Here at Raptr, tracking gameplay hours and the number of users playing games is kind of our thing. This massive flow of data that pours into our database privies us insight into trends in the video game industry. Having all of this data to ourselves is great, but sharing it is better.
We dug through our data and pulled out some interesting nuggets of information on some of the top games. With the help of our data, Timothy Seppalla, writer at the popular site Ars Technica, was able to shed more light on why video games are becoming shorter with his article, “The incredible shrinking game: The truth of game length in the modern industry“.
It was always thought that gamers prefer longer games; they could spread out their playtime over months, getting the most bang for their buck. However, recent Raptr tracking shows this may not be the case today. Our data shows that longer games that have an average 20-30 hours completion time like Red Dead Redemption, actually have a lower number of total hours played compared to shorter games like Black Ops that require only 5-8 hours to beat.
Obviously games with great multiplayer keep players invested in the game long after the singleplayer campaign has been cleared. It makes sense with people playing Black Ops longer than Red Dead. That’s why we chose to look at the completion rates for just the singleplayer components of games.
Our data shows that longer games have poorer completion rates compared to shorter games. Only “7 percent of registered gamers on the 360 version of Red Dead Redemption completed the final story mission”. Comparatively nearly 58 percent of registered 360 users beat the campaign mode in Black Ops.
Developers use tracking of achievements and trophies of gamers to determine what kinds of games to create. If they see that the majority of their users have not completed the single player, or even reached the final campaign section, developers will take it as an indicator to make shorter games.
Our Raptr app serves as the perfect bridge between your gaming preferences and the developer. If you sign up for Raptr and download the app, we can log your game hours. Game developers can then make more informed decisions about what kinds of games you as consumers like to play.