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Wolfenstein 2’s PC sales have been sluggish, according to Steam user dataWolfenstein 2’s PC sales have been sluggish, according to Steam user data
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It can't have helped that Wolfenstein 2 launched with a season pass. I own the game, but haven't played it yet simply because I wanted to wait until all the DLC had been released. As a result, I wouldn't count in these achievement-based numbers, even though I did buy the game. And I doubt I'm the only one. I also wouldn't be surprised if a lot of people held off from purchasing because of that season pass.

Also, these kinds of games actually do seem to perform well over a longer span of time on Steam. Take a look at the historical SteamSpy owners statistics for these kinds of games. Both Prey and Dishonored 2 had already more than doubled their initial pre-order + 3 months numbers by the time 'reliable' SteamSpy tracking ended and The New Order only sold about 550k of its 1.8m copies in its first year. So at least Wolf 2 seems to be selling slightly better than its predecessor for now.
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1 Week ago
Google trained AI for four years to beat the best Quake 3 playersGoogle trained AI for four years to beat the best Quake 3 players
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I took a look at the study and the original article. The results are actually very different from what's presented here (and elsewhere in other articles).

These bots played against 40 random human players with first-person shooting experience. Nowhere is it mentioned that these are players with any prior Quake or even CTF experience. And Quake is one of the most difficult FPS to learn to play, especially today when all other modern FPS games do not utilize many of the core skills required to play Quake.

This lack of experience seems to be corroborated by the results. Normal Quake 3 bots were also tested at various difficulty settings. Nightmare bots (tier 5) utterly wrecked the "good" human players with an average 62% winrate. Nightmare bots even outperformed Deepmind bots on outdoor maps/areas (67% vs 63%).

Nightmare bots are hardly a challenge for most experienced Quake 3 players. So almost certainly this was a setup of experienced bots fighting against inexperienced human players. These results would not be indicative of how the Deepmind bots would perform against actual experienced Q3 CTF players. Similar to how my 90% winrate at Q3 and 100% winrate at UT at a local 40-man LAN back in the day would not be indicative at all of my online performance.

That doesn't make these results any less impressive. These are self-learning bots that (mostly) outperform the scripted ones for the game, despite playing the way humans play without access to any of the underlying variables that the scripted bots do. And that in Q3, which still has some of the best scripted bots in the genre today. It's already impressive as hell, there's no need to embellish it.
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1 Month ago
Total War: Rome 2 has more players than every VR game on Steam combinedTotal War: Rome 2 has more players than every VR game on Steam combined
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The numbers that site displays by default are more misleading than you might think, because it defaults to a "VR Only" setting. This is a setting that apparently also excludes VR-exclusive titles. For example, Heaven Island Life is a VIVE exclusive according to its Steam page, had 6800+ concurrent VR players earlier today, but is not "VR Only" according to that site's filter.

Worse, any game that merely supports VR is also filtered out. That includes some of the more popular VR games, such as VRChat, Elite: Dangerous, Subnautica, Payday 2, etc. That's thousands of additional SteamVR users who simply don't count towards these statistics.
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2 Months ago
Someone beat Pillars of Eternity 2 in just 26 minutesSomeone beat Pillars of Eternity 2 in just 26 minutes
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Wow, meanwhile I'm like 150 hours into PoE 1 + White March and barely into act 3... guess I can go for the opposite once I get to Deadfire? A snailrun?
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Droniac commented on
2 Months ago
Bungie invite YouTubers to fix Destiny 2’s storyBungie invite YouTubers to fix Destiny 2’s story
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They should probably have done this before releasing the game. Currently there's not much worth saving when it comes to Destiny 2's story anyway. It actually makes the storytelling in the Call of Duty games look good...
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11 Months ago
Steam could be profitable with an 8% cut rather than 30%, says Tim SweeneySteam could be profitable with an 8% cut rather than 30%, says Tim Sweeney
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The comparison to payment providers is silly. MasterCard doesn't host servers that provide you your product, nor update that product, nor maintain it, nor maintain backend services for its (ongoing) development, nor invest heavily in development of its systems and new features, etc, etc.

He's probably correct in stating that 30% is way more than they need to make a profit. 8% may even be accurate. But that comparison is just completely off - app stores are not comparable to payment providers.Reply
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I came here to agree.

1. Payment Provider

2. CDN (it does cost to have worldwide data centers)

3. Community + User submitted content

4. Overlay tools

5. Game updates

6. DLC integration

7. Mod integration

8. Paying development staff

9. Making keys avaialble for packins

10. Platform gift certs

11. Lawyers for legal problems


the list goes on and on and on..


Arguing that a complete platform like steam is the same as a payment provider like Mastercard or even Paypal is just the definition of false equivalency.

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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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12 Months ago
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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1 Year ago
Best PC controller 2018Best PC controller 2018
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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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Droniac replied to 5 questions on the Stellaris Review
2 Years 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
2 Years 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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