Earlier this month, the NPD group released their sales charts for video games and we were already aware that this was a record-breaking year. With the release of two new consoles plus the second generation of XBox 360 games, how could hardware and software sales not increase? Well, during all the excitement of the holiday season, the PC sales were overlooked. Console gaming and hardware accounted for $12 billion in sales last year, and PC software alone accounter for another $1.5 billion, to bring us to a grand total of $13.5 billion. Let’s take a look at what the best selling PC software was for 2006.
- World of Warcraft
- The Sims 2
- The Sims 2 Open for Business Expansion Pack
- Star Wars: Empire at War
- The Sims 2 Pets Expansion Pack
- Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
- MS Age of Empires III
- The Sims 2 Family Fun Stuff Expansion Pack
- Civilization IV
- The Sims 2 Nightlife Expansion Pack
The only suprising thing about the PC sales chart is that it doesn’t include any FPS (First Person Shooter) games, and yet quite a few strategy games. World of Warcraft being #1 isn’t particularly surprising since it has over 8 million subscribers and Electronic Arts controlling half of the top 10 with its ludicrously popular Sims series SHOULDN’T be surprising, but man, that’s a lot of EA. In fact, half of the chart was released before 2006. Well, any way you look at it, $1.5 billion in sales is still pretty good, especially since doomsayers have been predicting the death of the PC for years. I guess it’s gonna stick around a little bit longer.