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Lockdown has been undeniably difficult for all of us, but gaming has proved to be a wonderful escape in these trying times.
Titles like Animal Crossing: New Horizons, Minecraft and Call Of Duty: Warzone offered ways to hang out with friends while maintaining physical distancing. Meanwhile, single-player games with excellent stories and wide open worlds to explore have helped to keep our minds off all the bad stuff 2020 insists on throwing at us.
With so many of us spending more time playing video games than ever before, you might be wondering which game has proven to be the most popular of them all since lockdown started. It's a question Compare The Market (of all places) decided to try and answer by collecting data on Google searches around the world between March and April.
Breaking down the search trends by country makes for some... pretty unexpected reading. Roblox, the MMO that those of us over the age 13 will never truly understand, is the UK's favourite video game. At least in terms of Google searches. Roblox also seems to have taken over the rest of Europe, America, Australia, and Canada.
Elsewhere, Minecraft is the most popular title in Russia and China, while PUBG is doing numbers over in India. I'm baffled, is what I am. I find this whole situation baffling. Take a look at the chart below, just so you can be sure I'm not making this up.
I was honestly expecting Call Of Duty: Warzone, New Horizons, or even Minecraft to be at the top of the pile in the UK. I feel rather blindsided by Roblox, but maybe that says more about how out of touch I am with what the kids are into than anything else? Roblox is very much an absolute juggernaut for the youngsters, and I'm fairly certain my little sister still plays it regularly.
With lockdown in full force between March and April, I suppose kids were more active in-game than ever before as one of the best ways to keep in touch with their friends.
I guess it's important to note that most searched-for video game doesn't necessarily mean it's the most popular, but we can't ignore the fact that Roblox looms large in the heart of our fair nation. I wish I could say I was really surprised, but there's not much the UK could do at this point to shock me.
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