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What Is the Most Popular Video Game in Each State?

New York: Spider-Man (2018)

The appeal of finding your neighborhood and plastering a thug against your apartment building is very, very high. This is just for the city though, of course. I don’t know what they’re playing in Albany.

North Carolina: NBA Jam (1993)

Larry Johnson and Alonzo Mourning. I totally get it.

North Dakota: N/A

Not one person lives in North Dakota. Did you know that? Not enough people are talking about this!

Ohio: Lost Planet 2 (2010)

This is weird until you remember that Ohio is still several consoles behind the rest of the states.

Oklahoma: Cabela’s Big Game Hunter (1998)

There’s this game people in bars play in Oklahoma where you try to get so drunk you forget this is an arcade game. Who needs virtual reality?

Oregon: Disco Elysium (2019)

I bet you thought it’d be The Oregon Trail, huh? Nope. Too easy. They prefer the genius of Disco Elysium, which Oregon gamers feel like went over the heads of gamers in most other states.

Pennsylvania: Rocky (2002)

While not the most technically sound game, Rocky is a serviceable run through the first five films in the franchise. A Philadelphia ritual has taken shape over the last few decades wherein many families wake up on Christmas morning, and the family cannot open presents until the youngest child has beaten Rocky. A beautiful tradition.

Rhode Island: Cities Skylines (2015)

Did you know Rhode Island only has five counties? That’s downright adorable. I walked around the entire state and everyone told me they loved this game.

South Carolina: Grand Theft Auto V (2013)

While undoubtedly one of the most popular video games of all time, the combination of lawlessness and boating seem to especially appeal to residents of Myrtle Beach and its surrounding areas.

South Dakota: American Truck Simulator (2016)

People play games for a lot of reasons, sometimes to relieve stress, sometimes to socialize with friends, and sometimes to make believe you are traveling to any other part of the country whatsoever.

Tennessee: Far Cry 5 (2018)

Let’s just all agree to make as optimistic an assumption about this as we can and keep on reading. Thanks a lot!

Texas: Red Dead Redemption 2 (2018)

Everything’s bigger in Texas, and that trickles down to their preferred games. In addition to letting you play as a cowboy, Red Dead 2 has a bigger everything, from the map to the genitals on the horses. Bigger is better. Yeehaw!

Utah: Animal Crossing: New Horizons (2020)

Oh no! We forgot to tell Utah that quarantine is over! Does anyone know how to contact Utah?

Vermont: Hitman 2 (2018)

Locals enjoy the Vermont level in this game for the authenticity and not the fantasy of wandering around their suburban Vermont neighborhoods murdering members of their community, I’m almost positive!

Virginia: Among Us (2018)

According to something I just read in a different browser tab, Virginia is known as ‘The Internet State,’ which would explain why this game that mostly consists of yelling at people is so popular there.

Washington: NBA2k8 (2007)

I think they just really miss the Seattle SuperSonics out there in Washington. Pretty sad when you think about this one.

West Virginia: Fallout 76

Most of the people that insist this game was misunderstood live in the state its set in. It’s not hard to figure out what’s going on here, you West Virginia rascals. It’s okay if you think the little landmarks and stuff are cool, but most of us don’t get that stuff! 

Wisconsin: SkiFree (1991)

Wisconsin gets a ton of snow, so naturally skiing is very popular. What makes less sense however, is that despite decades of more advanced games in the snowboarding genre, they still just really like to play SkiFree on their Windows 95 computers in Wisconsin. Whatever works!

Wyoming: No Man’s Sky (2016)

Four people in Wyoming are playing No Man’s Sky, making it the state’s most popular game. I wonder if they’re all playing together or not. Either way, I hope they find what they’re looking for.

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