Video Games Dominate 2011 Twitter Tech Topics

Twitter’s 2011 Year in Review is out and of the ten most used tech-related words and terms of 2011, five of them are exclusive to gaming and another four may as well be. In fact, the only Twitter topic that doesn’t have much gaming application was Mozilla Firefox, which was the fourth-most used term in posts of 140 or fewer characters.

The Mac App Store was No. 1, with the Sony NGP — now known the world over as the PlayStation Vita — being the second-most used tech term on Twitter this year. Guitar Hero lands squarely in the No. 3 position and Duke Nukem Forever rounds out the top five, undoubtedly due to plenty of posts with an “about damn time” flavor to them.

The Nintendo 3DS and Mortal Kombat are numbers 8 and 9, respectively, with Apple products filling every other space. It seems nearly every product the house that Jobs built has dominated the Twittersphere over the last 12 months, which is no surprise. When you think of how many people are walking around with Macbooks, iPods, iPads and iPhones, it makes sense they’d post about these devices.

Besides, can any of you out there who own an iOS device honestly say you don’t use it for any type of gaming? Before the untimely demise of my iPhone 4 — may angels bring you in, Fox McCloud — Final Fantasy III, Zenonia and the ever-so-wonderful Infinity Blade were just a few of the games I had on me. When I downloaded Plants Vs. Zombies, I spent no less than seven hours getting into it.

Check out the rest of the list; it’s pretty neat to look back and see what people were fussing about all year. Rewind to the 2010 list and you’ll see the only video game people felt they could tweet about was Call of Duty: Black Ops. Interesting. Very interesting, indeed …


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Eder Campuzano

Eder is a journalism major at the University of Oregon and copy chief of Flux, the School of Journalism and Communication's flagship magazine. When he's not playing video games or writing about them, Eder enjoys going to concerts, walking the UO campus with his trusty iPod, James McCloud, and climbing steep hills in running shoes. His favorite games include Super Mario Bros. 3, Donkey Kong Country 2, Bioshock and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.

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