Overwatch by
published Wednesday, Jun 15th

UK Chart: Third Top Week For Overwatch

Overwatch (-44%) holds top spot for a third week ahead of the debut for Mirror’s Edge Catalyst at second. The original Mirror’s Edge for which Catalyst is a prequel/reboot had protracted success, selling only 60% of lifetime sales in the first twelve weeks.

DOOM 3 is at third for three consecutive weeks (-28% ) as Uncharted 4 (-45%) drops behind it from second.

FIFA 16 drops one place to fifth ahead of GTA V which sticks at sixth.

Tom Clancy’s The Division is up one place to seventh.

At the start of the tournament, UEFA Euro 2016 Pro Evolution Soccer (-4%) has reached the top ten for the first time in eight weeks at eighth.

Dead Island: Definitive Edition and Ratchet & Clank both slip down the chart, to ninth and tenth respectively.

There are two other new releases this week, Kirby: Planet Robobot, on 3DS, is at fifteenth, and Sherlock Holmes: The Devils’ Daughter is at thirty-seventh.


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published Monday, Jun 13th

Mourn those lost. Worry about how to sell games another day.

The annual E3 gaming conference is taking place in Los Angeles this week, and many of the world’s biggest gaming publishers are lining up to show the public their latest big budget offerings.

LA Convention Center (via PrayitnoMany of the new games presented will share a common theme: guns.

The mid-90’s represented a turning point for the gaming industry, in which its focus on shooters grew stronger — going from Quake to Goldeneye, to more recent celebrated games such as Call of Duty and Battlefield.

The mass-market appeal of shooters such as these reached fever-pitch in recent years, with annual installments and frenzied launches marking what are now some of the biggest money makers in all of entertainment (raking in over half a billion dollars in just a matter of days).

For the past several years E3 has attracted critical commentary on the volume of games involving guns.

Some of that criticism is based on just a sheer lack of variety, yet sometimes it’s due to the real-world parallels that can be drawn. Sometimes those lines are obscure, but for E3 2016 the parallel for some is ostensibly clear.

Following yet another horrific mass shooting in the U.S, in which over 50 people were killed, some members of the gaming community are now beginning to question the role that such games play. Not only in promoting gun culture, but in how their flashy presentations can often seem tone deaf — particularly in the wake of such tragedy.

Chris Plante and T.C Sottek, writing for The Verge, pulled into question EA’s press conference for its apparent disregard for the very real events that had occurred just hours prior in Orlando.

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The Verge editorial questions the morality of showing footage where “humans kill each other with hyper-detailed guns” so soon after the worst shooting in the history of the United States.

EA’s conference is the first of many taking place this week, showing new ‘gun games’ like Titanfall and Battlefield. Yet, as The Verge points out, such heavy focus on the shooter genre is not the practice of just a single publisher, adding that E3 as a whole “regularly celebrates graphic violence”.

Many have taken The Verge article to be a either a cheap shot towards the gaming industry, or click bait at a time of mourning. Whatever you consider it to be, one thing is clear — the issue the editorial is attempting to address is by no means a binary one.

The Verge piece isn’t attempting to shame EA and others for the games they create. Nor is it a criticism of the gaming industries creative output.

Instead, I believe the commentary (misjudged or not) was attempting to start a timely dialogue on the brazenness with which various gun fantasies are flaunted, trailer after trailer.PS4 Controller - Blue

American gun culture, violent games, and popular entertainment in general have a longstanding (and lucrative) relationship which isn’t going away anytime soon.

The popularity of such entertainment has long been questioned, be it in games, TV or movies, such as those from Quentin Tarantino. Arguments on the how and the why are endless.

People will draw parallels, lines will be drawn. This is inevitable. Some will blame games, others won’t. Sometimes it will be justified, sometimes it won’t be.

Real people died, and hours later a corporation took to the stage to showcase how you can kill people in their new game. It makes for a flashy headline, but the connection is often tenuous and the subject much more nuanced.

