2008 Nowhere to Be Found in Nielsen’s Most Played PC Games of 2008

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Righteous Fury

I don't think so. What it looks like to me is that 2008 was the year the game companies decided to take it easy as far as innovation and imagination are concerned. Also, since when did The Neilsen Company start getting it right? At 34 years of age, they have always been a consistant source of FAIL.

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wowman

Is it really a wonder that World of Warcraft made it to #1? I mean seriously... with Blizzard first making the game "casual" and then turning it into more of an everquest style life-long-grind, it's no wonder people spend so much time playing it. Especially trying to get wow gold. You really have to spend every waking moment of your life to be the best in that game.. ugh...

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Jox

When I want to know how many families are watching new episodes of "I love Lucy", I'll consult the Nielson ratings.

-Jox

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Digital-Storm

I call fake

 

 

87,922

91,782

 

Counter-Strike: Source

 

68,714

69,737

 

Counter-Strike

 

29,430

31,320

 

Football Manager 2009

 

21,520

29,110

 

Left 4 Dead

 

12,521

16,019

 

Team Fortress 2

 

9,523

9,717

 

Condition Zero

Clearly proves that more people play CS:S rather than CS

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arkweld

the only thing this list proves is that Neilsen households are behind the curve again and don't represent the most discerning user base.

Just like TV households.

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Gailim

halo 1? on the PC? I officially call BS

 

"Unfortunately, Nielsen did not specify the methodology behind this
year's results. In 2007, the firm based its list off an extremely small
pool of participants, a mere 1200 gamers, which could explain the
unexpected results. It is not known if this was changed for 2008."

 

umm... fail?

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Velcrow

LOL, that was the first thing I noticed. I'm not sure even 1200 gamers in the whole U.S. still play Halo 1 on the PC. Certainly not consistently.

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Tunnel_Vision

I really don't pay much attention to the Neilsen ratings for that same reason. Even though we don't know how they got the statistics for 2008, there is no way to get an accurate and precise result with only 1200 gamers for last year's ratings

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