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Russian Car Driver ZIL 130 Giveaway
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Game Giveaway of the day — Russian Car Driver ZIL 130

Play the most realistic legendary ZIL 130 truck driving simulator.
$5.00 EXPIRED
User rating: 16 (84%) 3 (16%) 32 comments

Russian Car Driver ZIL 130 was available as a giveaway on October 14, 2022!

Today Giveaway of the Day
$9.99
free today
Walk through nightmares and help your husband defeat his fears!

Play the most realistic legendary ZIL 130 truck driving simulator.
Feel the power of the Soviet tractor and advance from a simple beginner to a professional long distance trucker! Build your career and plunge into the story of events, participate in local races, learn to park and hook the trailer, conquer off-road terrain, maneuver through traffic, and scale mountains all while dealing with difficult obstacles. The game will please you with its huge variety of different modes.

->>> A truly huge, realistic and destructible world (divided into 2 parts) with changes in weather and time of day, so you'll never get bored!
->>> Advanced truck damage system, which can significantly affect the controls.
->>> Different events on the roads will keep you on your toes.
->>> More than 90 types of cargo with varying features await you.
->>> Your reputation will depend on your actions, so decide on whose side you are!
->>> Open your trucking company and hire drivers to join your team.
->>> A huge selection of styles, improvements, upgrades and accessories for the vehicle. Create your own unique style!
->>> Game radio, with the ability to play your favorite music.

All this and much more awaits you. Get behind the wheel of the legendary ZIL 130 right now!

System Requirements:

Windows

Publisher:

Ashoot

Homepage:

https://ashoot.itch.io/russian-car-driver-zil-130

File Size:

391 MB

Price:

$5.00

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Please be aware that today's game giveaway does include Falcoware's installer, which takes about 30 seconds before the game starts. In that 30 seconds you'll see a online game advertised and when you close the game down, it will open your browser to Falcowares home page. Falcoware removed this a few years ago apart from a game we received last week. I never had any issues with the installer but if you're unsure of its efficacy, please check out the Sandbox programs I've linked to near the end of this comment that will keep the game isolated from your computers system. The installer is only active when you start the game up and does not install any malware or adware into your system, it's purely there so that Falcoware can pay the developer for allowing them to give the game away.
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In Brief:
I believe this is the same game we were given back on the 31st October 2019 HERE , though it was labelled Russian Car Driver 2: Zil 130; however, the introductory video was for today's game and from the images I posted back then and what little of the game I've played so far it looks exactly the same, with the same starter vehicle and the same menus. It was the sequel to another game we were given on the 10th of December 2018 called Russian Car Driver HERE

Unfortunately, I'm too ill to post anything significant today (I had my Covid booster, and it's hit me nearly as bad as the boosters I had last year with headaches and a general feeling of malaise etc. I'm just not up to sitting at the computer and playing games today (I even had to cancel my Thursday evening lad's night playing coop games with some good friends all of whom I met here).
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However, I did manage to grab some game play earlier this week just before my booster and took lots of images and some notes, which were what confirmed (at least for me) that it's the same game as previously given away. That said, it could be that the one given away in 2019 was an updated version of this one judging by the way the Taiga Truck driving game has been updated and given away three times and one of the videos I have included below also says updated.

Still, if you enjoy driving games like the American or the Euro Truck Sim games on Steam, this should give you something to do for a few weeks. The graphics are almost as good as the original Euro Truck Simulator (which is on sale for £0.79 on Steam HERE until the 17th of October. However, Russian Car Driver: Zil 130 isn't as modern as Euro Truck Simulator 2 (75% off until 17th Oct) or the American Truck Simulator (also 75% off until 17th Oct), but the graphic is still acceptable, and the game is playable. It has several different modes of play such as career (spelled carrer in game), parking, traffic, climbing (even the easy levels are quite hard), Rally and Championship modes. Each mode has lots of levels and also three levels of difficulty, with awards for
each mode. There's also a reasonable amount of configurability within the option menu.

You can see several videos of game play HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE HERE, HERE.

