Summary – FAQ Writer Rankings

This page totals and summarises data, and provides trend analysis:

  1. Key Statistics
  2. Types
  3. Genre
  4. Platforms
  5. Trends

1. Key Statistics

1.1 Key Statistics
Item Number % Total Size (MB) % Average Size (KB)
FAQs 34328 100.0 2149.4 100.0 64
FAQs with named author(s) 34090 99.3 2146.3 99.9 64
FAQs with two named authors 477 1.4 54.7 2.5 117
FAQs by the 100 most prolific authors[1] 5114 14.9 567.4 26.4 113
Authors that have written at least one FAQ 13668
Images 2895 115.5 40
Authors that have drawn at least one image 507
Titles 8665
Games[2] 13879 100.0
Games with FAQ(s) 12600 90.8
Games with Image(s) 653 4.7
  1. Authors with the greatest KB volume of FAQs.
  2. The wide discrepency between titles and games is in part due to the double-counting of some games, where specific games have been renumbered and the new number is only used on some author profiles. Note that I only collect game data for games which have (or had in past had) files submitted. There are many more games than this.

2. Types

2.1 Types
Type[1] Number of Authors[2] % Number of FAQs % Total Size (MB) % Average Size (KB)
No spot 8368 61.2 17059 49.7 763.5 35.5 45
Empty spot 1454 10.6 1837 5.4 52.4 2.4 29
Half spot 2042 14.9 2475 7.2 172.7 8.0 71
Full spot 5051 37.0 12957 37.7 1160.7 54.0 91
All FAQs 13668 100.0 34328 100.0 2149.4 100.0 64
  1. See What are spots?
  2. Authors with at least one FAQ of this type. Each author may appear in more than one category, however percentage is that of all authors. Consequently percentages may sum to more than 100%.

