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Thursday, February 1, 2001

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The Sims #1 Mac Software in December
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Westlake's Mark Adams was nice enough to point us in the direction of the new PC Data software sales reports. While it's not a surprise to see The Sims topping the charts, as Mark notes, this is the first time (ever?) that a game tops the sales of all Mac software. According to the data, The Sims outsold software biggies like OS 9, Norton Utilies, and Photoshop. It's not too surprising, then, to see the only other game in the top ten was the add-on pack, Livin' Large, which stands at #6 in the rankings. This certainly shows Mac gaming is picking up, and gives good encouragement that we will see Mac versions of future Sims titles like the House Party expansion or perhaps even any sequels.

In the Mac games top ten, The Sims and Livin Large are followed by the newer Sim Theme Park from Aspyr and Feral. In all, Aspyr and MacSoft (also called Infogrames) each have four titles in the top ten, constituting an impressive portion of total game sales. While these numbers aren't perfect, PC Data says they are based on 42 retail stores, which represents 80% of the total market. Of course, a healthy percentage of Mac software is sold via mail order or the internet, so don't take them to be absolute truth on the matter. To check it out now, go to the PC Data home page and click on 'More Lists' to choose which list you'd like to view.

PC Data Web Site
Aspyr's Web Site for The Sims
Aspyr Media
Westlake Interactive
The Sims: Livin' Large

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