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December's Best-Selling PC Games Revealed

Retail sales of PC games may have been down 14% in 2008, but that hasn't stopped marketing research firm NPD from providing us with its monthly list of best-sellers.

Of the 20 best-selling PC games at U.S. retailers in December 2008, 7 of them were within The Sims franchise. If you bring Spore and its parts pack into the equation, that means Maxis-helmed games accounted for almost half of the month's top sellers.

And let's not forget that The Sims 3 is due out February 20. Anyone want to bet how long that'll be at the top of the sales charts? Weeks? Months? Years? Decades?

  1. World Of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King / Blizzard / $39 (Average)
  2. The Sims 2 Double Deluxe / EA Maxis / $18 (Average)
  3. Spore / EA Maxis / $47 (Average)
  4. The Sims 2 Apartment Life Exp. Pack / EA Maxis / $18 (Average)
  5. Call Of Duty: World At War / Treyarch / $50 (Average)
  6. Left 4 Dead / Valve / $48 (Average)
  7. Fallout 3 / Bethesda / $49 (Average)
  8. World Of Warcraft: Battle Chest / Blizzard / $38 (Average)
  9. World Of Warcraft / Blizzard / $20 (Average)
  10. The Sims 2 Mansion & Garden Stuff Exp. / EA Maxis / $18 (Average)
  11. Bejeweled Twist / PopCap / $19 (Average)
  12. Spore Creepy & Cute Parts Pack / EA Maxis / $18 (Average)
  13. Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 / EA LA / $49 (Average)
  14. Grand Theft Auto IV / Rockstar North / $49 (Average)
  15. World Of Warcraft: Burning Crusade Expansion Pack / Blizzard / $28 (Average)
  16. The Sims 2 Pets Exp. / EA Maxis / $18 (Average)
  17. The Sims 2 Seasons Exp. / EA Maxis / $18 (Average)
  18. Nancy Drew: The Haunting of Castle Malloy / Her Interactive / $20 (Avearge)
  19. The Sims 2 FreeTime Exp. / EA Maxis / $18 (Average)
  20. The Sims 2 University Exp. / EA Maxis / $18 (Average)