We've all noticed that Achievements, Trophies and other game-specific accomplishments don't mean squat in the real world, right? You can't go to your local video game store and say, "Hey, I've Platinum-ed in Uncharted 3; can I get a copy of Starhawk, please?"
Video game social network and stat tracking service Raptr has announced the winners of its 2011 Most Played Games awards, and while overall gamers spent more time playing Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 than any other 2011 title, it's The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim that walked home with the Most Played Game of 2011 award.…
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Studying players' time following the release of World of Warcraft: Cataclysm 10 days ago, Raptr determined that the top 11 percent of most active users account for more than half of the total time spent in the game.
Raptr, the gaming social network counting more than a million users, examined their gamers' habits with Madden NFL 10 and found gameplay spikes sharply - beyond Christmas-sales levels - about a month before the newest version releases.