Raptr is the online social community site for gamers. By registering and providing usernames and gamertags for accounts across all gaming platforms, users have their gaming stats tracked. Along with Achievements and game titles, playing times are logged as well.
Raptr celebrates the closure of 2011 by releasing a list of the most played games across several genres, including the most played game overall. Their statistics cover more than 10 million registered users, so their pool serves as a nice cross-section of the gaming community.
The overall most played game of 2011? The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. Raptr examined what games users were spending the most time playing, and Skyrim came out on top. This measurement was an average play time per user count; so, while there may have been more users playing Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, the average gamer spent more time playing Skyrim than the modern military shooter.
The five games in the running for this award definitely represent some of the best work of the year: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, Battlefield 3, Batman: Arkham City and Gears of War 3. In fact, the only game that’s even a minor surprise among the list is Batman. As a fan of the franchise, I love the fact that it was even at the top of the heap for most played game of 2011.
The way Raptr figures, the average Skyrim playing session lasts just shy of three hours. That’s normally when I start getting hungry and look outside to notice the lighting around me has changed significantly. Skyrim has a way of sucking you into its world and never letting go, and we love it for that.
Raptr breaks down their stats across genres, and they even provide fun facts for each winner. If you’re interested, check out their full release for the play time stats this year.