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Air Control: Parody Game or Just Bad?


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#1 dsm1891   Crossbones+   -  Reputation: 2245

Posted 15 July 2014 - 03:56 AM

Hello,

 

I have been wondering this for some time now. I can decide whether Air Control (http://store.steampowered.com/app/295810/) is a parody game or not. If you don't know the game, I strongly recommend watching a video on youtube about it. The main premise of the game is that is it a flight simulator.

 

However, the game is terrible in so many ways, its hard to pick the worse parts of the game, but an example would be the menu's don't disappear in game, and the curser isn't locked to the middle instead the developer has buttons on the screen (whilst you are playering) to centre the cursor to the middle.

 

The reason I think it may be a parody is that I have seen all of these terrible features in other fully released games, and it seems the developer has compiled them all into one game. Another thought that it may be a publisher that made a game using the worse bits from all the games that come across his desk. However, it doesn't claim to be a parody game, and has received A LOT of flak for being so bad. This could just be some un-experienced person that got lucky with a publisher and BAM its on steam. 

 

I'm still undecided, what do you think?


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#2 Luckless   Crossbones+   -  Reputation: 2227

Posted 15 July 2014 - 06:58 AM

I'm seeing a lot of stock and reused graphics, so I'm guessing that the game was hacked together as quickly as possible with as little effort as they could, and no real polish was put in place. Kind of looks like someone got bored for a few weeks in the summer, threw together a bunch of code ripped straight out of tutorials, and used as much free/cheap/(stolen?) art as they could with as little/no modification to prove that they could program something, and then tossed it up for sale.

 

I would rather spend that money at Starbucks, and I hate Starbucks coffee.


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#3 Code Fox   GDNet+   -  Reputation: 2752

Posted 15 July 2014 - 07:03 AM

This review sums it up pretty good ....


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#4 Aurioch   Crossbones+   -  Reputation: 1304

Posted 15 July 2014 - 07:56 AM

There's simply no way game that buggy and unfinished can be considered even as a parody. If it was playable like every other normal game (even many early access games), then maaaaybee... but with the game in this state there's no way.

 

Heck, even my game in its current state is more playable than that and I for sure don't value my game any more than 2€.



#5 dsm1891   Crossbones+   -  Reputation: 2245

Posted 15 July 2014 - 09:04 AM

I'm seeing a lot of stock and reused graphics, so I'm guessing that the game was hacked together as quickly as possible with as little effort as they could, and no real polish was put in place. Kind of looks like someone got bored for a few weeks in the summer, threw together a bunch of code ripped straight out of tutorials, and used as much free/cheap/(stolen?) art as they could with as little/no modification to prove that they could program something, and then tossed it up for sale.

 

I would rather spend that money at Starbucks, and I hate Starbucks coffee.

 

Yes, originally it had lots of stolen assets (apparently it still does) it got taken down off steam, now it is back up as the copyright claims have seized.

 

 

There's simply no way game that buggy and unfinished can be considered even as a parody. If it was playable like every other normal game (even many early access games), then maaaaybee... but with the game in this state there's no way.

 

Heck, even my game in its current state is more playable than that and I for sure don't value my game any more than 2€.

We have been seeing a trend in 'pewdie-bait' games (that is a game that pewdiepie (youtuber) will scream at and get 10m views in a week (no joke)). Games like goat simulator are inherently broken for the publicity*. maybe this game is trying to be the kind of all pewdie-baits.

 

* Goat simulator was built under limited founds, and steam page makes this clear, even saying 'buy some bricks for $10 you will have more fun' and "don't buy this game", even that is more of a marketing/publicity stunt, I forgive that game.  


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#6 L. Spiro   Crossbones+   -  Reputation: 21295

Posted 15 July 2014 - 06:35 PM

phil67rpg was finally able to “make” something?


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#7 Oberon_Command   Crossbones+   -  Reputation: 3357

Posted 15 July 2014 - 09:49 PM

If I had to guess, I'd say it was the product of a game jam that was just complete enough that its maker thought there was money to be made.



#8 TheChubu   Crossbones+   -  Reputation: 6952

Posted 16 July 2014 - 09:11 AM

That game is bad, and they should feel bad.


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#9 Endurion   Crossbones+   -  Reputation: 4379

Posted 16 July 2014 - 11:42 PM

As someone on Steams forum said: Quality Control. Do you know what does it mean?
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#10 cozzie   Members   -  Reputation: 3421

Posted 14 April 2015 - 12:27 PM

Not sure if it's coincedence, but today there was a press release on a game with pewdiepie:

http://tweakers.net/nieuws/102467/youtube-ster-pewdiepie-speelt-hoofdrol-in-eigen-game.html

 

(it's in Dutch, so you might have to google translate it)


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#11 conquestor3   Members   -  Reputation: 693

Posted 16 April 2015 - 10:13 AM

As others have said, it being bad is intentional. Expect to see an increase in games like Goat simulator/this over the next few years.



#12 Luckless   Crossbones+   -  Reputation: 2227

Posted 16 April 2015 - 11:28 AM

As others have said, it being bad is intentional. Expect to see an increase in games like Goat simulator/this over the next few years.

 

Goat Simulator looked like it had actual polish and attention to detail. It was ridiculous, stupid, and just plain weird, but it was still well done from what I've been able to see. It is the difference between Pixar making a crazy animated film over a few years, and a high school 'intro to animation' class project.


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