Tuesday, March 6, 2012

The Digital Dozen: 6 March 2012

The rankings of the top twelve MMORPGs as determined by the players of the Xfire community from play on Sunday, 4 March 2012.  For more details about the methodology, click here.



Rank Prev Week Game ScoreHours Played
11World of Warcraft 52.9 75,995
22Star Wars: The Old Republic19.728,337
36Aion5.57,932
44Eve Online 3.44,922
53Guild Wars3.14,426
65Lord of the Rings Online2.84,021
77Star Trek Online2.83,972
88Metin 22.33,276
99APB: Reloaded2.02,918
1012Rift2.02,859
1110Need For Speed World1.82,605
12NRVindictus1.62,282
 
Total MMORPG hours played Sunday: 193,371

The Rise of Aion - As expected, the free-to-play launch of Aion in the West saw a huge spike in play that seemed to see declines in most other MMOs as players tried out the Korean export.  Aion saw an 84% week over week increase on Xfire.  As Aion was a strong property even before the switch to F2P, I expect the increased popularity of Aion to continue for a long time, probably keeping the game comfortably ahead of the #4 game Eve Online.
 
Maple Story falls out of The Digital Dozen - The free-fall that Maple Story began with its server and software upgrade issue back in January continued last week.  In a week that saw overall play of MMORPGs increase of 2.9%, Maple Story saw a drop of 26.5%.  In its place rose the free-to-play fantasy game Vindictus published by Nexon.  I expect a lot of volatility at the bottom of The Digital Dozen with the fall of Maple Story.

Invoking the Bot Rule - I originally planned to just post the top twelve played MMORPGs in The Digital Dozen.  But the case of Supreme Destiny raises the question of what is considered "playing the game?"  According to the Xfire rankings, Supreme Destiny ranked #11 among MMORPGs, but a look inside the numbers shows that the average player in Supreme Destiny played for 16 hours on Sunday.  All the other games ranged from 1.7 to 5.6 hours played.  That indicates that there are either mechanics in the game that require players to just stay logged in, that botting is rampant in Supreme Destiny, or that the Xfire interface with the game is bugged.  As such, the game will not be listed.

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