New World Newsfeed: Nielsen Says Second Life Played More Than Half-Life 2 and World of Warcraft (Updated)
I just stumbled onto this March Nielsen Games report with some extraordinary data: based on audience surveys regarding a hundred non-casual, pre-installed PC games, Second Life is the most played of all, registering average playtimes of 760 minutes a week per user, nearly a hundred more than World of Warcraft, and eighth [see link above] second in total player popularity only to WoW. (Note this popularity based on what people are measured to play say they, and for how long, not on sales figures.) This data isn’t an anamoly, by the way: Last January, Nielsen ranked Second Life third in popularity, above Spore and Sims 2, Notably absent from the March top ten are recent bestselling „gamer games” like Team Fortress II, Warhammer Online, and Left 4 Dead. Against those hardcore hits, against even Gordon Freeman himself, Second Life pwns. Image credit: Nielsen.com.