PostHeaderIcon Skyrim Trumps Modern Warfare 3 as Most Played Game of 2011

Everyone seems to love The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, and that’s because there’s very little not to like (unless you’re just not into RPGs, in which case you should seek counseling immediately). Underscoring the widespread appeal of a game like Skyrim, the average gamer spent 23 hours hunting dragons and picking virtual pockets during Skyrim’s first week of sales.

The average Skyrim player also clocked 2.92 hours in one sitting, according to data by gaming network Raptr. That’s the highest one month average in Raptr history. Hands down, individual gamers invested the most amount of their time playing Skyrim, beating out popular titles like Modern Warfare 3, Gears 3, Battlefield 3, and Batman: Arkham City.

In terms of total playtime, Modern Warfare 3 racked up the most amount of hours, beating Skyrim by a 9 percent margin. The lone victory wasn’t enough to qualify it as Raptr’s Most Played Game of 2011, though it did cruise to an easy victory as the Most Played Shooter of 2011.

Raptr’s data consists of gameplay activity for over 10 million users across Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC platforms combined. You can read the full report here (PDF).

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