The Games People Play

The majority of last week’s winners on VGChartz Top 10 list (USA) took a step down on the list to make room at the top for one of the most divisive games released in recent memory – “No Man’s Sky” on PlayStation 4 (also available on PC/Steam… if you dare…) In spite of the critical and user reviews that attacked the game’s failure to deliver on its promise, the repetitive and boring gameplay and the severe technical issues that plagued the PC/Steam version, the game has managed to move close to one million units on the two platforms – once again proving that PT Barnum was right (for our younger readers… the circus guy… he was famously quoted as saying “there is a sucker born every minute.”) Of course, there is no telling how many of these purchasers self-corrected and removed themselves from the “suckers” list, as it seems the level of returns through Steam was in record-setting territory.

Best-Selling Games (USA) for the Week Ending 8/13/16

  • 1. (PS4) No Man’s Sky
  • 2. (3DS) Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire
  • 3. (PS4) Call of Duty: Black Ops 3
  • 4. (3DS) Pokemon X/Y
  • 5. (Xbox One) Gears of War
  • 6. (3DS) Monster Hunter Generations
  • 7. (PS4) Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
  • 8. (Xbox One) Tom Clancy’s The Division
  • 9. (PS4) Grand Theft Auto V
  • 10. (Xbox One) Grand Theft Auto V

$60 and One Million Suckers Later, We Have the Legacy of No Man’s Sky…

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David Winding
Dave Winding is a 25 year gaming industry veteran that has been actively involved in sales, marketing, advertising, product development, publishing and communications. While his career has been as a gaming executive and entrepreneur, he is, above all else, a gamer.