Here are the most popular video games played in 2022 in each state
Video games have been an integral part of the American way of life since Atari burst into living rooms in the late 1970s. They’ve become so entrenched in our culture over the years that it’s hard to pinpoint the apex of their popularity. Was Nintendo’s mid-1980s dominance the height of video game popularity? Was Sony’s rise to prominence in the late 90s and early 2000s the real peak?
It is possible that in 2022, with more options than ever, the game will be more popular than ever. Gamers are enjoying a time when video games are perhaps truly at their peak.
Undoubtedly, countless metrics can be used to determine which video games are most popular today, and one group has taken on the task of identifying the most popular games – by state!
Explain the process
In order to create this revealing list, the gaming experts at Minesweeper took data on the 25 most popular video games according to HowLongToBeat. They then cross-referenced these games with Google Trends search data from the first six months of 2022.
This gave them the most wanted game in every state. The findings are interesting. Some popular legacy franchises appear multiple times. There are also surprising omissions.
Although it was released almost a decade ago in 2013, Grand Theft Auto V appears on this list 15 times, showing its resilience and lasting impact on gamers’ minds. After all, he is known to be one of – if not the – best video game(s) in recent memory. Also, GTA V was the most popular game in more than a dozen states, especially in the southern and midwestern regions of the country.
Grand Theft Auto turned heads in 2013 when its initial three-day sales totaled $1 billion. The fact that gamers are still searching for information about it at such a high volume today is an equally impressive feat.
Most recent games that have appeared in the top positions in other states include Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge and Ring of Eldenboth released in the first half of 2022.
“It is not surprising that Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge and Ring of Elden have proven to be the most popular video games in multiple states as they recently launched this year,” a Minesweeper representative commented. ” Grand Theft Auto V , however, has almost been played in the last ten years by gamers; it’s clear that the game’s immersive storyline, fun characters, and gameplay still resonate with a large number of American gamers.
Loss , originally released in 1993, appears as the most searched game in three states. This should come as no surprise, as dozens of iterations of the original Loss game have been released over the years, most recently in 2022 with Eternal destiny.
The complete list of most wanted video games in each state:
The most popular video games, by state
Alabama- Grand Theft Auto V
Alaska- God of the war
Arizona- Grand Theft Auto V
Arkansas- Horizon Zero Dawn
California – God of the war
Colorado- Ring of Elden
Connecticut- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge
Delaware- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge
District of Columbia – underworld
Florida – Gate
Georgia – Grand Theft Auto V
Hawaii – Loss
Illinois- Grand Theft Auto V
Indiana- Grand Theft Auto V
Iowa- Horizon Zero Dawn
Kentucky- Resident Evil 2
Louisiana – God of the war
Maine- Stardew Valley
Massachusetts- Horizon Zero Dawn
Michigan- Grand Theft Auto V
Minnesota- The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim – Special Edition
Mississippi- Grand Theft Auto V
Missouri- Grand Theft Auto V
Montana- The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
Nebraska – God of the war
Nevada – Horizon Zero Dawn
New Hampshire- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge
New Jersey- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge
New Mexico – BioShock
New York – Grand Theft Auto V
North Carolina – Grand Theft Auto V
North Dakota – Stardew Valley
Ohio- Grand Theft Auto V
Oklahoma- grave robber
Oregon – Ring of Elden
Pennsylvania – Grand Theft Auto V
Rhode Island – Gate
Caroline from the south – grave robber
South Dakota – Final Fantasy VII
Tennessee- Grand Theft Auto V
Texas- Grand Theft Auto V
Utah- The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Vermont- grave robber
Virginia – The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim – Special Edition
West Virginia – Red Dead Redemption 2
Wisconsin- Grand Theft Auto V
Wyoming- Cyberpunk 2077
Interestingly, there are notable omissions in these results. Almost all of the top 10 video games that have the largest active concurrent player base – such as Fortnite , League of Legends and Minecraft were missing from this list.
(An obvious reason for this could be that these gamers were just too busy playing these games instead of looking up information about them!)
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