Games are often a scapegoat, and gamers are often defensive. Either way, distinguishing fantasy from reality and remembering real people have suffered is what matters right now.

Nobody is calling for end to this form of entertainment, however we should take this as an opportunity for consideration, reservedness and to reflect on how popular gun-toting media fits into and informs our culture.

No matter what your stance, we should first and foremost mourn those lost. Worrying about how EA and others sell their games can be an issue for another day.


Overwatch by
published Wednesday, Jun 08th

UK Chart: Overwatch Holds On

An unchanged top three is headed by Overwatch (-54%), Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End (-27%) is at second, and DOOM (-33%) is at third.

An impending UEFA tournament in France gives FIFA 16 (+65%) promotion to fourth.

At fifth, Dead Island: Definitive Edition combines remastered versions of Dead Island and Dead Island: Rip Tide to release on Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

Grand Theft Auto V (+66%) arguably benefits the most from half-term promotions by moving four places to sixth, demoting Ratchet & Clank to seventh.

Tom Clancy’s The Division sticks at eighth ahead of COD: Black Ops III, which drops to ninth.

Homefront: The Revolution falls six places to complete the top ten.

One Piece: Burning Blood, at thirty-seventh, on PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Xbox One, and Microsoft Windows, is the only other new release.


Overwatch by
published Wednesday, Jun 01st

UK Chart: Overwatch Oversees

Overwatch has extended launch week, marking top spot and becoming the most successful on console for developer Blizzard. The bulk of sales were made on PlayStation 4 (47%), followed by Xbox One and PC.

The rest of the top five move down in tandem. Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End ( -37%) is ahead of Doom (-41%) and Homefront: The Revolution (-41%). Call of Duty: Black Ops III (+26%) improves to keep ahead of the resurgent Ratchet & Clank (+114%) at sixth.

FIFA 16 (+91%) is back up the chart at seventh thanks to retailer promotions.

Tom Clancy’s: The Division (+41%) does better with sales figures but drops to eighth.

Total War: Warhammer, a PC exclusive, rides into the chart to ninth ahead of GTA V (+49%) which drops two to complete the top ten.

The only other new release this week is TMNT: Mutants in Manhattan at eighteenth.


Uncharted 4 by
published Tuesday, May 17th

UK Chart: Uncharted 4 Fulfills Fond Farewell

Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End takes top spot with +66% over Uncharted 3, to kickstart sales for the series finale.

Bethesda Softworks’ DOOM makes second at launch on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 with +67% over Doom 3Call of Duty: Black Ops III (-46%) drops to third to make room for the new additions.

Ratchet & Clank (-50%) halves sales to drop one place to fourth.

Tom Clancy’s: The Division (-32%) and Far Cry Primal (-33%) stick at fifth and sixth against higher successes.

Dropping three places, GTA V lands at seventh ahead of FIFA 16, which rises to eighth, and LEGO Marvel Avengers, which falls to ninth.

Star Wars Battlefront (+28%) improves it’s position to complete the top ten.


Battleborn by
published Tuesday, May 10th

UK Chart: Battleborn Breaks No1

Battleborn, from Borderlands developer Gearbox Software, moves straight in at top spot in launch week.

Black Ops III (-3%) holds second as Ratchet & Clank (-51%) slips to third after a two week hold on first place.

GTA V (+20%) takes a significant boost to rise four places to fourth.

Tom Clancy’s The Division (-28%) takes it’s top five record to nine weeks since launch as it sits at fifth.

Taking three places, Far Cry Primal takes sixth, pushing LEGO Marvel Avengers down one place to seventh.

Dark Souls III and UFC 2 both move from the top five down to eighth and ninth respectively.

FIFA 16 is on the edge of the top ten after a three-point move from seventh.

 


Ratchet and Clank by
published Tuesday, May 03rd

UK Chart: Ratchet Remains

Ratchet & Clank (-49%) manage around half the sales of the first week to hold top spot.

