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I've just started playing Car Mechanic Simulator 2014. Somewhat surprisingly, I'm actually enjoying it!

The first thing you have to do is change a customers brake pads and inspect the brake discs. You'll first have to order some new brake pads online (which will be delivered instantly). You have to take off the wheels (one bolt at a time), remove the brake callipers and then finally swap the brake pads. It sounds dull as dishwater but it has this strangely rewarding sensation. Kind of like building flat pack furniture. You can test drive the cars too but it's not exactly Forza.

While I have enjoyed my hour with it so far, I worry that this will get old pretty quickly. Although you can get progress to bigger workshops and unlock this and that. So we'll see if that does that the trick.

It's interface has some problems. It reminds me of the early versions of the rocket design hanger in Kerbal Space Program where you could never quite get the mouse in the right place. This too, is very picky with where you place the cursor. Sadly, it also fails to do itself any favours to ease the problem. For instance when you click on a component, the screen zooms in it yet shifts the perspective. This means you'll have to realign the mouse with the component (which can sometimes be an impossibly small area on the screen) to perform the desired action.

But yeah, who knew fixing cars could be so easy. You just hold down the mouse button down to unscrew all the bolts and what not. I never knew.

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But yeah, who knew fixing cars could be so easy. You just hold down the mouse button down to unscrew all the bolts and what not. I never knew.

Is there any educational value to the game? Or is it just some oddity like Surgeon Simulator? I can't really tell by fast forwarding through the overly long video.

I'd be kind of interested if I genuinely would learn a bit more about the inner working of cars and maintenance.

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How about Steam Simulator 2014, in which you play the part of a pc video games enthusiast, navigating a crusty desktop precariously littered with coffee mugs and other detritus, collecting games via an online portal that you have no free time to play?

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How about Steam Simulator 2014, in which you play the part of a pc video games enthusiast, navigating a crusty desktop precariously littered with coffee mugs and other detritus, collecting games via an online portal that you have no free time to play?

As long as it gives me a reason to listen to slightly odd European radio stations, I'm in.

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Really? I assumed being a car mechanic would be quite a fun job.

Maybe there was fun to be had standing in a freezing cold pit while a transit van pisses oil out of its tank all over your face like Ron Jeremy hosing down an enthusiastic young starlet, but i certainly didnt find it. Well, aside from the time i accidentally let a truck cab roll down a hill and smash into the back of a Ford Escort. That was fun.

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Same, tried it last night. Sure you guys aren't in the beta without realising?

I am in the beta, but was able to sign into both PCs before switching to the beta client. It's possible you might just need to be in the beta for it to work unfortunately, rather than in the beta client. Either way it's definitely coming. :)

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Is there any educational value to the game? Or is it just some oddity like Surgeon Simulator? I can't really tell by fast forwarding through the overly long video.

I'd be kind of interested if I genuinely would learn a bit more about the inner working of cars and maintenance.

Meh sort of, kind of, not really. It gives you a decent-ish understanding of what things are and where to find them on the car. You will have to remove the components you would need to remove in real life in order to change brake pads and air filters etc. You don't just click "change brake pads". You have to remove the wheel and the brake calliper first.

It's not, however, going to tell you how to use a torque wrench (or even what tools you'd need for a particular job) or how you'll need to contort your body to twister levels of curvature in order to get those dam spark plugs out.

Sadly, it would also appear that it does not have real world cars. Which is a shame. I'd love it if you could download real-world cars. It would be great to use the game to discover the steps required to change my air filter before trying it in real life (in reality I just get real men to do it and then nod along when they talk about the inner workings of my brum brum machine).

I suppose it is good for learning the names of the different parts and where they are on the car and what not. There are also different machines in game that you can use to fault find issues and these are genuine real world tools (just like Jeremy Clarkson).

I'm not very far in and I know there are manuals you can buy in game. So perhaps there's more realism to come.

Right, I'm off to sell a cut and shut to someone. Later taters.

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Has anyone played the Might and Magic games? They seem like something I'd enjoy, but looking around it's all sub-brands and spin-offs. What's a good entry point?

Of the main series, the only actually bad one is IX. Obviously the further back you go the more forgiving you have to be of vintage visuals, but from IV and V onwards they're pretty much solid. Most people consider VI or VII their favourite.

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Has anyone played Infested Planet? it looks like a kind of cross between Cannon Fodder, [random tower defence game], and Slime World. It's on Steam early access, so I'm reluctant to buy into it now, but it does look kind of cool.

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