Who's In The Money?
Posted on Wednesday, January 18 @ 17:45:20 Eastern by dUKEThe list of best selling games of 2005 was just released, and there are certainly a couple of surprises in there. Bet you can't guess them all before you click on the title...
Yesterday the NPD Group (yes, I know you've never heard of them, but they're the people who measure stuff like this) dropped one of their yearly industry-busting bombs. PC gaming took yet another hit in 2005, depending on how you count it.
If you look at in-store sales, they fell 19% in 2005. Ouch. But that's not the whole story. Gamers are increasingly downloading and virtually buying their games through a number of different channels, such as the Steam virus.
Also the massed forces of geekdom are increasingly playing those tantalizingly addictive massively multiplayer games, playing them longer than ever before, and spending their game dollars on monthly subscriptions. So next year they're going to change the whole way they add up the figures to try and more accurately reflect the evolution of PC gaming. Future, we salute you!
Where was I? Oh yeah, the big winners in 2005 are...
Annual 2005 Top 10 PC Game Titles, Ranked by Units Sold Average Price Title Publisher Intro. Jan-Dec 2005 Date World Of Warcraft Vivendi Universal Nov-04 $47 The Sims 2: University Electronic Arts Feb-05 $33 Expansion Pack The Sims 2 Electronic Arts Sep-04 $45 Guild Wars Ncsoft Apr-05 $48 Roller Coaster Tycoon 3 Atari Oct-04 $30 Battlefield 2 Electronic Arts Jun-05 $48 The Sims 2 Nightlife Electronic Arts Sep-05 $32 Expansion Pack MS Age Of Empires III Microsoft Oct-05 $47 The Sims Deluxe Electronic Arts Sep-02 $19 Call Of Duty 2 Activision Oct-05 $46Blizzard continues to reap their just rewards, and will soon have to annouce that they are the world's wealthiest company. The Sims have clearly become absorbed into the Borg. There's nothing we can do. Resistance is futile. Guild Wars is a nice surprise, while Roller Coaster Tycoon 3 is a weird surprise. Battlefield 2 is no surprise whatsoever. Age of Empires III and Call of Duty 2? We coupld have predicted that. Lots of sequels packing the chart last year, that's also par for the course.
One interesting thing I notice is that not even one of the top selling games of 2005 is rated "M" for mature. Anti-video game politicians take note: it's not about the violence, it's about the games. This country has some real problems you know, not just ones that you made up. Why don't you get on that? Once you're done with that, we'll help you get that epic armor set.
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