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Friday, 15 October 2010 09:01

Computer games industry crashing

Written by Nick Farell
y_analyst

Sales fall
The US video game industry is in a tail spin after sales fell in September and a grim picture has been painted by analysts for the crucial holiday shopping season. Video game software, hardware and accessories fell to about $1.2 billion, a drop of 8 per cent from roughly $1.32 billion in the same month a year earlier.

Beancounters at market research outfit NPD Group say the slowdown particularly hit video game hardware makers, whose sales fell 19 per cent from the previous year. The problem is that recession-weary punters are pinching pennies.

NPD said that the results may be overly dramatic because its reporting method includes only new retail sales. Electronic, used game and mobile app sales, for example, are absent from the company's methods.

Halo was also the top-selling among software titles, followed by Electronic Arts "Madden NFL 11" and Capcom's "Dead Rising 2." Sony's "Move" products for the PlayStation 3 were also a standout success.

Nick Farell

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-11 #1 Jaberwocky 2010-10-15 10:09
Looks like everyone is spending so much money on the latest and greatest graphics cards that they have none left for the software to play on them.Sounds logical to me. 8)
 
 
+33 #2 Dribble 2010-10-15 10:58
Why does anyone even bother reporting this sort of thing. The sales are dropping because everyone is using steam, and that's not recorded in the near-useless NPD figures.
 
 
+16 #3 j1mmy 2010-10-15 13:26
Quoting Dribble:
Why does anyone even bother reporting this sort of thing. The sales are dropping because everyone is using steam, and that's not recorded in the near-useless NPD figures.


Agreed. Why report game sales if e-tail isn't to be included? Is the average gamer going to drive to a store that they may not even have in their hometown simply to buy a game they could purchase online with a few mouse-clicks? I'd call their "research" on this matter nothing more than an exercise in futility.
 
 
+3 #4 Bl0bb3r 2010-10-15 18:02
Reports like these happen because the intermediaries between the content creators and consumers, be it in the game, movie or music industry, like EA, Sony, Warner, et-al, are the ones that pay of the media to put such rants out there since they're the ones that suffer from poor hard media sales. That includes CDs, DVDs, additional merchandise. Exactly that overpriced crap out of which only a small fraction goes to the content creators while the rest into the moguls bank accounts.

Like all bubbles, it will burst and people will move on to bigger and better things... one of them being Steam, with no plastic recyclables and plenty of good offers that don't look like ripoffs.
 
 
+7 #5 undertheradar 2010-10-15 21:38
I can see the games industry crashing... when is the last time they came out with something new? Many game makers are dropping their support for the mod community because they want to make a mod, then call it a new game and charge another $50 for it. Modern Warfare 2 is just one of many games that is just a remake without an original idea to use. I haven't seen an original game come out in the past couple years... many gamers are just sticking to their older, more original and still moddable games, so hardware has stunted as well. If nothing else, some games like Civ 5 or Supreme Commander 2 are 'dumbed down' versions of their parents. Its really bad and sad. Developers need to actually DEVELOP something new, not just another remake of old ideas...
 
 
0 #6 Warrior24_7 2010-10-16 02:46
@Jaberwocky
You're a man who makes sense. PC hardware makers release, and RE-release *er* RE-brand card, after card, after card, with 5%-10% increases here or there, bilking these dumb fools of their money! :lol: Nobody is making PC games anymore, and nobody is making them to take advantage of these cards anyway. Almost all of the decent games on PC are old as dirt or console hand-me-downs. Don't blame the console either. Just look at the last big "exclusive" PC games. They're both RTS games and both DX9! The PC games industry is all about the hardware, not games, like the console side of the hobby is! Its games "first" hardware second. Its a huge waste of money.
 
 
-1 #7 Wolfdale 2010-10-16 22:38
Quoting Warrior24_7:
Just look at the last big "exclusive" PC games.


thats a bit of a weird statement,
any developer will make his game and port it to consoles too,
why would you NOT wanna do that, and miss out on the sales from that part?

on the other hand, try fable.. an xbox game exclusive.. then why do they got it on pc too, and halo for that part

you sir, make a dumb statement, barely true, barely related to the topic at hand..

its pretty obvious that if they dont calculate electronic sales, their presented numbers are nothing but a practical joke,
a LOT of sales are being done electronic..
i wonder how much % of the left4dead sales was NOT electronic??
you cant trust numbers if you dont have them all
 
 
-1 #8 semitope 2010-10-17 16:53
The game i play most is free 2 play. The games I bought this year, I am disappointed in and want my money back but they all have this retarded "anti resell" bs that I would have to deal with. Crash and burn!
 
 
-1 #9 Warrior24_7 2010-10-18 04:31
:-* Oh well, I have nothing else better to do. A weird statement? How? Isn't the console being blamed for the constant decline of the PC because its DX9? So here you have PC exclusives, recently released, DX9, not taking advantage of the PC! Also, you said "any developer will make his game and port it to consoles too"-Wolfdale. So when are the PC exclusives Civ 5 and Starcraft 2 coming to consoles? Exactly! You sir, make a dumb statement, not true, and totally stupid. Also understand what you are reading. The NPD group tracks retail sales! NPD offers the only retail point-of-sale (POS) tracking information available for the software industry. Thats straight from the website! I suggest you go there and read it instead of whining!
 
 
-1 #10 valhar2000 2010-10-18 16:54
Quoting Bl0bb3r:
Like all bubbles, it will burst and people will move on to bigger and better things... one of them being Steam, with no plastic recyclables and plenty of good offers that don't look like ripoffs.


Where do I have to look to find these offers? Every time I've looked for a game in Steam I have found it to be close to twice as expensive as the same game in Amazon or Play.com. How do I get these great Steam offers I keep hearing people talk about?
 

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