The Most Rented Games of 2008 Revealed, Xbox 360 Doubles Wii Rentals

The top rented game in 2008--and therefore the disc most likely to be scratched and thumb-printed--was the Xbox 360 version of Rockstar's Grand Theft Auto IV, according to rental tracker Rentrak.

Rentrak records its data from both online and brick-and-mortar rental shops on a weekly basis.

Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare and Halo 3 rounded out the top three, while Fallout 3 squeezed into eight position despite its late third quarter release.

Rentrak points out that the Xbox 360's overall rental market share increased from 26.1% to 36.8% in 2008, while Wii game rentals jumped from 7.3% in 2007 to 17.1% in 2008. Seven of the top-ten 2008 titles were rated Mature, compared to four in 2007.

The full list of 2008's most rented games follows:

  1. Grand Theft Auto IV (Xbox 360)
  2. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (Xbox 360)
  3. Halo 3 (Xbox 360)
  4. Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Vegas 2 (Xbox 360)
  5. Army of Two (Xbox 360)
  6. Mario Kart Wii (Wii)
  7. Super Smash Bros. Brawl (Wii)
  8. Fallout 3 (Xbox 360)
  9. Assassin's Creed (Xbox 360)
  10. Mario Party 8 (Wii)
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    January 14, 2009 12:17 PM

    are the 2008 total npds out yet? i would love to juxtapose those numbers. see what gets rented more per copy bought.

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      January 14, 2009 12:18 PM

      Should be coming Thursday.

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      January 14, 2009 12:25 PM

      It's awesome that you used the word 'juxtapose'. That is all.

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        January 14, 2009 12:40 PM

        i would also like to share my appreciation for the use of juxtapose.

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          January 14, 2009 12:44 PM

          I'm surprised that you find that word interesting. I tend to use it so much that it's lost its lustre. Now, lustre, on the other hand... that's a fun word. And trepidation. Which I felt when I thought about replying to a comment aobut a word. Much trepidation.

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            January 14, 2009 1:04 PM

            oh i just find the word isnt appreciated enough. my personal favorite is behoove. nothing fancy, but needs more love.

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            January 14, 2009 1:06 PM

            I prefer beginning a sentence with the word "And" and ellipses are always awesome! Follow up with the word "aobut" and you're golden.

            OMG <3!!!

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              January 14, 2009 1:12 PM

              Are you calling me out on style and typos in a response to a response to a user comment to a video game news release? What next, heading to a WWE match and commenting on the dress code?

              Besides, "And trepidation." isn't a sentence, it's a fragment. So, nobody started a sentence on "And."

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                January 14, 2009 1:18 PM

                This thread reminds me how much I would love to share my personal favorite word, "bludgeon," with the rest of you.

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                January 14, 2009 1:22 PM

                I was hoping the heart would convey the love.

                AND I am interested in hearing aobut the dress code . . .

                Post script: <3!!!

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