If you want to know more, please follow my link to the 2019 giveaway HERE, which briefly describes all the unlocked modes of play (Rally & Championship modes are locked initially). The introduction below the countdown timer above also gives you plenty of information about the game.
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Conclusion:
Despite its older graphics, this game shouldn't be sniffed at; it offers a lot of game play options, and with all the modes and levels of difficulty, you have a few hundred levels to work through at the very least. There's something for everyone who likes vehicle-based games apart from drag racing. You can play in a chase viewpoint or directly from inside the vehicle, you can even visit car washes and board ferries.

Definitely one to check out.
Notes on Security
The installed game was too large for both Virus Total and Internxt.

If you're not sure of the games efficacy and want to be absolutely sure that the game is safe to install, please use a sandbox program to check that the game is safe to install before installing it to your C drive or other drives on your computer (assuming you have more than one drive).

Personally, I've never had any issues with any of falcowares games, even when the Falcoware installer was included (which it is with today's game).

There are free sandbox programs such as Sanboxie, GeSWall, BitBox, Windows Sandbox, Bufferzone (a six month commercial license was given away via the applications side of the project back in December 2009 HERE), Shadowzone, as well as others. (You'll find them all on the same page from Techwhoop.
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Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+14)

Whiterabbit-uk,


You can get a mobile version of the game free HERE. If the link doesn't work, you'll find one within game.
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Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+13)

Whiterabbit-uk, Why do you continue to get boosters that make you sick?

Reply   |   Comment by Andre Rodrigs  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Andre Rodrigs,

It's better than getting full blown Covid. My first degree was biology, so I understand the working of vaccinations. Most people will get mild effects from any vaccine, but they are attenuated compared to the actual virus as our bodies quickly create the antibodies to fight them.

I've been housebound for virtually 17 years, so tend to suffer a little more when having these vaccinations due to my immune system not being as effective as it used to be (because I don't get
all the usual colds etc due to being isolated)

Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+11)

Whiterabbit-uk, I am sorry to hear about the side effects of your shot you received. My partner and I had both got COVID in 2020. He had to go to the hospital for 6 months and eventually became bedbound and needed a wheel chair. I did not want to lose him and did not want to get it severely again so we both got our first 2 shots and also the 2 boosters. The second booster however dragged me down for days and I felt like not doing anything. I hope you feel better. FYI Flu shot seemed to also drag me down as well.

Reply   |   Comment by sailorbear510 aka Jason  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+8)

sailorbear510 aka Jason,

Thank you J. I appreciate your words. I had my first ever Flu jab at the same time as my second booster last year and the effects of both were definitely worse than the booster I've just had. Still, I've just received my invitation for this year's flu jab, which I will happily have despite the effects, which will be much less than if I got full blown influenza (I've only had flu twice in my life and would not want to get it again)

My Australian side of the family are dead set against the Covid vaccinations because my uncle had his first shot last April. He proceeded to get a really bad chesty cough and passed away a few weeks after the jab. They all blamed it on the vaccination because prior to the jab he was absolutely fine.

Personally, I'm all for them

I hope your life partner has no long-term effects from Covid. You must have been really scared for him. Glad to hear he recovered.

Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+9)

Purely FWIW, you can also have allergic reactions to the vaccine's inactive ingredients. Could that be part or all of your reactions? Per the CDC: "
If you are allergic to polyethylene glycol (PEG), you should not get Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccines.
If you are allergic to polysorbate, you should not get Novavax or J&J/Janssen COVID-19 vaccines."


cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/different-vaccines/overview-COVID-19-vaccines.html

I'm in the 1st category, requested the J&J but the idgit used the Pfizer anyway for my 1st shot -- the next several days were a bit frightening.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

Whiterabbit-uk, Thank you very much. In a couple of hours I am scheduled to test my eyes. My eye insurance reset so I can get new frames and lenses.

Reply   |   Comment by sailorbear510 aka Jason  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

mike,

The booster I had was Moderna.

The only thing I'm allergic to (to my knowledge) is the glue that is used to stick large 7-day fentanyl patches. I used to be on those for about a year, but started to notice an itch after a few days, which over quite a short period got worse and worse to the point it was starting to leave a rash. The last time I used one it caused a rash within less than an hour of being on my arm. The 7-day patches were the old-fashioned fabric patches (similar to the old zinc oxide fabric plasters that were common in the 60's and 70's), with the perimeter of the patch covered in a 1cm wide glue. I now use a polythene backed patch where the glue and fentanyl are combined.

Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

TWIMC
I am fully vaccinated and boostered too, I never get the flu vacc though but I am not one to catch every bug flying around. It was totally clear for me after I spoke with someone who has the same knowledge from studies like you have, Whiterabbit, to get it.
I don't discuss with anyone about this normally. Also wouldn't if I were against it. Cause it's everyones own decision, but I also thought it's somewhat a responsibility to the community. A community who never gave me anything then pain cause I am not like them (Asperger).

Reply   |   Comment by Anthea  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Anthea,

Hi Anthea,

Really sorry to hear of the lack of support you had growing up. My late father also had Asperger syndrome, though he was low on the scale. My great-nephew (my nieces' son) has full blown autism, which has been a nightmare for her and my sister (his grandmother), who have gone through the mill looking after him over the years.

I just thank God that there is much more understanding and usually appropriate support these days (though sometimes you have to fight for it here in the UK due to dwindling social care finances). My aunt (my father's sister) ended up in an asylum in the early 50's after trying to stab two of her brothers with a spoon - yes, it seems comical, but she still really hurt both of them). She was never diagnosed with autism, instead they said she was schizophrenic, but I remember things about her that pointed to autism.

She had a remarkable memory and could repeat conversations she'd had with other patients (both hers and the person she was talking with) in the asylum word for word many years later. I lived with my parents a lot during my childhood and youth, so saw a lot of her once she came home in 1968. She always talked to herself constantly, and when she repeated the replies from people she had conversed with, she would cup her hand over the side of her mouth.

When they closed the asylum down in the late sixties, my grandfather and grandmother looked after her until my grandmother passed away at the age of 80 (the same day as John Lennon, Dec 8th, 1980). My grandfather continued to look after her for several more years until his health and age forced the family to find a nursing home for my aunt. He was approaching ninety by then. I hold my grandparents in great esteem/respect for basically giving up a lot of their lives to look after her. Plus, it was thanks to my grandparents that I ended up going to university as they exposed me to lots of reading and gave me access to a dark room that my grandfather had as well as laboratories, and other things when I was young, which inspired me to go into the sciences., and they always encouraged me to aim higher. I was the only person in my family from my generation that went to university. I just wished both of them had lived to see me graduate as they would have been so proud. None of my family attended my graduation. :(

Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+8)

mike, Wasn't aware of those allergy warnings. Luckily, don't apply to me. But another excellent, useful post from you. Thanks!

Reply   |   Comment by watcher13  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Whiterabbit-uk, Just a little "oops" I found - the word "Career" is misspelled (Carrer). Love it though!

Reply   |   Comment by Bernd  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

Whiterabbit-uk, is this really the place to talk about va(cc)ines? It is a very controversial theme, like religion or politics. Please, stick to the nice game reviews, and don't get to this theme again. For the story, I am unva(xx)ed and PROUD. Thank you

Reply   |   Comment by Kouman  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Kouman,

Hi Kouman, I didn't start the conversation and it did involve a few others. I respect everyone's view on such matters, and I truly hope that you don't catch the virus.

I did back in July after my wife brought it home from her college after being 'forced' around a small table with several other lecturers and several students. One of the students was obviously ill (she was coughing and spluttering). Everyone came down with Covid within days. Thankfully everyone had been vaccinated, so the symptoms were very much reduced to what they would or could have been if we hadn't received our vaccinations.

Again, I hope your stance on this issue doesn't backfire on you like it has with other anti vac people that I've read about in the news. It's your choice not to take advantage of these vaccines; so, I wish you all the luck in the world.

p.s. Over the 14 years I've moderated this comments section I've tried to make it as informal and friendly as possible; so, over the years have tried to add conversation, that includes current affairs and even discussions on health and life in general etc. The comments should be primely for the game being given away; but often subject matter that the community can equate with overshadow the gaming side but it's quite rare.

The owners of the site have never admonished me for the conversations I've had with the community that haven't been specifically game oriented and have allowed me to expand on this over the years, which is why I allow such comments.

