Lion of the Blogosphere

American Truck Simulator screenshot

Leaving Phoenix, AZ, headed towards Las Vegas, NV.

Those crazy stacked highway interchanges is just like how I remember driving in Phoenix! However, 99% of the actual city of Phoenix is missing. There’s just a few highways.

This game is strangely enjoyable. I highly recommend it if you have a video card and a game controller.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

March 26, 2017 at 11:41 AM

Posted in Politics

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  1. Dude. Stop playing video games. Go out places where single girls are and talk to them.

    • I’m too old for “girls.” Just cougar-aged women for me.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      March 26, 2017 at 12:32 PM

      • In that case stick to the video games


        March 26, 2017 at 12:37 PM

      • I am not sure if you are saying “I’m done with flighty girls, I want women who are aware and wise”, or if you’re saying, “If I went out, the women I could/would attract would be too old to be attractive to me”. If it’s the second, I think it’s always possible to find someone who feels attractive, especially for someone who understands people as well as you do. It’s just a matter of how much time and work invested.


      • Only saying that no “girls” are going to want to talk to me.

        I don’t see why it’s wrong to drive a virtual truck from Phoenix to Las Vegas.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        March 26, 2017 at 1:10 PM

      • It’s wrong from the evolutionary perspective. You should be procreation like a rabbit.


        March 26, 2017 at 1:17 PM

      • You aren’t too old to flirt with them in a mild way. Tons of waitresses love the harmless middle aged regulars who know to keep things friendly but never to step over the line. If they happen to catch you glancing at their rack, they don’t mind as long as they know you are well trained. Most know what men are all about. Giving 30% tips really helps too.

        You could also get a dog and meet women that way. Lots of dog meet ups full of female dog lovers.


        March 26, 2017 at 7:51 PM

      • That’s what Gordon Gekko said, “if you need a friend, get a dog.”

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        March 26, 2017 at 7:53 PM

      • I’m sure you could find someone you’d like to be with – online dating perhaps?


        March 26, 2017 at 8:01 PM

      • The key is not to be a phony. Without the motif of procreation, it maybe hard to find female company that sustains your interest. They are hardwired very differently, you know. Sexual tension, weather explicit or implicit, always underlines male/female interaction. Home and children is what gives this interaction durability. Generally speaking, that is.


        March 26, 2017 at 9:14 PM

      • Lion – I don’t think driving virtual trucks is wrong in some cosmic sense.

        But – I’ve found that, in general, we are happier when we have our accomplishments come in the real world (career, relationships, family, sports, self-development practices, life purpose) than in make-believe worlds (especially electronic games and porn, but collecting “likes” from strangers on social networking and watching TV too). Since I quit playing electronic games, I have had the wish to have all the time back that I feel I wasted on it, and spent it instead being with people, writing books, learning kickboxing, things that feel more engaged.

        I think that we are biologically wired to be happier and more healthy when we are in stable relationships.

        Been reading your words since [your old blog], and I think you’d be a great dad, if that’s something you’d want to do.

        And, again: if one is a generally happy person, it’s always possible to eventually find a partner that on is compatible with and finds attractive, if one is willing to go out and kiss enough frogs to find a princess.

      • I’m too old to become a dad. I lack the energy of a guy in his twenties.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        March 27, 2017 at 9:42 AM

    • Dye your hair. Try wearing your hat backwards. Grow out some cool facial hair. You’ll meet some girls.


      March 26, 2017 at 8:02 PM

      • People with no dependents – not even a dog – have lots of time to both play video games and get laid. Don’t discount Lion so readily.


        March 26, 2017 at 9:33 PM

  2. Do you shift and brake and so forth in this game? Do you blow out a tire occasionally? Do you have to fill out log books and stop for federally mandated breaks? The review is lacking in detail.


    March 26, 2017 at 2:07 PM

    • Shift and brake: yes. Blow out a tire: hasn’t happened. Log: no. Break: I think after 13 hours continuous driving you have to take a break, but I haven’t driven such a long run.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      March 26, 2017 at 4:38 PM

  3. I have Euro truck driver 2 and my assessment is that something like Just Cause 2 can be played the same way (minus actually delivering anything [1]) but with much more, much better terrain and with the options of blowing stuff up and getting chased by police.

    [1] Actually one mission has you delivering boxes in a truck which, again, is much better than Euro Truck driver.


    March 26, 2017 at 3:01 PM

  4. I wonder if truckers in sparse traffic actually get away with playing video games while driving. I bet a modder has already put this into this simulation, just for amusement. Lots of cell phone games are clearly made for a single hand. Many PC games in Korea are designed for a single hand because so many Koreans like to have the other hand free to smoke, and addiction spreads across many things.

    Try chewing gum. Try the chewing gum with nicotine in it.


    March 26, 2017 at 4:48 PM

  5. I drove through Phoenix twice, once going north, then back south. What a nightmare. First, I don’t drive every day. Second, it was a nightmare. Going back south, I lucked out and ended up behind a septic tank tractor trailer. I stuck to that septic tank & he led the way south.


    March 26, 2017 at 5:25 PM

  6. I jogged in place today to some ATS gameplay, journey from Sacramento to Redding. The skyline of downtown Sacramento was spot-on. I grew up there. Glad I left, but also glad to see some midsized flyover cities represented in such detail.

    A mostly brown flat landscape and constantly sunny skies. Renders central valley Cali just about perfectly.


    March 26, 2017 at 9:27 PM

  7. I wish one day I’ll be able to take off a year, put my tools into a pickup truck and travel all over America and Canada. I would work a week here, a couple of weeks there and get to see how real America lives. What do I really know about it? Living in NYC I know a lot about the city, but this isn’t the real white America, not even close. So what do I know besides two years in good public schools and the books that I read? Not much. I think this will we very interesting. Actually, I’d worked 20 years in mostly white corporate America, but somehow I just forgot about it while writing this comment. Why is this? I guess it just didn’t feel like real people there. Lots of phonies and crooks. Maybe I’ll find people who just work the land, do their trades, fish and hunt and play their sports, go to church and are morally and mental healthy and aren’t phonies, because I hate phonies. Why can’t it be like this?


    March 26, 2017 at 9:58 PM

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