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American Truck Simulator

This game, only $20, gives you a pretty realistic representation of what it’s like to drive a big rig around Nevada, California, and Arizona. Although this review is based only three runs runs: Reno to Truckee, and Reno to San Rafael, and San Rafael to Huron. On the first run I damaged the truck a little getting out of the loading dock (the hardest part of the game). On the third run, I ran the truck off the road and got stuck, and had to call for assistance.

Graphics look great with my Nvidia GTX 1050 Ti videocard and a 2560×1440 monitor.

I’m using an Xbox 360 wireless controller for PC to control the truck. Steering is very fussy using the left joystick of the controller. The game has sensitivity settings for the steering; I adjusted it down and I think that helped a little with the steering.

The game is in 1:20 scale, so a 5 hour drive in the real world only takes 20 minutes in the game. And yes, 95% of the world is missing, so it’s only a simulated experience and not the real thing. Furthermore you are only allowed to drive on designated roads; you can’t wander around on the side streets because they don’t even exist.

It’s a much more mellow game than Overwatch, no one is trying to kill you. I didn’t even get a traffic ticket for not being able to stay in my lane and for accidentally turning the wrong way down a one-way street. I hear that this game is popular with older men.

The unrealistic part of this game is not the graphics or how the truck operates, but the fact that driving a truck is very profitable. Even though I drove the truck off the road, I still got paid handsomely for the run. Maybe in the past driving a truck was a decent middle class job (my grandfather drove a milk delivery truck in New York City), but today driving a truck is very low paid work, and someone who drives the truck off the road won’t get a job again. In the near future there will be self-driving trucks, and all truck drivers will be out of work.

In the screenshot above, I’m heading for Santa Maria, CA. It’s dawn. There’s a very light rain, so my windshield wipers are on. There are three “cheat” elements displayed: the left and right rear-view mirrors on the upper left and upper right, and the GPS display on the lower right (which also has other useful info like your speed and gas tank level). You can turn those off for a more natural experience, and then you have to use the right joystick on the Xbox game controller to look around at your mirrors, but the game is hard enough without also having to deal with that. Also, you’ll have to use the smaller in-dash GPS that’s to the right of the steering wheel.

And now I’ve just gotten off the highway at Santa Maria.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

March 25, 2017 at 6:43 pm

Posted in Nerdy stuff

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  1. These type of games are really popular in Europe.


    March 25, 2017 at 6:47 pm

  2. Are there truck stops in the game?


    March 25, 2017 at 7:00 pm

    • Hahahaha, great question. There definitely should be!

      SJ, Esquire (formerly Samson J).

      March 25, 2017 at 7:15 pm

      • Maybe there could be a mini-game involving J. T. Leroy and/or his mom.

        Greg Pandatshang

        March 26, 2017 at 8:35 am

      • Part of the game involves establishing your own trucking company, but I feel like I’m not interested in that, I just want to drive the trucks around.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        March 26, 2017 at 10:30 am

  3. The 90s game “Desert Bus” is 1:1 when it comes to time:


    March 25, 2017 at 7:01 pm

  4. I know a few guys who play these games.
    They find them quite relaxing.


    March 25, 2017 at 7:03 pm

    • Yeah, this game looks awesome. I knew a guy who was really super into a farming simulator game, you had to drive the combine around and stuff.

      SJ, Esquire (formerly Samson J).

      March 25, 2017 at 7:15 pm

      • There are HVAC service simulators. Those can be useful.


        March 25, 2017 at 11:48 pm

    • I’m trying to find an old video game of ID4 (Independence Day) with the mothership simulator — revealing the hands of one of the aliens sitting in front of the window, where you are him, with a beautiful bird eye’s view of the earth. Your role as the alien is to study the different living organisms from the planet, including an analysis of homo sapiens. It seems like a game that proles would find boring.


      March 25, 2017 at 10:10 pm

      • Not just boring – stupid!


