This Neat Animation Shows Steam's Most-Played Games In The Last Four Years

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This Neat Animation Shows Steam's Most-Played Games In The Last Four Years

Gaming trends come and go, and this fascinating data visualizer, which is presented in a GIF below, gives you an idea of what Steam's most-played games were over the last four years.

The sped-up graph shows the top 15 games on the platform by daily player count. PUBG dethrones Dota 2 when the battle royale game released in 2017, but Dota 2 begins to steadily climb back up in late 2018. Grand Theft Auto V, Counter-Strike, and Garry's Mod all jump around in rank, but they are a few that remarkably stay on the list.

Monster Hunter: World, Skyrim, Rocket League, and certain football managers make notable appearances too. Check it out for yourself below.

Substitute Mr. X For Thomas The Tank Engine With This Resident Evil 2 Mod

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Substitute Mr. X For Thomas The Tank Engine With This Resident Evil 2 Mod

If for whatever reason you wanted to replace Resident Evil 2's insidious Mr. X with er, Thomas the Tank Engine, now you can. 

With his never-ending smile, I'd say Thomas is nearly as creepy as Mr. X, but he's also pretty funny. It's ridiculous to see a bulky locomotive swing through doors and move towards you with murderous intent. Thomas' theme song plays in the background, too, adding to the ludicrous atmosphere.

You may be surprised to know that this isn't the first time Thomas the Tank Engine has invaded a popular game. Back in 2013, someone transformed a dragon from Skyrim into Thomas as well, making him a fire-breathing terror.

Absolver, Mutant Year Zero Headline April's Humble Monthly Bundle

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Absolver, Mutant Year Zero Headline April's Humble Monthly Bundle

Humble Monthly Bundle, which offers curated games each month for a low price, has revealed its headlining games for April.

With a subscription of $12 per month, you can play April's games, some of which include Absolver, Northgard, and Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden. 

Absolver is a stylish multiplayer fighter, but our reviewer Dan Tack found it had some shortcomings. "Sloclap’s first foray shows glimmers of brilliance in the combat and the somewhat intriguing aesthetic of masked martial artists going at it in strange lands," he writes. "Even so, Absolver feels like a collection of little pieces from something larger that just never happens."

Rumor: Witcher 3 Director Now Design Director On Cyberpunk 2077

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Rumor: Witcher 3 Director Now Design Director On Cyberpunk 2077

It looks like Konrad Tomaszkiewicz, director of The Witcher 3 and its expansions, is now the design director for Cyberpunk 2077 and has also become developer CD Projekt Red's vice president of game development, according to a recent LinkedIn profile update.

Tomaszkiewicz looks to have updated his LinkedIn profile to say that, as of February of this year, he is "CD Projekt Red’s Vice President of Game Development / Design Director - Cyberpunk 2077." Previously, he was simply listed as the game director for The Witcher 3's Blood and Wine expansion.

The update comes in the wake of news that the game's former creative director, Sebastian Stępień, has seemingly left the company to work at Blizzard instead.  Considering the technical difference in titles involved it's hard know for sure how this will impact the development of the game, this could point toward whatever changes took place internally after Stępień left now being official.

This Website Lets You Explore The Worlds Of Several Games Through Your Browser

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This Website Lets You Explore The Worlds Of Several Games Through Your Browser

If you've ever wanted a faster, more efficient way of exploring the world of some of your favorite games, there's a website for that now.

Noclip.website is a model viewer for the iconic locations of some of the most popular games out there, created by Jasper St. Pierre as an open-source Github project. You of course can't play any of the games on the site, but if you're the kind of person who likes to spend hours pouring over some of your favorite video game locales, it's probably the best, simplest way to do that right now. The models are identical to their in-game ones (though the lighting is different on a few of them), and you can hop around different locations pretty quickly. While in-game characters are missing in some scenes, the ones who are there animate, making this more than a simple still-shot of these locations.

First 4 Figures Mario And Yoshi Statue Looks Sleek, Will Probably Be Expensive

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First 4 Figures Mario And Yoshi Statue Looks Sleek, Will Probably Be Expensive

Collectible statue-maker First 4 Figures has announced its latest high-value product, and it's a little surprising they haven't gotten around to them by now.

