2016's Most Searched Video Games, According To Google

Google has released its annual collection of top search results for the year, and as always there’s some good video game shit to dig through. Like the fact Pokemon Go was the #1 search topic in the world for the year. And that many of you like to follow up your Overwatch Googling with something a little more adult.


First, we begin with 2016's top global searches, and as you can see, more people searched for Pokemon Go than they did Donald Trump, a new iPhone or the Olympics.

Next, we move onto the top “consumer tech” searches worldwide, where the announcement of a new Nintendo console got the Switch into the top 10 despite only being officially revealed in October.


The site sadly doesn’t present a worldwide video games search queries chart, but it does have a breakdown showing what the US was Googling in 2016:


The top two are browser games, in case you were wondering what they are and what they’re doing above some of those other games.

If you click on any individual search term, you’re taken to a page providing a breakdown showing how popular it has been over the 12 months, where it’s been most popular and a breakdown of related searches and topics.


For an example, let’s take a look at Overwatch. This may shock you, but a game enjoyed by those who are horny for a sexy French spider lady stomping on their faces also had a very high crossover of people searching for hentai. Not Overwatch hentai specifically, just hentai in general.


If you want to dig through 2016's Year In Search yourself, you can get started here.

Luke Plunkett is a Senior Editor based in Canberra, Australia. He has written a book on cosplay, designed a game about airplanes, and also runs cosplay.kotaku.com.

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