        March 26, 2017 at 12:03 am

      • Of course anything intellectual to proles is “stupid”.


        March 26, 2017 at 12:08 am

      • Playing an alien is too cerebral, right.


        March 26, 2017 at 11:01 am

      • Yes, I remembered the game requires you to study the living organisms on earth in their language:

        It looks like a futuristic Semitic Language!

        After completing this study mode, you would move to scout mode, where you start to descend down to earth and capture or take these organisms into the ship, before you get into a full scale invasion of earth mode.


        March 26, 2017 at 11:11 am

      • Comparing this nonsense to learning an ancient semitic language like Akkadian or Assyrian ? Are you really that stupid?


        March 26, 2017 at 12:38 pm

      • Stupid? LoftB’s commenters should post comments with a cipher language.


        March 26, 2017 at 8:40 pm

  5. my grandfather drove a milk delivery truck in New York City

    I can still remember the milk delivery truck making a couple of stops on my street to the last remaining customers – two 80-year old spinsters. After they passed on in the early ’70s, I never saw another residential milk deliver truck.

    My parents (now pushing 80) tell me they remember the ice delivery truck from their childhood and baby-diaper cleaning & delivery service until around the early ’70s.

    E. Rekshun

    March 25, 2017 at 7:31 pm

    • Actually, my grandfather drove a commercial milk delivery truck.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      March 25, 2017 at 7:36 pm

      • And now the important question – which type of truck driving was more prole?


        March 25, 2017 at 8:31 pm

      • Driving semi trucks is very prole and dangerous.


        March 25, 2017 at 9:57 pm

  6. “but today driving a truck is very low paid work”

    So what is the median income for a full time truck driver? Or, even the mean?


    March 25, 2017 at 8:00 pm

    • Guys tell me they make a six figure income. I dunno what losers make, I’m talking about normal hard working guys. The type that JS dises.


      March 25, 2017 at 11:51 pm

      • And after taxes? C<—listening to your hear hear…


        March 26, 2017 at 12:12 am

      • Right. That’s the point.


        March 26, 2017 at 5:42 am

      • Every person has to handle his taxes on his individual level. You guys are looking for problems instead of working.


        March 26, 2017 at 11:02 am

  7. WRT long-haul truck driving in the real world, I have always reasoned that the paucity of black drivers, easily observed, said something about either black laziness, or the richness of welfare benefits. Anything wrong with that approach?


    March 25, 2017 at 8:34 pm

  8. I really haven’t known any prole Jews that well so I still have a hard time wrapping my head around the Lion’s upbringing.

    Jews from the FSU and Mizrachi Jews are often total proles, but I’m thinking of more the classic American Jews. I can think of 5 prole Jews I knew from my childhood:

    1. Josh Perry: Tall kid with curly hair and glasses, but just didn’t come off as very Jewish. Constantly cutting class and barely graduated high school with an extremely ghetto vernacular. Basically a nice guy, though.

    2. Elijah Geller: Really bad news. Possibly the scariest person that I ever came in contact with as a child/adolescent. Got banished to what we called “the Airport School” after 6th grade. Currently lives in CA with his prole wife and prole child.

    3. Brandon Brodsko: The most Jewish looking of the group. Mediocre intelligence and just kind of a mean, foul tempered guy. We generally did not get along at all. I believe he has been a short order cook since we left high school.

    4. The Zacharoffs: Brother and sister. The brother was more overtly prole and I know he became a heavy coke user. The sister actually went to college at the same place I did but my college had a large prole population.

    5. The Allmans: 3 prole girls. The youngest was really close friends with my younger sister when they were young but they drifted apart in middle school, possibly because my sister was sick of her trashy proleness. The oldest sister was two years my junior but dated a lot of the proles in my my grade.

    I went to HS with one other prole Jew but he was born in Russia so I didn’t include him in the list.

    Of course, with intermarriage I likely witnessed the last generation of prole old-stock American Jews. Based on my experience, that isn’t much of a loss.