3. Genre

3.1 Genre
Genre Number of Authors[1] % Number of FAQs % Total Size (MB) % Average Size (KB)
Master Genre[2]
Action 6646 48.6 14735 42.9 754.8 35.1 52
Adventure 2103 15.4 3905 11.4 263.8 12.3 69
Driving 815 6.0 1230 3.6 52.5 2.4 43
Puzzle 752 5.5 1156 3.4 63.1 2.9 55
Role-Playing 4122 30.2 7380 21.5 681.7 31.7 94
Simulation 174 1.3 227 0.7 13.6 0.6 61
Sports 1399 10.2 2920 8.5 118.5 5.5 41
Strategy 1849 13.5 2775 8.1 201.4 9.4 74
All FAQs 13668 100.0 34328 100.0 2149.4 100.0 64
Sub-Genre[3]
2D: Action 862 6.3 1649 4.8 84.0 3.9 52
3D: Action 593 4.3 792 2.3 58.1 2.7 75
Action: Beat-‘Em-Up 821 6.0 1308 3.8 56.1 2.6 43
Action: Fighting 2056 15.0 4391 12.8 179.8 8.4 41
Action: General 1911 14.0 3465 10.1 126.4 5.9 37
Action: Shooter 1549 11.3 2319 6.8 150.5 7.0 66
Action Adventure: Fantasy 768 5.6 1091 3.2 104.3 4.9 97
Action Adventure: Historic 28 0.2 29 0.1 1.6 0.1 57
Action Adventure: Horror 491 3.6 811 2.4 76.7 3.6 96
Action Adventure: Modern 406 3.0 579 1.7 61.7 2.9 109
Action Adventure: Sci-Fi 275 2.0 350 1.0 29.6 1.4 86
Adventure: First-Person 68 0.5 90 0.3 5.5 0.3 63
Adventure: General 924 6.8 1683 4.9 68.1 3.2 41
Adventure: Third-Person 146 1.1 184 0.5 10.3 0.5 57
Driving: Car Combat 30 0.2 32 0.1 1.1 0.1 35
Driving: Demolition Derby 11 0.1 12 0.0 0.3 0.0 23
Driving: General 24 0.2 27 0.1 0.9 0.0 35
Driving: Mission-based 92 0.7 110 0.3 5.9 0.3 54
Driving: Racing 544 4.0 756 2.2 28.8 1.3 38
Fantasy: Strategy 15 0.1 16 0.0 1.1 0.1 71
First-Person: Role-Playing 115 0.8 141 0.4 9.6 0.4 69
General: Strategy 28 0.2 30 0.1 1.4 0.1 47
GT / Street: Driving 193 1.4 298 0.9 16.4 0.8 56
Hardware: 209 1.5 284 0.8 15.8 0.7 56
Interactive Movie: Adventure 15 0.1 16 0.0 0.5 0.0 29
Large Spaceship: Simulation 14 0.1 16 0.0 0.8 0.0 51
Massively Multiplayer Online: Role-Playing 277 2.0 316 0.9 16.1 0.8 52
Miscellaneous: Board Games 76 0.6 85 0.2 2.7 0.1 32
Miscellaneous: Card Battle 136 1.0 195 0.6 16.2 0.8 85
Miscellaneous: Compilation 48 0.4 56 0.2 3.4 0.2 61
Miscellaneous: General 85 0.6 109 0.3 3.2 0.1 29
Miscellaneous: Parlor 141 1.0 250 0.7 5.3 0.2 21
Miscellaneous: Party 85 0.6 109 0.3 5.3 0.2 49
Miscellaneous: Puzzle 354 2.6 512 1.5 31.0 1.4 61
