Tuesday, April 10, 2012

The Digital Dozen: 10 April 2012

The rankings of the top twelve MMORPGs as determined by the players of the Xfire community from play on Sunday, 8 April 2012.  For more details about the methodology, click here.

Rank Prev Week Game ScoreHours Played
11World of Warcraft 59.2 107,755
22Star Wars: The Old Republic13.825,045
44Eve Online 3.66,619
56Lord of the Rings Online2.64,798
65Guild Wars2.44,411
77Metin 22.44,406
99Need For Speed World1.83,360
1010Star Trek Online1.62,896
1112Maple Story1.52,749
Total MMORPG hours played Sunday: 241,062

An Extra Hour:  One of the criticisms of using Xfire to gauge the popularity of MMORPGs is that the numbers can be unreliable.  That is a major reason I came up with a scoring system of my own.  This week is clearly one of those weeks in which the Xfire numbers look funny.  This week the number of hours played jumped 20.6% from last week.  While I don't record the number, a closer look at the games numbers indicates that the average times for a game player jumped one hour.  I expect to see a decline of 20% next week.

Data Now Available:  The data I have collected for this column is now available as a Google document, assuming that I have set everything up correctly.  Click here to see the data.

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