|Rank||Prev Week||Game||Score||Hours Played||+/- %|
|1||2||World of Warcraft||50.6||67,659||+100.2|
|2||1||Guild Wars 2||30.5||40,773||-20.8|
|3||3||Star Wars: The Old Republic||3.8||5,061||+2.2|
|7||7||Lord of the Rings Online||1.7||2,212||-9.3|
|9||9||Need For Speed World||1.2||1,555||-13.5|
|10||11||Star Trek Online||1.0||1,383||+9.7|
Pandamonium broke out Sunday as the Xfire community spent 18% more hours playing MMORPGs than the week before. The increase was led, unsurprisingly, by World of Warcraft whose Mists of Pandaria expansion led to a 100.2% increase in the number of hours spent playing the game over the previous Sunday. While percentage-wise Vindictus saw the biggest decrease in play (-22.6%), the big loser was Guild Wars 2 as the Xfire community spent 20.8% time less playing the game compared to the week before.
Tobold Wins! Apparently The Digital Dozen has attracted the attention of Tobold and his readers who are basing a bet on which game would be more popular, World of Warcraft or Guild Wars 2, on the listings here. For the Sunday following the launch of the game, that was a sucker bet. I'm beginning to wonder how much time Tobold spent in Jita when he played Eve Online. A more interesting bet would be to compare the games on 4 November. I still think that WoW will still have more hours played but I'm not sure of that conclusion.
A Genre Bucks The Trend. This week as many games lost players to WoW's new expansion, the science-fiction games all saw increases in playtime. Star Trek Online led in percentage terms (+9.7%) while Eve Online led in actual hours gained (233). Even Star Wars: The Old Republic saw a gain of 2.2%. I guess that shows that the EA/Bioware game has shed most of the players it is going to lose. Either that or players of sci-fi games hate pandas.
Mabinogi's First Appearance. The Korean-import Mabinogi makes its first appearance in The Digital Dozen this week. I first heard of the Nexon game from Massively.com's Beau Hindman back when he was podcasting. The game sounds interesting, with no class system and a death penalty that includes the loss of experience and possibly gear in PvE. Throw in the fact that the world is loosely based on Irish mythology and if I didn't have enough games to play I might give the game a try.