Video-game pottering is big business

I wrote yesterday about how as I’m getting older, I find myself craving games that are just a bit slower and relaxing. It turns out I’m not the only one.

As an article on Eurogamer today reveals, Farming Simulator 17 has smashed sales records, selling double the amount of the previous game, and debuted at number one in the all formats sales charts in Germany. And this comes after big AAA games like Titanfall 2 and Watch Dogs 2 have failed to meet sales expectations.

It seems that there a plenty of people like me who would rather potter around a field (or planet) than engage in exhausting, non-stop gunplay. There’s more to life than shooting off machine guns.

More to the point, there’s a whole generation of ageing gamers who still want to dabble in gaming but are perhaps put off by the whining teenager stylings of games like Watch Dogs. The greying pound is strong in video gaming.