Steam Regrets #1 - Mountain
July 09, 2017

My backlog of games to play on Steam could be described as a Mountain. These are games I've picked up for ridiculously low prices, or were included in bundles. These are the games that are either bad, or not really games at all. These are the games that aren't worth a full review.

Steam Price $0.99
I Paid $0.49

I feel a little ripped off. This game is basically like an app you can get on your smart TV that simulates a fireplace or a fishtank, but is somehow less interesting. It's just a mountain sitting in outer space. From time to time things will happen, or it will say something. Some keys can be pressed to make music, and it will sometimes comment. The comments are usually vague and maybe they are trying to be deep? If Mountain has some message to share, then I'm not getting it.

You can zoom in and out and rotate your view, but that is about it for interactivity. I left the game running for a good 7 hours while I was at work, and it somehow collected half a dozen achievements for random background events, plus it dropped some Steam Trading Cards, which are almost worth what I paid for this title.

This is not a game. I don't really know what it is.

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JoeTheDestroyer JoeTheDestroyer - July 09, 2017 (06:30 PM)
I saw this on Steam and almost added it to my wishlist for grins. Hell, it may have even been on there at one point. I decided, though, that I didn't need an almost interactive screen saver and didn't buy it.
Zydrate Zydrate - July 09, 2017 (07:55 PM)
I don't see what's wrong with getting feedback while at the same time, getting funding for the next project.
honestgamer honestgamer - July 10, 2017 (05:15 AM)
Feedback is precisely what Early Access is for. If you make your game available as a final product, it should already be as great by that point as you can make it. When you sell a game, you're basically entering into a social contract with your consumers, promising to deliver something worth their money and granting them a license to use and enjoy it (with reasonable limitations). People don't like to pay for the privilege of being able to provide you feedback. They buy your game to be entertained.
Nightfire Nightfire - July 10, 2017 (05:09 PM)
I knew a guy who loved this thing. He was a country boy who moved to the city to go to college, and he hated city life. Weird nature simulators like this appealed to him because it reminded him of when he would walk in the woods or sit by the riverbank.

The world takes all kinds, I suppose - To me, this thing would just be boring as hell.

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