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LoL tops WoW as most played PC game

spades07spades07 YesMember Posts: 847 Uncommon

From massively.com



Well, it's official (sort of). The World of Warcraft-killer has been named, and they're calling it League of Legends.

A research firm known as DFC Intelligence has released a report claiming that Riot's MOBA was the most popular PC game in North America and Europe last year in terms of hours played. The title took home the top spot with 1.3 billion hours of activity, while WoW dropped to second place with 622.4 million user hours.

What a relief that is. People do prefer gameplay.

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  • NitthNitth AustraliaMember Posts: 3,903 Uncommon


    Originally posted by spades07
    From massively.com
    Well, it's official (sort of). The World of Warcraft-killer has been named, and they're calling it League of Legends.A research firm known as DFC Intelligence has released a report claiming that Riot's MOBA was the most popular PC game in North America and Europe last year in terms of hours played. The title took home the top spot with 1.3 billion hours of activity, while WoW dropped to second place with 622.4 million user hours.

    What a relief that is. People do prefer gameplay.


    Left the part out about how it all hinges on xfire data.....

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  • RebelScum99RebelScum99 Mesa, AZMember Posts: 1,090

    Also left out the part that it's been known for quite some time that LOL was the most played PC game in the world.  It's also a MOBA, so it's a completely different genre than WoW is.  And being free to play doesn't hurt, either.  I also question Massively's use of the term, "WoW-killer" when these two games aren't in direct competition.   

    And how does LOL being more popular imply that people prefer "gameplay?"  Isn't this something WoW is well-known for?

  • monstermmomonstermmo Glendale, CAMember Posts: 1,062 Uncommon

    lol@people prefer gameplay

    LoL is freakin boring.

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  • MagnetiaMagnetia SydneyMember Posts: 1,012 Uncommon
    Originally posted by monstermmo
    lol@people prefer gameplay LoL is freakin boring.

    I don't play it myself but I've played a fair amount of dota and I understand how you might think it's boring. On the flip side if you have two teams evenly matched it's quite exciting to fight your way to victory.

    The thing to remember is that in an arena microing IS the gameplay. Just think of it as a lobby based shooter and it might make sense. The maps aren't huge or dynamic but people will keep playing them over and over because it's PVP. Each round is ever so slightly different because of the playerskill involved.

    The thrill of beating another human being is something that can only be felt first hand. The heart races. The mind sharpens. You become one with your skillset. You summon every ounce of knowledge you have of the classes and formulate 50 different possibilities within a second and then react accordingly. You wait for the perfect chance to strike. You execute your plan before the enemy can react. Sweet sweet victory.

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  • CaldrinCaldrin CwmbranMember Posts: 4,505 Uncommon

    I hate both games really...

    But wow is a MMORPG...

    LOL is just a rts with all the good bits removed...

    Both games are boring as hell for me LOL :)

     

    Also i believe this rating was taken from xfire stats...

     

    Does xfire include online games like Runescape?

  • QuirhidQuirhid TampereMember Posts: 6,221 Uncommon
    Originally posted by Caldrin

    LOL is just a rts with all the good bits removed...

    LoL is not an RTS...

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  • MagnetiaMagnetia SydneyMember Posts: 1,012 Uncommon
    Originally posted by Quirhid
    Originally posted by Caldrin

    LOL is just a rts with all the good bits removed...

    LoL is not an RTS...

    I know it's hard. But we have to try don't we? DON'T WE?

    Play for fun. Play to win. Play for perfection. Play with friends. Play in another world. Why do you play?

  • DragonantisDragonantis DublinMember Posts: 974

    I see this as great news, people can start comparing game popularity to LoL now.

  • DibdabsDibdabs FelvershamMember Posts: 2,703 Uncommon

    Anyone still attempting to use XFire to base their "facts" on needs a brain rewiring.

  • AvatarBladeAvatarBlade BucurestiMember Posts: 757 Uncommon

    Stupid article. I think CoD has more players that WoW in NA and EU, but noone is calling it a wow killer.

  • CaldrinCaldrin CwmbranMember Posts: 4,505 Uncommon

    LoL is not an RTS...

    Well it plays a lot like one except your limited to controllnig 1 unit that has different special attacks the rest of the units are automated and follow a set path.. so basically an rts game with the good bits removed LOL...

     

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Action_real-time_strategy

     

     

     

     

  • SlickShoesSlickShoes EdinburghMember Posts: 1,019 Uncommon

    Xfire again, I haven't every played any games with anyone that even uses it. I tried it in 2007 and uninstalled it after a week.

    It's also laughable that LoL has toppled WoW when they are not in any way competing and half the people I know that play WoW also play LoL.

    I prefer DOTA2 myself but I am terrible at these games, they do take skill though and are pretty fun to watch the best player go at it.

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  • chillikingchilliking krageroMember Posts: 240
    Originally posted by Caldrin
    LoL is not an RTS...

    Well it plays a lot like one except your limited to controllnig 1 unit that has different special attacks the rest of the units are automated and follow a set path.. so basically an rts game with the good bits removed LOL...

     

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Action_real-time_strategy

     

     

     

     

    So you are saying that any game where you controll one character and the rest are scripted NPC's is a RTS?

     *facepalm*

  • MagnetiaMagnetia SydneyMember Posts: 1,012 Uncommon
    Originally posted by Caldrin
    LoL is not an RTS...

    Well it plays a lot like one except your limited to controllnig 1 unit that has different special attacks the rest of the units are automated and follow a set path.. so basically an rts game with the good bits removed LOL...

