Originally Posted by Vagrant Storm
You also need to figure in how the money is focused.
Let's just say that it is a fact if add up all the sales of free2play items, local indie games sales, and digital sales of main stream PC games it is more than console gaming sales.
The problem is that you are talking about a lot of money being spread across nearly countless conpanies, organizations, and in some cases a single person. The money can not be directed into any sort of inovatation and most will just go out of business just to be replaced by some one else trying their luck. Which means at best PC gaming can maintain it's current level. I think PC gaming has been doing this for a long time and not really on the decline like the retail sales show.
However, console sales is more focused and all the money coming is being put toward development and that has caused console gaming to explode onto the market and will continue to increase. When the super nintendo was a big thing PC gaming retailed like 1.5 billion USD...I think that PC gaming is still about 1.5 billion(of 1994 money...so add more due to inflation, but the value is the same) if you add everything up, but consoles are quickly eating up the high end gaming. PC gaming might be limited to only indie games in the near future and I can't help but look forward to it in some ways. I think my favorite PC games are from indies or very small companies.
Consoles arent eating up anything from PC gaming. Console gaming is currently riding high, but will drop just like it did before.
PC gaming has always been at the front of technology and innovation. The worse major publishers do in PC gaming, the sooner they will leave, which will open up the PC market to more developers who wont have to try and compete with multi million dollar ad campaigns.
EA would not be letting DICE focus on the PC version is the market isnt there. CD projekt would not be making the witcher 2 as a pc only release if the market wasnt there. Tripwire interactive would not be making Red orchestra 2 if they market wasnt there.
PC gamers are more careful about what they purchase and play games for much longer than your console gamer does. Console gamers follow the next craze, they are the equivalent to pop music scene.
I look at my friends kids and they are always getting a new game, and are done with it within 3 months and are looking for the next big thing. The typical PC gamer doesnt do that.
Battlefield 3 and the witcher 2 will both show just how big the PC market really is.