|Rank||Prev Week||Game||Score||Hours Played||+/- %|
|1||1||World of Warcraft||60.7||12,557||-1.2|
|2||3||Guild Wars 2||7.8||1,604||+22.3|
|3||2||Star Wars: The Old Republic||7.4||1,537||+2.2|
|4||6||Final Fantasy XIV||4.8||984||+60.0|
|11||10||Lord of the Rings Online||1.4||299||-11.3|
Total Digital Dozen Hours: 20,684
Sunday saw the Xfire community spend a little extra time playing its favorite MMORPGs compared to the week before. The 3.6% increase in time logged into the games was lead by Final Fantasy XIV (+369 hours) while the gain was partially offset by World of Warcraft (-158 hours). Metin 2 fell back off the list after a one week stay, replaced by Maple Story.
Next week is the end. Today's post is the 151st edition of the Digital Dozen. Next week's year end review will be the final post. At the beginning of the year, I decided that if the lowest ranked game on the list didn't have 500 hours played at the end of the year, that I would end the column. Well, often times the 12th place game didn't even attract 200 hours of playtime. This week, only 7 of the 12 games exceeded 500 hours, and this week is a good week. With Xfire moving to concentrate on eSports, I don't have any expectation that the numbers will improve in 2015. Currently, the data provided by Xfire is somewhat useful. I am not convinced that will continue to hold true until the end of 2015.
The first list. Just to provide an example of how far the popularity of Xfire has fallen over the past 3 years, here is the first Digital Dozen list:
|1||World of Warcraft||49.8||88,221|
|2||Star Wars: The Old Republic||25.2||44,717|
Star Trek Online
|8||Lord of the Rings Online||2.5||4,465|
|9||Need For Speed World||2.0||3,559|
Total Digital Dozen Hours: 177,242
The number of hours recorded by the Xfire community playing the top 12 MMORPGs has declined by 88.3%. Of the games on the latest list, only World of Warcraft would have enough hours played to qualify for placement on the first list. Back in 2012, even the lowest ranked game on the list would have at least 600 people logging in on a Sunday. Now? Sometimes games on the list don't even have 50.
The most popular games. Looking back to the first post on 7 February 2012, only three games on that first list appeared in all 151 posts: World of Warcraft, Star Wars: The Old Republic, and EVE Online. Expanding on the concept, the Guild Wars franchise (Guild Wars and Guild Wars 2) also appeared in all 151 posts. Aion came close to matching the achievement, appearing 150 out of 151 weeks. As an honorable mention, Final Fantasy XIV appeared for all 69 weeks since early access opened at the end of August 2013. Unless a company is hit with a DDoS attack, all these games will appear on the final list next week.