Game Journalist Simulator Is Being Created By A Game Journalist

By Spencer . July 9, 2014 . 1:00am

rockGoat Simulator sparked all kinds of new simulators including Cow Simulator and Rock Simulator 2014 (pictured). The latter game was added to Steam Greenlight and prompted video game journalist Jason Evangelho to create Game Journalism Simulator.


Speaking with Siliconera, Evangelho explained the events inspired the title. The first was watching Polygon writer Brian Crecente stream writing an article about the Wii U which included quotes by Nintendo President Reggie Fils-Aime. "Around the same time, Rock Simulator was announced. Yes, Rock Simulator. Then Deep Silver announced that they’d acquired the North American distribution rights for Goat Simulator," Evangelho said in an e-mail. Evangelho wrote a Facebook post half-joking about the idea for Game Journalism Simulator 2015 and after positive response he decided to start developing the game.


"What sealed the deal, though, was Dan Amrich’s book ‘Critical Path: How to Review Video Games for a Living.’ In it, he suggests that game critics should at least dabble with game development. The argument is that they’ll gain a deeper understanding of the process and be better equipped to judge a video game’s many elements. It struck a nerve when I originally read it, and it struck that same nerve last week," Evangelho continued.


"So I rounded up a few other journos including Daniel Tack of Game Informer, registered the trademark for Game Journalism Simulator, and we’re neck deep in our design document, plotting the course forward! It’s a serious project for us, and we want it to be a genuinely fun game which both empowers players and makes them laugh their asses off."

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  • XyzzySqrl

    I predict Game Journalism Simulator will really excite Game Journalists, who will produce plenty of Game Journalism (simulated and otherwise) about it.

    The rest of us will be playing Pokemon.

  • Impressionnant

    One could make so many bad jokes from this.

  • Liamv2

    I would be ok with this. I hope it jumps on all the bullshit in the industry.

    • Jason Evangelho

      Oh, it will :D

  • Wrathful

    As long as I can act like a douche and make a sensationalist articles, I’d have a lot of fun playing this game.

    • neocatzon

      Death threats, leavers, fanboys… So much fun!

    • murinto

      Don’t forget getting paid off or being motivated by exclusive reveals to give biased reviews.

  • Postnjam

    NINTENDO IS DOOMED! Game is 60 fps on PS4! Sexism/Racism/Ageism in everything. – Am I doing it right?

    • Altin

      Gaming Journalism in a nutshell.

    • LordHyper

      You’re forgetting the XBox One shilling with ads plastered everywhere.

    • Jason Evangelho

      There’s a massive difference between reporting and journalism…

  • Xerain

    And yet still no remakes of SimAnt, SimEarth, and SimIsle (never played the later.)

    Then again, maybe that’s for the better.

  • _buchu

    I wonder if there will be a New Game+ option in which you can create terms like “ludology” to try and make yourself feel better about your career choice.

  • Rock Volnutt

    So it’s basically Shilling Simulator: SJW Edition?

  • Dylan Anantha

    This sounds amazing. I can slam games for not pushing sexual minorities and get paid by EA to say nice things about games. Or go full white-knight whenever a female character dares expose even a shoulder or thigh.

  • Go2hell66

    I drew the line at Rock Simulator

    • s07195

      This doesn’t really cross the line. :P
      In fact, it feels like a step back to the start line, or somewhere down the middle near Surgeon Simulator. :S

  • SupaPhly

    Please make it male protags only, just for the huge irony :P

  • BizarreJelly

    I can’t wait to make click bait articles!

    • Dylan Anantha

      Kotaku Simulator 2014

    • kylehyde
      • BizarreJelly

        “Tony Hawk meets Red Dead Redemption in the new Castlevania sequel.”

        My sides!

        • Snorlaxation

          “Alan Wake meets Wii Sports in the new Duck Tales sequel.”

  • Tarkovsky

    “game critics should at least dabble with
    game development. The argument is that they’ll gain a deeper
    understanding of the process and be better equipped to judge a video
    game’s many elements.”

    I agree with this 100% and it SHOULD be a requirement. Way too many crappy reviews(from all gaming outlets) that have no intelligence whatsoever of what actually is excellent game design.

    Even Roger Ebert, arguably the best film critic when he was alive, was involved in film production back in the hayday. Love him or hate him, his reviews showed a lot of thought and were incredibly well written.

  • Still waiting for Butt Simulator at this point.

    • Aristides

      That’s too tame, how about Oppai simulator 2020

  • DesmaX

    Oh boy, will I be able to make articles about PR replies on facebook?

  • Game Journalist Simulator? I think Troll Simulator is a more fitting title.

    I think he has a point regarding game development and journalism. Most people who have never developed a game, myself included, really have no idea how much work and effort goes into making these games, especially nowadays where development teams often number in the hundreds. It’s something I’m constantly aware of whenever I’m playing a game. It is something I’ve thought about dabbling in.

  • Cless Aileron

    Please, please, please tell me they’re going to simulate comments accusing me of being paid off despite how I gave the latest Call of Duty a 6 out of 10 for being too derivative.

    Yeah, this is one simulator I can get behind.

  • Black Heaven

    For the games’ features… Let’s see now:
    ♠ Accept Doritos and Gatorade to boost sales of a game.
    ♥ Accept perks and bonuses to increase review score.
    ♣ Make clickbaits to boost ad revenue.
    ♦ Spread doom and gloom about platforms like Vita and Nintendo.

    This is one Game Of The Year candidate amongst simulator games then. :)

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