Every month or so, we hear from Raptr
publicists that such-and-such a game is now ranked number one on that platform and 80 bajillion people total are gaming while logged into said tracking service. And at least once a week, commenters will inform us that one MMO or another is pure fail because its Raptr numbers have trailed off, which is usually followed up with a "shut up; no one uses Raptr" or something similar.
I'm not saying social media is useless; I know it's a factor in predicting market penetration and even Kickstarter success
. But I do have to wonder: Who the heck actually does
use Raptr and Xfire? Do you? Do you know anyone who does? Is this a thing MMO players avoid because they can already spam their achievements inside games or using Twitter plugins? Do you use them to tell you how much you really play games
? How useful do you think these platforms' data are in discussions about MMO numbers?
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