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4% of all PC playtime in July was spent in PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds4% of all PC playtime in July was spent in PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds
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Newzoo's statistics are based on users of Overwolf and therefore not at all representative of "the entire PC gaming market".

The inaccuracy of their statistics is easily proven by taking a look at various publicly available statistics:
- SteamSpy reports only 7 million owners of PUBG, a Steam-exclusive game.
- Steam itself had over 125 million active accounts in 2015. That number has grown greatly since then, given the explosion in daily concurrent users.
- League of Legends alone has over 100 million active players every month.

As such, PUBG hasn't even been played by 10% of last month's League of Legends players, let alone 10% of active Steam accounts, let alone 10% of active PC gamers.

It's big, but it's nowhere near that big.
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Play Doomguy in Quake Champions when it hits Early Access next weekPlay Doomguy in Quake Champions when it hits Early Access next week
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Definitely picking this up when it hits Steam early access this month.

They've been making some good changes to the beta lately. I just wish it included CTF. Sacrifice is a better team mode for this game and requires less map redesign, but sometimes you just want to be running flags... especially when playing Anarki.
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Nier: Automata saved PlatinumGames, says Hideki KamiyaNier: Automata saved PlatinumGames, says Hideki Kamiya
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Just make better games, clean up the bugs that are reported, and make sure the game is fun before releasing the product, and you will have a good amount of sells... which is why you still to this day people play games like minecraft, warframe, path of exiles, and even fucking runescape.... and runescape is just as old as diablo 1.
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That's a nice sentiment, but unfortunately not reflected in reality. There are loads of notable examples to the contrary. FreeSpace 2 (best space-sim to date) or Lawbreakers (much more recent) for example.


The games you mention are all under active development and have an active marketing push behind them. As such it's no surprise that they sell units: they're supposed to. RuneScape has been fully revamped several times now. The other games are actually still quite recent, even Minecraft (2009). Both Warframe and RuneScape are actually turnaround projects that had initially quite poor starts. Modern RuneScape is nothing like what it was at release in 2001.

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1 Week ago
Single-player gaming isn't in crisis, and we can prove itSingle-player gaming isn't in crisis, and we can prove it
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All of those games also had their own respective issues that discouraged people from buying them at release:
Dishonored 2 and Deus Ex: Mankind Divided had technical issues.
Mass Effect: Andromeda had technical issues and was an inconsistent experience.
Prey seemed to have no marketing and didn't get reviews until after release.
Watch Dogs 2 was riding a wave of disappointment and hate from its predecessor.

Other recent singleplayer games, like DOOM and Civilization 6, have sold plenty of copies. I suspect the new Assassin's Creed will do fine too.
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LawBreakers class guide - all the roles, weapons, and abilities explainedLawBreakers class guide - all the roles, weapons, and abilities explained
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Did Overwatch really need another clone? To think that trailer looked so good they didnt even bother changing some classes and pretty much straight up lifted them from overwatch with min changes. I hope Blizzard sues their Ass.
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Can you elaborate on how they're cloning Overwatch exactly?


I can see Enforcer as fairly directly comparable to Soldier 76, but that's the most generic class in both games. Nothing else in the list above seems to be directly comparable to any single character in Overwatch. A few seem to have elements similar to various Overwatch classes (Gunslinger: Tracer/McCree, Battle Medic: Pharah/Zenyatta/Winston), but nothing more.

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LawBreakers is the modern arena shooter that Quake Champions wants to beLawBreakers is the modern arena shooter that Quake Champions wants to be
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Likely not so much too old as too out of practice. Many of the competitors in the Quake Champions world championships are old Quake 3 players and they don't seem to be having any issues despite being in or near their 30s... Players like GaRpY, cooller, rapha, etc.

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I'll have to take a look at them then, but I still am 36, so not really around that age either. I'm barely a diamond on Overwatch!

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Twice the number of women play Overwatch than any other FPSTwice the number of women play Overwatch than any other FPS
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Actually, QuanticFoundry's statistics seem to refute that notion. WoW is specifically called out as having a much smaller relative female demographic than other fantasy MMORPGs. So small that even a sci-fi MMORPG (SWTOR) has a (relatively) larger female demographic. I'll also point out that Ragnarok Online was released years before WoW...


Blizzard hasn't really pushed for diversity until they started creating games that allowed players to choose from a cast of characters. That is to say: not until Heroes of the Storm and Overwatch. WarCraft and StarCraft are if anything the opposite of diverse settings.


Blizzard makes great games, but they really haven't pushed for diversity or attracting female gamers specifically until very, very recently. And it's not like Overwatch (or WoW) is being marketed specifically towards female gamers. If anything, with the overemphasis on e-sports, Overwatch is being marketed heavily towards male gamers instead. What with competition being the primary motivation for male gamers and one of the lower ranked motivations for female gamers (again, according to QuanticFoundry)...

