2021 was apparently another "record year" for gaming talk on the social media giant Twitter - and as part of this, the platform has now rounded up the video game highlights of the year into a single post.
All up, there were 2.4 billion tweets about gaming, a 14% YoY increase - with Q4 being the biggest quarter for gaming conversation on the site.
In terms of the most tweeted about games - the mobile / console hit Genshin Impact took out the top spot, followed by Apex Legends in second place and Ensemble Stars! in third. Further down, we can see Nintendo's Animal Crossing: New Horizons in sixth (it took out the top spot in the previous year) and even titles like Minecraft and Fortnite.
Most Tweeted About Video Games:
- Genshin Impact (@GenshinImpact)
- Apex Legends (@PlayApex)
- Ensemble Stars! (@ensemble_stars)
- Final Fantasy (@FinalFantasy)
- Fate/Grand Order (@fgoproject)
- Animal Crossing: New Horizons (@animalcrossing)
- Knives Out (@game_knives_out)
- Minecraft (@minecraft)
- Project Sekai (@pj_sekai)
- Fortnite (@fortnitegame)
Japan was the country that talked the most about gaming in 2021, followed by the US and South Korea, and the UK was in the eighth spot.
Countries Tweeting the Most About Gaming:
- Japan 🇯🇵
- United States 🇺🇸
- South Korea 🇰🇷
- Thailand 🇹🇭
- Brazil 🇧🇷
- Philippines 🇵🇭
- Indonesia 🇮🇩
- United Kingdom 🇬🇧
- France 🇫🇷
- India 🇮🇳
And one other highlight was the most tweeted about events. E3 2021's digital event took out first spot, followed by Geoff Keighley's Game Awards and in third was Xbox's Games Showcase.
Most Tweeted About Gaming Events:
- E3 2021 (@E3)
- The Game Awards (@TheGameAwards)
- Xbox Games Showcase (@Xbox)
- Gamescom 2021 (@Gamescom)
- Summer Game Fest 2021 (@SummerGameFest)
You can see various other categories like the most tweeted about gaming creators and top eSports teams over on Twitter's round-up page. What do you think of the "most tweeted about games" on the platform in 2021? Leave a comment down below.
None of those most mentioned games are games I care about. I don't even know what a Genshin is. Does that make me a Boomer?
These whippersnappers with their fortnuts and minecraps.
This is fake news being pushed by the liberal media giant that is Twitter. The game most tweeted about is obviously Among Us, and the fact that it didn't even make the top 10 is a li'l sus.
(Because this is the internet, let me clarify that the first sentence is just a joke but I really don't like ending posts with "/s.")
I physically cringe when I see anybody with a genshin profile photo, especially the official twitter photo I don't know why. Very surprised fortnite wasn't up higher for how chapter 3 started. Also surprised that animal crossing is still there since last year I'm pretty sure
I don't trust Twitter very much. Not only that but the comments I see on Twitter are toxic and hurtful.
Indonesian peoples also like to tweet about gaming. 😁🇮🇩
Yeah, I have yet to see Genshin being used at all in any big gaming advancement. Can anyone please explain what the fuss is all about with that game?
Waifus that’s all there is too it, it might have nice production values but it’s wrapped up in generic anime/jrpg tropes to the point where it feels like the whole game was made by a algorithm, the actual reason anyone is playing is to blow cash on playing waifu gacha. That game is such a success that I have to wonder how much longer western publishers like EA will stick to avoiding lootcrates.
I'm calling bs on Knives Out. Mostly because I have zero reason to assume discussion on the movie didn't get involved in there. Like if a first name is trending, the thing might say "Gaming" above it, but then like 90% of the discussion will have nothing to do with gaming. I'd bet money that's happened here, even Twitter doesn't know how to Twitter.
Also at the top events "gUyS e3 iS iRrElEvAnT"
I can't say I've heard of Knives Out or Sekai.
Yeah that’s what I figured from the look of the game, I really pity those that are stuck in a loot box loop just because they want their specific characters, particularly if that’s what the game is focused around.
But I play Mario Kart Tour so my opinion is invalid anyway 😅
@JakedaArbok Last I heard...it's Breath of the Wild but free2play, and anime.
