This post from Johan Pilestedt, creative director at Arrowhead Studios, gives a sales estimate for HELLDIVERS 2, the PC and PlayStation first-person shooter homage to Starship Troopers. Despite some issues that are still being worked through, word is the game has sold "around" a million units since its launch last Thursday (thanks Reddit). In a previous post, Johan addresses the suggestion that the game is pay to win:
I'm partial but we really applied ourselves to not make it p2w even though items are functionally different. The only item that's p2w is the revolver - which will win you any "cool gun" competition. Only (minor) problem is that it's not that good. 🀷
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Re: Helldivers 2 Sells ~1M
Feb 12, 2024, 12:41
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Burrito of Peace wrote on Feb 12, 2024, 11:11:
Prez wrote on Feb 12, 2024, 10:10:
Calling people idiots because they don't know about/don't care about rootkits is a bit harsh. I'm fairly sure that rootkits aren't scary to most people because they either have no idea what they are or have never experienced first-hand anything close to the worst case scenario because of them so they are viewed as a low or non-threat. They are the digital bogeyman to them.

It's more than that, Prez. My field has spent decades, and probably billions of dollars, at this point trying to get people to stop treating their computers and devices like toaster whores and educating them on the dangers they face. Everyone from tier one techs up to senior system architects have been sending the same messages and have personal, direct experience with the fallout from users that keep themselves intentionally and malignantly ignorant. We've made the message clear, we've made the message "fun" (for certain definitions of the word), we've made the message scary. We know it takes one machine, one, to plant the seed for a nightmare scenario to take root and flourish. One user's willful idiocy means headaches and fear for many other people. There's only so much myself and colleagues can do on the backend.

To put it another way, you tell someone "Don't touch the stove. It's hot and you'll burn yourself" and they keep touching the stove. Over and over and over again. They get burned, usually badly, every single time they do. At what point do you tell them "You're an idiot"?

Well if you're talking about me, never. It would feel pretty hypocritical of me to call someone else stupid considering what I have done throughout my life. 😁

I've come to the realization that someone doing something that we see as stupid is often actually a matter of priorities. If you were to look at my PC for example, I am pretty confident that you could find a pretty good list of things I am doing, or programs I have installed, to be putting me at risk. That isn't a cardinal sin on the face of it - lots of people are unaware of many things more tech savvy people like yourself know. But don't be surprised when, for at least one or two of them, I would be like "yeah, well I don't really care too much about it. So just leave it the way it is."

At that point you could call me an idiot (and you would be right I'm sure for different reasons) but in that case it isn't stupidity, as I am not that stupid (I hope) - it's just a matter of me assigning a low importance to what you on the other hand have deemed critical. Once I am informed, it's not a matter of intelligence, but rather one of priorities. I have had my identity stolen once, and my bank account hacked 3 separate times, so it's not like I am unaware of the potentialities. It's just not that big of a deal to me. Given that you and I have vastly different life experiences and perspectives, the divergence in what we prioritize is naturally going to be different. I don't mean to constantly be getting overly philosophical with you; just trying to explain an alternate viewpoint as to possibly why a million people are doing something that you find abhorrent that doesn't involve them being idiots.
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