     

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Action_real-time_strategy 

    ARTS =/= RTS

    Even in the first 4 lines of that page it says it's not an RTS.

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  • SlickShoesSlickShoes EdinburghMember Posts: 1,019 Uncommon
    Originally posted by chilliking
    Originally posted by Caldrin
    LoL is not an RTS...

    Well it plays a lot like one except your limited to controllnig 1 unit that has different special attacks the rest of the units are automated and follow a set path.. so basically an rts game with the good bits removed LOL...

     

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Action_real-time_strategy

     

     

     

     

    So you are saying that any game where you controll one character and the rest are scripted NPC's is a RTS?

     *facepalm*

    Thats not even close to what he meant, its pretty obvious what he means.

    It is like an RTS but you only control one single unit. In his opinion controlling everything in the RTS is what makes it good hence why he thinks its an RTS with all the good things removed.

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  • CaldrinCaldrin CwmbranMember Posts: 4,505 Uncommon
    Originally posted by SlickShoes
     

    Thats not even close to what he meant, its pretty obvious what he means.

    It is like an RTS but you only control one single unit. In his opinion controlling everything in the RTS is what makes it good hence why he thinks its an RTS with all the good things removed.

    Exactly :)

    Maybe i should have just said i dont like them and left it as that hehe..

  • cgniuscgnius LondonMember Posts: 18

    LoL isn't my type of game, but I can see why it is so popular. As for being a wow-killer though, they're not even in the same genre!

  • AmjocoAmjoco Layton, UTMember Posts: 4,837 Uncommon

    I would place Runescape closer in terms of the same genre as WoW than LoL, and it has way more players. 

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  • Ashen_XAshen_X PLEASANT HILL, CAMember Posts: 363
    Originally posted by spades07
    From massively.com  
    Well, it's official (sort of). The World of Warcraft-killer has been named, and they're calling it League of Legends.   A research firm known as DFC Intelligence has released a report claiming that Riot's MOBA was the most popular PC game in North America and Europe last year in terms of hours played. The title took home the top spot with 1.3 billion hours of activity, while WoW dropped to second place with 622.4 million user hours.

     

    What a relief that is. People do prefer gameplay.

    So WoW is dead ? It no longer has millions of players ?

     

    Weird, I would have thought that the death of WoW would have been front page news on every gaming site in the world. Seriously strage days that WoW could go out, not with a bang, but a whimper.

    When all has been said and done, more will have been said than done.

  • ValuaValua LiverpoolMember Posts: 520
    Originally posted by spades07
    From massively.com  
    Well, it's official (sort of). The World of Warcraft-killer has been named, and they're calling it League of Legends.   A research firm known as DFC Intelligence has released a report claiming that Riot's MOBA was the most popular PC game in North America and Europe last year in terms of hours played. The title took home the top spot with 1.3 billion hours of activity, while WoW dropped to second place with 622.4 million user hours.

     

    What a relief that is. People do prefer gameplay.

     

    Based on XFire numbers. Who even uses XFire? Exactly. Next to no one.

     

    Isn't Raptr bigger than XFire? And no one uses that either.

  • xenogiasxenogias warsaw, INMember Posts: 1,926
    Originally posted by spades07
    From massively.com  
    Well, it's official (sort of). The World of Warcraft-killer has been named, and they're calling it League of Legends.   A research firm known as DFC Intelligence has released a report claiming that Riot's MOBA was the most popular PC game in North America and Europe last year in terms of hours played. The title took home the top spot with 1.3 billion hours of activity, while WoW dropped to second place with 622.4 million user hours.

     

    What a relief that is. People do prefer gameplay.

    Thats funny. Find the gameplay of LoL terrible just like I think WoW gameplay is tired and boring. The only thing LoL has shown me is there actually is a worse community than WoW has.

  • WarmakerWarmaker San Diego, CAMember Posts: 2,234 Uncommon

    A game from a different genre has more players than WoW?  It doesn't matter.  It was the same thing long ago when the adventure game "Myst" was the most played game ever.

    "I have only two out of my company and 20 out of some other company. We need support, but it is almost suicide to try to get it here as we are swept by machine gun fire and a constant barrage is on us. I have no one on my left and only a few on my right. I will hold." (First Lieutenant Clifton B. Cates, US Marine Corps, Soissons, 19 July 1918)

  • NadiaNadia Topsham, MaineMember Posts: 11,866 Uncommon
    Originally posted by Warmaker
    A game from a different genre has more players than WoW?  It doesn't matter.  It was the same thing long ago when the adventure game "Myst" was the most played game ever.

    genre doesnt matter if you are talking about ALL PC games but valid point about Myst

  • NadiaNadia Topsham, MaineMember Posts: 11,866 Uncommon
    Originally posted by Valua
    Based on XFire numbers. Who even uses XFire? Exactly. Next to no one. Isn't Raptr bigger than XFire? And no one uses that either.

    when i first read this, i had similar thoughts - seems like a self promotion for  Xfire/DFC Intelligence

     

    other sites have picked this up as news

    http://www.forbes.com/sites/johngaudiosi/2012/07/11/riot-games-league-of-legends-officially-becomes-most-played-pc-game-in-the-world/

    http://www.gamesradar.com/xfire-free2play-is-the-future-league-of-legends-player-base-skyrockets-while-wows-declines/

  • jpnzjpnz SydneyMember Posts: 3,529

    Not just in EU/US, LoL is really popular in asia (esp S.Korea, China).

    When I walked into a 'PC-Cafe' in korea (about 100 pcs), more than half was LoL.

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