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another point everyone is missing.... 9%+ unemployment. I'd say 80% of my friends aren't buying games because they can't afford it
post #12 of 28
Does the research include online sales?
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I'm guessing not, like every other "omg videogamezzz are dieing blah blah blah" news story
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There aren't any MULIPLAYAAAA EFFPEESSS GAEMS Witch is the coal that fuels the console gaming industry.
    
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If developers didn't push out such terrible games, people would buy them. Bad games in a bad economy is bad for sales.
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Originally Posted by secretsexyninja View Post
another point everyone is missing.... 9%+ unemployment. I'd say 80% of my friends aren't buying games because they can't afford it
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If developers didn't push out such terrible games, people would buy them. Bad games in a bad economy is bad for sales.
Both of these. If people don't have steady income their money is going for things other then mediocre games. You will see the game sales rebound when the economy recovers / the studios stop releasing crap.
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post #17 of 28
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I don't understand....

The price of games to consumers has actually been going down for decades. That should be solid motivation to buy them right there.

Not to mention the slew of indie games and expansions.
Very odd.
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Very odd indeed.

Because 80% of the game release sucks
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post #18 of 28
I also have a feeling that they're not counting digital sales and indie games. Minecraft has made Notch rich over night. Steam sales flourishes. Even the stores on consoles sell quite a bit.
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If I recall correctly Steam doesn't release its sales to NPD, only to the developers. So there data is skewed a bit.
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Does the research include online sales?
I was wondering this as well and did a little digging. The market research group that did the study state they base unit sales numbers off of POS totals, so I would assume that does not include digital sales. They weren't clear on where dollar amounts were determined. However, in their advertisement they state that their study covers only 50 percent of the total market - what 50 percent are we missing?

Finally, I found a yahoo news article that used this same study, only for the month of march. It states that NPD group does not include online games or digital sales. So I think we can safely conclude they do not include this data.
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