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Posted by Ex~ on 10 February 2019 - 07:59 PM
Well we don't have numbers, but we have profits per platform from Financial 2017Q4/2018Q1 (January - March 2018 / April - June 2018) aka Far Cry 5 release period
And PC buy way more DLC/Microtransactions (which have bigger profits margins than games)
TL;DR. PC seems important from Ubisoft so probably not a joke lol.
Yes. That's my whole point.
People are wondering why the 2018 Steam Awards are full of games released in 2015: it's because PC gamers don't buy new games. They buy expansions, season passes, microtransactions, and play very few new titles.
This is also why we don't see new titles, and why we see our favorite developers abandoning full-fledged new installments on PC, instead releasing F2P, or microtransaction based games, or moving to mobile. There is no market for new, original, creative titles on the PC.
Posted by Ex~ on 09 February 2019 - 10:31 PM
Don't confuse this echo chamber with gamers in general.
Other gamers buy new games.
Young folks who live minimalist lives will pay full price for digital new releases too.
Unless the 'Top Selling' Steam games tab is completely full of shit, all of the notable new releases are always populating that list as well.
"Top selling" is a list of games that are selling the most that week in order. Yes, the newer ones will be the top selling ones on the latest lists. That doesn't mean they sold anything substantial, just that they sold the most.
Let's look at some top-selling titles.
Assassin's Creed: Origins
PS4 sales: 4.06 million, PC sales: 0.10 million
Call of Duty: Black Ops III:
PS4 Sales: 9.3 million, XBO sales: 4.84 million, PC sales: 0.13 million.
Far Cry 5
PS4 Sales: 3.95 million, XBO sales: 1.78 million, PC sales: 0.07 million.
It's not that the playerbase isn't there. Apex Legends reached, apparently, millions of PC players in its first week. Because it's F2P.
Any time a developer points out what a joke it is to try to release new, narrative based content on the PC, that's not based on micro-transactions or F2P, we just jam our fingers in our ears and shout the messenger down.
This is the page you want to look at to see what PC gamers buy new:
If PC gamers are buying any new titles at any substantial numbers, then you will find those titles on that list. So, if you see any new titles on there that are sold at a full retail price, then congratulations, you've found a title PC gamers will actually buy new. Also: the sun has frozen over.
On PS4, Xbox One, Switch, they publish lists of top played games, and it's always brand new titles that are selling at full retail prices. Red Dead Redemption II, God of War, Assassin's Creed: Origins, etc. There are always some mainstays like FIFA, GTA V, etc. But comparing top played games on consoles and top played games on PC makes it very apparent: PC gamers don't buy new games.
They are just different beasts, and the Steam Awards is a very poignant representation of that. To succeed on PC, you need to sell very low levels of a game consistently, at low prices, for a very long period of time. Or have a consistent stream of microtransaction money for a long period of time. You are not going to hype up a big release and then make tons of money on that initial release at full retail price. The initial first-week sales at full retail price will all be on console.
Posted by Ex~ on 09 February 2019 - 08:57 PM
Heh, I just looked at the release dates for the winners and outside of PUBG and the 1.5 games I mentioned before, the other 5 categories were won by 2015 games. Guess they could have called this the 2015 Steam awards. Knowing the kind of backlog Steam users have, I guess it's appropriate to give out most of your awards to 3 year old games.
Just emphasizes the fact that always triggers PC gamers into flabbergasted, flailing, futile fits of denial, but still remains a fact: PC gamers don't buy new games.
Posted by Ex~ on 09 February 2019 - 08:39 PM
CDPR won Developer of the Year because they released a good game four years ago and they might release another good game in two years.
None of the awards make any sense, only in part because most are for 2015 games. That's because they were all voted on by "The Steam Community", and the Steam community is ... what's a synonym for "retarded" that isn't taboo?
Posted by Ex~ on 05 February 2019 - 02:27 AM
Pats weren't good in the most of the 80's or 90's, TBH.
Granted, the standards for complete awfulness have been set far lower since then (e.g. '08, '09 Lions), but Pats were definitely the pits for as-bad-as-we'd-ever-seen in the early 90's, and around then.
Posted by Ex~ on 02 February 2019 - 12:27 AM
Cultist Simulator was very over hyped. I maybe didn't get it but I played it a few hours and it was feeling extremely repetitive and like busy work. I was also not a huge fan of the cult part of it.
Really? A game in the management simulator genre felt "repetitive, and like busy work"? Who would have thought ...
Posted by Ex~ on 02 February 2019 - 12:19 AM
Happy with the March headliners, I hadn't picked up Vermintide II yet but I loved my time in the Beta and I'm happy to get back into it.
Also totally fine with all the February unlocks I missed. I still have Yakuza Kiwami totally unplayed on my PS4, and less than zero interest in The Division, so it was an easy paused month for me.
Posted by Ex~ on 01 February 2019 - 05:00 AM
The Talos Principle is god-tier gaming. Not sure what the debbie downers are bitching about...
Bard's Tale and Wasteland 2 are also really great. The games are good if you don't have them. It's just that lots are previous PS+ giveaways or have been given away or bundled on other platforms.
Posted by Ex~ on 25 January 2019 - 04:41 PM
Sleeping Dogs is a gritty, Hong-Kong hard-boiled style crime-noir GTA clone with more emphasis on beat-em-up and traveling by foot. Yakuza is a weird Japanese style game with Japanese weirdness and sense of humor, character development, lots of minigames and side quests, ridiculous combat, and pizza delivery. The only thing they have in common is the broad strokes umbrella genre they are in, and that they have Asian people in them. Other than that last part you could have named pretty much any other title in the genre (GTA, Mafia III, Lego City Undercover) and you'd get a more accurate comparison to Sleeping Dogs.