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COKTOE said:
Regarding the bonus 6 months: My supporter status still reads as expiring on Feb 23 2019, which is the date I signed up for silver last year. Is normal?

I'm adding them right now :)



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Machina said:
COKTOE said:
Regarding the bonus 6 months: My supporter status still reads as expiring on Feb 23 2019, which is the date I signed up for silver last year. Is normal?

I'm adding them right now :)

Ahhhh! Ok. Thanks for the quick update. Mine reads Aug 23 now.



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Wow. Truly a historic moment for the site. I always imagined something to this effect was coming, but I hoped it was still a few years off. I'll miss the retail estimates, if only because I like knowing how much is selling on the retail end of things. I hope we're still able to get a retail/digital breakdown from time to time. If only "official" charts are being uploaded, I guess that means we won't be getting ranked lists of the top 75 anymore? I mean I can't imagine you'll find official sales data for that many games, certainly not updated on a weekly basis. What will these official charts look like? Or do you just mean Media Create, NPD, and the like? Are there even official charts for all of Europe? And NPD is just US, so North American sales won't include Canada and Mexico anymore, yeah? And we just won't have data for "Rest of World" anymore, as there aren't official charts that I'm aware of tracking anything outside of Japan, Europe, or North America.

The end of an era...feels like we're heading into a dark age. I wish video game companies were more transparent with their sales data...



This is probably a wise decision for the reasons you lined out in your post. Just wanted to say thank you to the team who keeps the site running, the recent changes have really paid off in my opinion and made VGChartz a better experience and this should be another step in the right direction.



Finally!
With the amazing Game Data Base this site had getting revived and now it also archiving official sales data with no restriction to physical only estimates, VGChartz will become even more of an gaming history archiving tool than ever.
Thank you for all your work here guys.



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I understand the decision but it’ll definitely steer me away from the site, looking at the estimated numbers for all games—including smaller ones, was fun. Even though the numbers aren’t completely accurate.



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Update:

I've just finished the worldwide software chart for the week ending 29th December, 2018. It will go live on the main site in half an hour or so. It marks the last week of 2018 in chart terms and therefore it's the final retail software chart we'll produce!

 

Now, turning to the new system, as detailed in the OP:

- Pretty much everything detailed in the OP is up and running (huge thanks to @TalonMan for his work to add all that stuff to the site), though some stuff has changed slightly after experimenting with it while Talon was developing it. @Marth and I have been working to upload shipment data to the database for a little while now. Thus far we've added figures for 700+ titles, but that will be a mere fraction of what we want it to become and mainly covers exclusives for the time being.

- Which leads me to my next point. When it comes to displaying the data for multiplat titles we had a dilemma; since we only want to display shipments in future, how do we determine platform splits? Well, we can't, not without making some sweeping assumptions that basically would undermine our desire to becoming a factual resource. So what we've decided to do is display multiplatform titles as one on the leaderboard list(s).

I'll break down what we're currently planning to do with multiplats using an example. GTA V has shipped over 100 million - http://www.vgchartz.com/article/393395/grand-theft-auto-v-surpasses-100-million-units-shipped/ - but the split across its 5 platforms is unknown and we don't wish to guess it, for this or any other title. The current plan with be to have the 100 million figure show up on each individual game page in the db, but with the clear disclaimer that it's a 'Multiplatform Combined' total. This 'Multiplatform Combined' disclaimer will show up in red in the new shipment box and also on the search results. Additionally, while all five versions of the game will show in the search results, they will only ever take up one ranking position.

- However, all of that requires Talon to do a lot more work on the search engine pages and so it's not currently ready. That explains why for now Marth and I have only been adding shipments for exclusives and also why all of the changes haven't gone live just yet. Once Talon's finished the work on how multiplats end up displaying we'll be able to roll out the new system in full, retire all of the old systems but allow people to continue to access them as 'legacy' features if they so wish, and Marth and I will get busy adding data for thousands of multiplat titles.

 

I think that covers everything for now. It's kind of difficult to explain some of the changes without visual aids but I've given it my best shot above. If you have any questions though just ask.



End of an era. Those weekly charts are why I visited this site for over 10 years and why I signed up. I'll give the new system a chance before making a judgement.



Kerotan said:
End of an era. Those weekly charts are why I visited this site for over 10 years and why I signed up. I'll give the new system a chance before making a judgement.

Yeah, me too. Software and Hardware charts.

But I'm curious to see how this new system will work out.



I also not gonna lie that software charts were one of the main reasons I came into this site. Of course I will give it a chance to this new system. What I am afraid tho is that with this shipment system means that we will only get updates once in several months and only for a few games.