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American Truck Simulator - Wyoming is the latest paid expansion to the very popular trucking sim from SCS Software and it's out now. It also appears to be doing rather well for SCS.

With it out now it's currently trending as number 1 on Steam's Global Top Sellers list for Linux games, and when taking Windows into account too it's still in the top 5. Impressive for a DLC release on a multiple year-old game. Goes to show there's a lot of fans around ready and waiting for more content.

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DLC feature highlights:

  • Deliver to and from 10 cities and discover 14 settlements
  • Discover and deliver to Wyoming's important industries like coal & soda ash, farms & agriculture, railyards, and more!
  • Haul livestock cargo to our new cattle auction houses
  • Drive on the Highway to Heaven.
  • Haul cargo on the I-80, the second-longest Interstate highway in the United States
  • See wildlife unique to Wyoming including Bison
  • Visit landmarks like Devils Tower National Monument and part of the Yellowstone National Park and get bird's-eye views with many new viewpoints.
  • Admire accurate representations of cities like Cheyenne, Casper, Jackson, Sheridan, and more!
  • Visit and take a rest at famous Wyoming rest stops & gas stations.
  • Unlock Wyoming-specific Steam Achievements

American Truck Simulator is available from Humble Store and Steam. Currently the game has a huge 75% discount too so it's a great time to dive in - discount ends September 13. Especially good since the game now has official online multiplayer too named Convoy which arrived in the 1.41 update earlier this year.

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M@GOid 8 Sep
I was playing it yesterday (not this new DLC). It is impressive how much those DLCs allowed SCS to improve the base game. The graphic is a lot better than in the beginning, the performance on Linux improved a lot, now being mostly on par with Windows. Tons of small improvements in the core gameplay.

The only problem they didn't manage to get hid off is the notorious aliasing, that can only be deal with using heavy upscaling in the options. One can only hope they will offer TAA in the feature, since their move to DX11/OGL4.5.
Ehvis 8 Sep
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QuoteSteam's Global Top Sellers list for Linux games

It would actually be interesting to see a list of top games bought by Linux users instead of the global list filtered for games that support Linux. Might reveal some interesting things.

It may actually be time for a Linux Convoy!
So this is very popular. Can someone explain to me the appeal of a game where you drive trucks around, much the way real people only do when they're being paid and have few options?
Quoting: Purple Library GuySo this is very popular. Can someone explain to me the appeal of a game where you drive trucks around, much the way real people only do when they're being paid and have few options?
It's a very relaxing game, you basically drive around enjoying the landscape and listening to the radio. If you want more challenge, you can get a wheel and shifter and drive with manual shifting while hauling oversize trailers.
ATS is one of my favourite games (ETS2 less so, mostly because it makes no sense to drive with manual shifting there and I enjoy the challenge).
Brisse 8 Sep
Quoting: Purple Library GuySo this is very popular. Can someone explain to me the appeal of a game where you drive trucks around, much the way real people only do when they're being paid and have few options?

Some people do yoga, and I don't get the appeal of that. I do appreciate ETS2 though, and I guess it's kind of like yoga?
Quoting: Purple Library GuySo this is very popular. Can someone explain to me the appeal of a game where you drive trucks around, much the way real people only do when they're being paid and have few options?

It's interesting, isn't it?
The game demonstrates that user experience still isn't quite understood. There are factors involved which can not just be summerized on a list to tick off and you have a great game.

I for instance think it's somehow fascinating that a drive from Bergen (Norway) to Zurich (Switzerland) takes around 3 hours in real time (game time: 30 hours) and you drive and drive and drive and the landscape, buildings, roadsigns are changing, you "experience" a journey.

And of course: The success of ATS and ETS is unthinkable without the success of podcasts.
CatKiller 10 Sep
Quoting: MicromegasAnd of course: The success of ATS and ETS is unthinkable without the success of podcasts.
Alice Isn't Dead being ideal, obviously.
CatKiller 10 Sep
Quoting: Purple Library GuySo this is very popular. Can someone explain to me the appeal of a game where you drive trucks around, much the way real people only do when they're being paid and have few options?
There's a lot to like.

Obviously lots of people are enjoying it for the meditative experience of watching the scenery go by.

Min-maxers will be solving the Travelling Salesman Problem.

Business sim people will be building up their logistics empire.

Doing a three-point turn with an articulated lorry to put the load exactly where the customer wants it is at least as much of a technical challenge as hitting every apex in a racing game.

It's not for everyone, but the people that like it really like it.
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