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As much as PC gamers would love to come to the defense of their beloved rigs, towers and skyscrapers with enough juice running through them to power a small city block, it’s time to concede to what many of us already knew: retail PC gaming is dying. Reports have emerged confirming that the retail PC gaming market is, in fact, dying and there are some hard numbers to prove it, too.
As stated in the market research…
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"Retail sales of PC games have been deteriorating for a number of reasons: Developers are producing fewer PC games because of the fear of piracy. Consumers have been migrating from PC games to those played on the current generation of consoles. Retailers do not make the same effort to market PC games, often relegating them to the backs of their stores. Last, the move to digital distribution of games makes downloading them directly to the PC an easier alternative to purchasing the games at retail."
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PC gaming is always dying, nothing new
imo its rise of the indie devs atm
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Retail sales of PC games have been deteriorating for a number of reasons: Developers are producing fewer PC games because of the fear of piracy
They are putting out less games and so people are buying less... looks like a no brainer to me. I think they will have less piracy concerns when they find out how much easier and longer people have been pirating console games.
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Of course "Retail" being the key word here. Digital Distribution is just filling in where retail is exiting
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PC gaming is not in trouble. Retail is dying because people prefer to purchase online through many of the different online distributors we have now these days. STEAM being one of the obvious.

Retail can die out and will not adversely effect PC gaming too much as Online will take its place rather easily.
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Of course "Retail" being the key word here. Digital Distribution is just filling in where retail is exiting
People missed that key word. I would like to see a comparison of total games sold in say 2006 to 2010. Including Digital distribution.
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Theres bound to be some fallout when developers give one market the crappiest versions of games, pitiful support, and automatically treat them like convicted pirates. Concerning retail sales though, i can't remember the last time i picked up a boxed copy of a game.

Maybe with games like BF3 and RO2 we'll see a second rise of PC gaming.
    
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post #8 of 95
Dying or not, if we can keep the pirates out of multiplayer it would help. MP is one of the biggest reasons to play on the PC.
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Last, the move to digital distribution of games makes downloading them directly to the PC an easier alternative to purchasing the games at retail.
Way to completely **** on your own point, cinemablend.

Retail PC Market =/= Overall PC Market
    
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Personally i would like to see the market trend for retail as a whole and compare that to PC gamming.
Not only that PC has been focused on the major titles for years now where as consoles will release crapg game after crap game and hope that one of them will stick. Remember how seemingly never ending list of PS2 games?
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