[caption id="" align="alignright" width="640"] Raptr's Most Played PC Games August 2014[/caption]
The August list of most played games is out, and League of Legends continues to increase its lead. This was due in no small part to the North America Playoffs last month. But please click on the image to go to the Raptr blog post detailing their analysis of the results.
There are only two games left on this list that I play personally: Civilization V and Skyrim (though I've not logged into Skyrim in months.) All the MMOs I play have dropped off the list, but to be honest I haven't been playing MMOs much of late. I haven't logged into TESO since my last TESO post. It's not because the game still doesn't please me. It's that I've devoted most of my time to finishing Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag. To date I've devoted 138 hours to AC4, and I can finally say I've finished the main story line. WOOT! Sort of fitting for international Talk Like a Pirate Day, aye?
[caption id="attachment_3697" align="alignleft" width="650"] AC4 Finished[/caption]
That doesn't mean I've completed every last thing in the game. As far as total completion goes, I'm only at 87%. I'm saving those for later. You know, for when I need a pirate fix. ;-) There are some other games I want to play between now and when Assassin's Creed: Unity arrives on November 11th. Yeah, they pushed the release date back two weeks. That's Just fine. It'll give me some alone time with Civilization: Beyond Earth. :P
Anyway, back to the Raptr Top 20. As you've seen before, I like to throw things into Google Trends just to see what they look like. I'm still operating under the assumption interest equates to popularity. However, Google Trends has a short coming. It restricts inputs to only five. That makes it somewhat difficult to see how a top twenty list looks graphically. Fortunately Google allows CSV downloads of the data, and with that I can stitch it all together in a single Excel spreadsheet.
[caption id="attachment_3701" align="aligncenter" width="1859"] Raptr's Most Played PC Games August 2014[/caption]
Yeah, that got a bit busy in the last few years. I can still make out most of the lines though, and it is a good confirmation of the data Raptr collects. There are, however, some interesting differences. For example, see that huge, larger than World of Warcraft ever was, navy blue line? That's Minecraft. That it is Minecraft is not surprising. What is surprising is that it doesn't place higher on the Raptr list with an interest line like that.
I believe the difference is in the missing console data on the PC chart. Minecraft supports play on practically any platform. It's probably got the broadest platform support of any game out there. You can do that when you restrict yourself to 8-bit graphics. The Raptr charts I've been showing only report the PC play of the games listed. Now I want to see all play to see if my suspicion is correct. So I started looking around the Raptr web site to see if I could find that information.
As it turns out, Raptr makes it available. You just have to know where to look and it's not intuitive (at least to me. YMMV.) If you have a Raptr account, go to your profile and then your Game Collection page. On that page, click the link for Discover Games. On that page you will see to the upper right a section titled "Top Games Being Played." That's it! If you select the Everyone tab and then click on View All at the bottom right of that section, you'll get a scrolling list of the top 100 games Raptr tracks. It only slows about 5 games at a time in a small non-scalable window, but it is quite informative to scroll through. I've taken the liberty to consolidate the list with a copy, paste and edit it all to hell. :twisted:
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The one caveat to this extended list is that it does not take into account Playstation games. It also seems to count some games twice. That's not an error because - China. If you look at the actual list, each game is linked to its Raptr page, and the #7 League of Legends listing is to http://raptr.com/game/League-of-Legends?platform=®ion=CN. At least I believe that's for China as that's the countries top-level domain. That's really too bad about the splitting and the lack of Playstation counts as it can't completely corroborate the trend line for Minecraft and other games. Nevertheless, if we add up all the Minecraft hours spent on the various platforms Raptr tracks, you get a combined total of 2,030,037 hours which raises it one position.
There are some other interesting tidbits in this extended list as well. For example, all my EVE Online piezanos will see EVE Online at position #40 in the list. Now that's dedication! That's higher than The Elder Scrolls Online (#53) AND Wildstar (#50.) Oddly, The Elder Scrolls Online is counted separately European and North America, and shows up again at position #76. If you combine the counts of both, you get a total hours played of 345,394. That's enough hours to vault it into position #32, well above Wildstar and also above EVE Online. Sorry piezanos. :( It even places higher than Starcraft II and The Sims 4. The combined hours are nearly half the hours put into Star Wars: The Old Republic last month even. I guess TESO isn't doing so badly regardless of what some pundits say. Wildstar on the other hand ranks right there with Neverwinter. Ouch.
And that's all I've steam left to post about. Please dive in and let me know what other interesting tidbits you discover in all this data. I am sure I've missed quite a bit. What's your take on it all?