|Rank||Prev Week||Game||Score||Hours Played|
|1||1||World of Warcraft||59.2||107,755|
|2||2||Star Wars: The Old Republic||13.8||25,045|
|5||6||Lord of the Rings Online||2.6||4,798|
|9||9||Need For Speed World||1.8||3,360|
|10||10||Star Trek Online||1.6||2,896|
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.