PlayStation 4 and Titanfall dominated 2014’s headlines

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Gaming enthusiast sites and big mainstream media wrote a great many articles and stories last year – and according to research firm ICO, most of them were about the PlayStation 4 and Titanfall, with many of them wondering why one of them wasn’t on the other. The data, compiled by ICO Partners internal tracking software, tells us that the majority of headlines written by the tracked sites were about Sony’s PlayStation brand, with a specific focus on the PlayStation 4.

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It’s worth noting that, according to ICO Partners’ Thomas Bidaux, the majority of the sites tracked are of the specialist, enthusiast variety, which accounts for the low number of headlines about mobile gaming. It makes it no surprise then that the majority of headlines were about the PlayStation and Xbox brands – skewed in favour of Sony’s platforms. PlayStation had a 35% lead over Xbox, based on 560,573 articles for PlayStation and 411,380 for Xbox.

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It’s interesting to see that when it comes to individual games, Titanfall comes up trumps, with Mojang’s world builder in second.

“Minecraft is its own thing. I think the price tag that Microsoft paid to buy Mojang can be explained by how much of a cultural phenomenon and a cultural item Minecraft has become. While it got a lot mentions during the acquisition, it has to be noted that Minecraft is almost always in the top 15 of the most mentioned games in a month. The regularity of its media presence explains more about its presence as the 2nd most mentioned game in the media than anything else.

“Lastly, it is fantastic to see Smash Bros get in that top ten. This is a game that only exists on two consoles. And the Wii U is far from being a dominating player in its generation (and the 3DS is not getting headlines like it used to). It is also with a release date late during the year. I guess the audience demand for that particular game lead for a lot of media coverage.”

 

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With a special focus on MOBAs, it’s clear to see that League of Legends not only dominates when it comes to players, but in headlines too. That same could not be said of us, but that’s mostly because we had a DOTA-obsessed cabbage last year.

It’s an interesting look at media trends which, I suppose, highlights the fact that it’s largely a giant echo chamber.

Last Updated: February 17, 2015

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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