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Interview with Coffee Stain Studios

IndieMonth | 76d ago
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Swedish indie developer, Coffee Stain Studios, originally created Goat Simulator in January as a joke prototype, intended to serve as a parody of other strange simulation games such as Euro Truck Simulator and even Farming Simulator. It wasn’t until an influx of comments on YouTube after releasing game footage in its alpha state that prompted the team to put more people on the project and develop Goat Simulator as a full title to Steam.

Valenka managed to catch up with Armin Ibrisagic, one of the game designers and PR manager at Coffee Stain Studios for an exclusive interview to find out a little more about the behind-the-scenes action with Goat Simulator.

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VALENKA: How would you describe Goat Simulator?

ARMIN: I would describe Goat Simulator as humanity’s next step in hyperrealistic goat simulation technology.

VALENKA:Simulators aren’t entirely new to the gaming world, but a protagonist of a goat certainly is. What inspired this seemingly outlandish but incredibly interesting and original concept?

ARMIN: Goat Simulator was partially inspired by the question: “What would it be like to be a goat? How would it feel? What does a goat do?” and the other part, funny YouTube videos of goats wrecking shit.

VALENKA: I think I’ve seen a good number of those videos. We’re able to do just that in Goat Simulator as well – wreck stuff, I mean, not watch YouTube videos. What did you find to be the most appealing part of the concept?

ARMIN: From a developer standpoint, probably the fact that most of our coolest features were totally unplanned. Just the fact that there are several unlockable goats in the game, or that you can sacrifice humans to the devil; that was something that we added over a lunch break when we didn’t have anything to do, and now they’re really iconic to the game. I guess from a player’s standpoint, the best part of Goat Simulator is that you can never really expect what’s going to happen. Like in Patch 1.1, you’re going to be able to unlock a Shopping Goat, which is a shopping cart.



VALENKA: Were any goats involved in the development of the game? What was the toughest concept when it came to Goat Simulator's development?

ARMIN: We have three goats at Coffee Stain Studios working as consultants. The toughest concept was keeping them from shitting all over our office.

VALENKA: Oh dear. Well, hopefully no one slipped and fell in any of it, if the goats had. When it comes down to gameplay in Goat Simulator, how would you describe it?

ARMIN: The gameplay in Goat Simulator works through a patented formula that turns your computer screen into a surface that produces a mind-altering drug, which is then absorbed through your eyes and into your brain, forcing your mind to have fun.



VALENKA: Have you any intentions of expanding on the concept of Goat Simulator? Perhaps downloadable content, add-ons or even a sequel?

ARMIN: A lot of people asked us for DLCs for Goat Simulator, but we felt like it wouldn't make sense to sell people content when they can just download new content from Steam Workshop for free. So we decided to make a free DLC instead and patch it into the game. It's coming June 3rd, and you can read more about it here: 
https://www.facebook.com/Go...

After the patch we'll just see how it's received and plan on from there.

VALENKA: So is it safe to say that the company strives on spontaneity? Do you feel as though that contributes to originality and even success?

ARMIN: Oh definitely, Goat Simulator would have never been as fun as it is right now if we had a strict project plan and planned every piece of content we made. 

For example, I had an interview with a journalist a couple of weeks before the game was supposed to launch, and he asked me why we chose a goat in our game and why not a giraffe instead, and I told him that giraffes are actually just really tall goats. I thought that was pretty funny, so I went to our artists and asked them if they had time to add a playable giraffe into the game. They said they did, so we put it into the game as "Tall Goat.” After that, we ended up having about a week before launch where we had some time over, so we added as many other goats as we could into the game, such as the Devil Goat, Giant Goat, etc. Now, the fact that there are different types of unlockable goats is iconic to the game, and has become a part of popular culture.

Around the release of Goat Simulator, I saw a picture of a giraffe on Tumblr or something, and the first comment was like "GIANT GOAT WHOOO". It's so awesome, and it's something that could have never happened if we were a boring, corporate studio.

VALENKA: That is absolutely phenomenal. I love that your additions to the game came primarily from random thoughts and utter spontaneity. You mentioned unlockable goats of different variations; could you tell us a little bit about them? Do they have individual personas?

ARMIN: I guess the unlockable goats are of varying quality, we've had time to make some of them really awesome, like the Tall Goat, which is just as playable as the ordinary goat and has its own animations and everything, but when our development time starts running out we start adding the more ridiculous types of playable goats, like the Giant Goat, which is basically just a huge whale that you can't even move and it just sits there, or the Shopping Goat, which is a shopping cart which is totally hilarous and was made because our animator couldn't spare any time to make a new goat, so we decided to make a goat that didn't need animations.

VALENKA: Variety is the spice of life, I say. What would you say is your favorite aspect about Goat Simulator?

ARMIN: I like being the goat part a lot. What about you?



VALENKA: I’d have to say the same. Causing general mayhem as a goat is simply undeniable fun, especially getting your tongue stuck to humans. I’ll critically judge anyone that doesn’t find some sort of enjoyment out of it. Is there a chance we’ll see Goat Simulator on the Xbox Marketplace or Playstation Store?

