Rock, Paper, Shotgun records 2.1 million UB in March

Wednesday, 9th May 2012 12:40 GMT By Patrick Garratt

PC blog Rock, Paper, Shotgun has announced an ABC audit readership figure of 2.15 million unique browsers in March 2012.

Verified in an independent audit by ABC, the number was said by the site today to be a record.

“This figure validates our long-held belief that there is a huge, dedicated audience for news and original writing about PC gaming,” says co-director Jim Rossignol.

“We also believe that audience is growing. Increasing interest in the format demonstrates the strength of the PC as a platform, with a growing number of developers and publishers catering to a myriad of gaming tastes.”

ABC audited RPS at 2,155,355 unique browsers and 14,493,975 page impressions for the month.

“We have reason to be especially pleased with these numbers,” explains co-director John Walker. “They were reached organically, without employing SEO tricks or link baiting. Rather we set out with a mission to try to be incredibly good. It’s rewarding and validating to know that big numbers can be reached purely through good content.”

Disclaimer: Both VG247 and Rock, Paper, Shotgun are affiliated to the Eurogamer Network.



  1. BULArmy

    RPS is the one of the best places for video games reviews, articles and interviews. BUT even though the community and writers most of the time are really witty and nice, there is so much elitism sometimes(from both writers and readers)I really get mad. I also love my PC, but there are some users with so narrow-minded opinions.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. DSB

    I really don’t think they’re witty at all. Making the most obvious pun in the world every single time you can is really the opposite of wit. It just makes them look like a has-beens who try to force the funny instead of offering quality reporting or their honest opinion, inane bullshit excluded.

    I actually think VG247 has a lot more wit, purely for the fact that every post isn’t meant to be a collection of tired, worn out jokes. So when they do fit in a funny line or picture, it actually counts for something.

    I’m sorry to see Nathan Grayson over there. What a waste of a great writer.

    It is kinda terrible, because they’re seemingly blessed with access that no one else has, and they are pretty good at keeping up on smaller games. But reading a lot of their articles just makes me throw up in my mouth a bit.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. abbe

    Wow, so much bile and hate in one post.
    I know some people dont like puns, but damn.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. DSB

    I don’t mind puns. I mind bad puns.

    I know some people are sensitive to opinions, but damn.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. TheWulf

    I prefer VG24/7 myself.

    The thing is is is that talk of the elitism is true. I got sick of it. I recognise that games made for console hardware are more limited than games made for PC hardware, but I don’t openly mock console owners for it. It’s ridiculous and puerile, and it harks back to the whole Mega Drive vs SNES vs Amiga nonsense that went on.

    I got myself banned from RPS. How? I spoke up against Alec Meer and his fans about their console-owner mockery. I knew that I’d been getting under Meer’s skin by being against that. Want an example? There was one game named CreaVures which was by a small time indie dev that needed attention. I mailed RPS politely informing them about this.

    The next day Alec runs an article which is subtitled ‘Not CreaVures.’ The man is off his nut. I mean, sure, that’s funny but it completely lacks any sense of credibility or professionalism. To not do a news article about something JUST to get at the person who sent it in? How incredibly fucking immature and childish can you get?

    I know some people will think I’m making this up, so… – Note the article title and the person who submitted it.

    Furthermore, when Nekro ran a campaign to try and get major news sites to look at their game via having users mail them about it, the only site that responded professionally and without courtesy was RPS, and again I’m sure this is thanks to Meer. He basically told them to ‘call off their minions.’ Yes, this is funny, I’ll admit. But sometimes you need to stow humour in favour of professionalism.

    Often, Alec Meer’s humour portrays a man who has a nasty case of general misanthropy and a bloody humongous inferiority complex to boot. He’s really neurotic and not the sort of person you want writing articles for you. Honestly? He’s brought down RPS just be being such an incredibly massive prick.

    On the flipside, you have John Walker, who is pretty much really the only good thing that’s ever happened to RPS. He writes intelligent articles and usually avoids the low-brow puns. His opinions are often spot on, and unlike neurotic Meer, Mr. Walker can actually take criticism. Example being that there was one game we disagreed on, and he was man enough to accept the difference in opinion.

    In fact, he was really good about it, because he was able to see my point of view. If RPS was ALL John Walker, it’d be a hell of a better site. To be honest, he’s their star, their only star. He’d do better if he got the fuck out of there and started his own thing up, because Walker is–I believe–currently the only reason any sane person visits RPS.

    But yeah, the ‘Not CreaVures’ article proved to me that Meer was completely off his fucking rocker. By comparison, VG24/7 has shown much more professionalism in how they act. As do most sites, really.

    #5 3 years ago
  6. DSB

    John Walker can take criticism? Really? That guy throws the biggest hissyfits on the internet.

    I remember how he used to bombard RamRaider with posts every time his name came up. It never failed. If it wasn’t because Stuart Campbell would quite easily throttle him in a fight, he’d have the biggest ego in games writing.

    And then there’s this slightly uncomfortable article:

    The guy is fundamentally unstable, and in spite of talking a good game about writing and reporting, he’s not very good at either. He prefers to play the demagogue or the emotional pornographer speaking to peoples fears instead of their intelligence, using paranoia instead of research.

    Like the hatchet job he did on Steam, valiantly defending the guy who got his account suspended.

    Stuff like this:

    “It’s also worth noting that had Valve not chosen to get back to gimperial, which only happened after we’d contacted them (although of course this could be a pure coincidence)”

    .. is really up there with the most cuntish writers I’ve ever seen. It takes a special sort of Fox News style asshole to “insinuate” that he twisted the arm of a company, without any sort of proof beyond a well fed ego.

    It’s the classic “I’m not saying Obama is Hitler…. BUT…” which in my opinion is really the slimiest trick in the book, next to “unnamed sources” or “some say”, when you know you’re making shit up.

    I really can’t think of a games writer I respect less, even if the RPS line-up are a bunch of mooks (Nathan excluded).

    The only person that could really carry a blog on that site was Kieron Gillen, and even then I still think you’re dealing with an ego that’s too big to be writing for other people.

    You know, I didn’t think I hated those guys, but I guess I do have a sizeable chip on my shoulder. It’s annoying seeing people pronounce themselves the greatest constantly, the heirs to the Old Man Murray throne, while pretty much proving on a daily basis that they’re neither :P

    #6 3 years ago
  7. StolenGlory

    I’ll be completely honest; I haven’t read an RPS article in my life.

    Any outlet that gets DSB’s ire to such epic proportions however, is surely worth a read :)

    #7 3 years ago
  8. DSB

    Touché :(

    #8 3 years ago
  9. BULArmy

    Ok, even I, who thinks RPS is one of the best places on teh interwebz have to agree on some points with DSB. All the people who write on the site have huge ego problems, can’t take criticism and thinks they know the best, but almost any site have at lest one of that kind.

    But RPS for me is absolute gold in the info department. Their reviews(Wot I Think) are some of the best and most informative in my view and I agree for the most time with them. Also huge amount of interviews, in the last two days 3 posted.(Xenonauts, Game of Thrones RPG and Crusader Knights 2) Also huge amount of indie coverage and good place for PC only info for games.(mostly in the interview articles)

    #9 3 years ago

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