Only games since Jan 2000 (felt sure that D2 was before this, but that may just be my lunch), and in the case of HL2 does not include sales through Steam (and also thus much of EP1 sales no doubt) which explains why it is beaten by Doom3. Still, Blizz really kick butt in that top-10, even if it is pwned by The Sims (which is mainly because it is the only game to ever appeal to US women on the mass market). Also, US sales only, but I am not sure that makes a huge difference in terms of the placings, just the hard numbers (given that SC is still a no-no due to it being pre-2000, aswell as Civ2 etc).Ze Site said:Here are some notes on how this list works.
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A) WoW is a niche market game. MMORPGS have probably the most specific player base of any type of game, whereas Sims attracted nearly everyone.ael said:LOL d2 pwned WoW? and d2 got pwned by THE SIMS?
I lost interest right there.LonghornRob said:since 2000
Cross-demographic appeal, my friend. That's why Titanic is still among the highest-grossing movies of all time.LonghornRob said:Surprise surprise(/sarcasm) at what is in the top 5, but damn did it ever get whooped by The Sims.
Starcraft = 1998. Yes, it's that old.Stoutwood said:What the hell? Starcraft isn't on there but WC3 is?