ARMIN: Xbox or Playstation? We haven't thought about it up until now since we wanted to finish our 1.1 patch first, optimize the PC version and finish the Mac and Linux ports. We've just had too much on our hands since release (we're just 16 employees), but now when things calm down, we might look at it. I'm sorry I can't be more specific than that!

VALENKA: That's okay, I'm sure players will be glad to hear that a console port is a slight possibility. How has Goat Simulator been received? Do you think you'll continue down the humor route for your next project?

ARMIN: It's been our best received game yet! Perhaps not by game critics, but we have a crazy psycho goat following now. For our next project…probably not. We have another project that's in pre-production that I can't talk about just yet, mostly because much of it isn't decided yet, but we made Goat Simulator to do something fun and different, so to continue on the exact same track for our future projects wouldn't make sense. Either way, no matter what we do in the future I'm sure it'll be absolutely great and you should too.

Goat Simulator is available on Steam for $9.99.

“Goats are the new zombies.” – Armin Ibrisagic

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ExCest  +   76d ago
It'd be pretty good on consoles (mainly because of the local split screen) but the game lags a little bit especially when you spawn a ton of goats.
noncompos  +   76d ago
Duly goated.
cleft5  +   75d ago
I love how they describe the game, there sense of humor clearly shines through. It's good to see developers not take themselves so seriously.
randomass171  +   74d ago
"Duly goated"

My new favorite comment.
Transporter47  +   76d ago
Pretty funny interview
rambi80  +   76d ago
Goat stimulator would have sold better...just saying
rdgneoz3  +   76d ago
"we felt like it wouldn't make sense to sell people content when they can just download new content from Steam Workshop for free. So we decided to make a free DLC instead and patch it into the game."

Gotta love a company that cares about it's customers.
ichizon  +   75d ago
I commend that. I wish more devs would do stuff like that when their game does well, rather than make a bunch of paid patches to ride the money wave. Terraria did the same.

To think free content patches was once the norm for PC games. Of course, consoles had to ruin that for us as well. I understand the need of covering developer costs, but when you game already hit it big with an audience, it's not about the costs any more.
randomass171  +   74d ago
I get what you're saying, but it has more to do with publishers as oppose to the platform.
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Robochobo  +   76d ago
Definitely should think about porting this to consoles.
CowsGoMoo  +   76d ago
moo
rambi80  +   75d ago
exactly! cows are the new goats
Slysi  +   76d ago
Goats are the new zombies.lol
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FogLight  +   76d ago
That was actually a great interview! Loved how Armin was talking and his passion towards Goat Simulator.

I normally don't like buggy games, but seeing videos of it, it looks like a damn good time.
randomass171  +   74d ago
Zany fun for sure. Kind of reminds me of the crashing game in Burnout Revenge.
snake1994  +   76d ago
Never thought that game like Goat Simulator can sell so well
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dictionary  +   76d ago
I like this crazy game.
beepbopadoobop  +   76d ago
i think they should bring this to consoles and make it a lead game for project Morpheus, i mean who doesnt want to be a goat?!
WillGuitarGuy  +   76d ago
The game that started the trend of ridiculous similators...I love it.
RexDD  +   76d ago
"VALENKA: How would you describe Goat Simulator?

ARMIN: I would describe Goat Simulator as humanity’s next step in hyperrealistic goat simulation technology."

Me: SOLD!!
akshgarg  +   76d ago
We all were goats once in the process of evolution,what goat simulation does is to simply connect us to our pasts and move us a step closer to the eternal existence of almighty god-Obama
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Emilio_Estevez  +   75d ago
wait.....'sacrifice humans to the devil' - I need to figure out how to do this!
Disagree  +   75d ago
PAIN with goats
xHeavYx  +   75d ago
I wonder what will come next after goats
Derekvinyard13  +   75d ago
These guys are serious and to the point, great devs we got here down to earth
EE_Knots  +   75d ago
Goats
Tatsuya  +   75d ago
Get this to PS4 and then we talk business
shadowvisa  +   75d ago
GOATY
pasky3366  +   75d ago
on PS4 would be awesome.
sanosukegtr123  +   75d ago
That a funny interview. Just look at the photos.
PrimeGrime  +   75d ago
Still on the fence about these types of games but I admire their ambitions and what they talk about when games end up being too censored or have strict monitoring, couldn't be more true.

Freedom of creativity is a good thing.
Marked  +   75d ago
Partially inspired by what it would be like to be a goat....winning inspiration YOUTUBE VIDEOS!
spack  +   75d ago
How are goats the new zombies? In what post-apocalyptic scenario do goats overrun humanity?
LukeFair  +   75d ago
The bugs of this games are simply ART!
kraideral  +   75d ago
I wanna see GoatZ now...
Juliussmith12  +   75d ago
They need to make a cow simulator after this.
xX-StolenSoul-Xx  +   75d ago
Bird Sim! you can poop on people
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