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Game Sales in 2002

Discussion in 'PC/Console Gaming' started by ethics, Dec 15, 2002.

  1. ethics

    ethics Pomp-Dumpster Staff Member

    It appears that the PC gaming industry for the first time ever actually experienced a dip in sales numbers. Just over 6% drop in sales for the first 10 months of 2002. This is attributed to the proliferation of console gaming machines, there is also this:

    Game developers appear to have seen the trend coming. From January through October this year, they produced 9.6 percent fewer new PC titles than they did a year ago, or 750 titles in 2002 vs. 830 in 2001, Koenig said...

    ...But no one is predicting the demise of PC game-playing just yet. Koenig believes PCs are likely to hold on to their core audience of sophisticated game enthusiasts and are likely to continue their lead in online gaming because PCs are more suited to it.

    So, a 9.6% drop in # of games made available and a 6% drop in sales numbers. Pretty interesting stuff. I am certain I spent more money on console related stuff this year than any other, and I'm sure I'm not alone with the cube and xbox showing up with so many new games.

    I'm of the opinion that the new generation of console systems did just as expected, creating a surge in spending on the console side of things while taking away from other sales. I wouldnt go calling this an ongoing trend just yet, but if we see another drop in PC sales next year.. well then I wouldn't really be so quick to think of it as just an anomalous byproduct of the new consoles cycle.

    More news here
  2. Frodo Lives

    Frodo Lives Luke, I am NOT your father!

    I am sure it doesn't help that their is so much crap being published as games these days. It seems that just about any subject is a target for cheap games makers. First class graphics and sound make a good game not. If a game doesn't have good replay value, what is the point (as I sit looking at Age of Mythology). Strong replay games like Doom are getting few and far between. I blame it on the MTV generation. ;)

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