Shooters Outsold by Action Games in the United States Last Year

Considering how popular and prominent the shooter genre always seems to be, you’d think they’d be the best selling genre overall between games. Turns out that in 2012 they weren’t, at least not in the United States.

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jcnba281739d ago

What is it with Americans and guns? lol

Abriael1739d ago

Looks like they've been beaten by swords this time around :D

shoddy1739d ago

American only like shoota

fabiani1739d ago


EVILDEAD3601739d ago

Lol @ the comments pretending the US somehow is the only country that likes shooters when other than Japan Call of Duty still dominates most of the console world.



Frankly, it has nothing to do with America, it's gaming industry itself... Guns are just a visceral, simple and effective way of interaction for a game. You know what a gun is supposed to do (kill) and how to do it (point and shoot), so it works well in games. That's not to say other forms of interactions aren't just as well implemented or that we don't need more of those, but I'm tired of all those arguments trying to create some deep psychological connection between gamers and shooting stuff... Stop overthinking it, when I play Monopoly or War boardgames no one tries and assume I'm some dominant prick aiming for supremacy, it's just a freaking game.

SilentNegotiator1739d ago


There's so much blind hatred for the US. It's quite sad and pathetic.

Some will even throw in a "LOL 'MERICKA AND GUNS" comment, even when the article is about action games outselling shooters in the US. No sense.

RioKing1739d ago (Edited 1739d ago )

Funny when you looks at pictures of the Middle looks like half of the civilians walk around with AK47's on them. In America, people all walk around with iPhone's in their hands lol.

But NO America loves the guns because we have the most advanced Military in the world and a few nutjobs decided to go on shooting sprees (happens in other countries all the time), and a stupid government that should pay attention to its' own countries' problems, not the Middle East.

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ATi_Elite1739d ago

American and Gun goes hand in hand (preferably a gun in each Hand).

Silly Pie Chart cause most action Games involve characters with Guns just not in the First person view.

Abriael1739d ago

Third person shooters are counted in shooters.


Still, plenty of action games use third person shooter gameplay mechanics... Look at the chart, there's no subgenres, obviously stuff like stealth, horror and action-adventures are all included in action, and most of the time those games have guns.

solidt121739d ago

I prefer third person action and shooting in single player games. Online FPS is the way to go for me though.

NYC_Gamer1739d ago

Guns are a big part of American culture and also many took up in arms to win many freedoms

Abriael1739d ago (Edited 1739d ago )

Nothing wrong about that. I wish it was like that here as well. Here if you shoot a thief in your house you go to jail unless he tries to shoot you first.

Edit @Mt: nah Italy.

mt1739d ago

you must live in an arab country because that is how it works in some of them.
even if you hit a thief you might get into trouble which is pretty retarded if you ask me.

HammadTheBeast1739d ago

Actually in Arab countries there's sme pretty harsh consequences for stealing. Some bank robbers were executed in Saudi Arabia a few weeks ago.

Narutone661739d ago

In China in the early days, traffic violators are beheaded and their heads are put inside a cage and displayed on top of the traffic lights as a warning for potential traffic violators.

Grap1739d ago

they didn't just steal they also killed officers. i wouldn't call that a harsh justice.

GameSpawn1739d ago

My only comment on the article at hand:
'Merica...nuff said.

There is so much irony in that as Asia (specifically China) statistically has the worst drivers and the most accidents in the world. (Note China has been caught flubbing their numbers in the past.)

Hell, many traffic accidents in China don't even involve an exchange of insurance information and police report either because they don't have insurance or just don't want to hassle with it and just either shrug it of or exchange some money on the spot and quickly get on their way. In the US EVERYONE owning a vehicle and driving MUST have some form of insurance BY LAW and every major traffic accident must have a report filed with the police (first two questions from insurance companies here "Were they on a cell phone?" and "Was a police report filed?"). Minor accidents, say in a parking lot, do not require a police report filed (though if serious enough damage was done the one most affected would definitely file one).

WarThunder1739d ago


Saudi Arabia is not the only "Arab countries"!

So don't use Saudi Arabia as example for all Arab countries.. Saudi Arabia is worst Arab country....

WarThunder1739d ago


Freedoms? What freedoms? you live in more dept and slavery like never before....

M1chl1739d ago

Abriael: It's same here too (Czech Republic). Guess, that Europe stand on the side of outlaws, but I am actually glad that almost no one have a gun in his possession...

