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Trainspotting Simulator
I'm embarrassed to say that I didn't immediately realize this was a joke. I thought, 'Sure. I can imagine a game where you have to identify different types of trains.' Then I looked at the game controls: Wait, Wait, Wait Some More, Blink, Wait, Have a Cup of Tea, Wait, etc. (via Bifurcated Rivets)
Posted by The Curator on Tue Jan 04, 2005

That was pretty funny.
Posted by Reynard Muldrake  on  Tue Jan 04, 2005  at  08:14 AM
Was funny....why go to the trouble to make the website though
Posted by Darren  on  Tue Jan 04, 2005  at  09:54 AM
Doh! I missed the train!
Posted by Nick  on  Tue Jan 04, 2005  at  10:05 AM
"why go to the trouble to make the website though"

Creativity and amusement?
Posted by Reynard Muldrake  on  Tue Jan 04, 2005  at  11:09 AM
There easily COULD be such a game (my brother would have loved it just a couple years ago.)

But this isn't it.
Posted by PlantPerson  on  Tue Jan 04, 2005  at  12:01 PM
"why go to the trouble to make the website though"

No girlfriend, no life.
Posted by Craig  on  Tue Jan 04, 2005  at  12:11 PM
"No girlfriend, no life."

If only we could all be jocks.
Posted by Reynard Muldrake  on  Tue Jan 04, 2005  at  12:26 PM
I loved the game, was playing it for hours...
Posted by davetolomy  on  Tue Jan 04, 2005  at  01:53 PM
It sounds to me like an excellent simulation of actual trainspotting. People who like spotting trains should like this game too.
Posted by Big Gary C  in  Dallas, Texas  on  Tue Jan 04, 2005  at  07:37 PM
There's been two previous train-spotting simulations . Sensible Software (of Cannon Fodder and Sensible Soccer fame) produced "Sensible Trainspotting" for the Amiga, and Demon Star produced one called "Train Tracking" for the PC in 2003. The difference is that "Sensible Trainspotting" was given away free and was jolly good fun, while "Train Tracking" was, er, not.
Posted by 8 Piece  in  PA, USA  on  Tue Jan 04, 2005  at  09:44 PM
Posted by aw  on  Wed Jan 05, 2005  at  08:40 AM
We live somewhat near the "famous" Horseshoe Curve in Pennsylvania. Much touted as a miracle of 19th century engineering, it's a spot where thousands of railroad buffs visit every year to train-spot, besides visiting various museums, festivals, etc. Went there, once, hosting my brother from further East. Schedule said four trains to cross up or down the Curve over the 2 hours we were there. No trains, but lots of biting flies. No thanks, again. Thought the web-game was pretty funny, though.
Posted by stork  in  the spiracles of space  on  Wed Jan 05, 2005  at  11:50 PM
In the Commodore64 days, such a game actually existed. I don't remember the title, but it had "Chernobyl" in it, and was about running a nuclear power plant.
It was very detailed; the manual read like a physics textbook, but once you got the thing up and running, nothing EVER went wrong. You could sit for hours and watch the power output of 130%, and that was it...
Posted by Anders Svenneby  in  Norway  on  Thu Jan 06, 2005  at  07:00 AM
Transpotting seems much like professional sports, to me, so it's funny that there's some snarking going on between proponents, above.

Both pursuits involve:
Sitting on your butt doing nothing for long periods at a time.
Watching the product of a big corporation (not a local concern) do things.
Being emotionally attached to the successes thereof and believe it validates your life to be associated with it. "We're #1!"
Posted by cvirtue  on  Thu Jan 06, 2005  at  09:42 PM
fuck i didn't think this game was a joke.... honestly :]
Posted by rudeboy  in  Montreal  on  Sun Oct 02, 2005  at  02:50 PM
oh boy i could spend hours playing this game! its so much fun! (just kidding)
Posted by Anguirus  on  Wed May 31, 2006  at  10:31 PM
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