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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.
The US economy is slumping again due to rising oil and gas prices and a decline in shipments from Japan. In addition to that China's currency is currently undervalued and they refuse to let it rise naturally, which is lowering the value of U.S. exports and making investors nervous because they're expecting China to see rapid inflation which could cause their economic boom to slow way down. Greece, Portugal, and Italy's economies are also on the rocks, which is affecting the economy of Europe, which affects game sales and the US economy. Finally, housing prices continue to remain near all-time lows and foreclosures aren't slowing down. Due to this slump new jobless claims remain around 400,000 a week, which means that businesses aren't hiring fast enough to boost consumer confidence, which means that people aren't willing to spend more money or dip into savings.

Besides the economy, the new 3DS has come out and the Wii U was announced, I wonder if people are going to slow down on their spending on the DSi and Wii in preparation for buying a new console?
Edited by lordikon - 6/15/11 at 6:43am
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post #22 of 28
I'm not surprised at all. Bad games are bad. Let's get good, game industry!

And I'm tired of signing up all these accounts to play games online. Windows Live this, Steam that, EA whatever-they-call-their-integrated-thing that, Blizzard account... left right and center I have to sign up accounts. This wouldn't be so bad, but these accounts usually are tied to my email, and a slew of games are attached to them... and it gets to be a messy network that I have to keep track of.
    
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post #23 of 28
Eh what do they expect when there's nothing super duper awesome coming out?
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post #24 of 28
Lol, I just read the comments on that news page.

I found this

"The real money is in First Person Shooters. All the real "Hardcore Gamers" are going to want to keep up with titles such as Black Ops, Halo Reach, Gears of War. The next (which is what I imagine they sell the 2nd most) is RPG's such as Fallout, Oblivion. L.A., Mortal Combat, NBA 2k11 and Brink were their only Major titles. And if they are redoing HALO 1, !PLEASE REMAKE MORROWIND ELDER"

Hardcore Gamers play Black Ops, since when?
NBA 2k11 is a RPG? Damn
Oblivion,that was, 2 years ago?
Brink Was a major title? Just...

I must them
post #25 of 28
I haven't bought anything new this year except an indie game here and there. There are some good ones out there Shogun 2, Crysis 2, Portal 2 etc, but I'm not paying full price for them. Waiting for summer sales. Anyway overall it seems like it's been a rather weak year so far for new games.
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post #26 of 28
Cause were all saving for BF3. E3 was amazing this year, so why waste money on the crap we have now?
    
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Wonder how was this measured. Only retail stores ? If this then this is quite logical with significant portion of the sales migrating to online distribution models, especially the indie games.
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post #28 of 28
Two things:

1. Bad games

2. recession.
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