1. The top 20 computer games is interesting. It goes:

    1. Starcraft II
    5. Civ 5
    9. CODBLOPS
    11. BFBC2
    16. Starcraft II collector’s edition
    17. Mass Effect 2
    19. Fallout: New Vegas
    20. Starcraft I

    And the other 12 games are either The Sims or WoW.

  2. When you said that, I thought that you were meaning “WoW clones” or “Sims clones,” but I looked, and that is literally what you meant. The same games (packaged in different ways, or expansions for those games) take up more than half of the list.

    I guess I can understand wanting to see how well the various expansion packs sold, but it would also be nice to show another list that excludes expansion packs, or consolidates them in some way, to take into account the fact that more than half of the games they listed are the same game, just with varying levels of content purchased. Counting “WoW Cataclysm” and “WoW Cataclysm Collector’s Edition” as two distinct games is particularly annoying, because it’s literally the same game, just with fancier packaging and a bunch of bonus swag (mousepad, soundtrack, artbook, etc). Same deal with “Starcraft 2” and “Starcraft 2 Collectors Edition.”

    It just seems kind of weird to me.

  3. katrel said :
    Counting “WoW Cataclysm” and “WoW Cataclysm Collector’s Edition” as two distinct games is particularly annoying, because it’s literally the same game, just with fancier packaging and a bunch of bonus swag (mousepad, soundtrack, artbook, etc). Same deal with “Starcraft 2″ and “Starcraft 2 Collectors Edition.”

    It just seems kind of weird to me.  

    That’s actually kind of what they did in 2009 (pdf), which led to 4 x WoW and 4 x Sims in the top 20 (they counted expansions separately).

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