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Submitted by Abriael 411d ago | news

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. (3DS, PC, PS Vita, PS3, Wii, Wii U, Xbox 360)

jcnba28  +   411d ago
What is it with Americans and guns? lol
Abriael  +   411d ago
Looks like they've been beaten by swords this time around :D
shoddy  +   411d ago
American only like shoota
fabiani  +   410d ago
yeA CUZ SWORDS TAKE STYLE AND SKILL TO KILL
EVILDEAD360  +   410d 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.

Evil
BISHOP-BRASIL  +   410d ago
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.
SilentNegotiator  +   410d ago
@evildead

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.
RioKing  +   410d ago
Funny when you looks at pictures of the Middle East...it 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_Elite  +   411d 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.
Abriael  +   411d ago
Third person shooters are counted in shooters.
BISHOP-BRASIL  +   411d ago
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.
solidt12  +   410d ago
I prefer third person action and shooting in single player games. Online FPS is the way to go for me though.
NYC_Gamer  +   411d ago
Guns are a big part of American culture and also many took up in arms to win many freedoms
Abriael  +   411d 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.
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mt  +   411d ago
@abriael
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.
HammadTheBeast  +   411d 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.
Narutone66  +   411d 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.
Grap  +   411d ago
they didn't just steal they also killed officers. i wouldn't call that a harsh justice.
GameSpawn  +   411d ago
My only comment on the article at hand:
'Merica...nuff said.

Off-topic
@Narutone66
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.)
http://www.washingtonpost.c...
https://sites.google.com/si...

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).
WarThunder  +   411d ago
@HammadTheBeast

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....
WarThunder  +   411d ago
@NYC_Gamer

Freedoms? What freedoms? you live in more dept and slavery like never before....
M1chl  +   410d 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...
Ser  +   410d ago
@WarThunder

Riiiiight...oh, my.
Rob_From_GopRant  +   410d 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.
RioKing  +   410d 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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dboyc310  +   411d ago
Whats the difference? Of action and shooters?
Abriael  +   411d 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...
wishingW3L  +   411d ago
even games like Mario are counted as "action" games.
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Tvensky  +   411d 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_Freeman  +   411d ago
@jcnba28; If you have to ask then you don't understand.

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

I thought shooters and action were one in the same.
showtimefolks  +   410d 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
Neoprime  +   410d ago
It's called a "Gun Culture", that's why games like Call of Duty and Battlefield sell a lot.
SilentNegotiator  +   410d ago
...including in the UK.

Must be because the UK is gun crazy.
/s
ALLWRONG  +   410d 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.
jakmckratos  +   410d 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.
Godlovesgamers  +   410d ago
They help to win wars. Please refer to how "guns" helped us liberate EUROPE during the World Wars.
SilentNegotiator  +   410d 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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RiPPn  +   411d ago
Glad to see it, a more diverse library next gen sounds good to me!
Prcko  +   411d ago
i trust to this info same as i trust vg chartz...
Abriael  +   411d ago
Yeah, of course NPD and VGcharts have exactly the same level of trustworthyness. /s
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Simco876  +   411d ago
Good, get these shooters outta here!

Fallout 4! lol
SpideySpeakz  +   411d ago
Fallout 4.
.
.
.
All I care about is Fallout 4.

That is all.
Qrphe  +   411d ago
>Fallout
>shooter

RIP pre-Fallout 3
kalkano  +   410d ago
Uh...You want to replace shooters...with another shooter...?
Simco876  +   410d ago
it didn't make sense for a reason....(jokes and jokes and jokes)
kalkano  +   410d ago
Damn sarcasm filter must be broken.

;)

It does sound like something modern gamers would say.
webeblazing  +   411d ago
and what are these best selling action games main character's weapon. is it a gun. does t'he shoot tit.
Trago1337  +   411d ago
When is another genre gonna dominate the industry?
MidnytRain  +   411d ago
When is a single genre gonna STOP dominating the industry?
BATRA  +   411d ago
they need more strategy games like rts,tower defense games,mmo games and dungeon games for the wii u
Abriael  +   411d ago
I'm curious as of why you're mentioning the Wii U in particular...
BATRA  +   411d ago
i have a wii u thats why
CouldHaveYelledUiiW  +   411d ago
They need a new Fire Emblem game.
but SMT X FE will have to do.

The WiiU GamePad would be Top Hats for Strategy games.
iMixMasTer872   410d ago | Spam
MrTrololo  +   411d ago
Shooter game now a day is so stale & shallow. We need more survival horror and real time strategy game
Tales RPG addict  +   411d ago
Finally COD is losing it's steam.
Jagsrock  +   411d ago
pew pew pew!
whitesoxfalife1976  +   411d ago
Nice try goofy
danny818  +   411d ago
Wow thats amazing.
sfalexl21  +   411d ago
And then BF4, COD, Killzone and GTAV come out later this year. Shooters are far from being dehtroned, they just had a lack of quality titles last year. BF4> medal of honor any day.
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Red_Devilz  +   411d ago
Feel really sorry for strategy games. #LoveRTS
Tatsuya  +   411d ago
Next gen is all about RPG with advanced AI. I say bring them on!
plaZeHD  +   410d ago
I don't know, but from what I have seen so far next gen games have pretty dumb AI compared to some current gen games.
RioKing  +   410d ago
^lol
iMixMasTer872   410d ago | Spam
mydyingparadiselost  +   411d ago
This chart makes me very uneasy about the future of gaming.
FanboyCrusher  +   410d ago
Considering how many shooters there are, and the best selling games are shooters it's not hard to see. Even for other places around the world, not just the States.
MakiManPR  +   410d ago
I hate shooters
Gaming_Guru  +   410d ago
Who ever wrote this was an idiot, shooters games are a sub-genre of actions games so this is saying shooters were outsold by the same genre it belongs in.
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Halochampian  +   410d ago
No. It still is saying that it was outsold by other non-shooter action games.
Gaming_Guru  +   409d ago
No it doesn't because Shooters belong to the Action genre, in order to say it was outsold by another Action game you would have to put another sub-genre that belongs to the Action genre.

Using the genre as a whole is including everything that is an Action game, so the title doesn't even make any sense.

It would be like saying the Harry Potter films were outsold by the fantasy movie genre.
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Halochampian  +   409d ago
Look at the percentages though. If what you said is true. Then you would have more than 100%. Therefor you can take into account that there were two distinct classifications. It's not hard. Most gaming sites distinguish the two.
mafiahajeri  +   410d ago
The beginning of the end for COD... Yeah right...
solidt12  +   410d ago
Journalist have talked about Casual Games in the past like its the next big thing but I sure can't tell by looking at this Pie chart. No worries.
SephirothX21  +   410d ago
How are rpgs only 6.5%? What is wrong with people?
TuxedoMoon  +   410d ago
Guns are a huge part of American's History. It helped free them from the Brits and Helped them conquer the rest West. It's very much a culture thing, that's why the common American Stereotype is a cowboy.

Action games are a little too vague, imo. The might be counting only FPS games and not 3rd person shooters. What big action games came out last year?
djthechamp24  +   410d ago
Damn, sad day in america

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