Aye, I sure as hell am picky before I go splurging $60 on a new game period, regardless if economy is in tank or not.
Bulletstorm, Homefront, DNF, BRINK.
A few recent "Triple A" games that have been released to the market. HAH!
The NPD does not track digital sales and I reckon that is where a large number of these sales has gone since many people have simply stop buying their games from brick and mortar stores since 2006.
Digital sales are doing great on the PC, but what about the other platforms? Steams success in the market can't make up for MS, Sony, and Nintendo's failure.
Maybe its the fact that most people have 360s and ps3s who are going to buy them and companies aren't pushing new consoles as quickly as they used to and people were buying far more so the market is saturated. Thus skewing numbers, and also since the economy has been down and things like craigslist become more popular people are selling and buying accessories and consoles used.
It really bothers me that shit like this is "news" not that its posted here but that crap like this hits any sort of headline. No one does any analysis on why things happen they just post shit to get views.
Amazon and Wal-Mart don't report to the NPD either and I'm sure a lot of sales go through both of them. Still I don't doubt the report, there really hasn't been any exciting huge sellers releases recently. inFAMOUS 2 is great, but that's not going to push a few million units like a big AAA title would.
I'd bet walmart has the majority of the console sales.
Have you seen their PC game shelf? I think up until a few years ago there were still expansion packs for early ID games up there, and I never knew there were quite so many wildlife shooting games...
Combine the above with the fact that all of the big AAA blockbuster titles so far this year(basically all of the stuff hyped up from e3 and other conventions last year) have turned out to be garbage. It's already the middle of June, and the only game I've played that has come out this year that was any fun for more than an hour was Mortal Kombat 9. DNF? No. Homefront? No(damn they blew a LOT of money on the marketing for this game). Brink? Couldn't get me to touch it with a 10ft. pole. LA Noir, haven't played it and doesn't really seem to be my type of game.
Whoa there! ....Bulletstorm was pretty good afaik
I buy nothing unless it's on sale, I'm utterly cheap about my hobby now, I used to pay top dollar when you know, games were actually good and worth top dollar, i stopped that shit after Bioshock 2 came out.
Same, although I have been this way for a long while. I figure most people are falling in the same category. Get burned once or twice at even $40 and you simply get cynical, assume the worst, and only buy games when they are on sale; all the while publishers seem to be exercising yet another hair brained scheme to try and milk more money out of me when every single one of them would be better off if the "standard" price for software was $30. Get these damned things into impulse buy territory. Plain and simple. You do NOT want your customer considering whether your product is worth it when the majority of the industry points toward "no".