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Bus Driver Announced

The Official Bus Driver Website and product section are both live (thanks Frans), heralding development of this upcoming mass transportation simulator. The first Bus Driver screenshots are online. Here's word on the game, which lists a Winter 2006 release date:

Bus Driver is a realistic simulation of a bus driver's duty.

As a bus driver, you have to drive to a timetable on a planned route, whilst obeying traffic rules, and taking care not to upset or injure your passengers. This makes Bus Driver unlike any other driving game - the experience of driving a bus is very different from blazing through a racing circuit.

Bus Driver offers over ten different kinds of buses to drive, an expansive city environment with various districts, and over two dozen routes with varying weather conditions set at differing times of day.

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46. Re: Serious Bussiness Nov 14, 2006, 05:42 The Half Elf
 
I'm gonna hold off until there is a 'Soccer Mom on cell phone with 5 kids bouncing around a TANK SUV, while trying to put on her makeup, do her hair, and eat fast food' sim.

And the expansion 'Blue Hairs: Life in the fast lane at 35mph!'

Welcome to my Florida.

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45. Re: Sofa King We Todd Ed Nov 14, 2006, 00:33 Dan =0)
 
Eh, I'm not Prodigy, but I could give it a shot...

'Course, I can just now hear, "Please, god, no Dan, don't... the people!"

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44. Re: Sofa King We Todd Ed Nov 13, 2006, 22:36 nin
 
Wow. All frederickson's post needs is a techno soundtrack by Prodigy and we've got ourselves a hit.


Post of the day, hands down!



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43. Re: Sofa King We Todd Ed Nov 13, 2006, 19:52 ReverendTed
 
Wow. All frederickson's post needs is a techno soundtrack by Prodigy and we've got ourselves a hit.

 
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42. Re: Sofa King We Todd Ed Nov 13, 2006, 18:58 nin
 
wen i drive a bus, tel me won thing, can u kill a kid? drive a kid into a pole. my favorite is a bunch of kids, push on the gas pedal, do you know something take 40 kids drive on 40 kilometers into a steel pole watch 40 kids fly into the glass slice there forehead and blood comes out. tell these kids they are bad that is all they are worth is the stench of death. slice a kid with a plate glass window, cut a baby girl in the brain

nothing is better

nothing is better

burn a kid

 
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41. Sofa King We Todd Ed Nov 13, 2006, 18:49 Camaro76
 
Obviously the designers of this game rode the short bus to school... but thank goodness for the budget developers. Where there's a niche to be filled, they will fill it!  
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40. Serious Bussiness Nov 13, 2006, 18:18 ReverendTed
 
Potential expansion pack ideas:
Bonus driver characters including Otto and Sandra Bullock!
Thrilling bonus missions including the '86 Metallica "Black Ice" Tour and any routine bus route in Lebanon!

(Devs: Just send a cashier's check or money order, please - no personal checks.)

 
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39. Re: NEXT GEN! Nov 13, 2006, 18:05 Riley Pizt
 
Driving is a recreational activity for more people than hunting is...
Driving a bus is not a recreational activity especially not being a mass transit bus driver which is what this game simulates.

In addition even your general premise is wrong. More people hunt for recreation or sport than necessity than those who drive for recreation or sport rather than as a means of transportation at least in the U.S.

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38. No subject Nov 13, 2006, 18:01 dubfanatic
 
As a bus driver, you have to drive to a timetable on a planned route, whilst obeying traffic rules, and taking care not to upset or injure your passengers.

What? That's not what driving buses is about. Seems to me it's all about making sure bums don't frighten away your passengers, going prematurely bald from the stress of navigating a giant bus through insane traffic, developing a callous view towards humanity as you are forced to speed past a packed stop due to lack of capacity, and praying that the bus doesn't break down or that someone didn't crash their car into a pole holding up the bus electrical wires.

Ah, the joys of living without a car in a province that cares more about twinning bridges to suburbs than adding buses to already crowded routes...

 
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37. Re: Could be semi-interesting Nov 13, 2006, 17:32 Marvin T. Martian
 
Catholic High School girls in their hiked up short skirts and licking a lollipop as they board, as well as dropping their books , then bending over and picking them up as they disembark---heck who needs to be paid!!!

