Byte vs Brick, Week Ending Nov 20, 2041

Brick vs Byte usually concerns the top ten best-selling games on Steam vs the top ten best-selling games at UK retail over the last week, but as both charts are barely changed from last week and frankly that’s no fun whatsoever to read about, we instead contacted our Future Industry Analyst Dr Ian “Ian” McGuess to provide an accurate look at what he’d expect said charts to look like thirty years hence. Here’s what his spreadsheets came up with.


1. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare: Battlefield: FIFA: Theme Park 4

Dr Ian notes: by this point, Activision will have bought out EA, but their only use of its properties was as a snarky way to avoid an increasingly ludicrous number appearing at the end of its Call of Duty games’ names. The COD series has continued to be rebooted every few years, with a new subtitle added every time. Fans generally agree it’s all been downhill since Call of Duty: Black Ops: Medal of Honor: Dungeon Keeper 3, however.

2. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Dr Ian notes: with Bethesda finally releasing the first patch for the classic roleplaying game, a mere 30 years after release, it’s shot back into the charts. They still haven’t added a menu option for self-shadowing, however.

3. Anno 2011

Dr Ian notes: Pundits praise the newest anno for its accurate representation of the worldwide financial collapse on November 22, 2011.

4. Half-Life 3

Dr Ian notes: hahahahahahahahahaahahhaaaaaargh.

5. Football Manager 2042

Dr Ian notes: in 2038, Rock, Paper, Shotgun finally stopped making the ‘foot-to-ball’ gag.

6. Uncharted 19: Press A Button

Dr Ian notes: with the collapse of the console industry in 2021, most of those platforms’ major brands came to PC. It was around about Uncharted 14 that the developers admitted their players just wanted to watch explosions while a man said pithy things.

7. System Shock 3

Dr Ian notes: rights to Shock passed back to Irrational in 2040, when Ken Levine and Bobby Kotick had a fist fight over ownership of it on top of Ben Nevis. Levine won, but all that’s left of him is a single staring eye, now embedded in a golden throne.

8. Angry Birds 3: It’s Christmas Time Again, Again

9. Angry Birds 3: Instant 100% Completion DLC

10. Angry Birds 3: Instant 101% Completion DLC

UK retail:

1. The Sims 6
2. The Sims 6: Date Night!!!!!!!111Lol
3. The Sims 6: Pets: Dogs Edition
4. The Sims 6: Pets: Cats Edition
5. The Sims 6: Pets: Dogs Edition: Poodle Pack
6. The Sims 6: Pets: Hamster With Liver Failure Edition
7. The Sims 6: Tesco Adventures!
8. The Sims 6: Ultimate Edition
9. The Sims 6: Ultimate Edition (Complete Edition)
10.The Sims 3: Generations


  1. Dom_01 says:

    I love RPS for “news-items” like these.

    • SiHy_ says:

      I’m holding out for Uncharted 20: Press Any Button (Or Don’t If You Don’t Want To, It Doesn’t Make Any Difference)

      EDIT: Oops, not really meant to be a reply.

  2. Jumwa says:

    I bet that Sims 6: Ultimate Edition (Complete Edition) runs you a pretty future-dollar. Probably have to mortgage off your last remaining kidney for it.

  3. sneetch says:

    All hail Levine, Emperor of Mankind!

  4. Inigo says:

    This article makes me miss Dr Kitts of N64 Magazine fame.

  5. apocraphyn says:

    Does make you wonder why a Sims 3 expansion pack is still in the top 10 for retail, though.

    No doubt there’s still a faction of people out there who claim that “SIMS 3 IS THE BEST SIMS GAME” in 2041.

    Quite a large faction, to get into the top 10… The Sims Wars were long and harsh…

    • Kandon Arc says:

      And characterised by the widespread use of cruel and unusual death traps no doubt.

  6. Teronfel says:

    “the sims 3 genarations” lol

  7. Kandon Arc says:

    This article is ridiculous.

    “in 2038, Rock, Paper, Shotgun finally stopped making the ‘foot-to-ball’ gag.”

    Other predictions are reasonable but RPS will never stop making the foot-to-ball gag.

    • limboing_leper says:

      They better not, that’s the only reason I visit the site.

  8. cptgone says:

    “Earth Simulator” will sell pretty well on Mars. it will help humanity’s economy recover from the bodybags sale bust.

  9. man-eater chimp says:

    Football Manager 2042 will be a classic.

  10. jezcentral says:

    Call of Duty: Modern Warfare: Battlefield: FIFA: The Old Republic: Witcher 3 will be better.

  11. Gnoupi says:

    This article is ridiculous. In 2041, there won’t be any PC games. PC Gaming will be dead since 2012.

  12. Synesthesia says:

    man, the hahahahahahahahahaahahhaaaaaargh bit never gets old.

  13. Shazbut says:

    Is Bobby Kotick’s life all that is standing in the way of System Shock 3?

  14. Ryn Taylor says:

    The Sims 6: Pets: Hamster With Liver Failure Edition was a great game and the Complete Collector’s Edition is worth the price, as it comes with, among other things, a carbon fiber hamster liver replica and the ability to give yourself liver failure was well to really get into the game.

    However, you should splurge for the Uber Ultimate Collection if you can afford it as it comes with the medication as well.

  15. inteuniso says:

    2011 doesn’t add up to 9 arglebargle.

    that being said, Anno 2016 works just fine.