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Farming Simulator is a realistic farming experience — minus bugs, droughts and disasters. Giants Software hide caption

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This Farming Video Game Is So Popular, People Pay To Watch Gamers Play It

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In "Never Yield," you play as Wally, a mysterious kid who's stolen an important package Aerial_Knight hide caption

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Hear 'Land of the Rising Moon,' from 'Never Yield'

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In the Pokémon Snap games, you're not capturing mons and forcing them to fight — you're taking pictures of them in their natural habitats. Screenshot by Kaity Kline/Nintendo hide caption

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Wish on stars in Animal Crossing: New Horizons and the next morning, jewel-bright star fragments will wash up on your beaches. Screenshot by Amal El-Mohtar/Nintendo hide caption

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Super Mario no Sweater let you design a sweater and send away to have it made for real. Screenshot by Brittany Vincent/Royal Industries Co. Ltd hide caption

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