18/02/2014
    Flappy Bird is only buggy when people cannot get a score of more than 5. Lol.
  • BBking 27124 XP 19/02/2014

    tsubibo said: Flappy Bird is only buggy when people cannot get a score of more than 5. Lol.


    Isn't that what I said? :P

    I have 22 now. *pumps fist*
  • Patrick812 107 XP 06/03/2014
    GOATY!
  • PS4FTW 71 XP 08/03/2014
    Flappy Bird got taken down, i still havent deleted it just for the fact that i think its a good way to kill a little time. Its very addicting and highly frustrating game, my score is 17 and i have had this game for about a month and a half.
  • PS4FTW 71 XP 08/03/2014
    Flappy Bird got taken down, i still havent deleted it just for the fact that i think its a good way to kill a little time. Its very addicting and highly frustrating game, my score is 17 and i have had this game for about a month and a half.
  • PS4FTW 71 XP 08/03/2014
    i heard somebody got killed over this game, what a shame.

    Sorry about the double post
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