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A third of all Steam games are unplayed, and F2P titles are easily the most popular

A third of all Steam games are unplayed, and F2P titles are easily the most popular

More than a third of all Steam purchases are yet to be played even once, according to data gathered by Ars Technica.

The website nabbed and then combed through a random sample of the 172 million-odd publicly accessible Steam profile pages to deduce that 36 percent of all games sit unplayed and unloved in Steam libraries the world over.

The data also showed that free-to-play games were the most popular on Valve’s distribution platform. Dota 2 tops the list with 25 million owners, with Team Fortress 2 next in line with 20 million. Half-Life 2: Lost Coast is next 12.77 million owners, but 10.7 million of those people have never played the level.

The 13 most popular games on Steam and 18 of the top 20 are Valve titles or mods.

In terms of total hours per player, Football Manager 2014 tops all others with a median of 100 hours per player and a mean of 169. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is second with a median of 53, and Modern Warfare 2’s multiplayer sits just below that with a median of 45 hours. That said, those figures only use stats available since Valve implemented an “hours played” statistic in March 2009.

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Reminder: LAN event Ping Zero 44 kicks off in Auckland tomorrow

Reminder: LAN event Ping Zero 44 kicks off in Auckland tomorrow

Auckland LAN gaming event Ping Zero is taking place this weekend.

It is the 44th LAN event under the Ping Zero moniker, and it runs from April 18-20 at the Trust Arena in West Auckland.

Ping Zero is a gaming gathering open to all aged 18 and over, where participants bring their own computer along and can play casual games with others as well as compete in tournaments for prizes.

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Elder Scrolls Online gets quest bug fixes, loot patch incoming

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Elder Scrolls Online gets quest bug fixes, loot patch incoming

The latest patch for The Elder Scrolls Online fixes a number of the game’s buggy quest events, while an upcoming one will distribute loot found in chests more evenly, says Zenimax.

Many playing the game have discovered that some quest givers simply stop responding to the player at certain points, preventing them from completing tasks and reaping the subsequent rewards.

According to Zenimax, this bug has now been squashed in 30 quests across 15 of the game’s zones.

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The second half of Broken Sword 5 is available today

The second half of Broken Sword 5 is available today

The second half of 2D adventure game Broken Sword 5: The Serpent's Curse is due out later today.

It will be delivered as a free update to the game’s first half, which was released in December.

Both episodes were part-funded via Kickstarter.

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PlayStation 4 global sales pass 7 million

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PlayStation 4 global sales pass 7 million

More than 7 million PlayStation 4 consoles have been sold worldwide in just over four months to April 6, says Sony.

PlayStation 4 software sales have reached 20.5 million across physical and digital retail, added the company.

More than 135 million videos have been shared using the PlayStation 4's video sharing functionality, and 4.9 million Twitch streams have been viewed a total of 90 million times.

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Halo composer says he was 'terminated without cause' by Bungie

Halo composer says he was 'terminated without cause' by Bungie

The celebrated composer of Bungie's memorable musical scores says he has been sacked without cause by Bungie's board.

“I’m saddened to say that Bungie’s board of directors terminated me without cause on April 11, 2014,” said Marty O’Donnell on Twitter.

Bungie has subsequently issued a statement, and without providing an explanation, couched O'Donnell's departure in friendlier terms. “For more than a decade, Marty O’Donnell filled our worlds with unforgettable sounds and soundtracks, and left an indelible mark on our fans.

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Free Zomboss update adds a new map, characters, and more to Garden Warfare

Free Zomboss update adds a new map, characters, and more to Garden Warfare

Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare is getting a second piece of free DLC this week.

The Zomboss Down pack takes the game to the Wild West with a new map, eight new playable characters, over 200 customisation items, an increased level cap from 20 to 30 for each character, and all-new challenges.

The new characters include Archeologist Zombie, the Wrestling Star Zombie, the Law Pea, and the Sun Pharaoh.

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All games should be free-to-play – Candy Crush studio CEO

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All games should be free-to-play – Candy Crush studio CEO

The man behind Candy Crush reckons that all games should be free-to-play.

Speaking with IGN, King Games CEO Tommy Palm sung the praises of free-to-play, and said it was the only way forward for game makers.

