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3DBrad
01-25-08, 12:34 PM
And to say the PC market can't pay the bills at a game studio. :p
http://www.gamespot.com/pc/action/unrealtournament2007/news.html?sid=6185089

nemecb
01-25-08, 12:46 PM
Why do they even bother posting these numbers when they flat-out admit that they're meaningless because they don't include digital distribution? Sure the retail numbers might be down but I almost guarantee you that the actual numbers are up.

nekrosoft13
01-25-08, 12:48 PM
can someone actually post the article?

K007
01-25-08, 12:52 PM
I have picked up quiet a few from online downloads, i am sure alot of people did the same too.

Marvel_us
01-25-08, 12:58 PM
can someone actually post the article?

I'll grant your wish.


The gaming industry is bigger than ever, with the NPD Group ringing up the non-PC market's 2007 total at nearly $17.94 billion in US retail revenues, up 43 percent from 2006. But not every part of the industry is doing so well--at retail, anyway.

Despite ringing in the year with the fastest-selling PC game of all time, retail PC sales were down in 2007. The NPD Group today confirmed its PC retail tally for the year, pegging the market for boxed computer games at $910.7 million. That's down 6 percent from 2006's $970 million take, and off even more from PC gaming's 2004 peak of $1.1 billion. One reason for the slide in retail revenues is that much of the business is going online, where the NPD Group doesn't track it.

"The PC games sales landscape is changing to one that is increasingly reliant on digital sources of revenue," NPD analyst Anita Frazier told GameSpot. "Our sales reflect the retail climate but there is a lot of gaming sales activity that is generated from digital downloads and subscriptions. I think the PC market continues to be quite healthy and we're continuing to work on how to get our arms around the spending that occurs outside of retail. A number of our [surveys] ask respondents to indicate which platforms they game on, and the results of those questions make it very clear that the PC remains very prevalent, if not dominant, in the total gaming picture."

The Entertainment Software Association trumpeted the NPD's data today, announcing the combined PC, console, and handheld gaming industry's $18.85 billion in 2007 US retail sales as a new record. The industry trade group noted that roughly 267.8 million games were sold during 2007.

The ESA also specifically pointed to a handful of trends, saying that sales in the "family entertainment" genre of games more than doubled, up 110 percent from 2006. Continuing to paint a family-friendly image of the industry, the ESA noted that less than 16 percent of games sold last year were rated M for Mature, with games rated T for Teen representing 28 percent of games sold, and more than 56 percent of games carrying a less restrictive rating than that.

Jonelo
01-25-08, 01:38 PM
In the real world

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/11981111#storyContinued

http://msnbcmedia.msn.com/i/msnbc/Components/Art/TECH/2006/060323/AP_ONLINE_GAMES.gif



That’s why market researchers are seeing these numbers:

Traditional shrink-wrapped PC games in the U.S. retail market are on the decline, falling to $953 million in 2005, a 36 percent drop from $1.5 billion in 2001, according to the NPD Group.
Internet-related game revenues in North America, including online purchases, subscriptions and advertising, rose to $1 billion in 2005, more than six times the $160 million in 2001, according to DFC Intelligence.

IDC predicts U.S. sales of PC game downloads will almost double this year to about $500 million and grow to $763 million in 2007.

nemecb
01-25-08, 01:42 PM
Hey, cool. A little free advertising for S2 Games.:)

Noriega
01-25-08, 03:20 PM
I bet that sell is so low because everybody plays free Wolf Quest!

SH64
01-25-08, 04:47 PM
I bet that sell is so low because everybody plays free Wolf Quest!
Thats Wolf F****** Quest.

nutcrackr
01-25-08, 05:16 PM
thats not too bad, digital sector would be growing still as we all know, steam alone added heaps of titles over the year and thats got to draw numbers. WoW got more subscribers too. NPD says its all good

SO SHUT THE **** UP ABOUT PC GAMING DYING.

crainger
01-25-08, 05:37 PM
PC gaming is dying.

K007
01-25-08, 06:34 PM
PC gaming is dying.

Yep this is true

MowTin
01-25-08, 11:10 PM
Yep this is true

Nope the future is PC gaming. The future is one device that does everything. The ultimate home theater PC--plays HD movies, works as a HD DVR, stores photos and movies, and plays games.

One device to rule them all :D

crainger
01-25-08, 11:51 PM
Nope the future is PC gaming. The future is one device that does everything. The ultimate home theater PC--plays HD movies, works as a HD DVR, stores photos and movies, and plays games.

One device to rule them all :D

It better give a great handjob too.

Bman212121
01-26-08, 12:00 AM
It better give a great handjob too.

There's a USB attachment for that. :D























(J/K btw to anyone already pulling out their credit card) :p

methimpikehoses
01-26-08, 04:16 AM
The past of PC gaming is dying.

nemecb
01-26-08, 04:19 AM
Nope the future is PC gaming. The future is one device that does everything. The ultimate home theater PC--plays HD movies, works as a HD DVR, stores photos and movies, and plays games.

One device to rule them all :D
Not even really the future. The only real difference between a console and a PC these days is where it sits - your living room or on your desk. Heck, consoles are even following in the PC footsteps of hardware problems and different versions with different capabilities. Before you know it you're going to be installing drivers on your console...;)

Unstable_Hero
01-26-08, 04:56 AM
Not even really the future. The only real difference between a console and a PC these days is where it sits - your living room or on your desk. Heck, consoles are even following in the PC footsteps of hardware problems and different versions with different capabilities. Before you know it you're going to be installing drivers on your console...;)
and upgrading parts.

Jonelo
01-26-08, 09:28 AM
Not even really the future. The only real difference between a console and a PC these days is where it sits - your living room or on your desk. Heck, consoles are even following in the PC footsteps of hardware problems and different versions with different capabilities. Before you know it you're going to be installing drivers on your console...;)

You write in this forum from the console? Or capture images and video in game any game, editing, or just a bench ;) with FRAPS or another program.

FearMeAll
01-26-08, 04:06 PM
I have picked up quiet a few from online downloads, i am sure alot of people did the same too.
all of my games are now either steam or direct2drive..so convenient. :D