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Here’s Which Video Game Each State Sucks At The Most

That game you just suck at. You try and try but you just can’t get past that bit, so you turn to Google for help…

You’re not alone. All over the country we all suck at some game or another. But which games are we really bad at? And does that change from state to state?

Well, we found out exactly that. Using data from Google Trends we looked at which states searched most frequently for cheats and walkthroughs for the most popular games over the last 11 years.

Bad news, guys: it turns out we’re all pretty bad at something…

(There’s more about how we got this data at the end of the post)

Video Games Suck

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The Game That Each State Sucks At The Most

(And here’s how we found this out)

  1. Alabama – Batman: Arkham City
  2. Alaska – Skyrim
  3. Arizona – Mass Effect 3
  4. Arkansas – Halo 3
  5. California – Bastion
  6. Colorado – BioShock
  7. Connecticut – Resident Evil 4
  8. Delaware – GTA 5
  9. District of Columbia – Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
  10. Florida – Journey
  11. Georgia – Grand Theft Auto V
  12. Hawaii – GTA 5
  13. Idaho – Skyrim
  14. Illinois – Super Mario Galaxy 2
  15. Indiana – Rock Band 2
  16. Iowa – Batman: Arkham City
  17. Kansas – Dragon Age: Origins
  18. Kentucky – Batman: Arkham City
  19. Louisiana – God of War
  20. Maine – The Sims 2
  21. Maryland – Gears of War
  22. Massachusetts – BioShock Infinite
  23. Michigan – Dishonored
  24. Minnesota – Super Mario Galaxy
  25. Mississippi – NBA 2K13
  26. Missouri – Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
  27. Montana – The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
  28. Nebraska – GTA 5
  29. Nevada – God of War
  30. New Hampshire – The Sims 2
  31. New Jersey – Mario Kart DS
  32. New Mexico – GTA 5
  33. New York – MLB 09: The Show
  34. North Carolina – Forza Motorsport 4
  35. North Dakota – Guitar Hero
  36. Ohio – The Last of Us
  37. Oklahoma – Borderlands 2
  38. Oregon – Super Mario Galaxy
  39. Pennsylvania – Bloodborne
  40. Rhode Island – The Sims 2
  41. South Carolina – Batman: Arkham City
  42. South Dakota – Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
  43. Tennessee – Far Cry 3
  44. Texas – Fallout 4
  45. Utah – Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
  46. Vermont – GTA 5
  47. Virginia – FIFA Soccer 10
  48. Washington – BioShock Infinite
  49. West Virginia – Red Dead Redemption
  50. Wisconsin – Super Mario Galaxy
  51. Wyoming – GTA 5

The States That Suck At Grand Theft Auto V

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When it comes to Grand Theft Auto V, these states suck the most, according to how often they search for help with the game (100 search the most):

 

  1. Mississippi – 100
  2. Oklahoma – 70
  3. West Virginia – 70
  4. Kansas – 69
  5. Kentucky – 66
  6. Arkansas – 65
  7. North Dakota – 62
  8. South Dakota – 62
  9. Louisiana – 61
  10. Georgia – 60
  11. South Carolina – 60
  12. New Mexico – 58
  13. New York – 58
  14. Tennessee – 58
  15. Montana – 57
  16. Iowa – 56
  17. Missouri – 55
  18. Alabama – 54
  19. Texas – 54
  20. Indiana – 53
  21. Nebraska – 53
  22. Idaho – 52
  23. Michigan – 51
  24. Nevada – 49
  25. Alaska – 48
  26. Ohio – 48
  27. Colorado – 47
  28. Illinois – 44
  29. Arizona – 42
  30. Utah – 42
  31. North Carolina – 41
  32. Wisconsin – 41
  33. Florida – 39
  34. Pennsylvania – 39
  35. Minnesota – 38
  36. Maine – 36
  37. Hawaii – 34
  38. Washington – 34
  39. Maryland – 33
  40. California – 31
  41. New Hampshire – 30
  42. New Jersey – 30
  43. Virginia – 29
  44. Connecticut – 27
  45. Massachusetts – 25
  46. Oregon – 24
  47. Delaware – 0
  48. Rhode Island – 0
  49. Vermont – 0
  50. Wyoming – 0

 

 

 


The States That Suck At The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Skyrim

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When it comes to The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, these states suck the most, according to how often they search for help with the game (100 search the most):

 

  1. Alaska – 100
  2. Arkansas – 96
  3. West Virginia – 92
  4. Montana – 87
  5. Idaho – 86
  6. Utah – 78
  7. Kentucky – 73
  8. Oklahoma – 72
  9. North Dakota – 70
  10. Tennessee – 67
  11. Indiana – 67
  12. Kansas – 66
  13. New Mexico – 66
  14. Iowa – 65
  15. Mississippi – 63
  16. Washington – 62
  17. Missouri – 59
  18. Maine – 59
  19. New Hampshire – 59
  20. Alabama – 58
  21. Michigan – 58
  22. Nebraska – 57
  23. Nevada – 56
  24. Colorado – 54
  25. Arizona – 54
  26. Louisiana – 53
  27. South Carolina – 52
  28. Texas – 52
  29. Ohio – 51
  30. Wisconsin – 51
  31. Minnesota – 49
  32. Oregon – 49
  33. Georgia – 47
  34. Hawaii – 46
  35. North Carolina – 45
  36. Illinois – 43
  37. Florida – 42
  38. Pennsylvania – 39
  39. Maryland – 37
  40. Connecticut – 33
  41. California – 32
  42. Massachusetts – 32
  43. Virginia – 29
  44. New York – 26
  45. New Jersey – 25
  46. South Dakota – 0
  47. Delaware – 0
  48. Rhode Island – 0
  49. Vermont – 0
  50. Wyoming – 0

