i have such a fetish for lists that it’s kind of ridiculous. i won’t go into a full confession here, but let it suffice to say that at the very least i maintain my personal list of games i’ve played and own with an almost religious fervour, not to mention the list of games i’m planning on getting.
so as you can imagine, for me the “wii software stats” feature on the wii section of MTV’s gaming blog has been like crack to a junkie. it first began as a one-off article for another site at the end of june, but has been a monthly feature since september (the links to the entries are here). the culprit behind all of it (i.e. my unknowing dealer) is stephen totilo, and he does a great job of not only compiling the numbers but also discussing the overall trends. it’s fascinating to me (and prob. to a lot of other video game geeks out there) to see how a game like brawl is still played months after its release, whereas single-player games like metroid prime get played, beaten, and then put aside. lately i’ve actually seen some of this in action, as i finally have a buddy to play brawl with and find myself not only putting in time replaying adventure mode and brawling one-on-one, but also getting back into it on my own and playing with characters i’d completely neglected (poor wario was sitting at the bottom of my # of brawls list, so i gave him some attention today haha. his final smash still sucks though).
there’s so much other fascinating stuff as well, like seeing the average amount of time people play a game, and comparing it to the average time it should take to finish the game (i.e. most people don’t finish games. no big surprise there, though). i’m really looking forward to seeing how the numbers for the VC and wiiware games shape up, and also games like wii fit and wii music. it’ll also be interesting to see how the holidays changes the numbers, as you have more people getting together to play games (myself included) and all the people getting new games.
… yes, i know i’m a geek. but i’m still jonesin’ for my next hit!