News Pornhub traffic drops with Fallout 4; 30% Internet traffic is porn

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  1. MilkyDischarge

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    Pornhub Says Its Gaming Audience Dropped 10% The Day 'Fallout 4' Came Out
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    Let’s do it like Deathclaws. Image via Bethesda.

    Monitoring Internet traffic has become a way of reading the tea leaves of modernity, something that captures the seismographic yearnings of modernity. Research firm SimilarWeb reports Bernie Sanders’ website gets more traffic than all other candidates combined, yet he still trails Hilary Clinton in polls by more than 20 points. Following the last Republican primary debate, Marco Rubio won headlines with a 40% increase in traffic to his website despite trailing far behind Donald Trump and Ben Carson. Seven of the top 10 most viewed stories at ESPN.com were related to fantasy sports, signaling, if not a decline in professional sports, a restless boredom with the idea of simply watching it.

    Earlier this week, PornHub announced a 10% drop in traffic among videogame fans the day Fallout 4 was released. Using anonymous user affinity profiles from Google GOOGL -2.30% analytics, the site saw the biggest drop between 6AM and Noon, and then again between 6PM and 10PM, hours it assumed most people were just beginning their trips into the wasteland.

    Videogames have long been associated with porn. In 2007, Kotaku‘s Stephen Totilo predicted a future in which games would eventually lose their shameful cultural baggage, with people feeling “less like they’re buying tobacco or porn when they buy Grand Theft Auto.” Writing for Newsweek in 2008, former Eidos president Keith Boesky made a similar argument, suggesting that having a home filled with games and consoles was as embarrassing as having a big library of porn. “We must define our medium before someone else does it for us,” he wrote. “…Because the world is not going to one day wake up and proclaim that games have more value than porn.”

    We could love games only so long as we still accept a certain amount of shame about their most pleasurable qualities, and turn instead to the safely depersonalized critique to appreciate them. Severing the association between games and erotics became an imperative.

    Ironically, porn has long been one of the single most ubiquitous creative forms in our culture. A report from ExtremeTech estimates as much as 30% of the data transferred over the Internet in any given day is porn. MindGeek, owner of eight of the 10 biggest porn sites, occupies more bandwidth than Amazon, Twitter, or Facebook, according to Slate. A 2009 study at University of Montreal of men in their 20s who’d never seen porn ended when researchers couldn’t find any men in their 20s who hadn’t watched at least some porn.

    Given this omnipresence, perhaps instead of trying to save videogames from porn it might make more sense to use our deepening understanding of games as a way to further destigmatize porn. Like games, porn depends on creative interplay between two people. It’s a celebration of improvisation and experimentation, its participants making themselves more potentially vulnerable in the hopes of creating something new and pleasurable through their encounter.

    After decades of creative experiment, criticism, and industrial expansion, videogames have won their cultural respectability, and it’s worth thinking about which other creative forms were easiest to throw under the bus along the way. There’s there a link between porn and almost any consumer demographic, and it’s time to accept that comparing videogames to porn was always much more of a compliment than it was an insult.
     
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    I thought Fallout 4 was a movie.

    I'm not sure what the game is all about.

    I guess you walk around and shoot robots all day?
     
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    It's a post nuclear role playing game.
     
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