 
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36. Re: Could be semi-interesting Nov 13, 2006, 17:26 Shadowcat
 
Then again, it could also be that someone watched way too much Penn and Teller and decided to re-create the minigame in their never-published console game.
I'm glad that Desert Bus got at least one mention

http://torrentfreak.com/desert-bus-the-torrent/

 
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35. No subject Nov 13, 2006, 17:22 xXBatmanXx
 
I can't believe there is this many comments for this game.......

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34. Re: NEXT GEN! Nov 13, 2006, 17:03 Skoll
 
You people must be too young to remember when Deer Hunter was the #1 selling PC game for a few months and it sold over 700,000 copies.


Your analogy is specious. Hunting is a recreational activity so it is no surprise that some people would want to experience it virtually. On the other hand driving a bus is a job and a mundane one at that. Unless this game is the equivalent of Crazy Taxi (and I can't imagine it would be since a bus has defined routes and a schedule), this game will be inane.

Driving is a recreational activity for more people than hunting is...

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33. Re: No subject Nov 13, 2006, 16:51 MMORPGHoD
 
If only Ralph Kramden could see this now.

 
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32. Re: No subject Nov 13, 2006, 16:44 Masa
 
Me? I'm a gamer. What do I look for in a game, over everything else? Innovation.

Get on the bus man! Don't help demonstrate the general downfall of videogaming over the past ~8 years!

Well, there you go! There's PHJF's call for innovation taking place r i g h t t h e r e in a game that not only allows you to drive a people hauler, but you can also sing "The wheels on the bus go round-and-round, round-and-round" in the privacy of your own without sounding like a fruitcake. Multiplayer capability allows others to join in on the fun!


 
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31. Re: Could be semi-interesting Nov 13, 2006, 16:43 nin
 
Then a chuckle at my last time in a school bus, on the way to the Senior Night. The guy was an insane driver; running reds, taking turns a little-too-fast, all the while insighting the entire bus to chant "BALLS OF STEEL! BALLS OF STEEL!"

I had a friend who had a habbit of bringing powered sugar donuts on the bus, rubbing them under his nose (to make it look like he'd been snorting "something" ), and then, when the bus driver wasn't looking, acting like he had tourettes syndrome by quickly standing up, screaming "SHITDAMNHELLFUCK" and then quickly sitting back down, before the driver could spot him...




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30. Could be semi-interesting Nov 13, 2006, 16:23 kanniballl
 
Sure, on the surface it sounds lame. Immediately memories of my few stints on the city bus come into mind, followed by the years of tormet on a yellow school bus for field trips (I walked to school). Then a chuckle at my last time in a school bus, on the way to the Senior Night. The guy was an insane driver; running reds, taking turns a little-too-fast, all the while insighting the entire bus to chant "BALLS OF STEEL! BALLS OF STEEL!"

But on the other hand, it doesn't sound that bad. I remember trying to do just that in (I think) a few missions in the original "Driver." Get from here to there in x minutes, but don't wreck this special misison-car that crumbles if you take a turn too hard.

That equated to driving and obeying all of the rules of the road to avoid the psycho-psychic police from wrecking your mission-car made out of what must be glass.

The whole "beat the clock while obeying the traffic laws" can be skillful. Frustratingly skillful.

Then again, it could also be that someone watched way too much Penn and Teller and decided to re-create the minigame in their never-published console game.



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29. Re: No subject Nov 13, 2006, 16:20 Grounded
 
Awesome I hope I can drive drunk and slap some kids around

 
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28. No subject Nov 13, 2006, 15:49 shinchan0s
 
Screw you guys. This game will be awesome incarnate.

 
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27. Re: NEXT GEN! Nov 13, 2006, 15:38 Riley Pizt
 
You people must be too young to remember when Deer Hunter was the #1 selling PC game for a few months and it sold over 700,000 copies.
Your analogy is specious. Hunting is a recreational activity so it is no surprise that some people would want to experience it virtually. On the other hand driving a bus is a job and a mundane one at that. Unless this game is the equivalent of Crazy Taxi (and I can't imagine it would be since a bus has defined routes and a schedule), this game will be inane.


 
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