Miscellaneous: Trivia / Game Show 24 0.2 36 0.1 2.3 0.1 65
Miscellaneous: Virtual Life 129 0.9 157 0.5 12.0 0.6 77
Modern: Strategy 46 0.3 53 0.2 3.9 0.2 76
Music Maker: Miscellaneous 8 0.1 9 0.0 0.3 0.0 33
Rally / Offroad: Driving 27 0.2 42 0.1 1.4 0.1 33
Rhythm: Miscellaneous 144 1.1 233 0.7 11.1 0.5 48
Role-Playing: Action RPG 655 4.8 899 2.6 65.5 3.0 74
Role-Playing: Console-style RPG 1796 13.1 2906 8.5 324.9 15.1 114
Role-Playing: General 1684 12.3 2697 7.9 220.3 10.2 83
Role-Playing: PC-style RPG 158 1.2 209 0.6 22.9 1.1 112
Simulation: Flight 75 0.5 83 0.2 3.9 0.2 48
Simulation: General 19 0.1 23 0.1 1.2 0.1 54
Simulation: Sci-Fi 124 0.9 166 0.5 12.8 0.6 78
Simulation: Ship 7 0.1 10 0.0 0.4 0.0 41
Simulation: Submarine 6 0.0 6 0.0 0.4 0.0 68
Simulation: Tank 4 0.0 6 0.0 0.3 0.0 57
Simulation: Train 1 0.0 1 0.0 0.0 0.0 25
Skiing: Sports 2 0.0 2 0.0 0.0 0.0 18
Small Spaceship: Simulation 52 0.4 64 0.2 4.5 0.2 72
Snowboarding: Sports 66 0.5 89 0.3 3.7 0.2 42
Sports: Alternative 210 1.5 297 0.9 19.0 0.9 65
Sports: General 122 0.9 209 0.6 5.3 0.2 26
Sports: Nature 32 0.2 36 0.1 0.9 0.0 26
Sports: Olympic Sports 20 0.1 22 0.1 0.5 0.0 22
Sports: Traditional 752 5.5 1172 3.4 53.0 2.5 46
Static: Action 19 0.1 27 0.1 0.5 0.0 18
Strategy: Breeding/Constructing 273 2.0 336 1.0 18.4 0.9 55
Strategy: City Building 56 0.4 62 0.2 3.4 0.2 56
Strategy: General 606 4.4 781 2.3 42.9 2.0 56
Strategy: Real-Time 449 3.3 610 1.8 53.0 2.5 89
Strategy: Turn-Based 446 3.3 625 1.8 59.7 2.8 97
Strategy: Tycoon 57 0.4 74 0.2 4.5 0.2 62
Strategy: Wargame 10 0.1 11 0.0 1.3 0.1 120
Tactical: Action 78 0.6 107 0.3 6.6 0.3 63
Text: Adventure 40 0.3 77 0.2 1.9 0.1 25
Third-Person: Role-Playing 64 0.5 75 0.2 7.7 0.4 104
Videos: Miscellaneous 4 0.0 5 0.0 0.6 0.0 119
All FAQs 13668 100.0 34328 100.0 2149.4 100.0 64
  1. Authors with at least one FAQ of this type. Each author may appear in more than one category, however percentage is that of all authors. Consequently percentages may sum to more than 100%.
  2. See Why so many genres? And why are some wrong?
  3. Genre and first level of sub-genre. Also see Why so many genres? And why are some wrong?

