Modern Warfare 2: The Numbers

By Published November 10, 2009 at 11:49 am

Digital distributor Steam is required to play Modern Warfare 2. Steam shows the top 75 games being played, ranked by player count, and the numbers look grim.  The 6 year old FPS Counter-Strike: Source (which is online only) is beating out Modern Warfare 2's release day multiplayer numbers by 50,000 players.  If you were to add the Singleplayer + Multiplayer numbers together, you still fall ~17,000 short.  The message here is clear: PC gamers, especially those who enjoy the use of Steam, are spoiled by the ability to host and play on dedicated servers.  Being a platform owned and maintained by Valve, many of the gamers using it have played Valve games, all of which have dedicated server support.  Will the numbers sky-rocket in the next few days to surpass CSS and other old games, or will they stagnate and decrease rapidly after the first month of release?  You decide, we'll see who wins out within the next month.

Top 75 games by current player count

Current Players Peak Game
69,530 89,526 Counter-Strike: Source
59,071 70,652 Counter-Strike
33,271 33,271 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 SP
19,969 19,969 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 MP

Steam Rankings Page

~Steve "Lelldorianx" Burke

Whatever-You-Want Giveaway 1 Winners

By Published November 10, 2009 at 1:43 am

The winners are:

XE Solution

Congratulations to all of the winners, see you on the battlefield!  For those of you that one, please post on the Whatever-You-Want forum post the price that you wish to receive.  This will be sent to you via digital download or other means.

Sins of a Solar Empire Review

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Published November 09, 2009 at 7:42 pm

This Empire’s Sins just got a lot worse…

East India Company & Privateer Review

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Published November 08, 2009 at 12:50 pm

Every port has a nice girl, or a good excuse to get wasted!

Unreal Engine is Really Free

By Published November 06, 2009 at 2:28 am

In an interview with Cliff Bleszinski during the Triangle Game Conference earlier this year, GN asked, "Using the least exaggerated amount possible, how much do developers normally pay for Unreal Engine licensing?" Cliff's answer was simple, "Like a bazillion dollars."

I'm not sure if it was my disappointed look I shot him or the general groan of gamers in the room, but Epic Games recently announced the release of their Unreal Development Kit, the free edition of Unreal Engine 3 for all sprouting developers.

The Unreal Engine is famous for its original series, Unreal Tournament, and the more recent one, Gears of War. Modders have had access to mapping tools for some time, but nothing near as powerful as UDK offers (at least, not without an indentured servitude program).

Mark Rein, the vice president of Epic Games said, "I'm excited about the possibilities the Unreal Development Kit opens to those who are looking to get into the game business but don't otherwise have the means to acquire world-class technology and tools like ours. UDK is Unreal Engine 3, which has been used to create games in a wide range of genres, as well as military simulations, 3D architectural walkthroughs, animated movies and more. Users are only limited by their imaginations. Go ahead make something Unreal!"

Download the full development kit now at

GamersGate Sale

By Published November 05, 2009 at 9:58 am

Paradox Interactive's more recent games will be 50-70% off this weekend at GamersGate, a digital distributor. Here are the details-

"Publisher Special for November: Paradox Interactive – Daily Deals 50-70% OFF

Games of the Weekend:

Grappling Hook - 50% OFF (PC and Mac)
Painkiller - 30% OFF
Painkiller Overdose - 30% OFF
Painkiller Universe - 30% OFF

New Releases:

Dragon Age Origins - Nov 6th
World of Zoo - Nov 8th

Pre-order Bundle:

For the Glory A Europa Universalis Game, pre-order today and receive 250 extra Blue Coins with a price guarantee and pre-load. Get Europa Universalis II for 75% OFF."

Get in on it while you can!

Torchlight Review

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Published November 05, 2009 at 1:19 am

Diablo 3 has been in a perpetual ’pending’ state, and for us die-hard hack-n-slash fans, the wait can get exhausting. Luckily, a band of veterans from the now-defunct Blizzard North represent our light at the end of the tunnel – Torchlight.

Elven Legacy: Ranger Review

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Published November 04, 2009 at 1:19 am

Paradox Interactive has become known for its ability to cover obscure sub-genres of the ever-growing strategy scene.  Whether it is a fantasy economy simulator like Majesty 2 or the Dutch East India Trading Company, they've been one of a few publishers willing to risk taking on a niche audience. Surprise, surprise, they've done it again with Elven Legacy: Ranger.

Yahtzee Gets Rickroll'd

By Published October 28, 2009 at 11:15 pm

Watching an angry Aussie incapable of using punctuation obliterate a box must be one hell of a sight. Fortunately, a few that witnessed it managed to survive with their lives... more or less.

Yahtzee, famous for his gaming parody Zero Punctuation, received a package today from EA Games promoting Dante's Inferno.  Yahtzee eagerly pulled open the wooden box, noticing that the inside of the lid read, "The Fifth Circle of Hell Is Close."  The Escapist said, "Members of The Escapist staff crowded around the box, eager to find out what was inside. We were somewhat bemused to discover nothing but a small burlap bundle containing safety goggles and a ball peen hammer."

That's when it happened.

"Never Gonna Give You Up..."

Susan Arendt from The Escapist said, "We all got a good chuckle as we realized that EA had just managed to Rickroll Yahtzee through the mail, but our laughter quickly died out when we discovered that closing the box didn't shut off the song. Yahtzee looked at us, then at the box, then at the hammer in his hand.

And then he got to work."

What ensued must have been a horrific (or hilarious) sight, for Yahtzee, that taunting Aussie we all know and love, tore the box a new one, likely imagining how he would get his vengeance.  He strapped on the supplied safety goggles and brought the banhammer down on Rick Astley's defensive mechanisms, "three layers of wood, bones, and insects." After tearing through the upper layers, Yahtzee found a soundbox equipped with batteries.  Being the smart gamer he is, he targeted the batteries and ripped them out, only to reveal a small scroll tucked away:

"The sin of wrath is yours. You have succumbed to anger and opened an infernal spring that seethes with dark waters. Quelled not, your anger begot rage. The waters have risen unchecked and ye will be drowned in stinking mire.

Go to Hell."

Can't wait to see the Dante review now.

Modern Warfare 2 Third Person Leak

By Published October 26, 2009 at 12:39 am

Posted earlier today on YouTube, a French player was recorded during a live session of Modern Warfare 2's beta release.  The video quality is sub-par, but it does reveal one feature that we must question - third-person?  View the vid for more.

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