On a fanciful whim, TechnoBuffalo’s Senior Gaming Editor Joey Davidson asked me, “Would you like to stare at a spreadsheet for 8 hours?”
Well of course I said yes. But no, I wasn’t playing Disgaea. Instead, I was data-mining Wikipedia’s various lists of games by platform to see which platforms had the most exclusive games.
As a caveat, I’ll note that these lists were compiled by humans, and then read by me, also a human, so there may be minor numerical errors, but the overall picture is accurate. There’s also probably more information a better miner of data could’ve pulled out of these spreadsheets, but here are our graphs and the conclusions we’ve reached. Also, due to the nature of PC gaming, there wasn’t one single place to get a complete list of games, so the closest we could find was the list of games released to Steam in 2012. This doesn’t account for a few EA games (none of which were PC-exclusive) or Blizzard’s games, Diablo III and Mists of Pandaria (along with, very likely, a few other big ones I’ve forgotten).