A recent report reveals that almost half of all PC game sales in the US in 2009 were purchased as digital downloads, uncovering the increasing shift away from physical media to digital retail channels.
Long Live Downloadable Games!
Good market for DLGs.. but too much piracy on comps
Or at least untill the network goes bust.
Long live restrictions and leasing games under companies! Yeah! no.
actually.. half are pirated..
Those are counted as sales though.
Now, just let us freaking resell them.
Steam sales make reselling pointless because you can pick up games for like $5
No, what if I want a specific game ? What i'm just supposed to wait months even years until it gets that lucky Steam sale ? What an idiotic thing to say and I don't understand why that statement has got 2 "agree".
You know what... you take so much for granted. The point of trading in is for MONEY... now if you truly need the money maybe you can spend a month or two and wait for a price drop. If you want a specific game? Wait, will it kill you? No. THEN WAIT!
yea i do love selling my $60 game for 25 yea then they sell it for $55 yea. i love buying used games save me so much money when im better off buying and selling from/to my friends. kids these days
I think they mean half of the games that are bought are bought as downloads. ;)
yeah, but it is kinda funny how much isn't bought at all, just stolen
Game companies still seem to post profits every quarter though, for the most part. They're getting to be as profitable as movies. And if that's WITH the stolen ones....
this isn't stealing, someone isn't losing something. when something is stolen, someone(mostly a shopkeeper) has lost something. when you already spend a shitload of money at games and pirate the rest of them you aren't an asshole. Or when you simply can't afford games(those russians also deserve to play games). If you got money and stil pirate all games THEN you should go to hell. remember that law isn't always = ethics.
its stealing. no debate possible. warping definition doesn't justify it.
Go look at the pirate bay and see how many 360 games are on there, you idiots act like its only the PC that's pirated
Developers get something like 4x more money per unit sold on an online marketplace like Steam, than they would at retail. On every $50 game sold on Steam, $30 goes right back to the developer. For every $50 game sold at retail, only about $7.50 goes back to the developer. So even though the PC version of most games sell less than the console versions, the developers are still making shit-loads of cash. http://www.redherring.com/H...
if you're right than steam games should at least be cheaper than retail(in europe it mostly isn't, dunno in us and a)
from what I have heard Valve only take a 10% cut from every sale So a $50 would account for $5 for Valve and $45 for Developer/ Publisher
Yes, generally the largest portion goes to the publisher. In cases where a developer is owned by a publisher... it almost all becomes profit, that's one of the biggest reasons publishers buy developers and generally developers give up more of their freedom for more resources and stability. I personally think it's a myth they aren't making any money. Everybody seems to be quick to say PC games, in particular don't make money, but that's just not true. I'm not even talking about MMO's. The PC market makes money, period. I don't even understand why console centric gamers are so interested in throwing the PC gamers under the bus or trying to sweep them under the rug, like they aren't there. It makes little sense in the broader landscape of gaming.
Valve takes about 30% or so of each game sold on Steam. That goes towards advertising space on Steam, as well as what ever other services Valve offers like bandwidth and multiplayer.
Aus! On Steam games are literally half the price of retail
Games from STEAM are cheaper than retail in the Netherlands, even when converted from USD to EUR =/
Steam has a great store. I can shop there and never get dressed. I just hope they never go out of business and I lose all those games i have bought.
They've already said that they have a back-up plan in place should Steam ever be cancelled to make sure no customer loses any of their games.
Its inevitable that digital download will be the way gamers receive all games. Even consoles.
It wasn't true when Pachter predicted it years ago, it isn't true now and it will never be true. Even if it was, would you call removing the option to own physical media "progess"?
Hate to break your heart, but yes it will be true, not now, but in years to come. If you think it won’t, you’re living in a dream world. WHY? Because it ends pirates of all media, games, movies, music, etc. Also broadband connections are reaching further and further out and getting faster. Progress? Depends on which side of the fence you are on. And since they make the product and we buy it, I would say yes to that also.
You think that a digital downloads only future will end ALL piracy and yet you claim I am living in a dream world? Talk about the pot calling the kettle black.
imagine in the future, logging on your PSN account on your friends "console" and download a game so you guys could play it - given the speed broadband is reaching today's games will download in a matter of minutes, and I'm pretty sure they'll also keep on developing for the player to play the actual game while parts of it are still downloading I dare call it progress, for consoles anyway - that's how steam works at the moment (minus playing while downloading)
I'm honestly surprised it isn't more than half.
this only shows how important the physical medium is. Sure half are downloads but these are pc gamers we're talking about, they are supposedly the most technical saavy bunch and still half of them use physical media. Although if i had a good rig and connection i'd get steam.
this includes things like tycoon games and other casual things such as those that are bought at walmart because they cost 10 bucks.. most hardcore pc gamers, probably 75%, are strictly download only.
you have to consider the fact that some gamers had a low connection speed - for them STEAM (and similar programs) isn't as useful
and US is known to be behind in trends when it comes to gaming. digital distribution rules in Europe.
Developers make shit tons on Digital Downloads, because services like Steam, Direct2Drive, Impulse, and etc remove the costs of manufacturing, packaging, designing, and logistics. Do you know the cost of creating the box art, the case, the shipping, the disc, or how its split between the publisher, developer, and retailer? Digital Downloads is GOLD for developers.
I will always try to get my games on Steam cause of the auto updates. No more having to find the patches for your game.
I buy 95% of my games on steam or other online distributors as it saves having to switch disks all time.
Steam has definitely changed the game for the better. When it was first announced I hated the idea, but I wouldn't be without it now.
Does this mean that half of all PC gamers don't leave their house?
Actually it means pc gamers not only save on games. But on gas. Pc gaming truly is economical while being superior all at once
So you consider driving to a f-ing games store a social activity? That says so much about it it's sad. Admit it fool, you are on a games site, you ARE a nerd. I live with my GF in my OWN house, I bet you still live with your parents, maybe it's time you left the house there tyke, you know get a few girl germs; they're good for you ;) I buy all my games in the physical format, but I do so online because it's 30$ cheaper and I don't have to put up with people like you...who have not seen the PC gaming light...
you just got owned
life would be so much simpler if all my excursions had to be in regards for video games... another useful thing about STEAM: during the summer sale I bought Civ4 after purchasing it and started to download it my 2 year old son started crying yadayada... 2 hours later Civ4 was ready to play :D if I had used a physical copy I had to go through the boring task of installing the actual game - choosing the best directory etc... which would just halt the installation because I wasn't on the computer of course
I only buy online, and 90% on steam, even full price. They just need to lower by 5/10€ on new products, they're at the exact same price than retail. Not that I care, I don't need that stupid plastic box and DVD hehe 40€ for new games would be perfect
I think they mean 60% of all gameing is legal, 50% of that 60% is DL, and the rest is Pirated.
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