Call of Duty: Black Ops III (+82%) is helped to second with hardware bundles to promote the digital release of additional content Eclipse. At second, it is at it’s highest chart position since launch.

Dark Souls III (-29%) is moved out of the way to third ahead of non-movers The Division (-5%) and UFC 2 (+2%).

Thanks to retailer promotion, LEGO Marvel Avengers (+45%) moves up five places to sixth, FIFA 16 shoots to seventh, Grand Theft Auto V (+33%) is up to eighth, and Far Cry Primal (+53%) jumps to ninth.

Dirt Rally sticks in place to complete the top ten.

The only new release this week is Yo-Kai Watch on the 3DS at fourteenth.


Dark Souls III by
published Tuesday, Apr 26th

UK Chart: Dark Souls III Dominates

Dark Souls III has the best-selling launch, and tops the chart for the first time in the franchise history. It eclipses Dark Souls II by 61% in it’s march to the top.

The best of the rest, Tom Clancy’s The Division (-40%) takes a place to second.

EA Sports UFC 2 (+64%) is up to third, pushing Quantum Break (-64%) and Dirt Rally (-66%) from the top of the chart to fourth and fifth respectively.

Far Cry Primal, at sixth, and FIFA 16, at seventh, swap places on their way down. Similarly Black Ops III comes from seventh to eighth and GTA V drops three places to ninth.

LEGO Marvel Avengers does enough to push one place back into the top ten.

Nintendo launches New Super Mario Bros. U + Super Luigi into the top twenty at eighteenth.


Ratchet & Clank by
published Sunday, Apr 24th

UK Chart: Ratchet & Clank Caps Chart

Ratchet & Clank triples the series best launch sales results to top the chart for the first time. The PlayStation 4 title serves alongside a movie, which releases next week.

Dark Souls III (-80%) suffers heavily to drop to second.

Coinciding with the home-release of Episode VII, Star Wars Battlefront (+177%) thrusts forward nine places to third.

The Division and UFC 2 both move down one place each to complete the top five.

On the WiiU, Star Fox Zero arrives at sixth.

Black Ops III and FIFA 16 swap places to seventh and eighth respectively.

Quantum Break and Dirt Rally fall from the top five to the edge of the top ten.

Other new release this week include Rugby Challenge 3 at thirteenth and Konami’s UEFA Euro 2016 Pro Evolution Soccer at twenty-third.


Quantum Break by
published Tuesday, Apr 12th

UK Chart: Quantum Breaks Chart Top

Quantum Break, only on Xbox Onelaunches to the top of the chart despite stiff competition from Dirt Rally on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC. Rally bests the launch of the last title in the series by 197% and ranks third overall, behind Dirt 2 and Dirt 3. Both put long term best-seller Tom Clancy’s: The Division (-41%) down to third.

FIFA 16 and Far Cry Primal swap places on their way down to fourth and fifth respectively. GTAV, COD: Black Ops III and UFC 2 drop two places each to land as they were between sixth and eighth.

Rainbow Six: Siege falls one place to ninth and Star Wars Battlefront collapses three places to complete the top ten.

The only other new release this week is MXGP 2: The Official Motocross Videogame at seventeenth.


Tom Clancy's The Division by
published Tuesday, Apr 05th

UK Chart: Ubisoft Cracks Four Consecutive Chart Crowns

Tom Clancy’s The Division (-37%) stays at the top of the chart to make it four consecutive weeks since launch, a first for developer Ubisoft.

Far Cry Primal (-8%) and FIFA 16 move up one place each to second and third, as Grand Theft Auto V (+18%) improves significantly on sales to jump two places to fourth.

COD: Black Ops III does enough at fifth to help EA Sports UFC 2 on its way down from second to sixth in its second week.

At seventh, Star Wars Battlefront holds off against Tom Clancy’s Rainbow 6: Siege (+21%), which does well to rise to eighth. As a result, LEGO Marvel Avengers and Garden Warfare 2 move down one place each to ninth and tenth respectively.