Oh, so the gameplay loop is open world? That’s a pretty interesting concept-
well, it could still be fun despite that, maybe a cool art style-
well, it could have some redeeming qualities-
@JakedaArbok Anime I'm fine with, it's the free2play and mobile that makes me go "Nope!" xD
(open world too, I dunno, not a fan of it but I guess BOTW isn't THAT bad...)
Twitter's gonna twit.
That’s fair, the anime style isn’t necessarily bad, it’s when they use it to do questionable stuff that I suspect this game is promoting is when I take issue. Either way, at the end of the day, if people really like the game, I guess it’s their choice, but I just don’t get it for the life of me.
love to see good ol' Jenshin Impac!
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@sketchturner Genshin is BoTW, but with things to actually do in the wild. Sadly I played that before BoTW so it's impossible for me to get into it now when it feels so lifeless. That said I quit after about 30 hours due to the gacha rate being disgustingly low, but still more than I've made myself put into Bore of the Wild.
I do have to wonder how many of the Fortnite tweets were the same few thousand people who despite saying they hate the game, take the time to say "dead game" and "ratio" (whatever the hell that means) on every single post.
Lack of Smash Bros. feels really surprising to me.
I’m honestly a bit surprised that there was only one Nintendo game on here, especially Animal Crossing. Animal Crossing is not really my thing but I thought the game had been losing steam since its launch. Guess I was wrong, huh?
@UglyCasanova Dang, you really don’t like Breath of the Wild haha
So we are expected to believe that almost none of the 10 best selling games of the year were heavily tweeted about? Not even the highly anticipated games that had been years since we seen the likes of them (Metroid Dread).
@Not_Soos believe me, Genshin Impact was the game most talked about on twitter, especially by these liberals. Every time a new character came out, it was an all out war with these people.
@Savage_Joe I dunno, for me personally, Among Us and NFTs are like the two things I can't go 15 minutes on Twitter without seeing, and it gets super annoying. I'm guessing this only takes text into consideration and not photos, but I see so many memes of people seeing what looks like a crewmate in random places. If this list somehow took into consideration photos and keywords related to games like "sus" and "impostor" without directly using the words "Among Us," I think it would have been at the top for sure.
@JakedaArbok I started playing genshin because it's free to play so I thought why not & actually really enjoy it , haven't spent any money on it & I've unlocked a good few characters through playing & not spending
@JakedaArbok It is an excellent game that gets new content patches every 6 weeks ranging from new areas to explore to new story quests to events. It got really high production values and polish that puts many recently high profile AAA games to shame.
It is on PC, PS4/5 and Mobile. It is still supposed to be released on Switch but i honestly don't see that happening anymore. That this game even runs on Mobile is a technical marvel.
If you like open world games i would highly recommend playing it. There is no reason to spend money in this game. I always wonder how they made so much money in the first year because the game pretty much gives you everything you need anyway and the waifus are so tame compard to other gachas.
And once you reached endgame you will have enough currency saved up to target a few characters you like (might take some time until they are available) and after that you can pretty much ignore the gacha.
If you have some time i would recommend watching "a serious critique of genshin impact" by NeverKnowsBeast on youtube.
@sketchturner You're bloody lucky. Get out before the hoard arrives.
@FuzzBall You might treet about the anticipation, but ACNH e.g. really is about showing of during the game, that's the difference
To everyone surprised with Animal Crossing being in the Top 10, there is a huge world wide community posting designs, design codes and memes of the game. With the 2.0 update last year and the DLC, there are still new things being discovered. The game is far from dead.
Since many of players aren’t usually tweeting about the latest gaming news, this may come as a surprise to you only because you may not be connected to them. If you have a chance, check out the millions of castle builds right now. They are stunning. ACNH Players are doing some very creative things.
I assumed cyberpunk would be number one that’s nuts.
Or the expansion pack from everybody dunking on it.
Well, now I have conflicting opinions. I’ll give that video a watch, so if people are having an actively good time with it without spending a dime, it can’t be all bad. Not my kind of thing, but if people like it legitimately, that’s good for them.
@GannonBanned I assumed Cyberpunk would at least show up, but maybe Japan not talking about it is enough to keep it off the top 10. I've never heard of Ensemble Stars or Project Sekai and they're both Japanese.
@Not_Soos Fake or not, Twitter isn't relevant for any stats.
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Great state of the industry we got here boys!
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