Steam Simfest: Hobby Edition has great deals on games that look like jobs

the Steam Simfest: Hobby Edition kicked off yesterday with great deals on sims of all kinds. The week-long online event will also feature a host of game demos, developer live streams, game sessions, and more.

The interesting thing about “sim” as a genre is that it covers an enormous amount of ground – simulating other activities is an inherent part of video games, after all. Valve defines sims, in the context of this particular event, as “games that attempt to simulate a hobby or job,” which is a bit narrower in scope, but not much, really. This is how you end up with a single genre containing games like:

Honestly, if you were to line up all of these games and ask me what they have in common (perhaps omitting the two with “Simulator” in the title, so as not to give away the game), I’d be baffled. Arma 3, Hellish Quart and Assetto Corsa Competizione are about as different from each other as they come, and yet here they are, all sharing space in the boundless glory of the “sim” genre.

(Ironically, immersive sims aren’t included! Shame, that.)

Here are some highlights from upcoming Let’s Play panels, discussions and sessions:

The Steam Simfest: Hobby Edition is live now and will run until April 4.