    The thing is, I just can’t imagine anybody in my family, even on the gentile side, driving a milk delivery truck. So Lion’s family makes no sense to me. They seem like they are from another dimension.

    Otis the Sweaty

    March 25, 2017 at 8:59 pm

    • Don’t be talking shit about me bro or I’ll come back east and scare you some more. EG out!

      Elijah Geller

      March 25, 2017 at 10:11 pm

      • I laughed. 😄


        March 26, 2017 at 2:01 pm

    • Most people are pretty prole. You may be underestimating the prolishness of who you know, unless you move mostly in prep / private school circles.


      March 25, 2017 at 10:58 pm

    • My son in law loves driving trucks. His first business was a trucking company. He used to take my daughter on truck rides just for fun. Why can’t Jews like trucks? For an adult, especially a Jew, to play a truck game is pretty stupid, but to love real trucks is perfectly normal and healthy. I’m a lousy driver, so driving isn’t for me, but truck refrigeration is a thing of beauty, if there ever was one.


      March 25, 2017 at 11:58 pm

      • Driving a virtual truck is a lot safer and more convenient than driving a real one.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        March 26, 2017 at 12:03 am

      • Same can be said for living a virtual life. You can’t impress a girl by driving a virtual truck unless she is a virtual girl. So dtop trolling already.

        Anyway, Shakespeare nailed it as far ad the Jews are concerned:

        ‘Hath not a Jew hands, organs, dimensions, senses, affections, passions; fed with the same food, hurt with the same weapons, subject to the same diseases, healed by the same means, warmed and cooled by the same winter and summer as a Christian is? If you prick us, do we not bleed?’


        March 26, 2017 at 12:13 am

      • “You can’t impress a girl by driving a virtual truck”

        That’s why I support the MGTOW movement. If a guy enjoys driving a virtual truck, why should he have stop doing it because some gold-digging bitches aren’t “impressed” by it?

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        March 26, 2017 at 10:23 am

      • A truck simulator is boring all around. Besides having no cerebral quality to it, the game is off putting for proles who like action themes.


        March 26, 2017 at 12:19 am

      • “A truck simulator is boring all around.”

        It’s strangely entertaining, at least for a few hours.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        March 26, 2017 at 10:24 am

      • MGTOW? These are pathetic evolutionary losers headed for extinction. Mormon polygamists make more sense them them. Stay away from the losers and hang around the winners. Always. Losers are toxic. Very bad choice.


        March 26, 2017 at 11:10 am

      • M.G.T.O.W – Men Going Their Own Way is a statement of self-ownership, where the modern man preserves and protects his own sovereignty above all else. It is the manifestation of one word: “No”. Ejecting silly preconceptions and cultural definitions of what a “man” is. Looking to no one else for social cues. Refusing to bow, serve and kneel for the opportunity to be treated like a disposable utility. And, living according to his own best interests in a world which would rather he didn’t.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        March 26, 2017 at 11:12 am

      • ‘And, living according to his own best interests in a world which would rather he didn’t.’

        Nonsense! Evolutionary extinction. Read Darwin, will you already? Darwin isn’t ideal, but at least on the basic level he knows what goes on.

        A man, first and foremost, lives to fulfill his obligations to G-d, family, tribe, nation. He doesn’t primarily live for himself. I know tons of normal women, so I dunno what is this problem here. Yeah, if you have to egoistic people living for themselves that’s the end of that civlization. Stick a fork into it.


        March 26, 2017 at 11:35 am

    • A few generations ago, most Jews in NYC worked working class and middle class jobs in the garment industry, factories, truck driving, running delis, teaching, etc. It wasn’t unusual at all.


      March 26, 2017 at 1:32 am

      • “A few generations ago, most Jews in NYC worked working class and middle class jobs in the garment industry, factories, truck driving, running delis, teaching, etc. It wasn’t unusual at all.”

        Exactly correct.

