Diablo 3 was the 5th Most Searched Term on Google in 2012


Coming n behind Whitney Houston, Gangnam Style, Hurricane Sand, iPad 3, Diablo 3 was the 5th most searched for Internet term in the world for 2012 according to Google’s 2012 Zeitgeist list.

The list is an  aggregation of over one trillion searches (or queries) that people typed into Google Search this year.

The results show just how popular the Diablo franchise is in the world of videogames, no other videogame made it into the top 10 which also included Kate Middleton, Olympics 2012, Amanda Todd, Michael Clarke Duncan and BBB12.

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  1. Nothing pornographic in the top-10? I find that hard to believe.

  2. Just goes to show how sales numbers are not very representative of a game’s success. Sure they’re good for Bobby’s pockets in the short term, but take a look at those Metacritic scores and the number of people still playing D3 (oh how I wish I could see a graph on this)… and you might conclude that interest in future Blizzard games will be FAR lower than we have seen up until now. Unless of course D3X delivers in ways unimaginable. Also, B.net and DRM.

    • Yeah you could say that, because no one plays the game do they?
      ..Except I still play the game every chance I get.

      I’m sure I’m not the only one, so I will continute to buy the Diablo franchise (I won’t ever touch WoW but that’s because it’s not my thing).

      Plus who gives a sh!t about DRM, it’s not even an issue here. Battlenet is fine, it works, time for you to get over it or switch to other games.

      • Don’t worry, this guy is a troll, from the 5 guys I know who bought Diablo3 (including me), 4 are still playing (including me). The fifth one didn’t say he wouldn’t play anymore.
        Cid is probably one of these guys who noted this game 1/100 on Metacritic for the “lulz”

  3. It’s really difficult to take that page at face value. For one thing, if it was really world wide it’d be mostly Chinese related material.

    • Well, not Chinese of course given their history with Google, but it wouldn’t be so American focused. And even with that, there’s nothing about the presidential election? A PC exclusive video game that 90% of non-video game fans have never heard of? The rest of the list are things you’d have to be living in a cave to not know about. Something’s off there.

      • Why would presidential election be in the top 10? That’s a world wide list not one country unless you change it to your country of preference.

  4. Publishing those ‘year in review’ charts seems kinda dingy to me while the year in question is still running.

  5. “Trending

    Search queries with the highest amount of traffic over a sustained period in 2012 as compared to 2011.”
    copied from the linked page on the left side. Every category on this page says “trending” directly under the image and above the title as apposed to saying “most searched” which is defined on the same page directly under trendings definition as:
    “Most Searched

    Search queries with the largest volume of searches.”

    It was the #5 trending search for 2012, which is apparently a comparison to the year before. This makes more sense to me than it actually being the 5th most likely thing for any given person to be searching on google for. You gotta figure that compared to the D3 searches in 2011 that the height of searches this year (likely the period right around release) was a much higher number, apparently the 5th highest increase in searches.

    I don’t know if you misunderstood the list or if the post here is just written kinda unclear but I think an edit is in order here, because from what I read on the linked page D3 was not the 5th most searched term in 2012.

  6. This shows you why Blizzard sold so many copies of D3, because all the D1 and D2 veterans thought it’s gona be D1+D2 Awesomeness PLUS new stuff. Those Fans then spread the word and noobs also jumped onto the wagon to buy it.

    Well it turned out to be a bad game because they designed it with consoles in mind (hence the static environment, all stuff gone like charms, runes, runewords, all acts are not available from within one game, story forced upon us EVERY TIME, no bosses spawn based on story boundness, and the shittiest stat-system, lack of attribute points that everyone individually can assign for best build alignment, lack of interesting skill-builds etc.)

    Well Blizzard could have had the game of the decade, instead they “fucked up” mostly because the people behind “Diablo” 3 are WOW people so they totally were not suited for this game to be a developer for it. The new game director has done his own fair share of “being not suited” for the Diablo franchise.

    This is the biggest failage of the game industry IMO (for a game that actually mattered and had all the cards for being an UBER blockbuster).

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