Part of our job as editors at GameStar.de is, of course, to keep you up to date with the latest and most important developments relating to PC games – and that’s why news articles on current events will also make up a large part of our inventory in 2021.
Fun Fact: Over 2,400 pieces were created during the year!
Now 2021 is drawing to a close and we would like to take the opportunity to review the five most-read news of the year again: Which news captivated GameStar readers the most? We sort these top 5 in ascending order according to the number of visits.
What is news anyway?
The term “news” regularly divides readers’ opinions. While some understand this to be just short articles about announcements or updates, we at GameStar.de take the term a little wider and also report in news about exciters from the community, mod or fan projects, trends or curious gadgets. We have already explained how we work in detail in an episode of GameStar TV:
»There is no golden rule for our news« – How is the news on GameStar created?
5th place: Skyrim mastered without taking a step
The fact that news about Skyrim can still fascinate thousands of readers in 2021 speaks volumes! This time the story of Youtuber ymfah in particular caught the attention of many readers because he had played through the role-playing game without taking a single normal step in the game – and became absurdly powerful in the process:
Played through Skyrim without taking a step
Such particularly creative walkthroughs are often exciting, here shooter headshots with Donkey Kong drums are distributed, there soul likes are played through with banana controllers. Skyrim is and will remain a very special long-runner ten years after its release, which is proven by countless mods, new editions and, last but not least, the still surprisingly high number of players. Until The Elder Scrolls 6 comes out, there will probably continue to be exciting news about Skyrim!
4th place: We wish we had never seen Choo-Choo Charles
Although we explicitly warn in the news not to Choo-Choo Charles At all, people clicked en masse on an article in October about this terrible hybrid of train and spider. The idea for the article arose in the editorial offtopic chat when several editors reacted with a horrified “I wish I had never seen this” to a video by Choo-Choo Charles:
New survival horror game
“I wish I had never seen this”
Ultimately, it was decided to share the collective horror with our readers – although the horror genre is usually anything but a guarantee for high traffic figures. No sooner said than done, and in no time at all, the unholy mix of “Thomas, the little locomotive”, a grinning grimace and spider arms became a crowd puller. By the way, the game should be released in early 2022.
3rd place: A Valheim excursion to the end of the world
The hype surrounding Valheim knew hardly any boundaries when the survival game went into Early Access in February. Suddenly the inconspicuous indie title was on everyone’s lips and players all over the world experienced the most adventurous stories in the huge open world. For example, a Youtuber who was one of the first to sail to the edge of the game world in a self-built boat and made an ugly discovery there:
Vikings on the move
Valheim player sails to the edge of the world – and immediately regrets it
Valheim may not (yet) have a story, NPCs or quests, but it is precisely this kind of personal story, which happens more or less randomly on the servers, that makes it so fascinating. The big rush to Valheim has now significantly flattened out, because the small Iron Gate developer studio couldn’t add new content as quickly as fans would have liked.
Nevertheless, the Viking adventure is permanently in the Steam Top 100 according to player numbers and will probably not disappear from there any longer.
2nd place: Epic’s big shooter surprise with Metro: Last Light
Free games are never wrong. But when Epic performed a surprising stunt in January, GameStar readers literally rushed to our news about the free promotion. Because suddenly there was not only the previously announced role-playing game For the King for free, but also the celebrated first-person shooter Metro: Last Light in the improved Redux version. This Thursday was definitely tough:
Metro Last Light gratis
Epic surprises with a shooter gift
Since top-class single-player shooters are not available for free on every corner, the news shot through the roof. After all, Last Light relies on the strengths of its grandiose predecessor Metro 2033 and delivers a dense atmosphere, exciting characters and brutal shootings and belongs (like the rest of the Metro trilogy) in every serious shooter collection.
1st place: Played with the wrong graphics card for far too long
No news captivated the readers in 2021 as much as the drama about the Reddit user who gambled with the wrong graphics card – and that for over 3,000 hours! Instead of his Geforce GTX 1050 Ti, the much weaker processor GPU took over the work and that ensured poor performance. How the error came about and how you can avoid it yourself is summarized here by Nils:
Salvation after four years
The player is playing 3,000 hours with the wrong GPU
The fatal hardware error mainly shows how quickly small mistakes can occur in the planning, construction and connection of PCs, which sooner or later have fatal consequences. One reason for the huge interest in the news: Such errors often sound extremely familiar! Lots Users have had similar experiences and share their experiences in the comments. “For years I gambled with RAM in non-dual channels and I only noticed it after 4 years,” writes one user.
Another comments: “A long time ago I put together my first self-made PC. I just started without prior knowledge or instructions and screwed the mainboard into the case without spacers. When it started to spark when I started it for the first time, I pulled the plug and realized that I had forgotten something. “
Would you like to look back on the year at GameStar even more? No problem: We’ll take you deeper into our statistical evaluations from 2021 and reveal more about the most-read articles on GameStar Plus in an extra article!