Jerykk wrote on Feb 19, 2013, 12:36: I love how the Ars guy compares the player counts of PC games that have been out for years (TF2 and CS) with console games on launch day. Check back in five years and see how many people are still playing Halo 4 and GoW 3.
Dev and RPS used this as a talking point, but it's very obvious why Ars and Bungie used these games -- they're the top ranking FPS games on Steam stats (http://store.steampowered.com/stats/?snr=1_4_4__10 ). BF3stats.com suggests that the race for #1 FPS probably isn't particularly close (51K vs. 35K in #2). It's not like they went out of their way to pick flagging PC titles. Borderlands 2 is relatively new, but has only a quarter of TF2's players.
I also think if there were a free-to-play equivalent of TF2 on consoles, people would foul if they had picked that as a point of comparison.
It's always weird to see games I have no interest in whatsoever (Dota 2 and Football Manager) blowing everything else away.