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Well I'm speaking from my own personal experiences. Maybe some statistics would overall refute that given WoW's MASSIVE population by comparison to other MMOs it might have seemed lower. But I saw way more Females coming into genre since WoW's rise and through it. I'll say more females TODAY seem to play like FFXIV and stuff than WoW though.

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Twice the number of women play Overwatch than any other FPSTwice the number of women play Overwatch than any other FPS
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Did they take Paladins into account with this? It doesn't seem like there would be any reason for there to be such a gap between Overwatch and Paladins female player percentages, because Paladins is even more colorful and imaginative. It's also exactly the same kind of accessible team shooter. All of these arguments for playing Overwatch apply equally to Paladins or Smite or even Savage.

I wonder, will Quake get a larger relative female demographic now that it has distinct Champions, a (slightly) more vibrant color palette and various imaginative new ways of killing people/traversing the environment? Somehow, I doubt it. Quake Champions is already a great game though.Reply
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I think it's more than that. Blizzard has been on the forefront of getting females into gaming for awhile. WoW really broke open that demographic. Far as like main stream gaming in a non-mobile/Facebook sense. Blizzard marketing is just king and the very smooth gameplay and highly polished visuals and fact they always have such diversity and 'strong' women in Overwatch.

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I think it might be a good idea to add some more affordable options to the flightstick category. Yes, the Thrustmaster Warthog is the best-of-the-best, but it's also the priciest-of-the-pricey and vastly over-engineered if you're just looking to enjoy space sims and the occasional flight sim.

There are alternatives, like the new Thrustmaster T.16000M FCS HOTAS, that are far more affordable and plenty suitable for all-but-the-most-hardcore of flight sim enthusiasts. That HOTAS still packs a great hall effect joystick with an excellent throttle both with solid build quality at one third the price tag.

You might also want to add a fightstick category? They're much better for fighting games than gamepads, especially Xbox controllers. And there are lots of fighting games on PC again now.Reply
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Good shout on both the cheaper flight sticks and the fightsticks! We're always working to expand our group tests, and I'm still hoping Logitech do something worthwhile with the Saitek license on both counts.

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Mass Effect: Andromeda won't get single-player DLCMass Effect: Andromeda won't get single-player DLC
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That's a shame, but not very surprising. They hadn't unveiled any DLC plans yet, which is very much not EA's style. I did like Andromeda and would've liked to see the Quarians make a return, but now I guess that'll have to wait for some potential future sequel.

I'm not sure Andromeda really needs more content. It's already about as big as the entire previous trilogy combined. I'd rather say that new content (sequel/DLC) would benefit from the foundation Andromeda has put in place. There seems to be a lot of foreshadowing in every corner of the game that could have some real potential.

In terms of DLC I'd argue that Lair of the Shadow Broker is an example of how not to do it. It was great content, but it was also essential to the core game. Without it, Liara's behavior makes no sense, and she's pretty important to the internal (semblance of a) plot of ME2.

The same can be said for From Ashes and Leviathan in ME3. Great content, that's also essential for getting the most out of the game. How would you like to play a game that's entirely about defeating the Reapers, without learning anything about their origins? Or the demise of the prior civilization at the Reaper's 'hands'? And without the most plot-relevant companion character in the entire franchise...

ME3: Omega is a better example of good DLC. It adds a lot of new content at a reasonable price, that expands upon elements of the main game and ME2. It's great DLC, but not outright mandatory for [optimally] enjoying the base game.Reply
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The weird thing is they said to pc gamer and it also on EGM that this isn't the case and the statement is false. http://www.egmnow.com/articles/news/bioware-puts-a-stop-to-mass-effect-andromeda-dlc-cancellation-rumors/


but thatwas about Dlc period. We'll see what happens though .

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Droniac replied to 5 questions on the Stellaris Review
1 Year ago
Stellaris review snippet How strategic does combat in Stellaris feel?
Not very. Your ship design determines everything, so it's more like a pre-determined game of rock/paper/scissors. And if you have equivalent designs, then numbers win the day. There's no fine control over fleets, special abilities, or anything like that. But it does look pretty.
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Droniac replied to 14 questions on the Dirty Bomb Review
1 Year ago
Dirty Bomb review snippet How good an FPS is Dirty Bomb?
Splash Damage have been trying to make a worthy successor to Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory for more than a decade. And with Dirty Bomb they've finally managed it. In most ways this is a flat-out superior game, making it easily the best free shooter there is... alongside the new Unreal Tournament. It does still need some work (bug-fixing / map variety) and it's still not as good as Return to Castle Wolfenstein, mainly due to gun-play and slower (more forgiving / modern) pacing. But all in all this is a damn fine effort and easily the best modern competitive team-based multiplayer shooter out there. Yes, far better than Team Fortress 2. Some people will prefer CS:GO for its lower barrier to entry, more deliberate pacing, or more casual emphasis on teamwork. Dirty Bomb is far more fast-paced and skill-based (or twitch-oriented) and dives far deeper into varying objectives, player roles, and an immense requirement for teamwork. Initially daunting, but that's the way a real FPS should be (imo?).
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