Monday, January 24, 2011

X-Fire Game: Raptr joins the bunch

Todays report will start a new era of TWO data points for our charting.

Raptr will be tracked to show the top games in it's respective listings.

In case you do not know, Raptr is a tracking service similar to X-Fire. It has a fewer features, but is less intrusive in most games, and has better tracking abilities for players (more compatibility with some games mostly).
Due to not being able to see player listings for World of Warcraft in Raptr (as the service tracks level ups and players OTHER activities losing access to player timing data), there will NOT be a "subs" game for Raptr.

Instead my plan is to list number of players on each service and rank them in order of most played down.

Another note. Today WAS to be called the Champions Online edition, as tomorrow (Tuesday), CO goes free to play. But, a massive issue with the new CO client has caused it to stop working with X-Fire. Thus, no rankings will be noted for it on the X-Fire chart. As well, we still have no numbers for DC Universe which is charting on Raptr. I will include the numbers from Raptr, and in hopes, we will eventually see them on X-Fire

This is disappointing. Since the buyout of X-Fire by another firm, their support has been dwindling.

Lets move on then to this weeks charts...The charts will list THIS weeks numbers and in parentheses (Last Weeks) numbers...

  1. Lord of the Rings Online - 2901 (3000 ↓ ) players
  2. EvE Online - 2420 (2229 )
  3. Aion - 1959 (2141 ↓ )
  4. Dungeons & Dragons Online - 492 (501 ↓ )
  5. Star Trek Online - 385 (402 ↓ )
  6. Age of Conan - 321 (335 ↓ )
  7. Warhammer Online - 248 (275 ↓ )
  8. Final Fantasy XIV - 134 (192 ↓ )
  9. Champions Online - NOT RANKING
  10. DC Universe - NOT RANKING
Overall, drops across the board. This may be service relevant, as the issues with client compatibility is becoming a concern. Games are taking too long to be added, or when they glitch, the downtime for that game in X-Fire gets worse.
We can still see overall the trend, with EvE moving ahead of Aion now on X-Fire. This has also been noted on Raptr. 

All games seem to have held their spot though, this week. 

Lets check out Raptr.

  1. DC Universe - 1396 players
  2. Lord of the Rings Online - 1059
  3. EvE Online - 1028
  4. Aion - 486
  5. Dungeons & Dragons Online - 390
  6. Final Fantasy XIV - 215
  7. Champions Online - 161
  8. Age of Conan - 117
  9. Star Trek Online - 111
  10. Warhammer Online - 101
Since I was not able to get ALL of last weeks numbers, I will not start UP/DOWN rankings until next week. We do get an interesting picture here though, so lets get started.
DC Universe is #1. Not TOO far ahead of LOTRO. But, it is a new launch, and would make sense to see it peaking some for a while. But, please note...last week DCUO had 2564 players. So, that is a pretty large drop-off from one week to the next.
LOTRO and EVE swaps spots this week, and put it more in line with what we see on X-Fire. Pretty much ALL games seem to hold the same spots...but a few anomalies exist.
Final Fantasy XIV has a larger audience on Raptr. And it ROSE from last weeks ranking (209 last week). Champions Online also ranks well on Raptr...even above STO.
One games is clear on both charts though. Warhammer Online is down, both on Raptr AND X-Fire. We will of course keep an eye on those numbers.

X-Fire is not as reliable I think this week, and if the continued drop in players continues...we may have to question X-Fire in the coming charts.

Overall, a great listing and for our first run through, cool to see how games rank on each service. We will try and continue to see movers and shakers and how they compare here.

As an added bonus, each week I will include one game that is not part of the charts. Make YOUR requests in comments.

This weeks games in: VANGUARD

X-Fire = 13 players / Raptr = 10 players


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