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Wishful Thoughts on Better Disclosure

Posted Jul 27, 2009 by Jon Wood

Wishful Thoughts on Better Disclosure

In this most recent column, Richard Aioshi tackles the questions of developers insist on providing players with virtually meaningless player number statistics rather than giving them something useful.

We've all seen at least some of the huge registered account numbers that various free to play games have racked up. In my case, I know I've seen 50 million and more. Maybe even 100 million and more. I don't really remember.

The primary reason such figures don't stick in my mind is that they really aren't very meaningful. The total number of accounts created - ever - isn't much help when the piece of information that most interests me is a game's current level of popularity. In that regard, what does it matter whether 100 kajillion accounts have been opened since a title launched if I jump on a server and find the world only sparsely populated? Or if I simply look and see that there are only two servers available for the entire North American market?

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