Op Ed [Apr 08, 2020, 09:44 am ET] – Share – Viewing Comments
Ars Technica - Ars analysis: -80% of Steam games earn under $5K in first two
weeks. Thanks JDreyer. "But even as the number of successes on Steam has increased, the number
of failures has increased even more, both on an absolute and relative basis.
For developers, that means just getting a game on Steam isn't anything close
to a guarantee of being able to find a significant audience these days. For
players, that means sifting through Steam storefront listings full of a lot
of crap that apparently very few people want to buy."
- I want to be sedated. "What struck me upon revisiting the game in 2020 was the fact that Max,
when injured by non-player villain characters, is damaged all the time. He
never really has a chance to recover from his injuries but sustains more and
more, and the player is encouraged to hoard painkillers and frantically
smash a button when Max comes dangerously close to losing his life. It’s
this constant yo-yo between frenetic, bullet-dodging gameplay and constant
monitoring of Max’s wellbeing that leaves the player in an almost
out-of-breath race to solve the narrative puzzle surrounding the character
to ensure his agency and success. To beat the game, you have to use."