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The Numbers Lie, So Why Listen?

We all see the numbers each week for sales of whatever somebody finds interesting, be it games, consoles, Blu-ray vs. HD-DVD sales, or what have you.  With each of these topics, we see multiple sources quoting multiple analysts about some number or trend regarding the direction these products are going.  One camp says they are tops in this region.  Another says the first is lying and they are in first.  The last says the second made a statement that wasn't true about widget 4.  You see where I'm going with this, right?  With all these PR people trying to spin  their product, why should be listen?  What do we get out of it?  The truth is most definitely something we don't get, and the numbers can lie. 

If a good game, well designed and critically praised, under sells its potential, does that mean it was a bad game?  Of course it doesn't.  We've all seen the results of what happens when a publisher fails to promote a game that may be a little out of the norm.  We get Madden (a game that shows little innovation from year to year) shoved down our throats each and EVERY year, but a truly unique game like Psychonauts, gets less press coverage and no on air advertising.  Clearly Psychonauts was less of a mainstream game and it didn't sell very well, so if the numbers are correct it must have been a bad game.  Let's look at Kane and Lynch, a game that was given not so hot reviews by pretty much everybody.  The sad thing about a game like this is that it wasn't a great game (which the developer and publisher had to know) and still had a HUGE marketing campaign to back it.  Conversely, we see badly reviewed games, poorly designed and difficult to play, get  up in the sales charts all the time.  They may not be horrible games, but they're probably not as good as an Okami or some other non-typical game.  Take the example of Kane and Lynch.  Will it sell better than Psychonauts?  Probably.  If it does sell more, does that prove that it was the better game?  Not a chance.

I've given up listening to all these charts and numbers that everyone puts out.  The only number that matters in my life is little ol' number one: me.  I know what I like and what I'm likely to buy.  Am I going to let Microsoft's or Sony's number games influence my buying decisions?  Don't count on it.  Don't buy in to the PR schtick and stick to what you like.  Let's stop crap from getting so much attention.

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LinuxGuru5091d ago


I agree with much enthusiasm.

GlossGreen5090d ago

get fixated on the numbers game, and it makes sites like this the worse for it. Look at all the flamebait that shows up in the pending news area because of all the conflicting data.

Guwapo775090d ago

Great post pimpin'. I believe you hit this on the head.

GlossGreen5090d ago

had to take this down and repost it. I didn't proofread very well and corrected it. Sorry, I'm not usually this big of a moron.

ParaDise_LosT5090d ago (Edited 5090d ago )

You can TELL Hitler not to hate jews

You can TELL people not to hate Taxes

You can TELL a dog not to pant

You can TELL a cat not to Meow....

But that doesn't mean they will do it
Blogs are useless.
Opinions are useless, you see, in the real world where everyones isnt gonna agree with you,ranting won't help better the world one bit.

People should quit wasting their time trying to better everyone.....

Yes, I guess it is, that would be an endless cycle of rant but yes
I'm just asking you, why bother?
do you find pleasure in this sort of work or something....

I like knowing why people do things.....

GlossGreen5090d ago (Edited 5090d ago )

Glad to see you have an opinion, and no, I don't think I'll stop sharing my opinion or blogging. Oh, by the way. Your comment sounded a bit like a rant to me. Just my opinion.

LinuxGuru5090d ago (Edited 5090d ago )

@ Paradise Lost

So, why don't you take YOUR rants somewhere else?

Oh wait! Rants and opinions are pointless! Nobody cares! So therefore, you don't matter, Paradise Lost! You just wasted 5 minutes of your life posting on this blog, which you supposedly don't even care about in the first place, because blogs and opinions don't matter, right?

*rolls eyes*

Gotta love people who contradict themselves.

Keep at it, GlossGreen, your blogs are plenty enlightening.

GlossGreen5087d ago

I do have fun writing a blog post. I have a good time trying to come up with something that sounds semi-intelligent and maybe interesting to read, too. I do care what people think about what I write, but their opinion will never affect how I do things. I write what I feel and that will continue for as long as I can.