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i mean, retail+digital, just how much are we compared to consoles?
     
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Big...How big IDK but it is big.
 
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A lot bigger. Like, a lot bigger.

I blame it on uneducated people who herp derp their way into buying a console because putting a computer together (which is as easy as lego with a screw driver) seems like such a challenge.

May be off topic but I tell ya what, if this generation of kids don't even know how to use a basic tool kit we're doomed.
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A lot bigger. Like, a lot bigger.

I blame it on uneducated people who herp derp their way into buying a console because putting a computer together (which is as easy as lego with a screw driver) seems like such a challenge.

May be off topic but I tell ya what, if this generation of kids don't even know how to use a basic tool kit we're doomed.
that's true, gpu installing is easy as pie, cpu, a bit harder with heatsink and all but not that hard...

what they don't know scares them.
     
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Nobody knows. So much is done over the internet and nobody wants to release their stats (*cough* STEAM) And do you count Facebook games/ flash games? There's a lot of fringe stuff that gets included in PC gaming.
    
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its much bigger. The only thing is that its spread out so much compared to the stranglehold that the big publishers have on the console systems.

PC games are being developed in every nation around the world, Console games arent.
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Well, in sales figures from the NPA console gaming brought in about $4 billion USD in the US in 2010. PC gaming brought in about 600 million. But that is just retail. It is estimated that Steam had a revenue of about $1 billion USD, but that also includes sales in other countries. Oh, and you can also include MMO subs if you want. However, WoW is the only one that really counts and if any of that money is going into PC game development...all we have to show for it is a couple WoW expansions and StarCraft 2.

Though I know the NPA doesn't include 2nd hand sales and I've also never figured out if the NPA includes online purchases of console games either. That could make that 4 billion even more. However, I figure that console gaming is about four to five times as large as PC gaming in terms of sales. Though you also have to figure in that PC games sell for less than most console games and I don't think that all console gamers should be considered in the same market as PC gamers...especially the Wii people.
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Well, in sales figures from the NPA console gaming brought in about $4 billion USD in the US in 2010. PC gaming brought in about 600 million. But that is just retail. It is estimated that Steam had a revenue of about $1 billion USD, but that also includes sales in other countries. Oh, and you can also include MMO subs if you want. However, WoW is the only one that really counts and if any of that money is going into PC game development...all we have to show for it is a couple WoW expansions and StarCraft 2.

Though I know the NPA doesn't include 2nd hand sales and I've also never figured out if the NPA includes online purchases of console games either. That could make that 4 billion even more. However, I figure that console gaming is about four to five times as large as PC gaming in terms of sales. Though you also have to figure in that PC games sell for less than most console games and I don't think that all console gamers should be considered in the same market as PC gamers...especially the Wii people.


Those numbers also do not include the 100s of indie developers that are creating games, and dont sign with a major publisher.

Anytime we see numbers on sales, they are all US based, not worldwide.

People dont realize how many games get developed but only get released in their native country on the PC. Those never get tracked by NPD etc, along with the indie developer releases.
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Consoles are much bigger, and that is unfortunately why PC Gamers generally get shafted and left with ports of games. Indie games really only account for a very small margin. Take a game like COD MW2 or even Black ops. They both sold about 15million copies on xbox and ps3 (combined), while on pc it was more like 1million.
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Those numbers also do not include the 100s of indie developers that are creating games, and dont sign with a major publisher.

Anytime we see numbers on sales, they are all US based, not worldwide.

People dont realize how many games get developed but only get released in their native country on the PC. Those never get tracked by NPD etc, along with the indie developer releases.
If that all were to add up to the equilalent of $200 million USD...I would be surprised. That is like comparing the sales of all the local church quilting clubs to the sales of large home furnishing manufacturers.

However, it is true...though there are also game consoles in Asia that most people have never heard of. I was looking at one a few months ago from Japan that used a blue tooth conection to a cell phone for a controller. It was kind of neat.
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