Tuesday, October 2, 2012

The Digital Dozen: 2 October 2012

The rankings of the top twelve MMORPGs as determined by the players of the Xfire community from play on Sunday, 30 September 2012.  For more details about the methodology, click here.  Historical data can be found here.

Rank Prev Week Game ScoreHours Played +/- %
12World of Warcraft 50.6 67,659+100.2
21Guild Wars 230.540,773-20.8
33Star Wars: The Old Republic3.85,061+2.2
55Eve Online2.63,443+7.3
66Metin 22.43,161+7.9
77Lord of the Rings Online1.72,212-9.3
88APB: Reloaded1.52,022-5.1
99Need For Speed World1.21,555-13.5
1011Star Trek Online1.01,383+9.7
Total MMORPG hours played Sunday: 161,093
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.


  1. EverQuest and EverQuest 2 don't make the list? or Vanguard. Or those players just don't use xfire.

  2. Regarding Tobold's bet, perhaps Xfire isn't the best way to measure. Other data indicate that his is a pretty hollow victory so far, see Measuring MMO popularity with Google Trends.