Why Microtransactions Aren't Going Away Any Time Soon

"I refuse to buy microtransactions in any game. They're trashy, greedy, and their existence shows nothing but disrespect for players. No matter how they're implemented they cause me nothing but unbridled hatred toward whatever marketing department decided to infect an otherwise decent game with the hyper-capitalist… » 12/23/14 11:00am 12/23/14 11:00am

​Minecraft Diamonds are 11 Times Rarer than Real Ones


Diamonds are the second rarest material in Minecraft. You can mold them into the most durable tools and weapons, or just make a copy of the Statue of Liberty. If you've tried looking for them for any length of time, though, you know the material can be frustratingly rare. In fact, it's even scarcer in Minecraft than… » 11/06/14 1:18pm 11/06/14 1:18pm

Nintendo's Family Tree Is Massive

Nintendo is 125 years old, and they've been making games since before arcades as we know them even existed. You build up quite a family tree in all that time, and someone traced all of it, back to the start. » 5/29/14 5:00pm 5/29/14 5:00pm

Compare The Sizes Of Fantasy Dragons With This Handy Chart

Who are the largest dragons in fantasy? Be warned, this chart contains dragon size-related spoilers for A Song of Ice and Fire. » 5/02/14 2:29pm 5/02/14 2:29pm

People Play 11 Years' Worth of Threes Every Day

Threes is out on Android today, and to celebrate, the developers have released an infographic with stats about the game. If you've played it, you probably won't be surprised to find that people are playing a ton of Threes. » 3/12/14 3:30pm 3/12/14 3:30pm

We're Buying More PC Games Than We Can Play

As another Steam Holiday Sale comes to a close, I have spent roughly $100 to purchase 22 games. In the past 2 months I have picked up 3 Humble Bundles. Not a month ago I spent around $50 on 11 games in the Steam Fall Sale. By the time the next Steam Holiday Sale rolls into town I will be lucky if I have played half of… » 3/12/14 11:00am 3/12/14 11:00am

China's Internet Cafes Are Disappearing. What's Going On?!

China, the middle kingdom. The Orient. The place where the legality of game consoles are suspect has always been the home of internet cafes. The number of internet cafes, which served as dens to many of China's netizens, has suddenly gone down over the course of 2011-2012—by as many as 10,000. » 12/09/13 6:40am 12/09/13 6:40am

Plants vs. Zombies 2 Already Beat the Original's Lifetime Downloads

You're in good company if you've been playing Plants vs. Zombies 2 for the last couple of weeks. In fact, your company is nearly 25 million strong, according to figures published yesterday by PopCap. » 8/31/13 1:00pm 8/31/13 1:00pm

Take a Guided Tour of the Xbox One's Controller

If you're picking up the Xbox One when it releases (whenever that is), this is the controller you'll be spending a lot of time with. While we've posted our own impressions of its design, a video and this infographic, from Microsoft, should help you understand how it differs from the 360's. » 8/24/13 2:00pm 8/24/13 2:00pm

Crave Some Random Facts? This Diablo III Infographic Is Just For You

Blizzard's hack and slash extravaganza Diablo III has been out for over a year now, and they decided to celebrate with an infographic. From the usual statistics to quirky trivia, this one has them all—though I would've loved to know exactly how many keyboards were broken over Error 37. Check out the graphic below. » 5/22/13 6:20am 5/22/13 6:20am

Ever Wonder Just How Big League of Legends Is? Let This Video Show You

Seventeen League of Legends champions die for every baby that is born, and many other crazy facts put just how big a game this online multiplayer is into perspective. » 5/14/13 3:30pm 5/14/13 3:30pm

They Said Draw Something. You Drew 11 Billion Somethings.

Zynga celebrates a year of the once insanely-popular social mobile game Draw Something by letting the world know how much time and productivity it wasted via a stat-filled infographic. Did you know the most popular word in The Netherlands is "Kerstbal?" Well you do now. Let's learn more, it's fun! » 2/20/13 10:55am 2/20/13 10:55am

Those With Friends Games Sound Like a Fine Place to Find Yourself a…

I guess Words with People You Want to Hook Up With was just too long a title. In honor of the day before discount candy, Zynga has crafted an infographic to demonstrate what a hotbed of flirting the "With Friends" franchise really is. Who uses the chat function of a mobile game to hit on people? » 2/14/13 2:55pm 2/14/13 2:55pm

17 Vatican Virtual Farmers and Other Entertaining FarmVille 2 Stats

They might have lost Kirk Hamilton and Stephen Totilo, but every day eight million other people still hop online to water their virtual crops in Zynga's social farming sequel, FarmVille 2. According to the first FarmVille 2 Almanac infographic, 17 of those players are playing from the Vatican. I suspect something more… » 1/04/13 2:55pm 1/04/13 2:55pm

Christmas Was Very, Very Good to Angry Birds

Of the estimated 17.4 million new Android and Apple phones and tablets unwrapped on Christmas day, nearly half snagged a copy of Rovio's bird-powered physics puzzler. It sure pays to be nearly synonymous with mobile gaming, doesn't it? » 1/03/13 2:55pm 1/03/13 2:55pm

How to Survive the Zombie Apocalypse, by REI

This infographic from sporting goods megastore REI—visiting the one in Denver was like going to Six Flags—isn't just amusing, it's in fact helpful. I never knew how to properly use a signal mirror before now. (Yes, I was a Boy Scout. No, I was not a good one. My only merit badge came for surviving the explosion of a… » 10/13/12 3:00pm 10/13/12 3:00pm

Torchlight II Is Much Bigger Than Torchlight. How Much Bigger? This…

Torchlight II is going to be a heck of a lot bigger than Torchlight. Runic founder Travis Baldree has written a blog post on the game's site detailing just how much bigger. By his reckoning, Torchlight II is about four times the size of its predecessor. » 7/23/12 3:45pm 7/23/12 3:45pm

Browser-Based MMO Runescape Boasts 200 Million Players... and Counting

When you talk about MMORPGs in the United States, most minds jump to World of Warcraft. And yes, with subscriber base that peaked at twelve million and still hangs out around ten million, WoW was and is a big deal. » 7/19/12 4:30pm 7/19/12 4:30pm

40 Years of Atari All at Once, All for You

40 years ago today, Nolan Bushnell and Ted Dabney got together and founded the company that catapulted the world into the video game era. It was called Syzgy. Or it would have been, but Syzgy wasn't available, so they called it Atari. The rest is a gigantic, four decade-spanning infographic celebrating the company's… » 6/27/12 9:30am 6/27/12 9:30am