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Top 20 Selling PC Games at Retail in February

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The Sims and Star Trek Online battle over the top spots in the best selling PC games of February 2010.

PC gaming sales at the boxed, retail level aren't what they used to be. Now most of the game sales action in stores happens for consoles, but PC gaming is taking the lead in online digital distribution. Make no mistake, however, as there are still many PC gamers who make the trip to the store just to have a physical copy for snuggling purposes.

Tracking firm NPD Group has released the top 20 selling PC games at retail. They are in best-selling order:

1) The Sims 3: High-End Loft Stuff--released Feb. 2010
2) Star Trek Online--released Feb. 2010
3) The Sims 3--released June 2009
4) Star Trek Online Collector's Ed.--released Feb. 2010
5) BioShock 2--released Feb. 2010
6) EverQuest II: Sentinel's Fate Expansion Pack--released Feb. 2010
7) Mass Effect 2--released Jan. 2010
8) World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King--released Nov. 2008
9) The Sims 2 Double Deluxe--released Nov. 2008
10) The Sims 3: World Adventures--released Nov. 2009
11) Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2--released Nov. 2009
12) World of Warcraft: Battle Chest--released Sept. 2007
13) EverQuest II: Sentinel's Fate Expansion Pack Collector's Ed--released Feb 2010
14) IGT Slots: Texas Tea--released Sept. 2009
15) The Sims 3: Collector's Ed--released June 2009
16) Dragon Age: Origins--released Oct. 2009
17) Mumbo Jumbo Assortment--released July 2009
18) World of Warcraft--released November 2004
19) Aliens vs. Predator--released Feb. 2010
20) The Sims 2: Fun with Pets--released Jan. 2010

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    sliem , March 17, 2010 1:56 PM
    The sims?!?!
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    kezix_69 , March 17, 2010 2:10 PM
    deadlockedworldYou cant buy ST online online. Its pretty ridiculous that you have to go into a store to buy an online game...


    That's just false. You can buy it through steam and at the star trek website....
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    theuerkorn , March 17, 2010 2:05 PM
    Wow! Sims, really? (6 times in top 20!!!) I never liked the Sims game so I am biased, but I am certainly surprised it's sooooo popular. (I guess the movie Surrogates wasn't too far fetched.) CoD MW2 is apparently still selling well despite all the complaints that suggested "nobody" will by the game. (I didn't but many others apparently did despite the limitations and the high price.)

    Then again, from that list I only purchased Bioshock 2 with no intent to get any of the others.
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    theholylancer , March 17, 2010 1:51 PM
    wrath of the lich king now!?

    wtf??

    and they are still making new sims 2 expansions?
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    CTPAHHIK , March 17, 2010 1:51 PM
    Number 2 and 4 is same game with different packaging. I wonder if you combine them, would it get first place.
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    sliem , March 17, 2010 1:56 PM
    The sims?!?!
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    CoryInJapan , March 17, 2010 2:00 PM
    lol shows mostly casual gamers buy at stores probably because they dont know about places like steam or new egg haha.

    Nice to at least see some of the actual good games on there though..they should be higher though because sims 3 isnt that great of a game ..well sims in general isnt that great of a game.No is WOW which Ive ALWAYS HATED SINCE I first played it.
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    theuerkorn , March 17, 2010 2:05 PM
    Wow! Sims, really? (6 times in top 20!!!) I never liked the Sims game so I am biased, but I am certainly surprised it's sooooo popular. (I guess the movie Surrogates wasn't too far fetched.) CoD MW2 is apparently still selling well despite all the complaints that suggested "nobody" will by the game. (I didn't but many others apparently did despite the limitations and the high price.)

    Then again, from that list I only purchased Bioshock 2 with no intent to get any of the others.
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    kezix_69 , March 17, 2010 2:10 PM
    deadlockedworldYou cant buy ST online online. Its pretty ridiculous that you have to go into a store to buy an online game...


    That's just false. You can buy it through steam and at the star trek website....
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    chefboyeb , March 17, 2010 2:19 PM
    I've never played the sims series before, maybe i should look it them...
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    bison88 , March 17, 2010 2:21 PM
    I have come to the conclusion in the next 100 years Sims and Sims titles will forever blanket the NPD charts.
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    jellico , March 17, 2010 2:31 PM
    FWIW, my thoughts on the top 10:
    Sims 3 - High End Loft This looks cool, I'll have to pick that up.
    Star Trek Online I played in the beta, but haven't played much since the release. It's not bad, but it is highly repetitive until you get to higher levels.
    Sims 3 Excellent game. What really makes it fun is not just the expansions, but the cool mods and accessories people always come out with.
    Bioshock 2 Haven't gotten this one yet, but it's on the list.
    EverQuest II: Sentinel's Fate Expansion Pack Seriously? People still play EQ2?
    Mass Effect 2 Now THERE'S a game! Certainly one of the best I've ever played. If you haven't played it, I HIGHLY recommend it!
    World of Warcraft - Wrath of the Lich King Damn! That's impressive considering it came out 16 months ago. You gotta love WoW. Lots to do; plenty of people to hunt (or hunt with); and at $14.99/month, it's fairly cheap entertainment.
    The Sims 2 Double Deluxe I assume this is mostly people with older computers that can't run Sims 3? :p 
    The Sims 3: World Adventures Another one on my list. So many games, so little time. I think I need to work two days a week and be off for 5 days at a time. That should do it.
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    zampolit , March 17, 2010 2:38 PM
    LOL, top game wishing it could be returned:
    -Star Trek Online
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    Ciuy , March 17, 2010 2:40 PM
    WoW and Sims OWNAGE !!!!!!!!!!!!
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    osxsier , March 17, 2010 3:09 PM
    Im a casual gamer and know about steam and new egg. However, I actually like having a physical copy of a game. It looks better having all my games lined up to show off to my friends, than to say, "hey look at my hard drive"

    Sooo yeah, physical copy ftw!
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    kooltime , March 17, 2010 3:11 PM
    The reason WoW keeps making the sellers list is due to the online gold farmers that get banned, its nothing for them to rebuy a new CD keys to continue business, when they do get caught. New accunts they power level sell as well are figured in those as well for those that buy from thesekinda places. A CD key set for WoW is cheap vs what they make for selling gold / items / power level chars off of them. It keeps them in business for those that get banned.
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    jgiron , March 17, 2010 3:22 PM
    SIMs? You have gotta be kidding me!
    So I guess gamers must play their alter-ego-ego after playing an FPS/RTS.
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    Ryric , March 17, 2010 4:11 PM
    This list to me seems to favor a certain type of gamer, most serious gamers use some type of digital purchase/download system which I think would heavily skew the results, especially if the publisher offers a good delivery system, Valve titles via steam, Impulse/Stardock, EA Link... And this is not even considering that the above listed games are the ones you will find in every store, many other games are very hit or miss for shelf space.

    The fact that people purchased STO is sad considering the state of beta when they ended it.
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    HavoCnMe , March 17, 2010 4:46 PM
    The last sims game i played was on gamecube...and it was (F-bomb)ing horrible. Want to talk about a waste of time, money, and your life.
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    CptTripps , March 17, 2010 5:13 PM
    Sims 3 is actually quite good. When I fired it up (purchased for wife) I said "oh, more sims", then I started playing to test performance with my new card, then I kept playing. It was not long before I was completely sucked in which is also the reason I never fired it up again ;) 
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    lashton , March 17, 2010 5:13 PM
    i think this is pone person favourite type who likes role play games, FALSE
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