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'Goat Simulator': Viral Hoax or Greatest Video Game of All Time? (Video)

By Alexandra Ward   |   Thursday, 27 Mar 2014 11:18 AM

"Goat Simulator," a new computer game, is taking the Internet by storm this week, but is it for real or just some sort of viral April Fool's Day hoax?

A trailer of the video game has leaked online ahead of its purported April 1 release date and some media outlets are hailing it as "the greatest video game of all time," but the creators' own snark leaves a taste of doubt.

"Even before its feverishly anticipated release, 'Goat Simulator' is being talked about as the greatest video game of all time," the U.K.'s Telegraph wrote. "Explosions; mayhem; farm animals: this extraordinary game has it all. Take '24' and swap Jack Bauer with a goat and this is what's left: 'Goat Simulator.'"

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"Goat Simulator's" Swedish developers at Coffee Stain Studios posted a self-deprecating statement on the website, leading many to believe the game is some sort of prank.

"Goat Simulator is a small, broken and stupid game. It was made in a couple of weeks so don’t expect a game in the size and scope of 'Grand Theft Auto' with goats," the statement said. "In fact, you’re better off not expecting anything at all actually. To be completely honest, it would be best if you’d spend your $10 on a hula hoop, a pile of bricks, or maybe a real-life goat."

The backwards-style trailer released this week even seems to parody a 2011 teaser for the game "Dead Island."

But whether it's real or not, "Goat Simulator" is sparking interest and making headlines.

"Goat Simulator" will reportedly be available on the digital distribution site Steam April 1 but interested users can pre-order the game for $10 anytime.

Here's the trailer for "Goat Simulator":




And here's the one for 2011's "Dead Island":




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