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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:
http://blog.raptr.com/2010/12/17/raptr-world-of-warcraft-cataclysm-report/

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

X-Fire – Joining The Statistics

I like to look at the X-Fire statistics each month, as I have posted in the past, so I thought, as part of my 2008 gaming adventure, I would become part of those statistics.

In addition, I also thought it would be interesting to see my own statistics for the year, to see which game I end up playing the most in 2008.

So I downloaded X-Fire and ran the installer.

I did not even have to create an account once it was installed.

Back in the day I was in a gaming clan that required its members to run X-Fire when online. I even remembered my account name and password nearly four years after I last logged in.

Currently, my gaming stats still show Battlefield 1942 as my most played game. The Desert Combat mod for BF 1942 was the big game for our clan.

After nearly a month of having X-Fire installed, World of Warcraft is my most played game for 2008, followed by Pirates of the Burning Sea. For some reason, X-Fire does not seem to be picking up EVE Online, as I rather suspect that should be in the #2 spot. I will have to fix that.

None of the 35 people on my X-Fire friends list appear to still use X-Fire, or at least their old X-Fire account. I do not know anybody who currently uses X-Fire, so as a buddy list, it is not much use at the moment.

Not long after I had X-Fire installed, I found out the best feature it offers. Forget about statistics, the friends list, or the voice features.

The best thing is that X-Fire downloads the patches for World of Warcraft quickly, efficiently, and automatically.

No more Blizzard downloader for me!

I will see at the end of the year which game I played the most. But between now and then, I will spend less time waiting for WoW to patch.

The X-Fire October Bonus Stat

I like to look at the X-Fire statistics that they publish every month showing, by game, the average number of hours played daily by X-Fire subscribers.

Of course, there are problems with the numbers they publish in that they represent a self-selecting group of gamers that probably do not reflect the gaming community as a whole. Generally, if you are using something like X-Fire, you probably trend more to the hard core end of the gamer spectrum.

Still, the X-Fire statistics are interesting and telling in their own way. They just tend to be a little bit light. There are a few regular categories that lump games together and an overall category. Every month you see:

Top 20 Games
Top 10 MMOs
Top 10 FPS
Top 10 Strats
Top 10 Other

With only four sub categories, games tend to get grouped in odd ways. Hellgate:London is on the MMO list while Diablo II, Hellgate’s literal and spiritual ancestor, ends up on the Other list with solitaire, Garry’s Mod for Half-Life 2, and PokerStars.com.

The MMO list itself includes non-MMOs (in my opinion at least) such as Hellgate and GuildWars along side the monthly subscription MMOs and the free to play variety. So if your interest is only one of those sub-groups, you see three or four titles at most in the Top 10.

X-Fire also puts up a bonus Top 10 list each month as well. This can be just about any category they choose to throw out on a given month.

Much of the time the bonus stat is something in which I have little or no interest. Things like, “Top Ten ‘Call of Duty’ Titles on X-Fire” do not mean much to me.

But back in October, they had a good one. It was the “Top Ten Subscription MMOs, Excluding World of Warcraft.” You can find it off of the October stats page here.

The Top 10 games, based on average hours played daily over the course of the month, were:

  1. EVE Online
  2. Lord of the Rings Online
  3. Lineage II
  4. Star Wars Galaxies
  5. Final Fantasy XI Online
  6. EverQuest II
  7. City of Heroes
  8. Dark Age of Camelot
  9. Ultima Online
  10. EverQuest

Certainly the first title on that list reinforces my opinion that X-Fire represents a more hard core gaming population. EVE Online is about as hard core as it gets.

LOTRO confused me a bit, not striking me as hard core. But then again, it might just be popular. After all, that is why World of Warcraft is the #1 game on the full list every month.

Lineage II is also hard core and popular.

Star Wars Galaxies… I wouldn’t have called it either hard core or popular, but what do I know.

And so on down the line.

It is also interesting to compare these relative positions in the X-Fire hierarchy with what the site VOIG puts down as their current active subscription numbers. The data on the site suggests that the subscription number hierarchy would be:

  1. Lineage II
  2. Final Fantasy XI Online
  3. Lord of the Rings Online
  4. EVE Online
  5. EverQuest II
  6. City of Heroes
  7. EverQuest
  8. Ultima Online
  9. Dark Age of Camelot
  10. Star Wars Galaxies

The list gets rearranged some, with Star Wars Galaxies being the big loser, dropping from 4th to 10th place. The overall ratio of the measurement between 1st and 10th place rises a some as well. On the X-Fire list, 1st place has about 13 times as many daily hours as 10th place. The ratio between 1st and 10th on the VOIG subscriber list is about 18x.

In the end though, while the data is interesting, I am not sure there is any dramatic conclusion to be drawn from the comparison. Star Wars Galaxies players appear to be more likely to run X-Fire than EverQuest players perhaps?

But I am one of those people who like data such as this, even if it has no immediate purpose.

Do the number suggest anything to you?