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Head butt! Goat Simulator to become a real Steam game

A joke video game trailer gets on the development track as gamers clamor to play the role of a havoc-wreaking goat.

Goat Simulator screenshot
Meet the newest video game hero.
Video screenshot by Amanda Kooser/CNET

The news that Goat Simulator will become a real playable video game is another grand instance of a glorified joke becoming reality, much like when ThinkGeek's April Fools tauntaun sleeping bag became an actual product due to popular demand.

Goat Simulator roared onto the scene a few days ago with a trailer that racked up more than 2 million views on YouTube and left people clamoring for a playable version of the game full of head butts, tongue-wagging trampoline jumps, and gravity-defying leaps.

The final game will include a "new lick feature," which allows you to lick things and have the items stick to your tongue. Are you getting excited about this yet? Players will be able to wipe out unsuspecting humans with items like buckets and axes. That's right: We're talking about playing a game as a first-person ax-murdering goat. It's a wonder EA hasn't already built this game.

Game development company Coffee Stain Studios is accepting $9.99 preorders that will get you early access to the game via a Steam key.

The video demos make Goat Simulator look like a cross between a petting zoo and "Grand Theft Auto." While some weird video games (I'm looking at you Soda Drinker Pro) are intentionally designed to be kind of dull, Goat Simulator looks like it will be a blast to play. It may be the first first-person goater in existence.