Games industry facing ‘first big crisis’

In a chilling warning ahead of the global games industry gathering at E3’s LA Convention Center, Namco Bandai’s VP of sales, marketing and publishing Olivier Comte has outlined what he sees as the unprecedented challenges faced by modern gaming.

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basicsameh5143144d ago

i blame gamestop for introducing there used game service they profit alot from them i remmember i sold my pokemon to them they gave me 10$ for it and then sold it for 25$

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GuruStarr783143d ago

Sell it on Ebay instead......or stop complaining. Gamestop and GAME (in Europe) are businesses, thats how they stay in business. Remember, that for every game they buy @ 10 and sell at 25, there are tons of games that never sell....I sell my games on Ebay and usually get what I'm looking for.....It's silly to "blame" them, since they are an option and not a necessity.....

D4RkNIKON3143d ago (Edited 3143d ago )

Well said, you put him in his place that's for sure. +bubble

@below, that's the power of physical media over DD.

pangitkqb3143d ago (Edited 3143d ago )

Just like no one is forced to purchase them.

Moving on to Digital distribution, it is, quite simply, the future whether we like it or not. 80% of PC games in 2009 were distributed digitally. It will get close to 90% in 2010. As for consoles, they will continue to have physical discs, but simply look at the myriad of games now available as downloads on PSN and XBL. I'm talking whole retail games, not just the indie stuff. It's just too profitable for the game companies and platforms. They cut out the middle-man (Gamestop), and eliminate used sales.

With the above in mind I really feel that the next gen of consoles (2013?) will still have physical playback possibilities, but that the vast bulk of full length games, rather than select hits, will also be available for digital purchase.

Look at the mobile gaming world. My iPhone 3GS is swimming in games, and not one has a physical storage medium aside from the phone itself. Do iPhone game devs worry about used game sales? Nope.

Prototype3143d ago

or I'll trade with friends where no one gets ripped off

jaredhart3143d ago

Wasn't the first big crisis the crash in the early 80's?

Ju3143d ago

Yes, and we are nowhere near that. That would be, if people all of a sudden would stop buying consoles (and games).

He's just bitching, that the PC market is more important and because they actually can distribute digitally they want to get into that game.

Noise for nothing, IMO.

Christopher3143d ago

That and this crisis has been around for more than 5 years now. It's not like Steam and similar services just popped out of nowhere.

astar1234567893143d ago

thats why i dont trade in my games and only buy them used. i hate the fact i buy a game and get less 60% for it. thats why i have just about 30 games that i will not trade,

dredgewalker3143d ago

I don't see any crisis with the flood of games coming this year.

Thudd3143d ago (Edited 3143d ago )

by allowing anyone to develop junk for their consoles. With a glut of crap games on the system,people finally gave up and stopped buying. The Atari 2600 version of ET was the straw that broke the back reportedly ending with hundreds of thousands of cartridges (if not more)buried in a desert landfill. Nintendo finally came along with the NES (and Mario) and gaming turned around in the early 80's. That my friends was the 1st big crisis of videogames, and it far outpaces what is happening today.

And yes, I am so old that I was around to see it.

jaredhart3143d ago

Atari's version of Pac-Man which was absolutely horrible. It was another major contributer.

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