The 5 Best Selling Video Games of 2011: Gamers Get Off the Couch
Quickly, now. Name one of the top 5, best-selling video games of 2011. Any one will do. Go ahead.
Did you say Dragon Age II? Nope. Wrong answer. That one's wide of the mark. Killzone, maybe? That's a little closer. Call of Duty. Ohhhh. Almost. Still no, though.
The top 5 best-selling games of 2011 through April according to VGChartz are:
- Pokemon Black/White Version for the DS.
Go ahead and laugh, but Pokemon rules.
- Kinect Adventures (X360)
- Just Dance 2 (Wii)
- Wii Sports (Wii)
- Wii Sports Resort (Wii)
Activision-Blizzard's Call of Duty for the 360 squeaks in at position 6*. Killzone comes in at 7 and Dragon Age 2 is all the way down the chart at number 18. (And, by the way, if you're one of those traditionalists still doing all your gaming on a PC, PC video game sales barely register on the charts. Consoles rule.)
Have been you looking down your nose at the Wii? Not what you'd call gaming?
Well, you better get off the sofa, tubby. The Wii changed everything and the Microsoft has joined the game. Those silly little Wii controllers have brought a whole lot of new people into gaming and they're not sitting on the sofa pew-pewing. They're dancing and bowling and playing tennis. They feel directly involved in the game they're playing.
Were you wondering why Microsoft introduced the Kinect? The answer is in those charts. Steve Ballmer and the rest of the Microsoft cabal might be soulless monopolists, but they're not fools.
There's no arguing with success, and there's no denying the Wii has been monumentally successful. The Xbox 360 Kinect is going to take all those people who might look down their nose at motion gaming and bring them into the fold.
Soon, you might never think of sitting on the couch, again. The horror. The horror. Next thing you know, they'll make you go outside. In the sunlight. Ugh.
*The analytical types, also known at nit-picking know-it-alls, will notice we cheated a little. Game sales are based on the specific platforms, such as the Wii or the X360. If you combine, Call of Duty's sales across the X360, PS3, and PC, it assumes a a nice solid position just behind Pokemon at number 2.