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Pessimism trumps optimism. Is anyone surprised

By on October 26, 2010

In the last month, I have written two posts about games businesses. One was pretty downbeat, the other upbeat. Both were republished on Kotaku and linked to from Rock Paper Shotgun.

So which do you think generated more traffic?

I think you know the answer.

Kotaku shows a similar result (although this is not a great comparator. They only show total views, which means that the first post has several weeks’ headstart, and it was linked to from the subsequent post.)

  • Doomed on Kotaku: 99,407 views, 618 comments
  • Blessed on Kotaku: 35,892 views, 355 comments

So there you have it. Bad news is at least twice as popular as good news.

But I think we knew that.

About Nicholas Lovell

Nicholas is the founder of Gamesbrief, a blog dedicated to the business of games. It aims to be informative, authoritative and above all helpful to developers grappling with business strategy. He is the author of a growing list of books about making money in the games industry and other digital media, including How to Publish a Game and Design Rules for Free-to-Play Games, and Penguin-published title The Curve: