Top 100 Core Games 2011

Since we are halfway the year, I’d thought I would post an overview of the ‘most wanted’ videogames of 2011 (better late than never) thanks to http://www.vgchartz.com. Please note that all games are in this list per barcode, so platform specific. Franchises like Call of Duty and Skyrim will appear more than once in this list.

Global Yearly Chart

2011

Pos Game Weeks Yearly Total
1
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (X360)
Activision, Shooter
8 12,572,486 12,572,486
2
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (PS3)
Activision, Shooter
8 10,337,498 10,337,498
3
Pokemon Black / White Version
Pokemon Black / White Version (DS)
Nintendo, Role-Playing
68 8,541,422 13,592,330
4
Kinect Adventures!
Kinect Adventures! (X360)
Microsoft, Misc
61 7,893,969 15,077,667
5
Just Dance 3
Just Dance 3 (Wii)
Ubisoft, Misc
13 7,315,661 7,315,661
6
Mario Kart Wii
Mario Kart Wii (Wii)
Nintendo, Racing
195 5,349,103 31,207,754
7
Wii Sports Resort
Wii Sports Resort (Wii)
Nintendo, Sports
132 5,321,378 29,214,927
8
Wii Sports
Wii Sports (Wii)
Nintendo, Sports
267 5,218,504 78,427,210
9
Battlefield 3
Battlefield 3 (X360)
Electronic Arts, Shooter
10 5,149,873 5,149,873
10
Gears of War 3
Gears of War 3 (X360)
Microsoft, Shooter
15 5,074,357 5,074,357
11
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (X360)
Bethesda Softworks, Role-Playing
8 4,961,513 4,961,513
12
FIFA Soccer 12
FIFA Soccer 12 (PS3)
Electronic Arts, Sports
14 4,875,334 4,875,334
13
Super Mario 3D Land
Super Mario 3D Land (3DS)
Nintendo, Platform
9 4,614,009 4,614,009
14
Battlefield 3
Battlefield 3 (PS3)
Electronic Arts, Shooter
10 4,465,636 4,465,636
15
Just Dance 2
Just Dance 2 (Wii)
Ubisoft, Misc
64 3,966,915 8,821,350
16
Mario Kart 7
Mario Kart 7 (3DS)
Nintendo, Racing
5 3,934,728 3,934,728
17
Zumba Fitness
Zumba Fitness (Wii)
Majesco, Sports
59 3,885,160 4,237,194
18
New Super Mario Bros. Wii
New Super Mario Bros. Wii (Wii)
Nintendo, Platform
111 3,720,152 24,676,339
19
Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception
Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception (PS3)
Sony Computer Entertainment, Action
9 3,451,198 3,451,198
20
FIFA Soccer 12
FIFA Soccer 12 (X360)
Electronic Arts, Sports
14 3,154,704 3,154,704
21
Assassin's Creed: Revelations
Assassin’s Creed: Revelations (X360)
Ubisoft, Action
7 2,988,152 2,988,152
22
Wii Fit Plus
Wii Fit Plus (Wii)
Nintendo, Sports
118 2,958,254 19,983,357
23
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (PS3)
Bethesda Softworks, Role-Playing
8 2,944,036 2,944,036
24
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword (Wii)
Nintendo, Adventure
7 2,907,835 2,907,835
25
Assassin's Creed: Revelations
Assassin’s Creed: Revelations (PS3)
Ubisoft, Action
7 2,825,603 2,825,603
26
Batman: Arkham City
Batman: Arkham City (PS3)
Warner Bros. Interactive, Action
11 2,755,664 2,755,664
27
Call of Duty: Black Ops
Call of Duty: Black Ops (X360)
Activision, Shooter
60 2,666,068 13,187,335
28
Batman: Arkham City
Batman: Arkham City (X360)
Warner Bros. Interactive, Action
11 2,508,301 2,508,301
29
Call of Duty: Black Ops
Call of Duty: Black Ops (PS3)
Activision, Shooter
60 2,460,751 11,166,636
30
Wii Party
Wii Party (Wii)
Nintendo, Misc
78 2,389,415 7,092,042
31
LittleBigPlanet 2
LittleBigPlanet 2 (PS3)
Sony Computer Entertainment, Platform
50 2,384,116 2,384,116
32
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D (3DS)
Nintendo, Adventure
29 2,362,920 2,362,920
33
New Super Mario Bros.
New Super Mario Bros. (DS)
Nintendo, Platform
294 2,299,916 27,912,422
34
L.A. Noire
L.A. Noire (PS3)
Take-Two Interactive, Adventure
33 2,268,806 2,268,806
35
Madden NFL 12
Madden NFL 12 (X360)
Electronic Arts, Sports
18 2,210,185 2,210,185
36
Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games
Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games (Wii)
Sega, Sports
7 2,178,304 2,178,304
37
Killzone 3
Killzone 3 (PS3)
Sony Computer Entertainment, Shooter
45 2,132,926 2,132,926
38
L.A. Noire
L.A. Noire (X360)
Take-Two Interactive, Adventure
33 2,094,526 2,094,526
39
Michael Jackson: The Experience
Michael Jackson: The Experience (Wii)
Ubisoft, Misc
58 2,072,106 3,797,066
40
Nintendogs + cats
Nintendogs + cats (3DS)
Nintendo, Simulation
45 1,967,332 1,967,332
41
Fable III
Fable III (X360)
Microsoft, Role-Playing
62 1,942,010 4,608,076
42
Forza Motorsport 4
Forza Motorsport 4 (X360)
Microsoft, Racing
12 1,854,407 1,854,407
43
Gran Turismo 5
Gran Turismo 5 (PS3)
Sony Computer Entertainment, Racing
58 1,785,728 7,049,892
44
Madden NFL 12
Madden NFL 12 (PS3)
Electronic Arts, Sports
18 1,775,213 1,775,213
45
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (PC)
Bethesda Softworks, Role-Playing
8 1,773,172 1,773,172
46
Saints Row: The Third
Saints Row: The Third (X360)
THQ, Action
7 1,769,981 1,769,981
47
Star Wars: The Old Republic
Star Wars: The Old Republic (PC)
Electronic Arts, Role-Playing
2 1,765,181 1,765,181
48
Donkey Kong Country Returns
Donkey Kong Country Returns (Wii)
Nintendo, Platform
58 1,724,490 5,380,454
49
Pro Evolution Soccer 2012
Pro Evolution Soccer 2012 (PS3)
Konami, Sports
14 1,656,383 1,656,383
50
Kinect Sports
Kinect Sports (X360)
Microsoft, Sports
61 1,623,845 3,861,021
51
Halo: Reach
Halo: Reach (X360)
Microsoft, Shooter
68 1,594,092 8,694,574
52
Battlefield 3
Battlefield 3 (PC)
Electronic Arts, Shooter
10 1,563,297 1,563,297
53
Kinect Sports: Season Two
Kinect Sports: Season Two (X360)
Microsoft, Sports
10 1,555,369 1,555,369
54
Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary
Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary (X360)
Microsoft, Shooter
7 1,535,592 1,535,592
55
Mortal Kombat
Mortal Kombat (PS3)
Warner Bros. Interactive, Fighting
37 1,512,431 1,512,431
56
Mario Sports Mix
Mario Sports Mix (Wii)
Nintendo, Sports
58 1,381,157 1,880,889
57
Professor Layton and the Last Specter
Professor Layton and the Last Specter (DS)
Level 5, Adventure
76 1,377,621 2,052,803
58
Just Dance 3
Just Dance 3 (X360)
Ubisoft, Misc
13 1,375,345 1,375,345
59
Mario Kart DS
Mario Kart DS (DS)
Nintendo, Racing
320 1,374,508 21,612,602
60
Portal 2
Portal 2 (X360)
Valve, Shooter
37 1,368,273 1,368,273
61
NBA 2K12
NBA 2K12 (X360)
Take-Two Interactive, Sports
13 1,346,818 1,346,818
62
Homefront
Homefront (X360)
THQ, Shooter
42 1,302,940 1,302,940
63
Dance Central 2
Dance Central 2 (X360)
Microsoft, Misc
11 1,298,620 1,298,620
64
Saints Row: The Third
Saints Row: The Third (PS3)
THQ, Action
7 1,290,993 1,290,993
65
Just Dance
Just Dance (Wii)
Ubisoft, Misc
111 1,272,675 6,428,941
66
Need for Speed: The Run
Need for Speed: The Run (PS3)
Electronic Arts, Racing
7 1,241,362 1,241,362
67
Just Dance Kids
Just Dance Kids (Wii)
Ubisoft, Misc
60 1,231,996 1,607,605
68
Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Mini-Land Mayhem!
Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Mini-Land Mayhem! (DS)
Nintendo, Puzzle
59 1,228,554 2,313,234
69
Dead Island
Dead Island (X360)
Deep Silver, Action
17 1,211,992 1,211,992
70
Dance Central
Dance Central (X360)
MTV Games, Misc
61 1,193,296 2,577,524
71
Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood
Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood (PS3)
Ubisoft, Action
59 1,165,647 3,891,518
72
Rage
Rage (X360)
Bethesda Softworks, Shooter
13 1,134,651 1,134,651
73
Dead Space 2
Dead Space 2 (X360)
Electronic Arts, Shooter
49 1,130,877 1,130,877
74
Portal 2
Portal 2 (PS3)
Valve, Shooter
37 1,127,799 1,127,799
75
NBA 2K12
NBA 2K12 (PS3)
Take-Two Interactive, Sports
13 1,124,223 1,124,223
76
Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure
Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure (Wii)
Activision, Action
12 1,122,169 1,122,169
77
Grand Theft Auto IV
Grand Theft Auto IV (PS3)
Take-Two Interactive, Action
192 1,111,508 8,833,303
78
Mortal Kombat
Mortal Kombat (X360)
Warner Bros. Interactive, Fighting
37 1,108,485 1,108,485
79
Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood
Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood (X360)
Ubisoft, Action
59 1,104,880 4,052,982
80
Red Dead Redemption
Red Dead Redemption (PS3)
Take-Two Interactive, Action
85 1,104,797 4,444,913
81
inFAMOUS 2
inFAMOUS 2 (PS3)
Sony Computer Entertainment, Action
30 1,099,574 1,099,574
82
Sports Champions
Sports Champions (PS3)
Sony Computer Entertainment, Sports
68 1,073,885 3,067,776
83
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (PC)
Activision, Shooter
8 1,071,198 1,071,198
84
Crysis 2
Crysis 2 (X360)
Electronic Arts, Shooter
41 1,064,187 1,064,187
85
Dead Island
Dead Island (PS3)
Deep Silver, Action
17 1,057,396 1,057,396
86
Dead Space 2
Dead Space 2 (PS3)
Electronic Arts, Shooter
49 1,033,861 1,033,861
87
Kirby's Return to Dreamland
Kirby’s Return to Dreamland (Wii)
Nintendo, Platform
10 1,015,419 1,015,419
88
The Sims 3: Pets
The Sims 3: Pets (PC)
Electronic Arts, Simulation
11 987,084 987,084
89
Monster Hunter 3G
Monster Hunter 3G (3DS)
Capcom, Role-Playing
4 986,674 986,674
90
Deus Ex: Human Revolution
Deus Ex: Human Revolution (X360)
Square Enix, Shooter
19 962,671 962,671
91
Grand Theft Auto IV
Grand Theft Auto IV (X360)
Take-Two Interactive, Action
192 961,534 9,358,711
92
Dark Souls
Dark Souls (PS3)
Namco Bandai, Role-Playing
15 955,445 955,445
93
Resistance 3
Resistance 3 (PS3)
Sony Computer Entertainment, Shooter
17 955,386 955,386
94
FIFA Soccer 11
FIFA Soccer 11 (PS3)
Electronic Arts, Sports
66 950,945 4,762,964
95
Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds
Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds (PS3)
Capcom, Fighting
46 941,562 941,562
96
Art Academy
Art Academy (DS)
Nintendo, Misc
81 939,696 2,296,703
97
Disney Epic Mickey
Disney Epic Mickey (Wii)
Disney Interactive Studios, Platform
58 924,087 2,527,709
98
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (PS3)
Sony Computer Entertainment, Action
116 923,124 5,382,599
99
uDraw Studio
uDraw Studio (Wii)
THQ, Misc
59 921,904 1,834,757
100
Zumba Fitness
Zumba Fitness (X360)
Majesco, Sports
59 913,549 1,175,706

