Torrent site Kat.ph has opened its databases to the download specialists at TorrentFreak, sharing with them the 50 most commonly searched terms for torrent downloads in 2011.
While it's not perfect, and doesn't include other major Torrent indexes like Pirate Bay, it's as good as we're going to get, and with Kat.ph one of the five biggest sites in the world for such things, it's still worth a look.
The top 50 is dominated by generic terms for language options and video quality (ie "720p"), as well as Hollywood movies and important pieces of software like Windows 7.
As for video games? Not there. There's not a single individual game on the list. Not even Modern Warfare 3. Indeed the only remotely video game-related search term was "PSP" at number eleven. No DS, no PS3, no 360.
Food for thought.
BitTorrent Zeitgeist: What People Searched For in 2011 [TorrentFreak]