4. Platforms

4.1 Platforms
Platform Number of Authors[1] % Number of FAQs % Total Size (MB) % Average Size (KB)
Platform Groups
Coin-Op 1396 10.2 2924 8.5 113.5 5.3 39
Computer 3055 22.4 5399 15.7 321.6 15.0 61
Console 8995 65.8 21705 63.2 1410.3 65.6 66
Portable 2381 17.4 4300 12.5 303.9 14.1 72
All FAQs 13668 100.0 34328 100.0 2149.4 100.0 64
Specific Platforms
3DO 19 0.1 44 0.1 0.8 0.0 19
Amiga 13 0.1 18 0.1 0.4 0.0 22
Amstrad CPC 1 0.0 1 0.0 0.0 0.0 15
APF-1000/IM 1 0.0 1 0.0 0.0 0.0 20
Apple II 18 0.1 73 0.2 2.8 0.1 39
Arcade 1303 9.5 2728 7.9 109.5 5.1 41
Arcadia 2001 1 0.0 1 0.0 0.0 0.0 25
Astrocade 1 0.0 1 0.0 0.0 0.0 45
Atari 2600 57 0.4 164 0.5 2.5 0.1 15
Atari 5200 2 0.0 3 0.0 0.2 0.0 63
Atari 7800 1 0.0 3 0.0 0.0 0.0 11
Atari 8-bit 8 0.1 14 0.0 0.6 0.0 44
Atari ST 1 0.0 1 0.0 0.2 0.0 178
BBS Door 8 0.1 11 0.0 0.4 0.0 35
CD-I 8 0.1 10 0.0 0.2 0.0 24
Channel F 2 0.0 2 0.0 0.0 0.0 10
Colecovision 9 0.1 21 0.1 0.5 0.0 23
Commodore 64 28 0.2 73 0.2 3.4 0.2 47
Dreamcast 598 4.4 1060 3.1 49.6 2.3 47
DS 239 1.7 295 0.9 18.8 0.9 65
DVD Player 9 0.1 9 0.0 0.3 0.0 37
E-Reader 15 0.1 21 0.1 0.6 0.0 27
Famicom Disc System 9 0.1 17 0.0 0.6 0.0 33
Game Boy 334 2.4 517 1.5 27.6 1.3 54
Game Boy Advance 1444 10.6 2382 6.9 197.3 9.2 84
Game Boy Color 409 3.0 631 1.8 41.2 1.9 66
Game.com 6 0.0 11 0.0 0.2 0.0 20
GameCube 1177 8.6 1907 5.6 163.9 7.6 88
GameGear 65 0.5 86 0.3 2.7 0.1 31
Genesis 387 2.8 715 2.1 30.1 1.4 43
Gizmondo 1 0.0 1 0.0 0.0 0.0 23
GP32 1 0.0 1 0.0 0.0 0.0 24
Intellivision 8 0.1 20 0.1 0.3 0.0 15
Jaguar 15 0.1 32 0.1 0.8 0.0 24
Jaguar CD 3 0.0 3 0.0 0.0 0.0 15
Lynx 6 0.0 6 0.0 0.3 0.0 53
Macintosh 29 0.2 43 0.1 2.3 0.1 55
Microvision 1 0.0 1 0.0 0.0 0.0 24
Mobile 16 0.1 41 0.1 0.6 0.0 16
MSX 10 0.1 11 0.0 0.6 0.0 58
N-Gage 15 0.1 19 0.1 0.7 0.0 35
Neo-Geo CD 6 0.0 16 0.0 0.3 0.0 17
NeoGeo 27 0.2 63 0.2 2.2 0.1 35
NeoGeo Pocket Color 56 0.4 81 0.2 4.0 0.2 50
NES 692 5.1 1725 5.0 69.8 3.2 41
Nintendo 64 756 5.5 1401 4.1 84.3 3.9 61
Nintendo 64DD 1 0.0 1 0.0 0.0 0.0 10
Nuon 2 0.0 2 0.0 0.0 0.0 19
Odyssey 1 0.0 1 0.0 0.0 0.0 17
Odyssey 2 2 0.0 3 0.0 0.0 0.0 11
Online 118 0.9 145 0.4 6.9 0.3 48
OS/2 2 0.0 2 0.0 0.1 0.0 34
Palm OS 5 0.0 7 0.0 0.2 0.0 33
PC 2887 21.1 5000 14.6 303.5 14.1 62
PC-FX 2 0.0 2 0.0 0.1 0.0 63
Pinball 93 0.7 194 0.6 3.9 0.2 20
Playdia 1 0.0 1 0.0 0.0 0.0 6
PlayStation 2264 16.6 4466 13.0 309.2 14.4 70
PlayStation 2 3114 22.8 5938 17.3 452.8 21.1 78
PlayStation Portable 93 0.7 112 0.3 6.8 0.3 61
Pocket PC 1 0.0 1 0.0 0.0 0.0 19
Redemption 2 0.0 2 0.0 0.0 0.0 15
Saturn 228 1.7 389 1.1 19.0 0.9 50
Sega 32X 16 0.1 16 0.0 0.4 0.0 24
Sega CD 49 0.4 70 0.2 2.8 0.1 41
Sega Master System 78 0.6 197 0.6 5.9 0.3 30
SG-1000 3 0.0 3 0.0 0.0 0.0 12
SNES 1179 8.6 2216 6.5 133.3 6.2 61
Turbo CD 26 0.2 64 0.2 3.6 0.2 57
TurboGrafx-16 33 0.2 50 0.1 1.2 0.1 24
Unix/Linux 4 0.0 5 0.0 0.3 0.0 64
Vectrex 1 0.0 1 0.0 0.1 0.0 59
VIC-20 2 0.0 2 0.0 0.2 0.0 77
VirtualBoy 11 0.1 33 0.1 1.0 0.0 31
WonderSwan 15 0.1 16 0.0 0.6 0.0 39
WonderSwan Color 24 0.2 36 0.1 1.2 0.1 33
Xbox 662 4.8 1052 3.1 74.3 3.5 72
Xbox 360 15 0.1 16 0.0 1.1 0.1 71
Zodiac 1 0.0 1 0.0 0.0 0.0 11
All FAQs 13668 100.0 34328 100.0 2149.4 100.0 64
  1. Authors with at least one FAQ of this type. Each author may appear in more than one category, however percentage is that of all authors. Consequently percentages may sum to more than 100%.