Personally, I didn't think (and still don't) that it was a controversial theme. I apologise to you if you were offended, but as I've said in the past on this site; each to their own. I respect your decision not to
be vaccinated; you should respect my outlook on it also. Take care.
regards Stephen.

Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Whiterabbit-uk,

Thank you for your long answer.

Don't worry, my totally dysfunctional parents (very likely also on the specrum) would have refused a lot of help anyway. Once I was examined by the schools psychiatrist and I got no help cause my Mom faught like crazy against it (which I learned much later in life when grown up). But it was the 80s when I was a teenie and Aspergers wasn't really known then. Plus women on the lower side are very good at coping and masking cause we learn this from the day of our birth. It will change over the generations when the gender-specific bringing up gets washed away more.

Your great-nephew sufferd the same your sister and niece - it's so freaking hard to bring up a child with those needs as it is hard for the child to grow up cause it has no orientation as everyone else functions totally different.

The knowledge has grown a lot but still too less and the acceptance is still low, even under professionals like those from the disability insurance who should give you a pension if you are not able to work full time anymore.

Stuff like what your aunt did is always comical from the outside. My Mom suffers from psychotic episodes and my sister and I always joke about the things she does or thinks when an episode occurs but of course it's nerve-wrecking for us and for her. But we always treat her as respectfully as possible even if we have to admit her once again. I don't have a strong bond with her (after all what happend by bringing us up) but it helps to do the right things and being who I am helps too cause I am very rational when tough situations happen. This is the acting where neurotypical think we don't feel any thing, which of course it's not true but we are good at pushing it away to function until the storm is over.

Unfortunately I don't have any savant traits which could save me out of nine to five.

Your grandparents were awesome people to look after your aunt until they were too old. They deserve every resepct for this and also for lighting the spark in you to take up studies.
In my direct family we are all normal workers, my dad had a cousin who went to study music and was a music teacher but mental illnesses are very present on both sides of my family which makes me and my sister the even blacker sheeps as we don't play by their rules and refuse to play their sick mind games and such. I too grew up with my grandparents, they were my sitters as my mom had to work until my dad got a job with better earnings. And especially my granddad did a lot of good to me.

At the day of receiving my apprenticeship certificate no one was there either. My best friend was there with me and my boss and co-workers. I don't recall what it was, whem my sister finished - we are 10 years apart and until she was grown up, we didn't have much time together.
I am very sorry to read another story of a cool guy having been rejected by his parents. We are so many. But now enough of this. I didn't want to get away this much. Thank you for sharing a hurtful part of your life.

I know I don't say a lot here but I like you very much.

Reply   |   Comment by Anthea  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Anthea,

Hi again Anthea, it's unlikely many community members will see your reply to my previous comment answering yours, but before I approved the post, I thought I should ask you if you want it to be visible to the public? As it was a reply to my comment, and you've included a lot of personal information I wasn't sure you'd wish that. Please let me know if you wish it removed or to approve the comment.

I appreciate your candour and hope that you

Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#7

Unfortunately not compatible with my Win XP, SP3, 32 bit system. Thanks anyway, folks. I'm sure I'll have better luck over the weekend.

Reply   |   Comment by watcher13  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
#6

Noooooooo...... I see enough of these trucks on my way to the Dacha; with bent axles, rusted tailgates, smoke billowing out of the multiple exhaust leaks, swerving in between lanes on the main ring highways, and repairs that would make a body shop cringe. But hey....old reliable when needed. I'll check it out though....but can you make a simulator with a Lada 2107 or Samara....i'd like to recreate the custom "tuning" done over here and then drive like a maniac on MKAD. LOL

Reply   |   Comment by Bernd  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#5

A lot of these developers seem to borrow elements from well known games in order to create their games. Driving a truck? It reminds me of an arcade game 18 Wheeler that Sega made. They actually had a huge arcade cab that you sat in and it simulated driving in a truck with a big projection screen, you can see more illustrations of it here:

https://segaretro.org/18_Wheeler:_American_Pro_Trucker

It originally received a release on Dreamcast, but eventually when Sega called it quits they released it on GameCube and Playstation 2.

This game is a little bit short in my opinion and needs more expansive areas to make the game more comprehensive objective wise.

