Last week, two of the biggest games of the year were released – Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. One is a multiplayer war simulator, the other is an endless single-player RPG. Logic would dictate that the multiplayer game would come out on top, but as far as PC users goes, most of which probably use Steam for their digital purchases, Skyrim holds dominion over everything else – and not by any small margin.
As of this writing, on Steam’s stats page, Skyrim has 188,739 current players, while Modern Warfare 3 only has a scant 24,996. As a whole, on Saturday November 12, Skyrim had 274,410 peak users, and Modern Warfare 3 only had 79,213. To be honest, that surprised the hell out of me. Both can be compared in this manner because they are both multi-platoform (in fact, MW3 is on one additional platform than Skyrim is – the Wii), and, of course, both are on the PC via Steam. It’s pretty shocking, if I might say so. While all the 12-year-olds call out each other’s mothers in MW3, I’ll be minding my own business slaying dragons in Skyrim, thank you very much.