Posts Tagged ‘charts’

The PC Is Undead: Guild Wars 2 Ascendant

By Alec Meer on September 3rd, 2012.

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Here’s the exciting news: Guild Wars 2, a PC-only videogame, is number one at UK retail this week. Eurogamer reckon it’s the first PC game to have that honour since Football Manager 2011 and StarCraft 2 both pulled it off in 2010. (Diablo III was held off by Max Payne 3, although, as has to be qualified every bloody time with these kinds of stories, digital sales were not included, therefore the entire chart is basically irrelevant anyway.)

Here’s the confusing news: apparently it sold less than Star Wars: The Old Republic did in launch week, despite being at least twelve times better than it. However, once again this does reflect retail-only sales, so means basically nothing – especially as NCSoft have been running a digital pre-purchase scheme for the game for yonks now.
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Top 10 PC Games: Steam Vs. Shops

By John Walker on August 8th, 2011.

Steam, having sales.

People who go into shops are different from people who go into internets. There’s proof. Head below to take a look at the stark difference between the top 10 PC games at retail last week, and the top 10 games on Steam.

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Byte vs Brick: This Week’s PC Charts

By Alec Meer on June 27th, 2011.

I will happily repost this picture until the end of time

I KEEP saying I’ll do this regularly, but something about numbered lists makes me curl into a tiny ball and weep for mother. Anyway, let’s do it this week and maybe I’ll be a better boy again next week. Here’s the top ten best-selling released PC games on Steam last week, in comparison to the top 10 at UK retail. As always, there are some verrrry interesting variations, which have much to say about both Steam and retail’s own peccadilloes…
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Magic Numbers: Downloads > Retail

By Alec Meer on September 20th, 2010.

So says US market research group the NPD, who currently rule the roost in terms of game sales figures by dint of no-one else doing it properly. Today, they give with one hand and take with the other.

Give! US PC game download sales for the first six months of the year popularly known as Twenty Ten finally outweigh old-fashioned high street retail – by 11.2 million to 8.2 million units, to be precise. Well, I say precise… we’ll get to that in a minute. Read the rest of this entry »

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Eye On The Charts: Wallet Of The Lich King

By Alec Meer on May 14th, 2009.

Giving the monthly PC sales charts a sideways eyeball now and again is always interesting. Yeah, it’s short-sighted of the NPD to not include digital sales in any form, but nonetheless it’s some sort of picture as to what’s going on in the wider world of PC gaming. Beneath the cut: game names, with numbers next to them. You’d never have guessed. There are a couple of bonafide surprises in there, however.
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Far Cry 2 Tops Charts

By Jim Rossignol on November 4th, 2008.


[With Fallout 3 topping UK charts I should have titled this “sequels unrelated to original games top charts”… Ooh, handbags.]

The Big K posted up this week’s US retail PC chart, and Far Cry 2 is in with a, er, bullet at number one. That does please me, despite the general opinion circus we’re facing with the game. More importantly, Kotaku are making a commendable effort to balance out the brokenness of the NPD chart by also posting the Steam and Direct 2 Drive charts. Of course there are no explicit numbers available, so there’s no way to amalgamate and come up with a realistic overview of PC game sales across all outlets, but it does give a fairer impression of the overall picture than the retail charts and their Sims expansion packs.

NPD top ten after the jump.

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The Sims Top Ten, September 6th

By Jim Rossignol on September 16th, 2008.


We don’t usually pay much attention to the charts, but I spotted the September 6th line up over on Shacknews and it amused me. And there’s a mystery…
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Grins of a Solar Empire

By Alec Meer on March 19th, 2008.

This’ll make you feel all fuzzy-warm inside. Sins Of A Solar Empire, Stardock’s mighty, but somewhat under-the-radar, space RTS, was the second-best selling PC game in February, according to omni-analysts NPD.

Yeah, we already knew it was doing well. Nonetheless, it looks really strange in there, coolly trumping all yer chart-mainstay Warcrafts and Simses and Orange Boxes – it’s like seeing Art Brut on Top of the Pops.

Stardock reckon that’s only half the story, as NPD doesn’t include digital downloads – which constitute “most sales of Sins of a Solar Empire thus far”, apparently – nor does it include copies bought in Walmart. “Unofficial tallies we’ve received internally put Sins at #1,” they say. Good work, those men.
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Entirely Baseless Analysis: UK Charts

By Alec Meer on October 16th, 2007.

One of the really fun things about writing for RPS is we don’t have to look at each and every game – we can just focus on what’s interesting and gibber away about it until we get bored. This does cause a sort of tunnel vision, though, in that I’ve been so wrapped up in certain games that I’ve very little idea what’s going on in the PC games market at large. What are people actually buying? Why? Is it wrong to murder them as they sleep for it?

So, I thought I’d have a little look at the current UK top 10 PC games (according to ELSPA), and make some completely irrelevant comments about ‘em. Unfortunately I’m hungover again – drinking on Monday nights is a bad idea even for shiftless freelancers like me – so my joke glands aren’t working properly, I’m afraid. Make up your own gags and pretend I wrote ‘em, if you like. Then maybe we’ll both feel better about this post.
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