It’s one of the odd phenomena seemingly exclusive to video game fandom that some people really do care. Sales figures are used as self-validation for those that have picked the most popular side, and there’s no shortage of morbid mobs prematurely ringing the death knell for struggling hardware. The strangely partisan behaviour of players who pledge blind allegiance to corporations is a matter for another day, though
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Out of that mystery – of why and how it has achieved what it has – comes rumour and innuendo. The suggestion that Nguyen gamed the App Store by using bots to artificially boost its chart position seem to have sprung from nowhere, and remains entirely unsubstantiated. Rumours of legal threats from Nintendo are similarly unfounded, another product of a need to try and understand this odd phenomenon.
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