Yeah, I need some way to curate the ten thousand curators down to a couple.I just am amused by the fact that, going by the Curators listings, TotalBiscuit seems to be the most influential individual in PC gaming - more than three times the total of PC Gamer, the top professional magazine.
Of course, it's just Steam and not real influence, but it's still amusing to think about.
It's real influence, and the difference is larger than that if we talk about sales bumps after he posts about something. The only times we have ever seen sales spike noticeably when our games are written are talked about are from TotalBiscuit and Kotaku. All the other heavyweights are awesome, but don't cause sales spikes that we can see. They have a cumulative effect over time, and are certainly tastemakers, but TotalBiscuit and Kotaku are kinds of forces of nature in their own unique ways.
I'm sure there are other folks like that as well, but that's been our experience.
On the flip side, it was PC Gamer and Crispy Gamer that put Arcen on the map in the first place with AI War coverage, and Rock Paper Shotgun and Polygon and VG247 that really contributed to the meteoric rise of Valley 1 and Skyward Collapse when those games were fresh. And other sources, even the Dwarf Fortress forums and certainly Quarter To Three, have been ongoing steady sources of players.
One way to look at it is that TotalBiscuit and Kotaku are a short-term flood of sales, and then most everyone else is a longer-term stream.