        And you still find Jews who are teaching, but not any of the other stuff. But there are still Jews doing trades like HVAC installation and repair.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        March 26, 2017 at 10:26 am

      • Jews are the smartest and the most upwardly mobile demografic. Jews are simply the best, not in everything, but on th whole. This should be obvious by now.


        March 26, 2017 at 10:40 am

    • Must be tough to be Jewish and have a surname, Allman, most people associate with southern rednecks.


      March 26, 2017 at 6:51 am

  9. The truck drivers won’t be out of work because of self-driving trucks, they’ll be out of work because the trucks don’t have fuel.


    March 25, 2017 at 10:32 pm

    • Trucks will be fueled by anything, up to and including soylent slurry, as oil runs out for just about everything else first. Everything else is more marginal. The low energy future could be so nasty that even rail service could be constantly sabotaged, and trucks would become even more important, not less. Trucks are going to be with us forever.


      March 26, 2017 at 10:05 am

  10. Speaking of proles, I’m currently eating dinner at SF prole central. It’s a bison burger joint which, probably because of the reasonable prices, attracts the fattest and ugliest of SF’s str8’s.. For example, a 280 lb.guy with a pink mohawk just walked in with his teenaged son. Too bad I can’t post a photo from my Kindle. At another table two physicians in their 60’s, one obviously Jewish, are talking shop, so it’s not a total loss. The place is owned by an extremely friendly and competent Salvadoran guy. The waitresses are filipino. The Chinese guy who just walked in ordered a “Beck’s dark.” Talk about diversity.


    March 25, 2017 at 10:49 pm

    • SF-The Bay of Pigs is a cornball city. Overprice tho…like NYC!


      March 26, 2017 at 8:55 pm

  11. I have Euro Truck Simulator 2. I like it for the single reason that its low stress / nonviolent. You can also stream internet radio while driving, which is a great atmospheric addition. If you feel like zoning out on a non-shooter then this game fills that need. Though, the low stress aspect also led me to get bored with it. Other than building your business, the game mechanics never change. Still, it’s good to have as an option if the mood strikes.

    That being said, the game potential really isn’t exploited until you would get a steering wheel / shifter/ gas pedal setup (more important), along with a couple of extra monitors as side windows to complete the effect. (I have none of this at the moment). Then, of course, that setup opens up the option for immersive racing games.


    March 25, 2017 at 10:53 pm

  12. I watched about 1/2 hour of this game on YouTube. Pretty impressive! How do they get that spectacular level of detail? How much do the makers have to specify and how much does a program fill in? The effect is very good. I also liked the lighting… realistically California’s.

    March 25, 2017 at 11:10 pm

  13. ‘…Even though I drove the truck off the road, I still got paid handsomely for the run…’

    Arghhh… you didn’t get paid at all. You paid.

    Thinking like an addict.


    March 25, 2017 at 11:34 pm

  14. Neogaf extremely unhappy about Trump throwing Ryan under the bus:

    Some background here: NeoGaf is the woke Left so they have always been willing to live with Trump if necessary. It is Miller, Sessions and Bannon whom they absolutely cannot abide by. I cannot tell you how many times over the past 2 months when they have felt that Bannon’s influence was weakening that they suddenly started to change their tune on Trump and talk about how he could be a serviceable President, even if he wasn’t their cup of tea.

    They had been very excited about Trump’s appearing to grow closer to Ryan, as they had believed this was Bannon being marginalized. Now they feel that they have been played, that Bannon and Trump had intended Ryancare to fail but for it to fail in a way that it could not be blamed on Trump. If this leads to Ryan being forced to step down, or even just being dramatically weakened, it ends the only potential pole of resistance to Trump within the Republican congress.

    Remember that the woke Left does not see the GOP or even the Trump administration as their number 1 enemy. Rather they see the *very existence* of Trumpism as an existential threat. They would prefer Mitt Romney in office and Trumpism extinguished than Obama or Hillary in office with a Trumpist opposition.