Source: VGChartz

A Second Layer on Life

In April I posted a short video from Google about the future of ‘mobile’ and the Google Goggles project (project glass).

http://www.brandnewgame.nl/2012/04/project-glass-one-day/

This is how we will experience life in the future according to Sight Systems.

It starts out nicely and confirms that Gamification is the future, but the power of programmers seem to get out of hand if we don’t watch out…

Friday Fun – WK 31/52

Where are your mobile manners?

By Morten Geertsen

An infographic says a thousand words. Well, at least they’re quite entertaining as well as informative. Often they have kind of a message. So did the one on mobile devices, which Bart sent me, written by an online college site – with the purpose of making students aware of their mobile behavior.

“Cellular Jerks: Where Are Your Mobile Manners?” There you go! The title says it all: Some people just don’t know how to behave with a cell phone in the real world.

In Denmark we have more bicycles than citizens (3:1). Maybe the same accounts for Holland, where Bart is from (Bart: I believe in Holland it’s 2:1 and 1 million are sold every year). However, I wasn’t aware of the fact that the number of mobile devices has increased beyond the number of people! Mobile zombies are everywhere: People walking the streets, their eyes fixed on the tiny screen.

In supermarkets in Denmark you often see people caught up in the worlds of their mobile devices: Distracted from any sociable interactions with the cashier (or any other person for that matter). No wonder that 3 in 4 people think cell phone behavior has gotten way worse in the past 2 years!

Do you use your cell phone when you shouldn’t? According to the infographic… you do.

If you’re a student most likely you’ve texted in-class, just like 9 out of 10 students. If school is not your strongest side, you might even have texted during exams, like 1 out of 10! Remember you’re not in “Who wants to be a millionaire” – you don’t have a “lifeline” and you can’t just call a friend!

To be honest, it’s not illegal in all countries to use your cell phone. However, it’s dangerous worldwide! Reportedly 3 in 4 adults have talked or texted behind the wheel. Apparently a text distracts the driver for an average of 4.6 second. So, more surprising than how fast-fingered drivers are, is the fact that this is the equivalent of driving an entire football field blindfolded!

Not exactly forbidden but definitely awkward is the combination of texting/calling and being intimate with someone.  10% under the age of 25 have texted during sex. Among all adults 15% will answer a call mid-sex. I’ll let the reader decide for himself, if that is a surprising fact.

3 in 4 college students sleep with their phones in or by their bed. This is of no surprise, because functions such as alarm clocks are used by many students as a way of gaining consciousness on early mornings.

Apparently cell phones often visit bathrooms. 3 in 4 people bring them there to either text, e-mail or play games, that way making the previous use of gossip magazines outdated. Similarly many people answer calls (63%) or strangely enough make calls themselves (41%). Consequently 1 in 5 people have experienced the traumatic accident of their phone falling in the toilet.

Ears don’t have the same ability to shut out the outside world as let’s say mouth and eyes. So chances are you’ve heard things you wish you hadn’t from someone talking on their cell phone. In that case you’re not alone. The same accounts for 55% of the rest of the population, who’ve felt uncomfortable in overhearing a personal cell conversation.

If you plan to make a personal call in the middle of crowded afternoon train, please keep the level of details low! Thanks on behalf of half of most of the population.

