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

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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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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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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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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.

“The response from the global gaming community for PS4 has been overwhelming and we are truly humbled that gamers are selecting PS4 as their next generation console of choice,” said SCE president Andrew House.

“The PS4 journey has just begun, and although we are still facing difficulties keeping up with the strong demand worldwide, we remain steadfast in our commitment to meet the needs of our customers, and surpassing the wildest expectations of gamers by delivering new user experiences that inspire and engage. We look forward to unveiling many of these experiences to our fans in the coming months.”

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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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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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Reminder: LAN event Ping Zero 44 kicks off in Auckland tomorrow
Reminder: LAN event Ping Zero 44 kicks off in Auckland tomorrow
NEWS Easter plans sorted.
Elder Scrolls Online gets quest bug fixes, loot patch incoming
Elder Scrolls Online gets quest bug fixes, loot patch incoming
NEWS Solving the case of the disappearing chests.
PC, XO, PS4
RPG: MMO
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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
NEWS According to a new report.
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The second half of Broken Sword 5 is available today
The second half of Broken Sword 5 is available today
NEWS Now we just need some glue.
PlayStation 4 global sales pass 7 million
PlayStation 4 global sales pass 7 million
NEWS More than 20 million games sold.
PS4
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Halo composer says he was 'terminated without cause' by Bungie
Halo composer says he was 'terminated without cause' by Bungie
NEWS Bungie claims amicable departure.
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
NEWS PvZ goes Wild West.
360, XO
Action: Third-Person
All games should be free-to-play – Candy Crush studio CEO
All games should be free-to-play – Candy Crush studio CEO
NEWS Been out in the sun too long?
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Media Design School and Sony partner to offer PlayStation-specific design course
Media Design School and Sony partner to offer PlayStation-specific design course
NEWS PSN publishing a possibility.
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RedLynx back to the drawing board with Trials online modes
RedLynx back to the drawing board with Trials online modes
NEWS Coming for free in a few months.
PC, 360, XO, PS4
Beyond Good & Evil 2 concept art teased
Beyond Good & Evil 2 concept art teased
NEWS Jade our day.
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Severed is a stylised dungeon crawler by Guacamelee! dev Drinkbox
Severed is a stylised dungeon crawler by Guacamelee! dev Drinkbox
NEWS Coming to mobile in 2015.
Sir David Attenborough is working on a nature documentary for Oculus Rift
Sir David Attenborough is working on a nature documentary for Oculus Rift
NEWS "Conquest of the Skies".
CCP cancels vampire MMO World of Darkness
CCP cancels vampire MMO World of Darkness
NEWS All turned to ash.
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Trials Fusion on Xbox One needs a patch to hit 900p
Trials Fusion on Xbox One needs a patch to hit 900p
NEWS PS4 is full HD, of course.
PC, 360, XO, PS4
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On-disc debate keeps DLC characters out of Dragon Age: Inquisition
On-disc debate keeps DLC characters out of Dragon Age: Inquisition
NEWS Nine party members total.
PC, 360, XO, PS3, PS4
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Harmonix on Rock Band and Dance Central: "We have grand plans to bring back both"
Harmonix on Rock Band and Dance Central: "We have grand plans to bring back both"
NEWS New-gen versions under consideration.
360, PS3, Wii, DS
Motion Control: Kinect
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Next Orcs Must Die title is a free-to-play MOBA with CCG elements
Next Orcs Must Die title is a free-to-play MOBA with CCG elements
NEWS Everyone wants a piece.
PC
Out this week: Trials, Wargame, and FIFA sequels
Out this week: Trials, Wargame, and FIFA sequels
NEWS The Evolution of the Red Dragon World Cup.
Firaxis unveils Civilization: Beyond Earth, an Alpha Centauri spiritual successor
Firaxis unveils Civilization: Beyond Earth, an Alpha Centauri spiritual successor
NEWS Go galactic.
PC, Mac
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Star Citizen extended gameplay video shows dogfights, crashes and more
Star Citizen extended gameplay video shows dogfights, crashes and more
NEWS Straight outta PAX.
PC
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Unofficial TESO auction house has Zenimax approval
Unofficial TESO auction house has Zenimax approval
NEWS Comes complete with feedback system.
PC, XO, PS4
RPG: MMO
Singleplayer campaign Curse of Naxxramas adds new cards and challenges to Hearthstone
Singleplayer campaign Curse of Naxxramas adds new cards and challenges to Hearthstone
NEWS First of five episodes will be free.
PC, Mac, iOS, Android
First Titanfall DLC, experimental rift feature coming this month
First Titanfall DLC, experimental rift feature coming this month
NEWS Free burn cards and modes also inbound.
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There Came an Echo allows players to control units using voice commands
There Came an Echo allows players to control units using voice commands
NEWS Influences include XCOM, EndWar.
PC, XO, PS4
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Infamous: Second Son sells a million in nine days
Infamous: Second Son sells a million in nine days
NEWS The fastest-selling Infamous title yet.
PS4
Goat Sim dev: "The value of free content updates is often overlooked"
Goat Sim dev: "The value of free content updates is often overlooked"
NEWS How free DLC can make money.
PC
Sony announces free-to-play zombie survival MMO H1Z1
Sony announces free-to-play zombie survival MMO H1Z1
NEWS For PC and PS4.
PC, PS4
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Epic Games details Fortnite classes, gameplay mechanics
Epic Games details Fortnite classes, gameplay mechanics
NEWS Three distinct campaigns, four classes, storm clouds.
PC
Bastion creator's new ARPG Transistor is out next month
Bastion creator's new ARPG Transistor is out next month
NEWS The next game from Supergiant.
PC, PS4
Strategy: Turn Based
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