The end of the year is almost upon us, and Google has released its annual “Year in Search” data to provide a look back at the trends that defined 2018. In the realm of video games, at least, it’s not terribly surprising which ones made the list.
The top video game search term of 2018 was Fortnite, which exploded in popularity this year. Rounding out the rest of the top five were Red Dead Redemption 2, Fallout 76, Far Cry 5, and God of War. Expanding to the top ten includes a handful of other popular games, along with some surprising inclusions like Kingdom Come: Deliverance and Zombs Royale, the browser-based game.
Fortnite’s popularity actually transcended the video games category, and was the most popular gif search as well. Presumably lots of people wanted to learn how to floss this year.
This is all according to the US data, whereas the global search data contains fewer and mostly broader categories. That list includes search queries like actors, movies, and bands, along with celebrities who have passed away in the last year like comics legend Stan Lee. Last year’s global data also had a category for consumer tech, which showed the Switch beating Xbox One X.