GamesIndustry.biz notes that the popular PC communication service XFire has reached the startling mass of 8 million users
. XFire users don't pay a fee to use the service, of course, but with some 40% of those gamers coming from North America that represents about 3.2 million players here in the states. They also let fly with some interesting statistics, gathered from their teeming masses: "According to the details based on activity across the month of August, taken almost entirely from PC game-playing data, World of Warcraft logged over 440,000 hours of gameplay on average per day. This was followed by Call of Duty 2 Multiplayer and Counter-Strike: Source, on 173,355 and 158,714 average hours respectively. The second most popular MMO was Guild Wars, logging 59,199 average hours per day, while Eve Online was sixth most popular MMO, and Lord of the Rings Online came 8th."