Tuesday, August 21, 2012

The Digital Dozen: 21 August 2012

The rankings of the top twelve MMORPGs as determined by the players of the Xfire community from play on Sunday, 19 August 2012.  For more details about the methodology, click here.  Historical data can be found here.

Rank Prev Week Game ScoreHours Played
11World of Warcraft 58.0 49,698
22Star Wars: The Old Republic8.77,461
44Eve Online4.53,884
57Lord of the Rings Online3.63,061
610Guild Wars3.42,915
78The Secret World3.22,785
86APB: Reloaded3.02,606
95Metin 22.92,518
1011Need For Speed World2.21,912
119Maple Story2.21,897
1212Star Trek Online2.11,786
Total MMORPG hours played Sunday: 116,389

Last week was a bad week for playing MMORPGs in the Xfire community Sunday with the overall time playing games in the genre fell by 9.4% over the previous week.  Percentage wise the biggest gainers in time played were Guild Wars (+28.1%) and Aion (+9.9%).  In the games seeing losses World of Warcraft saw a bigger decrease in hours played (5,298) than any other MMORPG besides Star Wars: The Old Republic saw hours played.

The calm before the storm:  With Guild Wars 2 releasing on 28 August and Blizzard just announcing they are deploying the big pre-Mists of Pandaria patch on the same day, I wonder just how big an effect those two games will have on other games.  Was this week's drop just a long delayed summertime lull or are we seeing people drop their subs in favor of playing Guild Wars 2?

Another patch doesn't keep player interest:  One noticeable trend this summer is that a game releases a patch, players log in to check out the new content, then the next week all the players don't return.  Eve Online's saw all the gains seen last week wiped out as the CCP offering returned to the level of play seen on 5 August.


  1. Well done, I know I "could" jump between posts and compare them myself but it would be a lot easier if you add the column...
    May you add a column with the difference to last weekend in your table? (+/- XY Played Hours)

    Would be very nice.

  2. LOL... I would like to see a ratio of Hours Played / Total Players.

    Wonder how that would look? Do EVE Players spend more time in game than WOW Players?

    My guess is yes, but who knows...