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Xfire: rankings bugged?

MMO.MaverickMMO.Maverick Member CommonPosts: 7,619

After a few references on this site of Xfire, I got interested enough to take a look at their site.

It took some surfing to see where to get the information about rankings, but when I looked up some games I noticed something strange with the WoW figures: even with the large number of hours, the number of players is consistently below 100 (?). As far as I could see, this was the only game where this was happening. Even the number 2 correctly displays player numbers.

Anybody here knows enough of Xfire to have an explanation for this? And has it always been like this for the WoW player numbers?

 

Another question: the rankings only showed the figures of the last month. Is there some place where the history archives are being kept, so that the months before last month could be seen of a game? Just curious.

The ACTUAL size of MMORPG worlds: a comparison list between MMO's

The ease with which predictions are made on these forums:
Fratman: "I'm saying Spring 2012 at the earliest [for TOR release]. Anyone still clinging to 2011 is deluding themself at this point."

Comments

  • Gobstopper3DGobstopper3D Member RarePosts: 963

    I wouldn't worry about what the rankings on X-fire are.  I know very few who use X-fire so it's not a ture reflection on on anything.  Just like the player ratings here, Only shows who has bothered to actually rate it, not the thousands or millions that haven't.

    I'm not an IT Specialist, Game Developer, or Clairvoyant in real life, but like others on here, I play one on the internet.

  • zeowyrmzeowyrm Member Posts: 746

    Using Xfire for accurate number of players is a bad idea.  Not everyone uses it, and some of us who do use it, disable it during some games because it causes lag/interface issues

  • MMO.MaverickMMO.Maverick Member CommonPosts: 7,619

    Oh, I know. But it's just like the site metacritic.com, they build up popularity to such a point that others are starting to use it for measuring and comparisons, only for lack of having other better information at hand to be able to measure things.

     

    There's a lot of factors that are making the stats very flawed and not a good idea to use: percentage of people that use it can vary much from game to game, etc.

    It doesn't mean that the figures are totally worthless. There are trends per game that can be witnessed, like rising or diving figures, or how is retention after a few months after launch, etc. That's why I was interested whether those stats are also being kept somewhere  that are older than that one month that Xfire shows.

    There are no other indicators about playerbases per game or developments in their playerbase, besides what the companies themselves give, and that information is sparse.

    The ACTUAL size of MMORPG worlds: a comparison list between MMO's

    The ease with which predictions are made on these forums:
    Fratman: "I'm saying Spring 2012 at the earliest [for TOR release]. Anyone still clinging to 2011 is deluding themself at this point."

  • MrJigglypuffMrJigglypuff Member Posts: 16

    I haven't noticed any problems.

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