Ser1739d ago


Riiiiight...oh, my.

Rob_From_GopRant1739d ago

The media likes to exaggerate the gun violence in the U.S. Gun violence has actually gone down since the 90s. It is the mass killings by those nut jobs that get a lot of attention from the world. Many see this in other nations and some think we are flooded with guns and everyday is like the Wild West.

RioKing1739d ago (Edited 1739d ago )

War Thunder: You're ignorant.

Saudi Arabia is the worst Arab country...riiight.

People in America live like slaves...riiiiiight. Actually I laughed out loud to that one....don't confuse privacy with "freedom". Marijuana's completely legal in some states now, and gay marriage is legalizing everywhere. Now THATS freedom.

Gays still get hung in some Arab countries and woman still get stoned to death...and not in the good way either.

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Thatguy-3101739d ago

Whats the difference? Of action and shooters?

Abriael1739d ago

AFAIK: Shooters are entirely based on the mechanic of shooting, both in first and third person. IE: Battlefield, gears of war and so forth.

Action games may or may not have some shooting element, but they're more focused on other element, IE: Assassin's creed, Watch Dogs, Metal Gear...

wishingW3L1739d ago (Edited 1739d ago )

even games like Mario are counted as "action" games.

SolidStoner1739d ago

Some games are way too good to be in just one category....

games like GTA, MGS, Fallout, Hitman etc..

I could put them in 10 categories at the same time.. its just how YOU play the game... :) damn I could call GTA game a murder simulation or Sports game if I want to, and play it that way :)

anyways.. what I wanted to say is that in modern games player can choose what type of game it will be for him....

for me Hitman is not a shooter.. :) I simply dont shoot a bullet in that game..

and you cant call it stealth action game either.. some one might run and shoot everyone everywhere... then its a shooter :)

I'am wrong and right at the same time!!! ;)

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Doctor_Freeman1739d ago

@jcnba28; If you have to ask then you don't understand.

>>>>>>>& gt;>>>>

I thought shooters and action were one in the same.

showtimefolks1739d ago

I just want shooters to advance pass the generic america is under attack we need a. Super hep who will kill hundreds of people to save the nation

Where Konami announce that six days in fallujah it was amazing how much back lash it got, how about a shooter whe America is the bad guy?

Or maybe more Shooters like halo or killzone where it's not about America or any other real country

Neoprime1739d ago

It's called a "Gun Culture", that's why games like Call of Duty and Battlefield sell a lot.

SilentNegotiator1739d ago

...including in the UK.

Must be because the UK is gun crazy.

ALLWRONG1739d ago

Other countries hate America and it's guns, until they need help. War and guns are very unpopular right now in the US. So when Iran or North Korea starts dropping bombs on their neighbors, don't be surprised if the US starts saying "to hell with it! you're on your own" Then the US will be hated for not doing anything. So it ends up "hate if you do, hate if you don't" kinda like it is now.

As for the article: Shooters have been the most popular genre in gaming for the past 20 years, so this is nothing new.

jakmckratos1739d ago

I hate the rest of the world man...bunch of generalizing hypocrites. I'm American and my favorite games are Kingdom Hearts and God of War..neither of which are shooters..and it's not like people in the rest of the world aren't buying shooters either ya jerks.

Godlovesgamers1739d ago

They help to win wars. Please refer to how "guns" helped us liberate EUROPE during the World Wars.

SilentNegotiator1739d ago (Edited 1739d ago )

Looks like you don't understand what "outsold by" means.

+1 off-topic for your "US and teh guns" comment.

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RiPPn1739d ago

Glad to see it, a more diverse library next gen sounds good to me!

Prcko1739d ago

i trust to this info same as i trust vg chartz...

Abriael1739d ago (Edited 1739d ago )

Yeah, of course NPD and VGcharts have exactly the same level of trustworthyness. /s

Simco8761739d ago

Good, get these shooters outta here!

Fallout 4! lol

SpideySpeakz1739d ago

Fallout 4.
All I care about is Fallout 4.

That is all.

Qrphe1739d ago


RIP pre-Fallout 3

kalkano1739d ago

Uh...You want to replace shooters...with another shooter...?

Simco8761738d ago

it didn't make sense for a reason....(jokes and jokes and jokes)

kalkano1738d ago

Damn sarcasm filter must be broken.


It does sound like something modern gamers would say.

webeblazing1739d ago

and what are these best selling action games main character's weapon. is it a gun. does t'he shoot tit.