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Posted: May 7th 2009 4:14PM (Unverified) said

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Number 3 blows my mind. WTF?

Posted: May 7th 2009 4:16PM Snow Leopard said

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Yeah, something's screwy here...
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Posted: May 7th 2009 4:17PM (Unverified) said

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I haven't tried it multiplayer, to be honest, but I *did* enjoy the single-player game quite a bit. Maybe it's hot for multi-player-on-player action, and I'm missing out.
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Posted: May 7th 2009 4:21PM (Unverified) said

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Oh, I'm sure it's a great game. I just cannot believe it's that far up on the list ahead of so many other game you'd think would be on there. Wow.
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Posted: May 7th 2009 4:51PM animagnum said

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It does seem odd, but there was a sale that included Dark Messiah last month on Steam. That probably doesn't explain it being #3, but it might've helped.
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Posted: May 7th 2009 4:52PM animagnum said

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And by last month I meant March.
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Posted: May 7th 2009 6:44PM (Unverified) said

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What... I didn't even know it had multilayer. Fun story mode though.
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Posted: May 7th 2009 4:19PM (Unverified) said

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Yeah sorry, something just doesn't seem right with those stats. For one thing, where's Sims 2? Based on unit sales that thing should be way up there, but isn't even on the charts. Dark Messiah of Might and Magic? How did that get #3? The game bombed as far as I know and hardly sold any copies. *boggle*

I've never even met someone who plays Second Life, so I find it hard to believe it's the #2 most played PC game. Something is going on here.

Posted: May 7th 2009 4:22PM (Unverified) said

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I'm going to have to agree. It just can't be correct.
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Posted: May 7th 2009 4:23PM (Unverified) said

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Are you sure you don't mean you've never met anyone who'll *admit* to using (coughnotagamecough) Second Life ? :-P
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Posted: May 7th 2009 4:24PM (Unverified) said

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Nielsen assures that this data is correct from recording actual activity data and not just surveying and writing down what people *say* they're playing. So it's surprising, yes, but we've got to take it at face value as factual for the 180,000+ homes that they sampled.
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Posted: May 7th 2009 4:24PM (Unverified) said

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Unless that many homes faked their data, which is statistically unlikely.
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Posted: May 7th 2009 4:25PM (Unverified) said

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lolstatistics.

Posted: May 7th 2009 4:27PM (Unverified) said

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This is less impressive with a little reading comprehension. 3.206% of the folks who were tracked by Nielsen played Second Life. Their average minutes per week played were 760.

46.710% of the folks tracked played WoW for an average of 653 minutes.

So, what this tells us is that Second Life has a very small audience who plays over 12 hours a week.

Which is not all that exciting or newsworthy. Someone rushed to make a bigger headline here than they should have. Pwnage? No. Fanboi looking hard to find a headline for their game? Yes.

Posted: May 7th 2009 4:30PM (Unverified) said

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That still puts both overall user numbers and time-online well above most of the big-name games we cover here. 3.2% of homes is a LOT in MMO terms.
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Posted: May 7th 2009 4:34PM (Unverified) said

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Name me an MMOG that gets as high a percentage as SL in the sampled homes other than World of Warcraft? Oh, wait. There isn't one ;)
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Posted: May 8th 2009 8:40AM (Unverified) said

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Concidering that SL isn't a game and that people actually LIVE their lives on that similiation of what life really is...those numbers speak volumes of what society is deteriorating into. I wouldn't be pleased seeing those numbers unless you're an advertiser.
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Posted: May 8th 2009 12:26PM (Unverified) said

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I've got no idea where you picked *that* notion up, Jeni. Seriously.
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Posted: May 7th 2009 4:31PM ReijMan said

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This list is crap says nothing about the avrage American or anything at all.
Beside how easlilly you can manipulate statistics.
Wonder how these homes are picked.
Dark messiah.. don't make me laugh..

Posted: May 7th 2009 4:36PM (Unverified) said

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Whoa, yeah, this has to be wrong: my personal intuition is MUCH more reliable than the findings of a professional rating agency! What are they thinking?? :)

Woot, SL!

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