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PC Gaming Rebounds?

PC Games, Once Down, Show Signs of Rebound (registration required) is a New York Times article (thanks PHJF and Matthew & Pauline) suggesting that sales of PC games are resurging on the back of a strong MMORPG market:

Not so long ago, PC titles were the mainstay of video gaming, but they have slumped in recent years, overshadowed by a new generation of game consoles. Now they are showing signs of a comeback.

Most prominent has been the strength of one of the most popular video games ever for PCs, World of Warcraft, a role-playing online adventure game that now has more than eight million subscribers.

But retail sales of other titles are on the rebound as well. PC manufacturers and chipmakers are promoting the game-playing prowess of ever more powerful computers. And Microsoft has inaugurated a program aimed at making PC gaming more attractive, incorporating console-like features and easier online play.

There is also considerable buzz about Enemy Territory: Quake Wars, a long-awaited game due in June from id Software, the creator of the blockbuster hits Doom and Quake in the 1990s.

Anita Frazier, an industry analyst for the NPD Group, a market research firm, noted that in the first two months of 2007, domestic retail sales of PC games reached $203 million, a 48 percent increase over the $136.8 million in the period a year earlier. She noted that these figures do not include revenue generated by PC game sales online, or online subscriptions to play PC games.

“Yes, it does look like a fluke, doesn’t it?” Ms. Frazier said. “Rest assured it’s not.”

She said the bulk of this surge in sales is rooted in the role-playing video game genre that, itself, grew 43 percent over the same period last year. “The robust performance we’re seeing in PC game sales can be tied to several key titles across several genres,” she said, “but we’d be remiss not to address the continued success of World of Warcraft.”

The upsurge comes after some recent reversals. Over all, retail sales of PC-based games in the United States exceeded $970 million in 2006, an increase of about 1 percent of sales the previous year of $953 million, which represented about a 14 percent drop from $1.1 billion in 2004.

By contrast, according to the NPD Group, retail sales for console games in 2006 were $4.8 billion; another $1.7 billion was spent on games for hand-held devices like Sony’s PlayStation Portable.

59. Re: YES! Apr 23, 2007, 23:43 wtf_man
It was a combination of factors. Invisible War died the moment Ion decided to build their own engine (very loosely based off of unreal) for the game. The majority of the problems with engine didn't start to rear their heads until fairly late in development. It became clear that the tech needed to be scrapped, and a new engine developed. Eidos wouldn't go for it however, so Ion Storm was left with a broken engine and a rapidly approaching release date. The inevitable result was a lot of features and content getting the axe and a lot of cut corners. Toss in some well intentioned but poorly implemented design decisions and you've got the disaster that was Invisible War.

Not exactly sure how that pinpoints the blame on Warren (Not that I read that you intended to)... but as I see it...

Warren fucked up by becoming a Studio manager and having to deal with administrative crap (for more than one project) instead of focusing on the Deus Ex 2 project.

Harvey fucked up by being the main "decision maker" FOR the Deus Ex 2 project. He's the one that decided to build their own engine, develop simultaneously for the xbox, scramble and cut corners when the shit hit the fan, etc.

So, yes, I agree that Warren is to blame as much for the Deus Ex 2 atrocity as anyone at Ion Storm... but it wasn't due to Warren's "designs"... since he had no part in designing the game.

Which means... I still think he could make good games if he got back to doing what he's good at doing... design. Ultima Underworld III FTW! (Ok... that's a pipe-dream, but I can still wish!)

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  4. Apr 23, 10:51  Re: YES! eunichron
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  30. Apr 23, 15:38      Re: YES! Kxmode
  8. Apr 23, 11:27   Re: YES! 4D-Boxing
  9. Apr 23, 11:31    Re: YES! HardCore
  12. Apr 23, 12:18  Re: YES!  dsmart 
  14. Apr 23, 12:24   Re: YES! DrEvil
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  29. Apr 23, 15:27   Re: YES! Kxmode
  35. Apr 23, 17:06    Re: YES! Fion
  36. Apr 23, 17:24     Re: YES! Overon
  37. Apr 23, 17:25      Re: YES! nin
  38. Apr 23, 17:30     Re: YES! TorTorden
  28. Apr 23, 15:21  Brick and Mortar Kxmode
  41. Apr 23, 18:33   Re: Brick and Mortar zirik
  44. Apr 23, 19:40    My thoughts The Truth
  49. Apr 23, 21:36     Re: My thoughts maplebob
  52. Apr 23, 21:58      Re: My thoughts zirik
  54. Apr 23, 22:13       Re: My thoughts maplebob
  53. Apr 23, 22:04     Re: My thoughts zirik
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  3. Apr 23, 10:41 No subject xXBatmanXx
  11. Apr 23, 12:17 This isn't really a surprise... Mysdrial
  13. Apr 23, 12:23 Ebb and flow MyRealName
  17. Apr 23, 13:01 No subject Tanto Edge
  18. Apr 23, 13:14  Quake Wars Com
  21. Apr 23, 13:54   Re: Quake Wars Reikon
  24. Apr 23, 14:20    What's kinda scarey.. The Half Elf
  22. Apr 23, 14:10   Re: Quake Wars Shooters fanboy
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  40. Apr 23, 18:23  Re: Awwww no.... zirik
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