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PUBG's concurrent player count on Steam has fallen by over 1.6 million since January

Yesterday, 03:38 PM

Posted by Falkes in Community News


PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds was once not only the king of the battle royale genre but also the most popular game on Twitch and Steam, charting a course of popularity not seen before and breaking multiple records along the way.

The higher they climb, the harder they fall. Since its highs at the start of the year, PUBG has been losing players every month, culminating in the loss of almost half of its player base. This is true of both the concurrent player base and the average player base. Compared to 3.2 million peak players in January, PUBG has only drawn 1.75 million in the last 30 days; average player counts have dropped by 50% to only around 792,000 in the same period.

This is, of course, likely a result of the recent explosion in the popularity of Fortnite, a battle royale game that may have followed in PUBG's footsteps initially but has now manifestly overshadowed it. Such a meteoric fall in the game's player base may also be the reason why PUBG Corp. has discounted the game on Steam for the first time earlier this week, bringing its price down to a more affordable $19.99.

PUBG Corp. may be accusing Epic Games of stealing their ideas when it comes to the battle royale genre, but as has become clear in recent days, the success of the free-to-play title has certainly made the developer take notice, and has even inspired the release of a smaller map and event pass clearly inspired by Fortnite.

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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 now playable with Xbox One Backward Compatibility

20 Jun 2018

Posted by Falkes in Community News


Today, Microsoft only added one new title to the Xbox One Backward Compatibility list, but it's a big one. You can now play Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 on the Xbox One family of gaming consoles.

Microsoft hasn't been adding new games to the list as frequently as it used to, with the last new additions coming almost two weeks ago. Still, the list contains well over 500 games now, a milestone that was achieved nearly two months ago.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 ($29.99)

Modern Warfare® is back. The best-selling first person action series of all-time returns with the epic sequel to multiple "Game of the Year" award winner, "Call of Duty®: Modern Warfare 2." In the world’s darkest hour, are you willing to do what is necessary? Prepare yourself for a cinematic thrill-ride as only Call of Duty can deliver. Online, the definitive Multiplayer experience returns bigger and better than ever, loaded with new maps, modes and features. Co-Op play has evolved with all-new Spec-Ops missions and leaderboards, as well as Survival Mode, an action-packed combat progression unlike any other.

While the game is typically $29.99, it's actually on sale right now, assuming that you're an Xbox Live Gold subscriber. This week, you can get Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 for just $14.99.

But if you're looking for new games on the cheap and you're an Xbox Live Gold subscriber, don't forget about this month's Games with Gold. Now that it's the second half of the month, Smite Gold Bundle (Xbox One) and Lego Indiana Jones 2 (Xbox 360) are now free, and Assassin's Creed Chronicles: Russia (Xbox One) is free all month.

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Counter-Strike: Global Offensive receives its Panorama UI overhaul in beta

20 Jun 2018

Posted by Falkes in Community News

It was in January last year when Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) project lead Ido Magal revealed in an AMA on Redditthat one of the top priorities for Valve was to replace the game’s UI with Panorama before the end of 2017. Albeit with a delay, the developer today pushed out a major update for the game.

At the moment the new Panorama UI is only available as a beta, limiting players to practice with bots or play with a friend in an offline practice session. Valve describes the update as the “most substantial change to the look and feel of CS:GO since the game was released in 2012.”

This isn’t the first game to receive the Panorama treatment, with Dota 2’s Reborn updatebringing similar UI enhancements to that game. It’s worth noting, however, that this update doesn’t upgrade the game to Valve’s new Source 2 engine, but is rather limited to simply overhauling the dated interface. Magal noted during the AMA that overhauling CS:GOwith Source 2 might not be the best approach, for the moment.

Instructions on how to opt into the beta are available here, and feedback for the update can either be submitted at CSGOTeamFeedback@valvesoftware.com with #PanoramaUI in the subject or at the feedback thread on /r/GlobalOffensive.

It remains unclear when this update will be pushed live for all players, considering Valve’s timeframes are rarely predictable.

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User concept re-imagines Windows 7 with Fluent Design and a dash of modernity

20 Jun 2018

Posted by Falkes in Community News

Despite its age, Windows 7 is still one of the most iconic operating systems in the world and, until the start of this year, was also the most popular desktop operating system, after ultimately succumbing to the rise of Windows 10. It still accounts for nearly 40% of the desktop market share for Windows, however, and you'll find many a Microsoftie swearing by its name.

It's no surprise, then, that an enterprising UI designer decided to try and imagine what Windows 7 would look like if it was Microsoft's flagship product today. How would the company's new Fluent Design System change the operating system's classic look?

Kamer Kaan Avdan's Windows 7 - 2018 Edition concept successfully, and rather beautifully, adds various Fluent Design elements such as light and transparency to the operating system, while still maintaining hints of its classic look. The concept also brings dark mode and dynamic wallpapers which change based on the time of day to the nearly 10-year-old OS.

The same designer also has a similar design concept for Windows XP, though unfortunately the two seem a little more like re-skins of one another.

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