TA Gaming Stats - June 10th to June 16th 2013

By Chewie, 5 years ago
This report is for the period June 10th to June 16th 2013.

Much to my dismay, we experienced a leak here at the Stats office last week when Peterton, one of the more enthusiastic of my Statisticle Ewok helpers, started bouncing around the place when he saw this week's numbers and accidentally star jumped onto the big red "POST" button. This sent the unwritten article out early and explains the first comment down below. Needless to say, the article was swiftly pulled and Peterton was given a demonstration of why never to post things earlier than scheduled when I posted him through the Stat-Shred Mk IV earlier than it was scheduled to be turned off.

This week's Stats cover E3 and the fallout from E3 so industry types were a little busy to be dealing with any new release malarkey. As such, the tables mostly resemble previous weeks. However, Retail and Arcade each include a notable exception.

Games Started
26,490 TrueAchievements gamers started a total of 37,369 games between them (1,847 different games).

Gamers love freebies more than Statisticles love Venn Diagrams, and achievement hunters love freebies the most. *Free gamerscore* Over 6,000 TA'ers downloaded and started the Games on Demand version of Fable III when it was revealed to be free as part of the Games for Gold program (FablE3 geddit?!?), including some who got the drop on the announcement when it was made free on the marketplace hours prior to the reveal itself and it was thought maybe to be a glitch (another example there of posting early; maybe I should put Microsoft through the Stat-Shred Mk IV). I'm guessing this is a relatively small proportion of the people who 'bought' the game, as many will still be left to start it and, considering it remains free throughout the month, expect Fable III to stick around for a good long while. This is going to be true of all the games that become free as part of the Games for Gold program so we're going to have months of older titles vying for top spot amongst the new releases. The question is: which ones will be more popular than others? Continue following Stats to find out.

The rest of the table is completely overshadowed by Fable III's dominance and sees last week's new release, Remember Me, halving its numbers to a pretty lowly 530 in second, above all the recent big new releases of the last 6-8 months, as well as the previous week's GRID 2 in sixth after also halving its starters to 300.

Top Retail Games Started

State of Decay continues to exert its dominance over Arcade Games Started, despite a loss of nearly 4,000 starters. It settles to 1,850 in first place, above the still popular free-to-play sequel, Doritos Crash Course 2, which actually manages to add extra starters as it grows from 840 to 870.

Although there aren't any new Arcade Game releases on the table, there is one new entry in third place. Microsoft Store is an achievement gained by pre-ordering the Xbox One through certain means and, despite the divisive nature of its showing at E3, 580 TA'ers pre-ordered the new console through those means in the week following the reveal. I somehow think Microsoft would have liked for that number to be higher... Also, how many of those new starters then promptly cancelled their pre-order, only doing it for that solitary "pop" and extra "completion", I do not know. However, I can say that roughly 70% of the Statisticles did that exact thing, only to discover that Ewoks aren't covered by consumer law and couldn't cancel their orders.

Can anyone explain what put Harms Way all the way up to fourth place this week with nearly 350 starters? I know the free racer/shooter is a fairly consistent feature of the table, but those numbers seem particularly high.

A wormy Deal of the Week allows two Worms titles to worm their way onto the bottom of the table this worm....I mean, week. Worms: Revolution takes eighth place with nearly 200 starters over Worms in ninth with 145.

Top Arcade Games Started

Last week's new release, Jetpack Joyride (WP), continues to ride high on Windows Phone Games Started, above this week's Deal of the Week title, Sid Meier's Civilization Revolution (WP), in second, and the previous week's Deal of the Week title, BulletAsylum (WP), in third. After losing its exclusivity for Nokia phones, Jet Set Go (WP) sneaks into tenth place with nearly 50 starters, no doubt bolstered by the draw of an easy completion.

Top Windows Phone Games Started

Games Completed
6,898 TrueAchievements gamers completed a total of 9,481 games between them (1,273 different games).

Thanks to a particular fart of an achievement, Fable III is denied a place on Retail Games Completed, but with so many players picking it up over the next few weeks I'd be surprised if it doesn't appear at some point or other.

The number one spot continues to be filled with Sleeping Dogs thanks to the recent Deal of the Week Doganza and an easy completion. With no other recent easy completions (apart from GRID 2 in fourth) or DLC packages, it holds the lead over most of the same titles of the last few weeks.

Top Retail Games Completed

Every single person who "played" Microsoft Store also manages to get the completion for it. Although, that's because the title only contains one single achievement. It denies State of Decay a first place spot on Arcade Games Completed, with the open world zombie title grabbing 460 completions and shuffling its way up from fifth to second place.

Out of all the Worms titles on offer this week, the original Worms proves by far the easiest as it grabs almost 30 completions in ninth place.

Top Arcade Games Completed

Jetpack Joyride replaces Rabbids Go Phone (WP) at the top of Windows Phone Games Completed, with the insane Rabbids slipping into third behind the easily completed Deal of the Week title, BulletAsylum (WP).

Top Windows Phone Games Completed

Achievements Won
61,569 TrueAchievements gamers won a total of 657,019 achievements online between them (49,268 different achievements).

Unsurprisingly, many TA'ers are getting busy with their free copies of Fable III, as it claims the clean sweep on Retail Achievements Won, denying any slots to the likes of Remember Me.

Top Retail Achievements Won

State of Decay also claims a clean sweep for the second week running on Arcade Achievements Won, denying spots for Doritos Crash Course 2 and Microsoft Store.

Top Arcade Achievements Won

Jetpack Joyride takes the third clean sweep of the week on Windows Phone Games Started.

Top Windows Phone Achievements Won

There's not much movement on Genre this week, with Action-Adventure extending the lead it gained over Shooter last week. Thanks to Fable III, Role-Playing manages to add another almost 1million to its numbers, but it's not enough to lift it out of third place.

Total TrueAchievements won by Genre
  • Action-Adventure5,769,170
  • Shooter4,189,154
  • Role-Playing3,103,974
  • Action1,653,755
  • Racing1,305,417
  • Sports925,156
  • Platformer592,285
  • Adventure322,628
  • Strategy286,668
  • Puzzle256,412

Next week, find out if everyone decides to just stop getting Fable III for free and buy some top price retail titles instead. It's possible, right? I'm off to clean up the Stat-Shred Mk IV as it is our primary number cruncher *natch*.
Written by Chewie
Chewie is a Wookiee from Kashyyyk. Since helping the Rebel Alliance defeat the Emperor, he has taken up Achievement-Hunting and Newshoundery on TA. Also, ice-skating.