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IAmReality
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I don't "get" survival games
There's been an absolute explosion of these games the past 2-3 years. And it seems like every few months another one of these things is coming out.

Player Unknown's Battlegrounds
Fortnite
Subnautica
H1Z1
Ark
DayZ
Rust

the list goes on and on, more are coming too.

On top of that they all seem to be pretty popular (guess most of them are free to play)

They are all over Twitch, seems like at any given time over half of the top 20 games being watched are these survival games.

I just don't get it. They seem more like a whacky side mode not a main game. I find them repetitive as hell. I can see how they'd be fun to blow off steam after playing some real games for awhile, but people play these things for hours on end. They also all seem fundamentally the exact same game with varying gimmicks on top of things. Oh this one has dinosaurs, oh this one has zombies, oh this one is underwater, and so on.

What do people find so appealing about them? Is it just that they are free? Why do we need 200 of them?

Feels like I'm definitely missing something because this has become one of the hottest genres out there and I couldn't be less interested in it.


bluebarracuda
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re: I don't "get" survival games
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Subnautica
Ark
DayZ
Rust


Are nothing like

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Player Unknown's Battlegrounds
Fortnite
H1Z1


IAmReality
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re: I don't "get" survival games
Well ya there are the battleground ones vs. the sandbox ones, those are sort of sub genres.


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sgallo3
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re: I don't "get" survival games
the multiplayer ones like pubg are just fun as hell shooters

the survival games where u build stuff suck imo, single player ones like the long dark are all about the atmosphere


bluebarracuda
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re: I don't "get" survival games
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the survival games where u build stuff suck imo


frick no they don't. They're 10000x better versions of minecraft


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Parmen
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re: I don't "get" survival games
Some of those don't belong with the others.

Guy who helped DayZ and H1Z1 made his own game, PUBG.

DayZ mod for ARMA 2 was brilliant, DayZ standalone is an EA failure. Rust will be in EA till Steam shuts down, just like DayZ standalone.

Ark literally put out paid DLC while in EA. It's an okay game but business practices are scummy.


MintBerry Crunch
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re: I don't "get" survival games
Didn't even list the best one - The Long Dark


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DownSouthCrawfish
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re: I don't "get" survival games
Blame Minecraft


IAmReality
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re: I don't "get" survival games
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Blame Minecraft


Yeah it was sort of the original I guess. Although I think people focus more on the building/sandbox of that game than the survival.

Regardless, kind of ironic South Park did a whole episode about people not 'getting' Minecraft and I was like, yeah that's me.


bluebarracuda
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Although I think people focus more on the building/sandbox of that game than the survival.


Rust is 90% base building


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RATeamWannabe
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re: I don't "get" survival games
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DayZ standalone is an EA failure


The only failure on this board is you.


Dr RC
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re: I don't "get" survival games
Sometimes people find smaller aspects of gameplay more fun than a full game.

When Will Wright was making Raid on Bungeling Bay he decided playing with the level editor was more fun than the actual game. Based off that experience he created SimCity.


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Blitzed
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re: I don't "get" survival games
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DayZ standalone is an EA failure


Id rank DayZ standalone above any Metal Gear game.


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TigerMyth36
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re: I don't "get" survival games
Subnautica is nothing like others on the list. It's single player surviving alone in an ocean. It is basically base building survival with a little planetary lore and story.

Survival games aren't for everyone but I love me some subnauctica.

There are almost no underwater games and this one is beautiful. Great game and probably the best early access game in the history of early access games.


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Parmen
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re: I don't "get" survival games
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The only failure on this board is you.




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SG_Geaux
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re: I don't "get" survival games
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There's been an absolute explosion of these games the past 2-3 years. And it seems like every few months another one of these things is coming out.

Player Unknown's Battlegrounds
Fortnite
Subnautica
H1Z1
Ark
DayZ
Rust


Some of things are not like the others...


DoUrden
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re: I don't "get" survival games
He is a shite poster but perseveres contrary to our wish.


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Carson123987
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re: I don't "get" survival games
Battle royale =\= survival. Games like Ark are trash


jefforize
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re: I don't "get" survival games
Rekt


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Klark Kent
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re: I don't "get" survival games
that’s one opinion at least


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