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I noticed AAA singleplayer games are not quite popular in Russia.

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As a russian I want to share with you my experience. I don't know what yours kids are playing. Maybe they play Mario Kart or Zelda Breath of the Wild. But in my country I noticed some things about our gaming culture.

First of all, AAA games are niche thing in my country. They are popular only among mature gamers who played games in 90s or early 2000s in their childhoods. Russian zoomers, instead, prefer these types of games:

  • Mobiles like Brawl Stars
  • Multiplayer games with low system requirements like Fortnite and Valorant.
  • Indie games which are hyped by youtubers (Undertale, Bendy and the Ink Machine, Cuphead)

I think this is because in Russia doesn't care about gaming seriously. We have some sort of russian gaming industry in 2000s. We released some really good games like S.T.A.L.K.E.R. and Heroes of Might and Magic 5. But what's now? Nobody want to make a AAA gaming. Russian gaming industry is fully switched to mobiles and indies. In contrast to us, chinese are now switching from mobile market to AAA console market (Genshin Impact, Bright Memory and Black Myth are examples). Some developers are working at oursource with foreign companies like Ubisoft.

Also nobody is advertising good AAA games in Russia. I heard that Genshin Impact was goodly advertised in germany and many western countries. In Russia young players knows games because someone on YouTube playing it.


I should to mention that games on consoles are too expensive for Russian auditory. So this is why PC is still superior in our country. But how about PC parts like videocards? They are really expensive. And because Russia is conservative country, many people see videogames as something horrible like "THEY CAUSE VIOLENCE". And young gamers' parents don't like videogames. So, young gamers (teenagers, kids, students) can't afford singleplayer AAA games.

I heard that some countries are having more difficult situations. Take for example Argentina, where people are poorer. Even russians use this country's prices in Steam to buy games cheaper. And we have a well developed piracy. Also I heard Australia, despite being one of richest and well-developed countries, is not good place for gaming because of moral guardians.

In Russia many people don't know about Kingdom Hearts or The Legend of Zelda franchises. So yeah, being a russian gamer is not a very good thing.

In contrast to gaming, anime, being also a niche thing, is more popular in Russia. I'm talking seriously. I noticed that young people know at least more than 10 titles. Anime becomed much popular in Russia than in 2000s. Most of young people in Russia are weebs.

What's about your opinion? Maybe you have some difficulties like this?

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