The entries in 50 in 50 were alphabetical, because it seemed the simplest recourse. I didn’t want to sort them by how much I liked them, which would have been a subjective nightmare. Still, I think I’d like to try at least a little bit of a non-alphabetical sorting method, so here are my top 10 MMOs by (sometimes estimated, sometimes not) time played.
When I can, I’ll use Raptr’s tracking to help me sort things, but since I only signed up for Raptr in mid-2011, there will be quite a few holes. In a few cases, I was able to recall /played (or whatever it is in various games) to some degree, so I can use that as well, though I haven’t logged into any of these games to specifically see how long I’ve played them.
1) The Lord of the Rings Online
No question this is #1. I remember running a /played on my main a while back and it was right around three months. (A LOTRO “month” is exactly four weeks.) That’s 2,016 hours. On one character.
2) Guild Wars 2
By comparison, my Raptr says I have 1,546 hours in Guild Wars 2. Even though that doesn’t count around 200 hours when it wouldn’t track the game for me last summer, it’s not even close.
3) PlanetSide 2
Third place is a very distant third. Raptr says I’ve spent 267 hours in PS2.
4) City of Heroes
Here’s where I have to start making things up. I logged most of my CoH time in my first seven months. I think I resubbed twice in the following years and played briefly during a couple of free weekends and when it went fully F2P. I would have needed to average around 35 hours/month in those first seven to “beat” PS2, and I just don’t know. 35 hours/month seems like not a lot for an MMO now, and I certainly exceeded that during my first couple of months of CoH, but I just don’t believe I maintained that pace throughout. I’d estimate my total play time at around 200-250 hours.
Raptr only has me for 71 hours in Rift but most of my play time occurred before signing on to the service. My original subscription was actually still active when I joined Raptr, but I know I didn’t play much those last few months. I’d guess it’s around 200 hours total.
6) Guild Wars
If I recall correctly, I got 168 hours (of which 77 are recorded on Raptr) when I did a /age command the last time I played. Really doesn’t seem like that much.
7) Star Wars: The Old Republic
Here’s another “doesn’t seem like that much,” but Raptr says I played 144 hours. That’s gross. (Get it? Ha!) It would probably be more like 44 hours if I hadn’t sat through all the cut scenes.
8) The Secret World
Again, we have a big drop, as Raptr tracks me at 53 hours. This is one where it almost seems like I’ve played it longer, or maybe it just didn’t seem so long because the content was suitably interesting. That’s a good thing, right?
9) Star Trek Online
Raptr completely blew a gasket when I got back into STO in early 2012 and was unable to track any of my play time. I’d guess I did about 20-25 hours both in my initial run in 2010 and with my resurgence a couple years ago, for a total of 40-50.
10) World of Warcraft
This one was tough. On the one hand, Raptr has me at 40 hours of The Elder Scrolls Online. My 11 tracked hours for WoW came late last year, but I did play, semi-seriously, for a few months in 2010 after coming on board with Beckett. Did I play for 29 or more hours? And was it enough not to beat out STO? I think it’s close, but I’ll give the nod to WoW here, if only because several hours of my TESO time was spent in beta, so it only-kinda counts.
All in all, it seems kinda weird to me that I only have 11 MMOs (counting TESO) that I’ve spent as much as 40 hours in. That’s a reasonably solid month of play for most people. Makes me feel not-quite-hardcore.
Then again, if you count those 11 games, using Raptr or my estimates (adding about 1/2 of my main’s time in LOTRO to account for alts), it adds up to 5,830 hours, or about 243 days. And that doesn’t count the smaller amounts of time I’ve spent in other games, which would probably add a few hundred more hours. And time spent in non-MMOs, which would easily push me past a year. Raptr alone has me on the hook for 5,186 hours since I signed up a little over three years ago.
I’m not sure whether to feel accomplished or ill.