About the ability to upgrade your ride in game - Do you remember the truck arcade game Super Off Road? That was one of the first racing games you could pay to get better at the game. I think there was a 10 credit maximum buy in to build your bank balance to get better parts to upgrade your vehicle.

Although this game is free the vehicle upgrade feature in game reminds me of these games.

It's not a bad in general I am just wanting more. I may check out some of these simulation games that Whiterabbit-uk had mentioned in their initial post.

Reply   |   Comment by sailorbear510 aka Jason  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)

sailorbear510 aka Jason,

Some of my early truck driving games included the 18 Wheels of Steel series, (which I had on disk and later purchased via Steam). I think the most recent one, released in 2009 was 18 Wheels of Steel: Extreme Trucker. Steam has two bundles that each have 4 of the 18 Wheels of Steel games included. There were also the comedy types like Big Mutha Truckers 1 & 2 which I also got on disk. The second one is now available on Steam HERE

I also noted in my Steam library one that may be related to today's game called Zil Truck Rally Cross. When I typed in truck, I was surprised to find 38 games with Truck as the main title of the game. I've had to create around 1400 Steam categories to be able to find many of my games. I know most of them by theme, but remembering the names is almost impossible, so I started to create categories so that it would help to find particular games, for example my Euro Truck simulator is in several categories such as Trucks, driving, , garage, various counties, roads etc. It's helped to find many games that otherwise I'd have to search thorough my entire library to jog my memory. It's taken me several years to organise my library and I still have a few thousand games to categorise.

Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)

sailorbear510 aka Jason,

p.s.

There is a free game on Steam called Off-Road Super Racing which you can find HERE

Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+7)
#4

I liked the game. The truck controls are good on a PC keyboard. Response is not too bad. From the videos of the game, I like it that you are free to drive wherever you want, but (at least in career mode) if you run over people or cause other driving problems, you will be chased by the police!

The ambience sound effects are great -- the sounds of the birds, of airplanes flying overhead, etc. It really adds to the mood of the game.

I've just started out and have not played much. Just managed to get from the start to the workshop area. The reason I stopped playing if because I cannot find the keys for pressing the horn, turning the wiper on/off, turning the lights on/off.

By any chance, has anyone here found out how to control these via the PC keyboard?

Reply   |   Comment by Sunil Suresh  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+10)

Sunil Suresh,

Hi Sunil,

The controls for pressing the horn, turning the wiper on/off, turning the lights on/off are on the right side of the in-game image. They are semi translucent images of wipers; lights horn exhaust and what looks like video camera that changes the viewpoint of where you see i.e., in the cab or chase view. I'm not sure what the exhaust symbol does, but I suspect it may be to change gear if you have the control set to manual instead of automatic.

You can see them in some of the later images in my comment above, i.e. from image number 13.

To action those you click on them using your mouse pointer.

You can just about see the symbols on the screen capture below, look to the far right. Unfortunately, I need to change the screen resolution to be able to see them fully and hadn't bothered when taking all of th3 screen captures in my main comment. I actually took twice as many as you can see but decided there were too many to post. :).

They probably adopted this control scheme because of the mobile phone version of the game which includes an accelerator and brake symbol along the bottom of the game screen. You can see what the android version looks like via one of the videos I've posted.
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Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+12)

Hi Whiterabbit-uk,

Thanks for your reply. BTW, the "exhaust" icon (if you were referring to the bottom-most icon on the right) is actually the "Handbrake". Clicking that is like pulling the handbrake (which I can also do by pressing spacebar).

I am aware of those icons, but it is a nuisance to move my hand away from the keyboard and move the mouse over the icon I want to press--especially if I need to use the horn in a hurry. That's why I wanted to know if there were any keys that would work for these items.

I searched online, and on https://www.crazygames.com/game/russian-car-driver-zil-130 it said we could press:

* WASD or arrow keys to drive
* C to change camera view
* Space bar to use handbrake
* H to horn
* Esc to open the menu
* Q and E to use turn signals
* T to use windshield washer (dashboard view)
* Tab to use windshield wiper
* L to use headlights
* R to use radio
* J to use radio set

While these keys work as described in the online version of the game (on the above site), on my PC (running Windows 10), only Esc (Menu), C (camera), Spacebar (handbrake), and Q & E (turn indicators) are working.

