Giant Bomb won't let me have a title long enough to explain properly, but this is just a blog comparing game sales in certain countries and the populations of said countries. Why? 'Cause I am bored.
To preface I was just reading this article whilst making myself a cup of tea and the numbers caught my eye, as they do sometimes. Now I'll say this here, this is not going to be particularly interesting, not to the regular joe anyway, but I find it interesting and thus this blog was born.
Numbers are cool, they can mean nothing, everything, and most importantly, whatever the hell you want. So for this, make whatever you want of them, as that is basically what I am doing.
Now we can all see, nothing here is particularly important, but what we can also see is that a very small percentage per country purchased this game at retail.
I find a few things here interesting; obviously, Poland was going have the highest numbers for this, considering the Witcher series was a known quantity in Poland before the games were even thoughts in CD Projekt's brilliant minds. But a few things were less obvious: firstly, the game almost sold a quarter of all it's units in Russia, a country that is supposedly rife with piracy, yet sold twice as many units per person than the USA, the supposed richest country in the world; secondly the game sold 1 unit for every 800 people in the UK, which by those odds means at least a hundred and twenty people in my little city bought the game, meaning there are 120 Witcher fans in relative close proximity to me, WHO ARE THESE PEOPLE, WHY DO I NOT KNOW THEM?
More silly things I can make these numbers mean
- America has the most pirates per population of these four countries, maybe even... THE WORLD.
- There is only one copy for every 72km^2 of Russia.
- Inversely there is copy for every 1.6km^2 of Poland
And with that I have ran out of facts. Feel free to add your own. But I found this pretty interesting. Thanks for reading, and go buy the game right now, unless you're silly and don't have a PC, then buy it on 360 when it hits.