GamesIndustry.biz has their hands on the latest data
from the Nielsen Company that tracks game usage from April to November this year. It isn't a big shocker that World of Warcraft
has the highest percentage of PC players in an average minute, as they are doing amazingly well by everyone's estimation
, but Nielsen was able to provide a figure on the average amount of hours played per week: just over 17.
This seems like a huge amount for the average. Obviously there is a large quantity of very heavy users that are skewing it that way, but it must mean that it's not uncommon for even the most casual players to sink in a few hours here and there. The closest competitor to WoW
for people playing in an average minute was The Sims
, and its average usage was 5 hours a week. Not even close.
It is worth noting that Runescape
comes in at third place for the PC, above Halo
and Halo 2
. Oh, and forget the big 3 in current-gen consoles -- the Playstation 2 is still where it's at, taking up 42 percent of all console-gaming time.