“The micro-transaction is so strong and it’s definitely a much better model – I think all companies have to transition over to that,” said Palm.

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Media Design School to offer PlayStation-specific design course

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Media Design School and Sony partner to offer PlayStation-specific design course

Auckland's Media Design School has begun a partnership with Sony Computer Entertainment Europe that will see its students developing games for PlayStation Vita and PlayStation 4.

The PlayStation First Academic Development Programme will be an option for Media Design School (MDS) students in the third year of their game development degrees, and will grant each access to PlayStation 4 and PS Vita development kits, expertise incubation labs, and top game companies worldwide.

The aim is to have as many students as possible complete a game by the end of the course and publish it on the PlayStation Network.

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RedLynx back to the drawing board with Trials online modes

RedLynx back to the drawing board with Trials online modes

Trials Fusion is out tomorrow on console, but the game’s competitive online mode won’t be available for a few months, says Ubisoft.

An Ubisoft spokesperson told Gamesbeat that players generally avoided the four-player online races in Trials Evolution, so developer RedLynx wanted to take some extra time to come up with something different.

“Trials Fusion will support a type of online multiplayer experience as, based on the metrics from Trials Evolution, RedLynx saw that online multiplayer wasn’t a popular feature among players,” said the spokesperson.

Thursday 17 April


Adventure on the cards: Naxxramas falls upon Hearthstone
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Adventure on the cards: Naxxramas falls upon Hearthstone
Blizzard kicks it up to Tier 3.
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Wargame: Red Dragon launch trailer
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Wargame: Red Dragon launch trailer
Now with warships.
Elder Scrolls Online gets quest bug fixes, loot patch incoming
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Elder Scrolls Online gets quest bug fixes, loot patch incoming
Solving the case of the disappearing chests.
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Hex: Shards of Fate teaser trailer
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Hex: Shards of Fate teaser trailer
The first trading card MMO.
World of Tanks - Update 9.0 trailer
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World of Tanks - Update 9.0 trailer
The visual overhaul begins.
Broken Sword 5: The Serpent's Curse Episode 2 launch trailer
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Broken Sword 5: The Serpent's Curse Episode 2 launch trailer
The Kickstarter graduate's concluding chapter.
The second half of Broken Sword 5 is available today
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The second half of Broken Sword 5 is available today
Now we just need some glue.
PlayStation 4 global sales pass 7 million
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PlayStation 4 global sales pass 7 million
More than 20 million games sold.
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Halo composer says he was 'terminated without cause' by Bungie
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Halo composer says he was 'terminated without cause' by Bungie
Bungie claims amicable departure.

Wednesday 16 April


A league of its own: behind the scenes on Blizzard's MOBA
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A league of its own: behind the scenes on Blizzard's MOBA
We speak with Heroes of the Storm director Dustin Browder.
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All games should be free-to-play – Candy Crush studio CEO
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All games should be free-to-play – Candy Crush studio CEO
Been out in the sun too long?
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Moebius: Empire Rising launch trailer
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Moebius: Empire Rising launch trailer
Gabriel Knight spiritual successor out tomorrow.
MechRunner announcement trailer
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MechRunner announcement trailer
Run, robot, run.
Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn - PS4 launch trailer
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Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn - PS4 launch trailer
Can't get enough of those giant chicks.
RedLynx back to the drawing board with Trials online modes
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RedLynx back to the drawing board with Trials online modes
Coming for free in a few months.
Blood Bowl 2 - first match trailer
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Blood Bowl 2 - first match trailer
Pretty lax on doping, I see.
Dead Nation - PS Vita launch trailer
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Dead Nation - PS Vita launch trailer
PSN hit comes to Vita.

Tuesday 15 April


Child of Light: The World of Lemuria trailer
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Child of Light: The World of Lemuria trailer
On setting.
Severed announcement trailer
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Severed announcement trailer
From the creators of Guacamelee!
CCP cancels vampire MMO World of Darkness
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CCP cancels vampire MMO World of Darkness
All turned to ash.
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Trials Fusion on Xbox One needs a patch to hit 900p
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Trials Fusion on Xbox One needs a patch to hit 900p
PS4 is full HD, of course.
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The team at Gameplanet plays on Alienware.