Google's Top 10 Video Game Searches Of 2013 Are... Interesting

Google's Top 10 Video Game Searches Of 2013 Are... Interesting

Quick, what do you think were the biggest games on Google this year? Grand Theft Auto? Call of Duty? League of Legends?

Google has released their annual top-10 search lists for 2013, and the video game results are a little bit odd. GTA V is up there, sure, and so are a few other big games, like BioShock Infinite and Battlefield 4, but then... Cookie Clicker? Atari Breakout? No Clash of Clans or Dota 2 or even a Call of Duty in sight.

Let's break the list down:

  1. Grand Theft Auto V - Well, yeah. The year's biggest game.
  2. Cookie Clicker - Maybe because it's a browser game with a tricky URL and Google is the best way to find it?
  3. Atari Breakout - You can actually play Atari Breakout by searching for it on Google Image, which explains why it's so high.
  4. Candy Crush - Ugh.
  5. BioShock Infinite - Also one of the year's biggest games.
  6. Cube World - A lot of people really liked this one.
  7. Battlefield 4 - Beats out Call of Duty, interestingly.
  8. Neverwinter - I have no idea why this is on here.
  9. SimCity - Clearly people were trying to find Kotaku's SimCity Disaster Watch.
  10. Skylanders SWAP Force - Solely the work of Mike Fahey.


    Neverwinter Online was one of the years big MMOs.

    Personally I didn't search for any of those last year. Battlefield Battlelog I did a bunch of times through being too lazy to bookmark it. But nothing else even remotely close to those listed.

    But I am keeping a very close eye on Cube World.

    Never even heard of Cookie Clicker before.
    There goes my day...

      There goes your month. :)
      After you hit 5000 heavenly chips one day you might accidentally close the browser and realize you lost several days progress and couldn't be bothered retrieving the save data, and you will be free. FREE!

    Never winter...the novel was better :P

      The original neverwinter was great, since then, its kinda been abused.

        I miss Neverwinter Nights :( I hope they make a third one!

          Do you really after the 2nd? And the diabloesque console games?

            The second game is fantastic, and better than the original. It was fun to play, and I enjoyed it all the way through, and the story of Mask of the Betrayer, at the beginning of act 3, has had an amazing story. I haven't played Storms of Zehir in depth, but from what I've played of it, it's good as well, and with just a few tweaks to the game, may actually be better than the original, and the rest of 2

            The console games however, I can't judge, because I haven't played them

            Last edited 08/01/14 9:43 pm

    This is obviously a list of all the games that people want hacks to :)

    Surprised to see GTA in there. If you had to google GTA5 at any point this year, the marketing machine wasn't doing its job right. For MONTHS every regular site you have bookmarked and - several unrelated ones you don't - would've been wall-to-wall GTA previews, guides, news, and gifs. (Oh, and Kotaku, I've been meaning to talk to you about that gif crap. But we'll save that for another day.)

      An adblocker with the rule*.gif works wonders. If you allow all other ads on the site, these guys still get their advertising money, but they never put any meaningful non-animated content into gifs.

      I too am so over the excessive giffage.

      Please elaborate why you hate gifs. I found them very useful when our third-world internet struggles to load the associated YouTube video.

        Because they play without clicking on them, cycle endlessly and nearly induce epilepsy.
        If they cycled once, or you had to click to make 'em move, then sure.

        I usually find that the videos load faster than the GIF's, interestingly.

        I don't mind them as illustration to a point. I do get vaguely annoyed at having wasted my time investigating when the gif is all there is to see.

        To my mind, the gif should be an illustration, an enhancement to a story - not the story itself.

    Neverwinter is on there because it had a crafting web interface that allowed you to craft for your MMO character from a browser. It had a strange URL that ppl generally forgot so it was usually easier to just google "Neverwinter" and it would generally be the first result.

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