The following tables are based on FAQs that were last updated in the year shown. This is intended as a proxy for annual activity. In reality some FAQs will have been updated over several years, in which case only the final update year will be counted. The current year will tend to have more activity than others as a result, however it should also be noted that the current year is incomplete. Also note that not all FAQs are dated – particularly those from the early 1990s.

5.1 Key Statistics by Year
Year Number of Authors[1] % Number of FAQs % Total Size (MB) % Average Size (KB)
Undated 1045 7.6 1866 5.4 46.1 2.1 25
1988 1 0.0 1 0.0 0.0 0.0 7
1989 2 0.0 2 0.0 0.0 0.0 14
1990 8 0.1 8 0.0 0.1 0.0 14
1991 7 0.1 9 0.0 0.1 0.0 13
1992 12 0.1 14 0.0 0.3 0.0 18
1993 29 0.2 35 0.1 0.5 0.0 14
1994 69 0.5 87 0.3 3.3 0.2 38
1995 121 0.9 146 0.4 5.7 0.3 39
1996 195 1.4 257 0.7 8.9 0.4 35
1997 271 2.0 351 1.0 10.5 0.5 30
1998 462 3.4 698 2.0 21.0 1.0 30
1999 873 6.4 1625 4.7 58.2 2.7 36
2000 1298 9.5 2524 7.4 125.2 5.8 50
2001 1706 12.5 3254 9.5 172.5 8.0 54
2002 2196 16.1 4195 12.2 230.6 10.7 56
2003 2690 19.7 5341 15.6 332.3 15.5 63
2004 2973 21.8 5934 17.3 441.7 20.6 76
2005 3198 23.4 6998 20.4 593.1 27.6 86
2006 515 3.8 979 2.9 98.4 4.6 102
2007 2 0.0 2 0.0 0.5 0.0 243
2069 2 0.0 2 0.0 0.3 0.0 158
All FAQs 13668 100.0 34328 100.0 2149.4 100.0 64
5.2 Master Genre by Year
Year Percentage of total file size for FAQs last updated in this year (%)
Action Adventure Driving Puzzle Role-Playing Simulation Sports Strategy All FAQs
1988 100.0 100.0
1989 100.0 100.0
1990 10.3 22.2 67.5 100.0
1991 32.0 14.4 53.6 100.0
1992 48.9 33.6 1.5 7.6 8.4 100.0
1993 78.9 12.3 4.1 4.7 100.0
1994 69.6 2.6 1.7 4.8 5.8 3.9 3.3 8.3 100.0
1995 53.6 5.1 3.2 0.5 14.2 9.1 0.6 13.7 100.0
1996 70.4 2.8 1.2 0.8 12.4 0.3 0.6 11.6 100.0
1997 55.5 4.2 1.6 0.6 21.2 0.3 3.9 12.7 100.0
1998 52.4 10.0 3.0 1.4 20.8 0.6 3.2 8.4 100.0
1999 44.6 13.2 4.1 2.3 25.1 0.0 4.9 5.8 100.0
2000 34.2 12.8 2.4 2.4 31.3 0.4 7.1 9.5 100.0
2001 33.3 11.9 2.9 2.3 36.0 0.4 6.1 7.2 100.0
2002 31.2 14.7 3.5 2.3 31.0 0.8 7.9 8.7 100.0
2003 33.9 15.6 3.0 2.9 27.4 1.1 6.3 9.9 100.0
2004 32.9 11.7 1.5 3.0 33.5 0.5 5.8 11.3 100.0
2005 34.9 10.7 2.3 3.2 34.4 0.6 4.2 10.0 100.0
2006 40.8 9.5 2.2 6.5 32.7 0.4 5.1 4.2 100.0
2007 62.3 37.7 100.0
2069 89.6 10.4 100.0

The average size of individual FAQs varies between genres (see Genre above), so comparisons across the table should be made with caution.

5.3 Platform by Year
Year Percentage of total file size for FAQs last updated in this year (%)
Coin-Op Computer Console Portable All FAQs
1988 100.0 100.0
1989 100.0 100.0
1990 10.3 89.7 100.0
1991 32.0 68.0 100.0
1992 7.3 61.5 31.3 100.0
1993 69.9 19.7 10.4 100.0
1994 47.8 29.4 14.6 8.1 100.0
1995 37.0 38.2 23.7 1.2 100.0
1996 43.2 21.1 35.6 0.1 100.0
1997 32.3 18.7 48.8 0.1 100.0
1998 34.6 7.8 56.2 1.4 100.0
1999 18.2 7.3 70.1 4.4 100.0
2000 11.8 11.7 70.3 6.2 100.0
2001 8.3 12.1 70.8 8.8 100.0
2002 5.2 15.7 66.5 12.6 100.0
2003 4.0 15.1 66.4 14.5 100.0
2004 2.2 16.4 64.9 16.5 100.0
2005 1.0 15.8 65.5 17.9 100.0
2006 1.1 11.7 67.5 21.1 100.0
2007 37.7 62.3 100.0
2069 100.0 100.0

Data last updated Sunday 22 January 2006.

Index: FAQ Writer Rankings ·

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