With 39% hardware and 32% software declines versus a year ago, NPD sales data for May 2012 show the industry's continued slumping. Full sales and comprehensive analysis of May 2012's numbers by Peter Skerritt.
Poor sales = companies working harder for our dollars = more value for gamers
... is that why EA is making changes to DeadSpace3?
Exactly. Dead Space 1 had meager, but respectful sales. So EA offered more value with Dead Space 2 by including competitive MP and Dead Space: Extraction for a limited time. The result? Dead Space 2 outsells the original. EA is continuing this trend with Dead Space 3 by adding co-op.
poor sales = saturation point or a shift in consumer focus to something else. People who want a wii/ps3/360 have gotten one and are eagerly awaiting the release of something newer. During which time they supplement their needs with something simple and cheap and most of all....convenient. The ups and downs of the gaming industry are pretty typical. They are reflective of the trends of new releases in years past. They may be down this year and back up same time next.
"People who want a wii/ps3/360 have gotten one and are eagerly awaiting the release of something newer." Thats a great point. It would explain why the 3DS is doing so well. Not only is it still new, but its cheap.
In my circle of friends, we have ALL stopped buying games. This trail end of this gen has gotten stale big time. Too many shooters, to many games that are too similar, too many franchises selling out to the causal crowd, etc. The only game coming up that interests me is TLOU and the new game from David Cage.
not true at all, Poor sales = companies cutting cornors (using less money on known IP's, that comapnies know will sell) = less value for gamers
VITA moved only 50,000 in US last month. Where do you even start from to stimulate sales?
There are plenty of games coming for consoles, as well as exclusives, there are 3rd party. Vita and DS have plenty new games coming. Price is a big thing for PS3/360.
I think people are ready for new hardware. Sales will pick up when there is something new and powerful.
Good read.. I dont totally agree with all the assumptions drawn from the author but it was a pretty thorough accounting and analysis.
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