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Bear Simulator won't be getting further development, says creator

Bear Simulator

$100,000 Kickstarter Bear Simulator was released on Steam a couple of weeks back. It sold moderately, has a mostly positive review score and has been patched once. Then, a PewDiePie video slating the game did the rounds, and a series of negative reviews pointing out the game's buggy nature and lack of features popped up. Now the developer, John Farjay, has posted an update saying that he doesn't want to be involved with the game any more due to the drama.

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The Kickstarter post was made yesterday, and Farjay says that "making any updates or going further is basically a lost cause now." This comes after the highly negative (to say the least) PewDiePie video got 2.5 million views before being pulled from the swede's channel at some point in the last 24 hours. While actual reviews of the game on Steam sit at a healthy and Mostly Positive 79%, the fallout from that video was obviously too much for Farjay to want to continue.

"Also don't want to deal with the drama anymore. Can't ignore it because that causes more drama and can't do anything about it because that causes more drama." explains Farjay in part of his post. He also says he regrets releasing on Steam in the first place, with the inaccurate-but-useful SteamSpy saying that it has only sold between 1,000 and 3,000 copies.

However, Farjay also says that he will do one final update to fulfill some Kickstarter backer promises and fix as many bugs as he is able. While some stretch goals may go unfulfilled, the game has been released as promised, and many of the backers are happy with what they've received. There seems to be little obligation for him to expand the game beyond what he wants to.

A little while later, he replied to his update with this comment, suggesting he may have had a change of heart:

"Ok, been in a really weird mood for a while now and cannot snap out of it. Has been really annoying and it shows. Need to get back to my original sarcastic self and stop being so complain-y. Will try to make the next update funny and interesting."

Thanks, Kotaku.

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Cush Avatar
2 Years ago

Wow, this is ridiculously stupid.

The guy makes like $200k from his game, then as soon as a big Youtuber makes a negative video about his game, rather than working on it more, delivering what he said he would in his stretch goals and using the feedback to try to improve it, he uses it as a cheap cop out to say 'sorry guys im done with the drama' and walks away with the money made so far without having to do any more work.

Dr Loxley Avatar
2 Years ago

It seems to me that these articles are being far too nice to the creator.

Yes he's an indie dev, yes no one likes having the work you've poured blood, sweat, and tears into ridiculed (as an indie tabletop game designer, I know all about this) but when you release something and ask people to pay money for it, you have to expect criticism.

His game was an incomplete, buggy mess that charges £10.99 for.

The announcement he made was equivalent of throwing his toys out of the pram.

Bad criticism happens, sometimes from no-name nobodies, other times from those with a massive fanbase, and if you're a developer or designer who can't take that, then get out of the industry. But do so in a respectful polite way and not go crying about 'drama'.

Disclaimer: it is for this exact reason that my game I'm currently working on is free to download because I do not feel right charging for something which in my view is not 100% ready for public consumption.

AnAuldWolf Avatar
2 Years ago

This is one of those weird perspective things that eludes me from a position of logic, isn't it? This game has 7/10 on Steam, and I've seen just as many positive reviews as negative ones. This is one of those... oh, I used to know the term for this. Essentially, that if an opinion is repeated in an echo chamber long enough it becomes so strong a bias that it's accepted as a fact. And any facts that are contradictory must be buried in order to protect the super-fact.

It's how people get manipulated into thinking and acting certain ways. Which happens all the time. Frankly, I would have just left it in the ballpark of 'average novelty.' A fun thing to poke at not a huge expense. Not unlike Octodad, I Am Bread, and that one game where you're a cat that knocks things over that I can never remember the name of.

There's a certain allergy to novelty that people can have that might exaggerate the flaws of one thing whilst forgiving the same flaws in another. A game is exponentially more 'obviously and objectively buggy' if you don't like it. And if you do like it then the game 'has very few bugs I've experienced and people are just exaggerating.'

If anything, I'd say this cements my dislike of PewDiePie even further. He's already shown himself to be stupendously xenophobic in just about every walk of life. Misogyny? Check. Homophobia? Check. Racism? Check. Cheap exploitation? Check.

He's not the kind of person I'm that fond of. I'm inclined to just ignore everything he or anyone who likes him has to say based on my innate lack of respect for him as a human being. I don't think that the Bear Simulator dev should have paid him any heed, frankly. And yet, some people are thin-skinned and sensitive. It's a thing that happens. Especially when you're crafting a thing you're personally fond of and then some arse with a legion of demi-arses tears it down to make more money for himself.

So all I take away from this is that every urge to avoid and actively dislike PewDiePie and his fans are valid, really. I don't like their views, perspectives, or opinions on just about anything. They're a crass lot and they don't take any person's or group's feelings into account.

Just a sociopath of average intelligence and a herd-minded lot who'd sell their own identity to be a 'bro.' Not a good crowd.

I just feel bad for the Bear Simulator developer.

QDP2 Avatar
2 Years ago

Seems like PewDiePie forgot how powerful he is :P

Kind of expected for comedy on his channel to have repercussions, especially since his viewer count is higher than any games sales count (excluding Wii Sports obv.)

AnAuldWolf Avatar
2 Years ago

"[...] especially since his viewer count is higher [...]"

And people wonder why I refuse to flatter humanity. It's a bloody stupid species, it is. It really is. I don't want that to be true but I know it is.

I also don't want to have daily 'I don't want to live on this planet any more' episodes. That'd be nice. Mars, then.

EDIT: it's funny, I was having a discussion with a few friends just the other morning and we came to the conclusion that we didn't feel especially intelligent. Rather, that the species as a whole has such a low average for overall cleverness that we're forced to feel smart by comparison. And it's not something we're proud of or happy with.

We don't want to be part of an exclusive club of people able to think. We'd just like to be able to grant perspective, context, nuance, subtlety, and comprehension to the rest of the species. In a clever world, a man who makes money from shock value, cheap exploitation, schadenfreude, making jokes/light of groups who're prejudiced against on a daily basis, et cetera wouldn't have a sole follower.

That's not the world I live on, though.