Survival Games Have Gotten A Bit... Predictable

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Alternate headline: "Every PC Game Released In The Year 2015."

This video by Crazy Boris Productions imagines a survival game (think DayZ and H1Z1 and Minecraft and Stranded Deep and Reign of Kings and The Forest and The Long Dark and Don't Starve and) that combines every other survival game. It's one of those things that's funny because it's frighteningly close to just being the thing it's making fun of. Which is to say, I could see a game with this "everything and the kitchen sink and irradiated zombie dinosaur sharks" premise actually, you know, existing. I'm not sure how to feel about that.


Don't get me wrong: I think good survival games can be really tense, interesting, and rewarding! Problem is, there are just so many of them these days, in a various states of (in)completion—not to mention a metric zombiedinoshark-load of new releases with survival elements sloppily shoehorned in.

Oh well, the video still made me laugh. Now if you'll excuse me, I'm gonna go back to beating trees with a wooden club until more wood falls out in Reign of Kings. And then someone will thwack me over the head while I'm chasing a chicken, but I'll kill them by drowning them in my own blood and it'll all be great.

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I'm so over the NameCraft Z games and the whole pay-to-test model of PC gaming as of late. It's like the indie PC games market is starting to turn into a mobile phone's app store. Nothing but clones and micro-transactions.

We can do better than this. Stop giving them your money.