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The Sims 3 Sells Big

EA announces The Sims 3 is their most successful PC launch ever:

REDWOOD CITY, Calif., June 9, 2009 – Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: ERTS) today announced that the hotly anticipated The Sims™ 3, stormed retail shelves starting June 2nd and sold thru more than 1.4 million PC/Mac units within the first week making it the best-selling PC launch in EA’s history. Fan intensity is evidenced through the more than 7 million downloads of player created content including: Sims, houses, stories and more. The Sims 3, also available for download from the Apple App Store for iPhone™ and iPod® touch, shot up to #1 paid app position on launch day and has maintained that spot since launch.

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39. Re: The Sims 3 Sells Big Jun 10, 2009, 19:51 Wowbagger_TIP
 
but the more grown up version of me these days realizes it's only perpetuating the problem and driving publishers elsewhere.
Not really. Huge, homogeneous installed bases for consoles are what drive publishers there. The fact that they get essentially complete control over anyone that doesn't bother to mod their console (i.e. the vast majority), is icing on the cake. Console gamers also don't expect the free content and updates that PC gamers expect, and are used to paying more for less. Sounds like a wet dream for a PC publisher, right?

On the up side, that leaves a lot fewer PC publishers out there, and they can make more if they deliver what PC gamers really want (hint: it's not console crap). Stardock understands that. So does Valve. Even though they are delivering to both audiences, they are on the bleeding edge of cross-platform development and closer than anyone else to really getting it consistently right. I'd like to see more developers understand that the PC market is different from the console market, and design their games accordingly. Amazingly enough, if you build a good game, lots of people will buy it, even if it's ridiculously easy to pirate it, like Sins.
 
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