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Morrowind was the ninth most Googled new term on the internet in 2002, followed by Warcraft 3


How things have changed since the Year that Debuted Norah Jones. I remember when all of this glacier was volcanic dust. Of course, then it was all obscured by render distance mist – we were grateful just to see our own hands waving back at us in front of our faces, often responding with a suitably enthusiastic “Hullo!”.

It was also the year of Morrowind, and more unfeasibly, the year in which the Elder Scrolls made the top 10 most searched new subjects on the entire internet.

This rather aged piece of news reaches us via an infographic on Best Education Sites, which draws on data archived by Google. The top twenty ‘gaining queries’ includes Warcraft 3, Dungeon Siege, Battlefield 1942 and Neverwinter Nights – although the latter might have been entirely my doing. NWN was my 2002.

Here’s 2002’s entertainment-heavy top ten:-

  1. Spiderman
  2. Shakira
  3. Winter Olympics
  4. World Cup
  5. Avril Lavigne
  6. Star Wars
  7. Eminem
  8. American Idol
  9. Morrowind
  10. Warcraft 3

And 2012’s, an age apparently dominated by tech and tragedy:-

  1. Rebecca Black
  2. Google+
  3. Hurricane Irene
  4. Pinterest
  5. Ryan Dunn
  6. iPhone 5
  7. Casey Anthony
  8. Adele
  9. Osama Bin Laden
  10. Steve Jobs