I haven’t seen an Entertainment Software Associate sales chart in a while, so I was keen to see their new 2015 Essential Facts publication that includes a couple such charts. The big news, The Sims still dominate the chart when it comes to PC gaming.
Yes, the source is NPD, whose data collection has flaws. But some data is better than no data I guess. They say they are better at collecting data on digital distribution in any case.
Blizzard is pretty well represent, with World of Warcraft, StarCraft II, and Diablo III all hitting the charts for both base games and expansions. And you can see the hole that The Elder Scrolls still has on gamers. It is also nice to see Civilization V on the list. But 8 out of 20 on the list for The Sims is pretty funny.
On the console list, which holds less interest for me, I will note that Mario Kart 8 made the cut for the Top 20, which I am going to guess means that every single Wii U owner bought a copy.
And then there was how we buy games.
Digital sales are clearly the bigger slice of the pie now, though if you look at that footnote as to what counts as digital, that casts a pretty wide net. For what NPD counted, physical still looks like a force that cannot be ignored. I guess GameStop won’t be going out of business any time soon.
Anyway, the report is an interesting little glimpse at video games in 2014. Game Informer sums it up if you don’t want to look at the PDF.