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Nielsen Ratings Show WoW as Most Played PC Game

Updated Mon, Jan 05, 2009 by Cody Bye

In a report that should come as no surprise to anyone in the MMOG industry, Nielsen Media Research issued their top media results from 2008, and (you guessed it) World of Warcraft was the resounding winner in the PC gaming category by absolutely crushing all other contenders for the crown. Runescape did make the list at #6, but the fact remains that WoW is the king and will continue to hold its crown for sometime. Here's the official breakdown from Nielsen:

1. World of Warcraft (Blizzard) - 671 minutes per week (0.723% of gamers)

2. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (Activision) - 403 minutes per week (0.163% of gamers)

3. Halo: Combat Evolved (Microsoft) - 295 minutes per week (0.092% of gamers)

4. The Sims (Electronic Arts) - 213 minutes per week (0.09% of gamers)

5. The Sims 2 (Electronic Arts) - 291 minutes per week (0.086% of gamers)

6. RuneScape (Jagex) - 451 minutes per week (0.084% of gamers)

7. Diablo II (Blizzard) - 313 minutes per week (0.065% of gamers)

8. Team Fortress 2 (Valve) - 371 minutes per week (0.063% of gamers)

9. Counter-Strike (Valve) - 282 minutes per week (0.062% of gamers)

10. Counter-Strike: Source (Valve) - 426 minutes per week (0.061% of gamers)

Does this come as a surprise to anyone at all? Because....y'know....it really shouldn't.


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