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
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Re: Helldivers 2 Sells ~1M Feb 12, 2024, 15:56
Feb 12, 2024, 15:56
I, too, have done things in my past that were less than my intellectual best and was called an idiot or stupid for doing them. In hindsight, the individual pulling me up short was correct. Even if I didn't like being called an idiot or stupid at the time. The inescapable fact is that I was an idiot for performing those actions.

I know that I have a weird outlook on things, especially given my pronounced misanthropic nature. But it's also self-serving and I freely admit that. See, when you are talking about the security of your system, you've narrowed the scope to only consider your security. But what you aren't thinking about is that not only do your choices about how you operate your security affect you, they now also affect those around you. Say your sister for example (apologies for that but I wanted something close to home that you could immediately identify with). Because your infection now has a direct and immediate threat to every other device that shares the same network as you. Then it spiders out from there. So it isn't just "my priorities fuck me over and I'm cool with that", it's "my priorities potentially fuck everyone around me over and even people I'll never meet." I just don't ethically see how someone not willfully and malignantly ignorant could be cool with that. Especially with how trivially easy it is to reduce that risk. *You literally don't have to take a single action. Unarguably, in the game mentioned here, *you're doing the right thing but not doing anything at all and just passing it by.

The self-serving part is that it makes my job, and the jobs of people like me, easier. It's less we have to defend against and less we have to clean up. It also means less users crying and whining when they are bitten by malware. If *you polled people working in any IT position, even the folks that run side hustles like RedEye, with "How overjoyed are you at receiving yet another malware related call?" Outside of masochists and the mentally deranged, *you'll probably get an overwhelmingly negative response. Outside of monetary gain, literally no one likes to deal with those calls. With just a little forethought, less than *you would putting out what can of soup *you're going to nuke for dinner, the landscape would be better for everyone.

Like I said, we have had decades worth of education, billions of dollars invested, and probably millions of man-hours telling people "Treat your system security in the exact same way as you would the security of your personal property." From the technical people the average person knows all the way up to national government. By now, if a person hasn't gotten it they either never will or they are willfully choosing not to do so. So I'll rightfully, in my opinion, call them idiots and I'll do it straight to their face. I have no more fucks to give about whether they are offended or not by being called an idiot.

*Switched to a general "you" here, not particularly aimed at a specific person.
"Just take a look around you, what do you see? Pain, suffering, and misery." -Black Sabbath, Killing Yourself to Live.

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