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Submitted by Soldierone 707d ago | opinion piece

The Game Industry Isn’t Failing No Matter What NPD Says

PushStartSelect: "NPD numbers are released, and as many of you know this is the “official” sales numbers of every video game out there. I expected sales to be somewhat dwindle, but of course people take the numbers and create a panic by calling it failing numbers. While the numbers are indeed low, lets take a second to step back and look at the outside sources causing lower sales numbers. Before you jump to conclusions, no the Angry Birds market is not stealing the buyers…." (Industry, PS3, Wii U, Xbox 360)

brish  +   707d ago
I wish the article was right but there are a number of sources that are showing the game industry is failing.
BitbyDeath  +   707d ago
But yet it is going better than the movie industry so what does that tell you?
Gr81  +   707d ago
That
Many industries are in decline. And that both industries need a 'casual audience' to thrive.
vortis  +   707d ago
Ugh, dude...

NPD is failing because we're at the end of an era. A lot of core gamers aren't throwing money away on crap just because. That's not how gaming works.

Digital distribution has been on an incline. In fact EA beat some forecasts BASED on their digital distribution revenue.

NPD only looks at brick and mortar, and of course that's in decline, what moron is going to keep throwing $60 at games that aren't worth it? I imagine a lot of other gamers like myself are on the "wait-and-see" train.

I probably won't be buying anymore day-one games until next-gen, assuming that they're not re-skin jobs like Call of Duty.

Besides, PC had a record year last year thanks mostly to F2P and digital distribution. How can the industry be failing if there are record profits being posted outside the AAA sector?

More accurately, the industry isn't failing but the AAA sector is failing.
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MegaLagann  +   707d ago
Don't trust the NPD numbers. For one they don't track digital sales, which are becoming more and more popular. Plus if I remember right big retail chains like WalMart don't disclose their numbers.

Also, the reason why sales are down is because we're at the end of the generation. It's a fact that sales tend to slip near the 4th or 5th year, which usually is the end of a console's life cycle, then the new generation systems come out and numbers go back up. But since this generation has gone on longer than any other, the sales seem dire, but it's natural (the weakened global economy doesn't help either). Once the Wii U and the other next gen systems come out, then sales will pick up. It's a cycle that always happens and for some reason these experts can't pick up on that but some asshole like me that spends way too much time on the internet can?
Hicken  +   707d ago
Nope, it's not. NPD doesn't paint the whole picture. Not just of things here in the States, but because of things like economic pressures and the rise of digital sales, the "official" numbers of games will be off by quite a bit on many- if not most- games.

Console sales slowing is affected by the first half- the economy- at the least, and there are definitely some who have bought all the consoles they're going to buy this generation.

People really need to stop making decisions based on partial information.

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