Steam Community members are a funny lot and their apparently burning need for a game about looking at rocks is only the latest manifestation of that.
Rock Simulator 2014 is a Steam Greenlight Concept which enables players to “watch beautiful rocks in any location in the world”.
The first development update reveals there’ll be a little more to the game than staring at rocks in “dozens of hand designed BEAUTIFUL environments”. Players can enjoy “mini games where you play as a rock, such as a rock tumbling down and hill and having you avoid obstacles”.
Yes, I think I understand. I also understand the perverse humour that pervades the gaming community – particularly on PC – and which has drawn significant attention to what you might have thought was a joke, or simply an amazing disaster waiting to happen
Since the project’s launch on June 22, Rock Simulator 2014 has attracted a five star rating from Steam Greenlight users, and is quite high up the concept page. The developer claims the project was “#69 on Greenlight” as of June 24 but I have suspicions about that particular number – especially as highlighting your position in the charts is an excellent way to attract press coverage.
Nevertheless it seems there is a hunger for rock simulation games. Although, as CVG Australia’s Shaun Prescott observed:
it’s not a Rock Simulator if you’re *looking* at rocks. You have to *be* a rock. You have to see and feel nothing. http://t.co/zMErtSMT72
— shaun prescott (@shaun_prescott) June 26, 2014
Excellent point, that man.