YouGov conducted a poll to find out the UK’s favourite video game of all time. The top spot was taken by Candy Crush with 11.3% of vote while the Grand Theft Auto series attained 10.6% in second place. Interestingly, Candy Crush’s popularity varies dramatically between genders and its success relies on a 24.3% female player base. In contrast, males only attributed to 3.4% of the vote. Other notable mentions include Mario Kart, Tetris, Tomb Raider, The Sims and Call of Duty. Although, I am surprised to see Civilization rated so highly and above a number of iconic Nintendo franchises.
The survey initially asked a sample size of more than 3300 people and a shortlist of 16 was created. From this data, each person was allowed to select their favourite from the 16 choices on offer. While 3300 is a good number, it’s still fairly small size and might explain some of the surprising results. Additionally, women only accounted for 41% of the gamers surveyed. This contravenes with recent evidence which suggests 52% of gamers in the UK are actually women.
YouGov also investigated the nation’s favourite retro gaming consoles and pitted Mario against Sonic in a battle to find out the UK’s favourite character.
This chart illustrates the PlayStation’s dominance and how closely matched the Megadrive and SNES are. These results are mostly in-tune with what I expected, but I thought the SNES would have been within 1-2% of the Megadrive.
What is your favourite video game of all-time, and do you feel these results are an accurate representation of the modern games industry?