Total annoyance can be summarized: 22% have been bothered by others playing games or listening to music, 20% dislike hearing someone talk on their phone and 17% were peeved by people texting in movies. However, it is pointed out that paradoxically 90% of cell users think they have excellent mobile manners. Duh.

Translated into something more picturesque: The relationship between respectively active and passive cell phone users is a bit like two old neighbors not getting along, all the time getting annoyed over details. “How tall is the hedge supposed to be?” is a bit like “How loud is a person supposed to talk on a cell phone?” (the infographic says people speak three times louder on their cell phones compared to normal conversations!) and “What are they supposed to talk about?”.

However, as the infographic claims, our cell phone use can be quite dangerous or in other cases very annoying to people. Mobiles are awesome… they can do all kinds of things. But they’re not a natural part of the social reality and sometimes we need to control our dependence and use of them.

Are you a cellular jerk? (http://www.onlinecollege.org/cellular-jerks/)

Nissan Gran Turismo 2012 Dutch Finalists

These are the Top 3 players that will go to Silverstone to compete with other European finalists to become part of the Nissan GT racing team 2012. There was an online competition in the past months where Nissan started their search for new racing talent.

They have been doing this for the past 5 years and it shows that Nissan really believes that virtual skills can lead to real-life excellence as they reward winners year after year with a racing license, hoping to source new talent for their racing teams.

Way to go PlayStation and Nissan!

Netherlands in Top 5 Happiest Countries

American research shows that Dutch employees are in the Top 5 of happiest people in the world next to Denmark , Sweden, Norway and Germany. Surprise, surprise! Can you imagine how happy we would be if we could make our work more playful? Instead of feeling stress, we will feel invigorated  and excited to achieve the goals we set together and try to achieve with our co-worlers. I strongly believe that this will be my future business model: gamifying enterprises, like we did with ABN Amro two years ago together with IJsfontein. And like I am doing now at Ziggo on a project I can’t tell you too much about yet… ;-()

Bring Back the 40 Hour Work Week Infographic
Source: OnlineMBA.com

40 Social Gaming Mechanics

Sims 3 Branches out with Diesel!

Another example how Diesel stays cool where other brands are watching and wondering how they should… In the past 15 years in the digital era as a marketing and advertising professional I have been part of both Atari and Diesel and witnessed loads of tie ins with games and brands. After featuring Katey Perry in Sims 3 it’s now time for my ex-employer Diesel (the Italian clothing brand) to get their hands dirty in Sims, or should I say: ‘build their brand further in the digital era’…?

The latest Diesel collection has been made available in Sims 3 after partnering with Atari back in 2001 with Driver 2 (my Atari-days before I was asked to come to work for Diesel), later Devil May Cry 2 (as a special feature if you played through the game) and a virtual shop in PlayStation Home to spice up the looks of your avatar. It’s now Electronic Arts that wants to spice up the life of the Sims.

A really cool and relevant way to build the Diesel brand amongst millions of women worldwide and it enables them to show the brand spin offs like Diesel furniture and wallpaper as well! Way to go Renzo Rosso and his team!

For more information, check the Diesel website: http://www.diesel.com/sims 

 

10 Steps to Gamify Your Business


As I am invited to speak in Turkey in October I thought I would update my view on Gamification and let you know ‘How I do it’ to help my clients achieve serious objectives through playful solutions.

Check out the presentation below and let me know what you think!

You can download this presentation from Slideshare if you like.

Android Update June 2012

This infographic brings you up-to-date in a glance about all you need to know about the use of Android and it’s apps. As usual, the TOP10 of apps are all game (or in this case – gambling) related… no news to me, but brands seem reluctant to hop on the bandwagon and keep investing in one-way pushy and static TV advertising… (even when three independent research documents show that 70% of all viewers zap away, get a drink or go take a ‘restroom’ break). Why not develop a FUN or FUNCTIONAL app for mobile devices to be closer to your consumer than you will ever get!?

A big thanks to Start-app for sharing this!