PC Sales Charts, From The Land Of The Boxed Copies

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While the NPD Group has ceased providing weekly sales charts for the boxed-copy PC market in the US, it still hands out its monthly - and often hilarious - lists. Let's look at February's.


As you'd expect, they look a little different to those found on Steam or Direct2Drive. While those are often quite contemporary, and full of games targeted at the "hardcore" crowd, NPD's charts are full of Sims games, Sims expansions, old Blizzard bundles and more Sims expansions.

1) The Sims 3: High-End Loft Stuff—released Feb. 2010
2) Star Trek Online—released Feb. 2010
3) The Sims 3—released June 2009
4) Star Trek Online Collector's Ed.—released Feb. 2010
5) BioShock 2—released Feb. 2010
6) EverQuest II: Sentinel's Fate Expansion Pack—released Feb. 2010
7) Mass Effect 2—released Jan. 2010
8) World of Warcraft: Wratch of the Lich King—released Nov. 2008
9) The Sims 2 Double Deluxe—released Nov. 2008
10) The Sims 3: World Adventures—released Nov. 2009
11) Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2—released Nov. 2009
12) World of Warcraft: Battle Chest—released Sept. 2007
13) EverQuest II: Sentinel's Fate Expansion Pack Collector's Ed—released Feb 2010
14) IGT Slots: Texas Tea—released Sept. 2009
15) The Sims 3: Collector's Ed—released June 2009
16) Dragon Age: Origins—released Oct. 2009
17) Mumbo Jumbo Assortment—released July 2009
18) World of Warcraft—released November 2004
19) Aliens vs. Predator—released Feb. 2010
20) The Sims 2: Fun with Pets—released Jan. 2010

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I may be off here but I can't help but wonder if this list simply reflects the state of the PC section in most game stores. I dunno how things are in the US but here that list is pretty much all that is available in my local Game/GameStop and HMV might have 5 PC games if any.

I actually counted in my local GameStop last time I was there. They had 14 PC games and that included counting Sims expansions as a separate game. The reason we don't see lots of other titles on this list? The shops don't put them on the shelves so you won't even get parents walking in and picking up some games for their kids because the selection is so poor.