    Otis the Sweaty

    March 26, 2017 at 1:00 am

    • One other thing about NeoGaf, when they are upset they will never just wallow in their grief. Instead they will conduct fantasies where they will be saved and everything will work out for them.

      Their current fantasy is that since Trump has now declared war on Ryan, that Ryan will use the Russia stuff to bring down Trump. Keep in mind that NeoGaf has been claiming for months that the Russia stuff would bring down Trump anyway but now they are saying that this gives them the opening they need, they apparently just didn’t know that they needed an opening until now.

      Otis the Sweaty

      March 26, 2017 at 1:10 am

    • “Rather they see the *very existence* of Trumpism as an existential threat.”

      Then they are smarter than I would have imagined (understand that I only know about these folks from you). If only the entirety of the conservative world, including and especially Ryan, could come to see the Blank Slate religion, and all its attendant tentacles, as the existential threat that it is.


      March 26, 2017 at 1:11 pm

  15. I’ve heard that most pilot training is on flight simulators similar to this video game. You can probably train o be a truck driver just by playing this game or an update version of it with some more detail.


    March 26, 2017 at 1:37 am

    • No way! But you can learn some HVAC troubleshooting skills with a simulator. Why? Because troubleshooting has a strong mental component, while driving a rig is physical. Simulator can create a real life situation to which you can find a real life solution. For example, you can diagnose a refrigerant leak or a defective solenoid valve on the screen, but in real life you gotta find that leak and replace the solenoid. No program can teach to these skills, you gotta be in the field. Pilots have completely different simulators, obviously. Mates, get real.


      March 26, 2017 at 11:25 am

  16. Lion, a bit OT but you may be interested in what Libertarians are looking at on race & IQ, demography @ Libertarian social science group: this group has some pretty heavy hitters in many countries.”In terms of college stats (assuming traditionally 1/3rd are college-capable due to IQ) are Blacks simply trailing behind due to cultural assimilation as ‘the smartest Whites of 1915’? (Note Asian numbers inflated due to US/Canada immigration laws which favor High-IQ professionals)…Is the far-left deliberately harming Blacks by keeping away this info? Libertarians are getting curious given the recent hysteria by the far-left repeating discredited USSR Marxist theories on genetics, environment as e.g. #Middlebury . See also assortative mating –“


    March 26, 2017 at 3:15 am

  17. If your looking for prole Jews, in Israel the Mizrachi tend to be prole. The Ashkenazim who are very religious but nationalistic do a lot of the prole work, construction, farming etc. Though all of the Jewish truck drivers I’ve met were Mizrachi.

    These are the numbers for income for American truck drives according to the BLSL Heavy and Tractor Trailer Drivers Outlook The money seems decent if not great, solidly working class.


    March 26, 2017 at 12:20 pm

    • Who’s gonna drive a rig for $40,000? Please…. Like show me the official income for HVAC techs and computer programmers…. Please… Normal guys male more then double these ridiculous numbers. These stats are just so stupid. When I was making $150,0000 a year 20 years ago these stupid stats were showing an average salary of $65,000 and I’m not even smart or high IQ or anything. I’m just a regular hard working guy. Actually maybe I’m irregular, because most guys aren’t hard working anymore, but I’m no rocket scientist. My Chechen helper started at $36,000 driving a truck with no prior experience and no English. Please…. Get real, who can live normally on $40,000?

      What’s cute is husband and wife truck drivers working together on these huge rigs. This is nice.


      March 26, 2017 at 12:48 pm

      • This is also a national average. The rates for truck drivers vary widely by region and type of work though long haul truckers generally make around 70,000 per year. Ice road truckers can take in well over $100,000 for each month they work. Generally 2 or 3 months a year. The BLS numbers for HVAC techs also seem low at $45,000 per year.


        March 26, 2017 at 1:34 pm

  18. Keep on Truckin’


    March 26, 2017 at 9:17 pm

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