There is an Input configurator when we start the game, but I could not find any mention of horn, lights or wiper in that. There are a lot of joystick settings there, but as I have never had a joystick, I have no idea what they mean.

Can anyone who uses joysticks suggest if there are any settings I can re-configure to enable keyboard control of horn and light?

Reply   |   Comment by Sunil Suresh  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

Sunil Suresh,

Thank you for your feedback Sunil, appreciated. :)

Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
#3

I like this game. I will spend a bit of time on it later this evening to try it out. The game being from Russia doesn't bother me, because that is all a bunch of lies to get America to line the pockets of the Ukraine leader. Everybody, go back home and mind your own business, and you won't be minding mine.

Reply   |   Comment by jdmoon49  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-4)

jdmoon49, Uhhhh, ok???? Not sure you've convinced me, or anyone else, but, to each his own. Anyway, just because the game has a Russian name and the developers may have Russian names (haven't downloaded it yet, myself), doesn't actually mean it's a Russian game. I'll elaborate in a reply to Jay.

Reply   |   Comment by watcher13  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#2

I am curious why anyone thought that releasing any type Russian simulation game during this time in the world was a good idea? Not very classy.

Reply   |   Comment by Jay  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-16)

Jay,

Hi Jay,
Please don't take the following as a shout down as all comments related to the game are welcome here. I just don't agree with what you said, though I'm sure some community members will.

I very much doubt that the majority of the Russian people actually know exactly what's going on, and most would be horrified if they knew the whole truth. Why should all Russians be tarred with the same brush as their leader that has his own agenda or be refused the ability to sell or give away their wares because of a leader who.........(I won't say anymore on the matter). Games are not political, at least not yet.

If you don't want to download the game because it's obviously created by a Russian game developer, that's your prerogative. I have no qualms about it myself; though I won't be keeping it for long as I have lots of comparable or better games that cover all aspects of this game.

Sorry to hear you feel so. :(

Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+14)

Whiterabbit-uk, Steam has pretty much allowed developers who are indie ones to release games based on current or former political likenesses. I did a search for the former president in the USA before Biden took office and there are many games on Steam based off of him. Also Stardock was one of the first developers to tackle on this genre by releasing a new game close to the election called The Political Machine. Myself, I am not into politics.

Reply   |   Comment by sailorbear510 aka Jason  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Jay, I don't see it as about Russia, I see it as about Putin. Usually - though not always - it's not the people to blame, but the leadership. Or Zelensky according to jdmoon, above. Always someone who disagrees. But, you may have missed what Whiterabbit said in his post. This isn't a new game, and predates the current Ukraine crisis, maybe even the Russian involvement in Crimea, years ago. Anyway, just because the game has a Russian name and the developers may have Russian names (haven't downloaded it yet, myself), doesn't actually mean it's a Russian game. Actually, we have seen here that there are many Russian developers in the broader gaming community - the major publisher Alawar is a prominent example of that, having many games developed by people with Russian sounding names - even though Alawar is based in Delaware. I strongly believe that the game developing community has many, many Russian expatriots who decided that they weren't as enamored of the Russian climate - in more ways than one. ;) Also, I happen to know that more than a few of those developers are Ukranians, too. But, the advice they give to writers is "write what you know". I don't think it's too implausible that they designed what they knew. Many of these game ideas might have started when they were still boys in the mother country. Even if these are being made by Russians in Russia, any money going to the Putin administration is likely the normal taxes that we all pay. If those taxes are exorbitant, well, perhaps that says something too. As to any worries about spying, that's what a firewall is for. Though I wouldn't use a browser made in Russia or China, at least not at the moment. A firewall can't block a programmed that's DESIGNED to spray info. all over the internet. But, just as the former enemies of democracy Germany, Japan, and Italy have returned to the aspects of their cultures that made them great peoples in the 1st place, one hopes for the same for the great peoples of Russia, China, North Korea, Iran, and so forth. Sorry for the politics. Just saying that the game community proves that there are good people everywhere, even if there aren't good governments everywhere.

Reply   |   Comment by watcher13  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
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