Rockstar showed off a new live demo of Red Dead Redemption 2 to Gamestop employees at the recent 2018 GME Conference in Indianapolis, but reception was, at least partially, lukewarm. While most attendees agreed the game looked gorgeous, some described it as a boring “horse riding simulator” that put them to sleep. In Rockstar’s defense, the appeal and mechanics of an open-world title may be tough to translate through a simple presentation. "Beautiful game, but mostly just saw horse riding simulator. Very difficult to stay awake..." said one commenter on Reddit, while another said: "There was a shootout after a bank heist but before the heist we saw 15 minutes of meandering through some woods and some plucky guitar playing." When asked if the game looked fun, they replied: "Shootout looked decent, the bank heist was slowly paced. The game will be great and sell like mad but the demo they showed was really dry."