The company announced that pre-orders for the company's latest statue, which features Mario riding Yoshi (Mushroom Kingdom background likely not included) will launch next Friday, March 8, after the conclusion of a Q&A stream going over the details of the figure, which has been apparently been in the works as far back as 2015.

The company only has one other Mario series statue in its catalog, a large and lovingly detailed rendition of Bowser, that retails for about $700. Considering the First 4 Figures is hyping up the figure as a collectible to top that particular figure as "the unofficial ultimate F4F showpiece," you can probably expect it to sell for a similarly heft price.

Listen To Devil May Cry 5's Main Theme, 'Legacy,' Right Here

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Listen To Devil May Cry 5's Main Theme, 'Legacy,' Right Here

The final, spoilerific trailer for Devil May Cry 5 also included an original song to go with it. If you're interested in hearing that song but don't want to get spoiled, you can do that exclusively on this very web page!

The song, titled "Legacy," is the main theme for Devil May Cry 5, composed by Kota Suzuki (a longtime Capcom composer) and sung by Ali Edwards, who, along with having done the vocals on the DMC5 song "Devil Trigger," has also done vocals for songs from Killer Instinct and the recent Doom reboot. You can listen to the official short version of the song in its entirety below.

Devil May Cry is out on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC March 8.

Detective Pikachu Concept Artist's Take On Sobble Is Equal Parts Creepy, Adorable

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Detective Pikachu Concept Artist's Take On Sobble Is Equal Parts Creepy, Adorable

As one of the recently-announced starters for Pokémon Sword and Shield, Sobble is already garnering a large group of adoring fans. It looks like one of those fans is RJ Palmer, a concept artist working on the Detective Pikachu film. Palmer's taken his skill at creating realistic renderings of Pokémon and applied it to the tiny water-lizard.

You can find the full rendering on Palmer's DeviantArt page. The rendering looks fairly accurate to both Sobble and, well, actual lizards. I'm a little bothered by its enormous eyes, though; I know lizards tend to have fairly large, bulging eyes relative to their heads, but something about the mix of that structure and the more human-looking eyes is a bit weird. It looks like it knows my darkest secret, and I'm not comfortable with that.

To see more of Palmer's Pokémon-related work, check out his renditions of Ninetails and Vaporeon, Mewtwo, Tyrantrum, and more on his Instagram.

What To Watch This Weekend: Counter-Strike, Overwatch, And Hearthstone

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What To Watch This Weekend: Counter-Strike, Overwatch, And Hearthstone

You'd think that by early March the snow would be showing signs of abating, but not this year. But neither are competitive tournaments, so it's a give-and-take. Anyway, on to the events!

No more Swiss rounds - we're in the playoffs of the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive IEM tournament now. Four teams remain to see which will reign supreme in Katowice and walk away with the $500,000 prize. (Stream / Schedule)

Well, the Shanghai Dragons finally won a game, so I can't jab 'em for not having won a game anymore. But that doesn't mean you should stop watching; we've officially entered underdog territory, right? Right? (Stream / Schedule)

Nintendo Releases Stats About Their Employment

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Nintendo Releases Stats About Their Employment

In a recent recruitment page update released by Nintendo and translated by Niko Partners analyst Daniel Ahmad, Nintendo shared some demographics for employees on the Japanese side of Nintendo. This doesn't include, say, Nintendo Software Technologies in Redmond, any of Nintendo of America, Retro Game Studios, etc. Still, it's an interesting look into who makes up Nintendo.

Not sure if new info but noticed this after the update on the Nintendo (NCL) recruitment page. Stats for Japan only-
No of Employees - 2,271
Avg age - 38.6
Avg length of employment - 13.5 yrs
Avg work day - 7hrs, 45mins
Avg annual salary - $80,000https://t.co/e0qKxJzqAK pic.twitter.com/Z0LTFEQ6I4

The average length of employment being 13.5 years is absolutely astonishing from a western perspective, and it's slightly ahead of Japan's national average. It's also nice to see that Nintendo's average work day is under eight hours rather than the crunch-centric idea of working far above it.