I’ve been obsessively playing Super Mega Baseball 2 all week, and I just did a video on Golf Story, and I’m in the middle of editing a video about the first Tony Hawk game, so I’ve been really thinking about how certain sports games accurately simulated the best aspects of those sports. Super Mega Baseball 2 has the best grip on what I like so much about baseball - The feeling of a batter whiffing on a pitch, the anticipation as a high fly ball rises towards the fence and just gets over the edge before the crowd loses it, that sort of thing.
On Waypoint Radio this week, there was mention of a game (I forget which) that felt “like one of the best days at work” according to one of the hosts. This got me thinking about the job I used to have as a summer camp instructor (which, if you do it like I did, is basically trying over and over again to make jokes that both children and adults will laugh at) and the way that making a good joke in Quiplash or a funny drawing in Civic Doodle will make an entire room laugh in unison.
Are there any games you can think of that try to simulate an experience - be it real life like a sport or a driving game or something you do for work, or something conceptual - and end up exemplifying what it is you enjoy about that experience?