DOOM 3 Sales

This press release (thanks Frans) announces that DOOM 3 is selling like hotcakes: "The game debuted as the #1 best-selling PC game in the U.S. for the week ending August 7, according to NPD Techworld. Additionally, DOOM 3 was the #1 best-selling game overall in the U.K. for the weeks ending August 14 and August 21, according to the U.K. Chart Track and the #1 best-selling PC game in Australia, for the weeks ending August 8 and 15, according to GfK Inform Database. For the week ending August 15, DOOM 3 also was the #1 best-selling PC game in France, according to GfK; the #1 game in Germany, according to Media Control; and the #1 game in Sweden, Denmark and Norway, according to Manual Sweden, Manual Denmark and Manual Norway."
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Yeah, piracy REALLY hurt Doom 3 sales, didn't it?!

You gotta love PR. One minute (be it movies, games, music, etc) they're talking about how many million copies they sold, and the next they're whining about how they didn't sell enough, and boo hoo hoo, it's all piracy's fault.

I will admit, piracy probably hurts games a LOT more than it hurts music sales. Peole who download an MP3 of "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" are probably not going to go out and buy a CD with it, but a lot of people that download a game might have actually paid money for it (like DOOM 3).

I'm not saying DOOM 3 is suffering from it. Yeh, they probably lost a bunch of sales to a$$-hats that might have bought the game, but decided to download the torrent instead. But it's still selling really well, and they're going to make a huge profit from it (as well as the subsequent engine licenses).

But I feel bad when a small independent gaming house gets their stuff pirated. I mean, there are A LOT of fun games out there that are made by small groups (or single individuals) that get pirated left and right. These people could actually use the money.

Games like Gish or Mutant Storm (as well as others) are fun little diversions which I play a LOT more than Doom or FarCry. Even though they're pretty cheap (I think like $20 USD), my brother has seen the license keys being passed around online and even by some of the kids at school.

Personally, I buy all of my software. Maybe I'd be less inclined if I wasn't making decent money, but as far as I'm concerned it's worth the expense. I don't go to movies often, so I see it that most of these small games cost as much as goign to see 3 movies, and supply months of enjoyment. As for the big $50 games (Doom 3 and what-not), I don't buy as often, or I'll say it's a "gift to myself" for some stupid holiday (like Labor day).

Piracy hurts, but only the small shops or single developers really feel the pinch.



"Space. It seems to go on and on forever. But then you get to the end and a gorilla starts throwing barrels at you."
-Fry, Futurmama

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-Fry, Futurama
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