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Steam Could Top 5000 Game Releases This Year

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So, uh, Steam Direct, that thing Valve was going to do to supposedly give a better approach to indie games. You know, the thing that was supposed to put an end to the madness of Steam Greenlight, that thing. Well, it turns out that it only made things worse as the platform keeps releasing chunk after chunk of games. Soon the platform will reach 5000 individual game releases in this year alone.

It’s obvious that Valve profits a lot from the Steam users. Their sales are some of the highest selling game sales ever and they simplified PC gaming as we know it. However, it seems like Valve doesn’t really believe in “Quality over Quantity” and it has released nearly 5000 games this year alone.

The Store Cluttering that causes more harm than good.

Around 1300 games have popped up since June’s launch of Steam Direct. If that pace carries on then the number of games released this year could top 5000 for the first time in the platform’s history. This should make you screech because around 40% of those games are Asset Flips that shouldn’t be on the store to begin with.

Quality control certainly doesn’t exist in Steam Direct. And now, quality titles like Okinawa Rush will find themselves swimming in a sea of asset flips and shitty games. This is completely and utterly unacceptable.

The only good thing about these news is that maybe the hidden gems will stand out? I mean, I’m not so sure if that should be enough consolation. Because now that the flood gates are opened, expect to see a lot of bubsy 3D rip-offs that try to make a quick buck in Steam. Or how about that time where World of Warcraft had an attempt to be snuck into Steam? Or that lovely homophobic game that I’m sure is on the store right about now?

I’m sorry, I just fail to see what’s positive about Steam having over 5000 games in their library. I am supposed to keep games I love, and I still will. But what’s the point of releasing the bad ones? It just incites asset flippers to not even try anymore. It seems like Jim Sterling’s lawsuit didn’t really achieve anything.

I always wanted to be a journalist who listens. The Voice of the Unspoken and someone heavily involved in the gaming community. From playing as a leader of a competitive multi-branch team to organizing tournaments for the competitive scene to being involved in a lot of gaming communities. I want to keep moving forward as a journalist.

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Star Wars Outlaws has Ubisoft’s biggest marketing budget ever, and the company expects it to have a strong launch

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Ubisoft is putting everything they have into Star Wars Outlaws, which comes out next month on August 30th for PS5. The fact that the name includes “Star Wars” shouldn’t come as a surprise when you learn that the company is putting a lot of money into marketing the project and thinks it will do very well.

The CEO of Ubisoft, Yves Guillemot, made the bold claim during the company’s recent earnings call Q&A (thanks, MP1st), though some investors thought it was even more daring than they thought. Based on Ubisoft’s guidance, Nick Dempsey of Barclays came up with a rough estimate of five million units sold and asked if the company was being too cautious. This is what Guillemot said:

“What we expect is for Star Wars Outlaws to have a strong launch.” One reason is that it’s one of the most anticipated games of the year, which shows how positively the community feels about it. Another is that we’re launching the biggest marketing campaign Ubisoft has ever done for a game.

We’d like to know how much Ubisoft spent to market this and what the company expects to get back from it. We had some small worries when we played the game in person at Summer Game Fest, but we’ll keep an eye on things before and after launch.

Are you excited about how soon Star Wars Outlaws will be out? Do you think the game’s supposedly huge marketing budget has an impact on your life? Leave a comment below and let us know.

 

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Amazon’s great Fallout TV show is nominated for 16 Emmys

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Critics and fans alike went crazy for Amazon’s take on the famous role-playing game series Fallout. There were a lot of nominations for 16 Emmy awards, including Best Actor and Outstanding Drama Series. The show was able to reach audiences outside of gamers and got a lot of attention from the industry.

Eurogamer has been keeping track, and now that all the votes are in, Fallout is tied for fifth place with 23 nominations for the 76th Emmy Awards, which are put on by the US Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. With 25, The Bear has the most nominations, followed by True Detective: Night Country with 23, and Shogun with 19.

It shouldn’t be a surprise that Walton Goggins is up for Best Actor for his performance as The Ghoul. Although games will always be our first choice, it’s great that adaptations of games don’t have to be awful, and we can’t wait for the next season of the shows.

Are you surprised by how well Amazon’s version of Fallout has done in the mainstream? Is the curse of movies based on video games finally over? Leave a comment below and let us know.

 

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 6 Sets Dates for the Next Multiplayer Beta

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 6 is getting closer and closer, and Activision has announced when players will be able to get their hands on the next game. This means that there will be several chances to try it out before it comes out. If you paid a lot, you might be able to play for more than a week at the end of August and beginning of September.

Call of Duty Early Access will run from Friday, August 30th, to Wednesday, September 4th, as announced on its blog. This is two days after the Call of Duty Next showcase, which is set for August 28th. To play, you must have already bought Black Ops 6.

The open beta is the following weekend, and anyone who wants to can join. The fun will start on Friday, September 6th, and end on Monday, September 9th. The full release is set for October 25th of next month on PS5 and PS4.

How excited are you for the next Call of Duty game? Are you going to play Black Ops 6 in either the Early Access or Open Beta versions? Leave a comment below and let us know.

 

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