We've seen "rock simulators" and goat simulators, so I suppose it isn't that much of a stretch for a games journalist to want to make a "games journalist simulator." That's exactly what games journalist Jason Evangelho tells web site Siliconera; he has teamed up with Game Informer writer Daniel Tack to create "Game Journalism Simulator."
Evangelho says he was inspired by games like Goat Simulator, Rock Simulator and Polygon's Brian Crecente doing a live steam on Twitch while writing an article about the Wii U. He also cites former games journalist's Dan Amrich's book "Critical Path: How to Review Video Games for a Living."
"What sealed the deal, though, was Dan Amrich’s book ‘Critical Path: How to Review Video Games for a Living.’ In it, he suggests that game critics should at least dabble with game development. The argument is that they’ll gain a deeper understanding of the process and be better equipped to judge a video game’s many elements. It struck a nerve when I originally read it, and it struck that same nerve last week," Evangelho continued.
"So I rounded up a few other journos including Daniel Tack of Game Informer, registered the trademark for Game Journalism Simulator, and we’re neck deep in our design document, plotting the course forward! It’s a serious project for us, and we want it to be a genuinely fun game which both empowers players and makes them laugh their asses off."
Further details about the game are to be announced, but yes it is a real thing, so let the jokes commence...