Electronic Entertainment Design and Research has some startling news. EEDAR's Jesse Divnich believes that a number of factors are going to cause the number of retail games to drop over the next few years.
OnLive. I'll believe that when I see it.
activision went for the short term investments and in the next few years it will show. I believe this title
Same guy, EEDAR’s Jesse Divnich said a couple of months ago that the reason the PS3 had failed up to this point wasn't because of the higher price point but instead because of failed marketing. Apparently, no one pointed out the Mr. Divnich the fact that the PS3 is the third fastest selling console in history and has outsold the Xbox 360 since it launched worldwide. If he can't be bothered to look at actual sales figures before running his mouth about make believe problems, what is the chance that he's thought this issue through?
Not "but" much stock. That's what I get for posting full of holiday cheer. :)
If anybody is going to hop out of gaming it's the Wii casuals (Grandmas and such).
Too bad the newsitem has no details as to what "factors" cause digital distribution to make a dent in video game numbers. I think the opposite is going on, a gigantic growth in digital game sales that no company seems to be able to track as of yet. Maybe Steam, D2D, GOG, EA and soon Gamestop can make a deal with the NPD and this Electronic Entertainment Design and Research to create some clarity.
Maybe the casual games, but I don't think ANYBODY who visits N4G cares about the type of games that we may or may not be missing out on next year :/
I laugh in the face of these so called videogame experts who are old enough to be my grandpa. Yeah you heard me mike patcher.
I love how the experts may be correct...Like your an expert for a reason is to get this stuff done correct and know your facts. Does anyone else find that a little ridiculous or is it just me?
i don't believe because digital distribution and OnLive,but hey US is not the center of the world and its not the only market
Experts also once believed that the PS3 was DOOOMMMMMMMEEED!!!
Doomed? No. Third place and never hitting second? Yes.
the console that just outsold the 360 almost 2 to 1 this holiday will never take second? where do they grow you people?
It's STILL in third place. Christ. Stop turning this into a console debate when there was NOTHING related to that in the article. It's like fanboys jump out from nowhere to proclaim their love of their console as a non-sequitar.
the video game market is oversaturated by subpar titles and clones.
It may not have pertained to the story, but I'm sure most of you at least cared about what I wrote. Ohkay...let me add something that has to do with this article. Um...experts are lame... : ) In other news, Jaffe's back! http://twitter.com/djaffe
Experts will decline.
We need to get rid of these guys from the media. They are nothing but wasted bandwidth.
I think over the past year or so, we as gamers have been really starved for AAA titles, at least until this fall when a few started coming out (UC2,MW2,AC2,DA) and those games sold like mutherfocking pancakes. We desperately desired some good titles so badly that a large majority of us even ended up picking up titles that we'd regularly pass by EN MASSE. Or in the case of about 5 million people, they needed to fill that FPS gap so badly, they all descended on MW2 like a hoard of zombies, DESPITE all of its bugs and glitches. However, come January and the rest of the spring, we are going to get bombarded with an absolute onslaught of major titles. I think there's something like 20 AAA titles hitting shelves in less than 6 months. For virtually all of us, it's going to be a paradise, where the moment we get bored with a title, there's another one calling out to us to fill that boredom like a dirty whore. For some of us, we're going to go hog wild and become total recluses for that period of time. However, for a large majority for us, being able to have them all just isn't feasible, because games cost a lot of money and that's something we have in limited supply. That's going to mean that we're going to have to pick and choose which games we really want to get, which is great because we're going to have access to the cream of the crop meaning no matter what we're gonna end up with some epic titles, but bad for a lot developers making these totally awesome titles because they're going to be facing a lot of heavy competition from each other, and technically bad for some of us, because we'll be missing out on said titles because we couldn't afford them. So I don't quite agree with what these experts are saying. I think we're going to see total purchases increase massively because there's just so many awesome titles that are going to warrant a purchase in people's books, but I don't think we'll be seeing massive individual game sales records because I think a lot of gamers are going to be split in between competing titles. Just look at January 26th: We've got God of War 3, Mass Effect 2, and MAG. All AAA titles, exclusives(yes I know ME2 is on PC as well), and immensely popular. I sincerely doubt a big portion of consumers is going to head out that day and drop close to 200 bucks on video games. I doubt most would even be willing to drop 120! They're going to be forced to choose, and that's going to hurt the numbers for all 3 titles. Of course, that's all taking into account initial sales, not long term. I think you're going to see a ton of activity at Gamestop with people picking up used titles they missed out on 6 months later, and as long as the developers use their noggins and keep their prices up for an extended period of time, they should do just fine catching the stragglers who finally come around and pick up their game after missing the initial release. That's my take...what do you think?
Good use of paragraphing but ultimately, too many words? :)
They weren't talking about sales numbers, they were talking about just number of different games. Honestly, who cares? Out of those 1000+ games, how many were actually genuinely good and not just a load of shovelware? I think the number of titles will probably stay relatively the same (especially now that developers have figured out how to work with the ps3) and the number of AAA titles will increase. Honestly, how do these experts keep their jobs making predictions on completely bogus figures that don't matter whatsoever?
whats wrong with more variety?? new games besides current ones out now?? ps2 games up-graded to ps3 graphics not a bad move. i see why games are declining no variety. sequel after sequel since 2006
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