Daily Archives: December 17, 2010

149 Hours in a Single Week and Other Cataclysm Play Time Tidbits

I signed up for Raptr (ID: Wilhelm2451, in case you couldn’t guess and if you want to see what I’m playing) as part of a plan to see what game I play the most in 2011.

And so far, it has worked pretty well.

If nothing else, it seems less problematic in actually tracking time than X-Fire used to be, which is why I kept uninstalling it.  Plus it lets you manually add games that the scanner misses.  How long have people been asking for that in X-Fire?

And, like X-Fire, Raptr (whose founders include some ex-X-Fire people) likes to publish some gaming stats, including a little press release they just sent me.

Mountain View, CA – December 17, 2010 – Raptr, a popular game tracking application, has released some new playtime stats for World of Warcraft: Cataclysm. Not surprisingly, the top 11% of hardcore fans are driving the majority of overall playtime. In fact, the top player for World of Warcraft on Raptr clocked in 149 hours in one week. That’s a little over 6 days straight.

On the flipside, overall playtime averages for WoW were nearly identical to other top FPS games on console. For WoW, the average total playtime on the 1st day of release was 6.23 hours, which is comparable with such top-tier game series including Call of Duty and Halo.  The average game session length is 2.1 hours, which is also comparable. How is that possible considering how different these types of games are?

Digging into the data we see that the reason these averages are so closely aligned is because while there may be avid gamers out there who are regularly clocking in +30 hours a week (which is about 1/3 of the overall audience), there are also a significant number of gamers that play less than 5 hours a week. Even in a massively addictive and deeply enthralling game like WoW, a good chunk of leisure gamers will only play a few hours here and there, even if they got the expansion pack on day one. There appears to be a distinct ying yang balance between avid gamers and leisure games in just about any game, which results in playtime averages that hover around the same range.

Other interesting stats:

  • World of Warcraft playtime has grown 5 times since the summer of 2010, as previous subscribers flocked back to the game to drive up overall playtime to record highs.
  • World of Warcraft time played per day has grown 1.5 times since the summer of 2010.
  • World of Warcraft playtime per week has grown to 20 hours – almost double of what it was in the summer of 2010.
  • World of Warcraft stole the most playtime hours from StarCraft 2, Call of Duty: Black Ops, and League of Legends.

For more details on the World of Warcraft: Calaclysm report, head over to Raptr’s blog at:

Some interesting tidbits there, but I want to know who was the guy who played WoW for 149 hours straight during a single week.

Smed Speaks on DCUO and Planetside Next

John Smedley has a blog.

It doesn’t get much of a work out, and I wish he hadn’t chosen a free LiveJournal account, since it puts up video ads every so often, but he has one.

Today, after more than a year lying dormant, he saw fit to put something up about the DC Universe Online beta and Planetside Next.

Certainly DCUO is getting a lot of attention right now, but I am really interested to hear how they plan to redo Planetside.  This is all he had to say on that front:

In other news – early next year we will have announcements about Planetside Next followed by a beta. I can say this – it’s coming along awesome. I can also say that the first beta testers are going to be current Planetside subscribers. I’ve gotten a lot of email from current players offering to help test the game and we’re going to take them up on it.

Grist for the New Years prediction mill if nothing else.

It is odd… if you read his blog, he does seem to favor Planetside.

And it isn’t the first time he’s mentioned the next version of the game on his blog.

What does it mean?

What To Do With 4.8 Million Skill Points

The removal of learning skills went through this week in EVE Online, which left me with some newly freed up skill points to allocate.

4.8 million skill points.

That is somewhat over 3 months of training time right there, a significant boost to some lucky skills.

Now what should I spend them on?  With 59 million skill points still there, there are not a lot of skills I need to work on for my rather limited needs.  I guess I can cap out that ORE Industrial skill for the Noctis.

I wonder if I have any missile skills left to train?