 


The States That Suck At NBA 2K13 Cheats

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When it comes to NBA 2K13, these states suck the most, according to how often they search for help with the game (100 search the most):

 

  1. Mississippi – 100
  2. Kentucky – 75
  3. Indiana – 73
  4. Alabama – 71
  5. Louisiana – 68
  6. South Carolina – 68
  7. Georgia – 66
  8. Illinois – 66
  9. Ohio – 58
  10. North Carolina – 58
  11. Oklahoma – 55
  12. Tennessee – 54
  13. Michigan – 49
  14. Florida – 49
  15. Texas – 48
  16. Maryland – 48
  17. Missouri – 47
  18. Wisconsin – 46
  19. New York – 45
  20. Pennsylvania – 44
  21. New Jersey – 43
  22. Connecticut – 41
  23. Massachusetts – 35
  24. Arizona – 34
  25. Minnesota – 34
  26. California – 29
  27. Virginia – 29
  28. Colorado – 27
  29. Washington – 26
  30. Alaska – 0
  31. Arkansas – 0
  32. West Virginia – 0
  33. Montana – 0
  34. Idaho – 0
  35. Utah – 0
  36. North Dakota – 0
  37. Kansas – 0
  38. New Mexico – 0
  39. Iowa – 0
  40. Maine – 0
  41. New Hampshire – 0
  42. Nebraska – 0
  43. Nevada – 0
  44. Oregon – 0
  45. Hawaii – 0
  46. South Dakota – 0
  47. Delaware – 0
  48. Rhode Island – 0
  49. Vermont – 0
  50. Wyoming – 0

 


The States That Suck At Halo

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When it comes to Halo, these states suck the most, according to how often they search for help with the game (100 search the most):

 

  1. Alaska – 100
  2. Idaho – 90
  3. Montana – 89
  4. South Dakota – 87
  5. Utah – 80
  6. Arkansas – 76
  7. Washington – 70
  8. New Mexico – 69
  9. Oklahoma – 65
  10. Missouri – 64
  11. Maine – 64
  12. West Virginia – 63
  13. Mississippi – 62
  14. Kentucky – 62
  15. Arizona – 61
  16. Kansas – 61
  17. Colorado – 60
  18. Indiana – 59
  19. Nebraska – 58
  20. Hawaii – 58
  21. Nevada – 57
  22. Ohio – 56
  23. Texas – 55
  24. Tennessee – 54
  25. New Hampshire – 54
  26. Alabama – 53
  27. Michigan – 53
  28. Wisconsin – 51
  29. Iowa – 51
  30. South Carolina – 49
  31. Georgia – 47
  32. Rhode Island – 47
  33. Oregon – 46
  34. Louisiana – 45
  35. North Carolina – 45
  36. Florida – 45
  37. Connecticut – 45
  38. Pennsylvania – 44
  39. New Jersey – 44
  40. Minnesota – 44
  41. California – 41
  42. Illinois – 40
  43. Virginia – 38
  44. Maryland – 37
  45. Massachusetts – 34
  46. New York – 30
  47. North Dakota – 0
  48. Delaware – 0
  49. Vermont – 0
  50. Wyoming – 0

 

 


The Nerdy Bit

Here’s the nitty gritty:

– Research was carried out from 11/09/2015 – 11/13/2015

– Top 20 video games analysed over the last 11 years, according to Metacritic

– We then used Google Trends to search for each game name with the four modifiers appended i.e. “[game] cheats”, “[game] walkthroughs”, “[game] hints” and “[game] tips”.

– Google trends does the following a) Shows search volume over time for each search term entered on an index, illustrating the popularity of search terms relatively on an index from 0-100. b) Shows data from 2004 onwards (this was why our video games selection only went back 11 years) c) Allows a limited level of geographic segmentation, and shows the index by state, so the state that has performed the most searches for a phrase will index at 100 and so on downward d) Controls for population, meaning that although larger states may search for a term more, volume is divided over population to give a fair reflection

– We then tested all of the games, listed each state in the index position for the search term

– Where two states have identical Google Trends Index scores, we looked at the raw search volume for each phrase as the decider.

–  Different states can be worst at the same game. This is generally a reflection of the popularity of certain games.

– It’s also possible for a state to be worst performing at one of the four games we looked at in detail, but also appear with a different game in the headline map. This simply means they searched for even more cheat-related phrases for that game than they did for the game we looked at in detail. And if that’s not clear, I don’t know what is.

 

 

There we have it America. You suck.