Destiny 2’s population tracker is gone because it was used to “spread a false narrative” | PCGamesN

Destiny 2’s population tracker is gone because it was used to “spread a false narrative”

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Destiny 2 is out on PC and it’s pretty much all anybody can talk about. (Hey, we’re guilty too.) But one weird detail that’s gotten lost amid the launch day rush is the fact that Destiny Tracker’s daily population report has been pulled down by the site’s admin.

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The daily population tracker now shows a message that reads “We've removed this chart because people are using it to spread a false narrative of the Destiny 2 player population. Daily Unique users is a misleading statistics to use as basis for the active population of the game, any game in that matter. Not everyone plays video games 24/7, besides maybe at launch. We hoped our article would've cleared this up a bit but it seems it hasn't. To halt people from making false narratives based on the numbers we provide we decided to stop showing them in this chart.”

That comes after posts like this one from Reddit, which show Destiny’s player counts on console dropping precipitously in a fairly short span of time. There are of course various ways to interpret that data, but it does mean that fewer users are making daily logins to Destiny 2 - and it’s important to note that these are daily active users rather than peak concurrents.

There are a variety of reasons for the drop in players. One is a natural falling off after exhausting the starter content. Destiny has less content than the MMOs it often emulates, and once you’ve gotten your gear and done the raids, there’s not much to keep you coming back unless you’re deeply invested in PvP. There’s also the obvious mark that yeah, nobody plays videogames 24/7.

But none of that changes the fact of the data, and it’s bizarre to see a theoretically independent API tracker take efforts to obscure that information, even in light of it being used to suggest Destiny is losing popularity.

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9 Months ago

Being upset about a tracker like this seems weird to me. Like you mentioned, no one is going to be playing this game everyday. Just weird.

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Shadowized Avatar
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9 Months ago

its manipulative, plain and simple. Only in 2017 could statistical data be called a "false narrative". but I expect no less from Activision.

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JTP1 Avatar
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9 Months ago

What do they expect. The game at it's core is a multi-player open world shooter which are a dime a dozen now days. I think the market has hit saturation. There are so many games that offer the same thing. People move from game to game so it's hard to keep players.

It doesn't matter how much extra dressing you put in a game, if they game is just another shooter at it's core, then that is what it is and those get old fast. Tacking on a single player story where game play is designed around multiplayer is just a band-aide on a leaking damn. Won't hold for long. Once the honeymoon with a new game is over, what is left IS your player base. A SP campaign probably won't get people sticking around for MP if the SP was the only reason they picked up the game in the first place.

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5 Months ago

Well D2 is primarily failing due to it being a downgraded version of D1. Not because of oversaturation. Not that this isn't also an issue, this is just minuscule in comparison to the larger problem. The playerbase is displeased with all the streamlined BS that no one asked for and due to this, Bungie (a small portion of them, mind you, the rest of the devs are working on D3) is in the process of transforming D2 back to its predecessor, basically. Ignoring this as the main problem downplays what everyone, especially the hardcore playerbase, wanted from Destiny 2.

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9 Months ago

There is something definitely very smelly going on.

Why ONLY do this for such a 'popular' game when as far as I'm aware wasn't done for the same reasons for The Division or any other game for that matter. Must've gotten a nice little check in the mail... for removing this access by some Activision/Bungie exec??!

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duxr Avatar
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9 Months ago

The only reason why they removed it : they blew it. I got about 1300+hr in Destiny 1...Completely addicted. But Destiny 2 .... No more shotguns/snipers in the secondary slut....no more OP exotics that worth keep grinding for, ( they basically throw exotics at you all the time and half of them were in the first Destiny ) , PVP(only two mode: quick, competitive) Trials 4v4 with random fight mode AND no level gear activated...PVE got the same mobs and enemies as the first one....The raid is just too easy and there is no level up gear from easy to hard.... Hope they'll correct the shot in the next DLC because right now the game really sucks and I am not the first and only to speak about it....

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greggmanis Avatar
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8 Months ago

Sounds, looks right. Everything peaks Tuesday, Wednesday and drops off afterwards. Once full worlds, busy Public Events near empty rest of the time. Crucible, Raids will spin forever doing matching then be so imbalanced it's insulting. Equally, the Social Space on console tells you what other friends are playing!

The general consensus of diehards after cap, raid completed is maybe polishing off part of the Milestones, helping others still navigating through but that's it! Too much negativity expressed over lack of content, zero investment in game due to no story, reason for the grind. Loot is repetitive, lacking inspiration plus the totally broken economy of mods, capped vendor drops adds frustration. The Tower has nothing - Factions are useless now, we reunited the Vanguard for what, drops always 5 below light level? Everyone tells you the max level when you arrive. Nothing useful one you reach the cap as the unmemorable story does not inspire you to carry on. The same spawn points, same enemies and vast, mostly empty planet scapes. Imbalanced crucible that's a lopsided bloodbath. Raid offers no rewards for the amount of effort.

Oh, well all hail Bungie! The promise DLC will fix the problems. Let's see with major titles dropping who buys the first paid DLC once the expansion pass runs out.

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Gotist Avatar
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8 Months ago

erm... did bungie call fake news on its own stat reporting?

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