NPD Says PC Gaming Market in Decline, Even Though It’s Not

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thegamepro

PC Gaming IS DEAD...In the retail world.

PC gaming is raping console gaming in the online world of subscription, digital downloads, and microtransactions.

I buy most if not all of my pc games through steam because I don't like needing discs in my drive and that I have a gaurantee that I will still be able to play my games if my pc burnt to the ground.

 Anyway... What would happen if the Next generation of Consoles went 100% exclusivley digital downloads meaning that all the games are bought through the consoles download service and with no option to buy a retail version?  What will the NPD's do then?  Will they say that the Videogame industry itself is dying?

 I miss the old days of being able buy and sell used games.

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I Jedi

I agree with Doctor X on this, folks. You won't find a huge collection of PC games in stores. I almost always buy my games from Steam or from Amazon.com because of the lack of video games for the PC that I find in stores. We really are moving into the digital age of software... Where we'll begin to download more and more software: Free or comerical for now on. Unless, of course, if cable and phone companies have their way with their bandwidth caps, but those won't always remain in place because customers will get tired of being "screwed" by their providers. So, expect software downloading to just continue to get bigger and bigger... with a few bumps in the road, like Comcast's 250GB limit. 

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DoctorX

i may have bought just one boxed game in 2 years... but i have bought close to a $1000 online... mostly through steam.  Best part of steam is most of the games can run under wine in linux.  I view the decline in the number of retail games bought a bit differently.... I buy few games in the store because noone carries much games for pc any more.  Wal-mart, target and best buy all have reduced their shelf space to just the likes of bejewelled.  Walmart is a little better, but not by much.  If i could buy locally, I would.

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mls067

Even if this is true. The games that are released on the PC these days are much better than they were durning the "hey day" of PC gaming. When I browes the console games I am reminded of some of the junk that I had purchased for my PC. It is now easier to find good games for the PC and know that I just didn't waste $50. Yeah, there are still turds being made, but not as many.

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Avery

I saw this list for 2008:

TOP 20 best selling games of 2008 for the US:

1. World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King
2. Spore
3. World of Warcraft: Battle Chest
4. Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures
5. Warhammer Online: Age Of Reckoning
6. Call Of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
7. The Sims 2 Double Deluxe
8. World Of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King Collector's Ed
9. Fallout 3
10. World Of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade
11. Call Of Duty: World At War
12. The Sims 2 FreeTime
13. World Of Warcraft
14. Sins Of A Solar Empire
15. Warcraft III Battle Chest
16. The Sims 2 Apartment Life
17. Crysis
18. Left 4 Dead
19. Diablo Battle Chest
20. The Orange Box

NPD is for US results, but we need something world wide to get more of an accurate picture.

I think subscriptions will come in from March'09?

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