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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Re: POS
Aug 24, 2004, 12:34
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Re: POS Aug 24, 2004, 12:34
Aug 24, 2004, 12:34
 
Agree that HL2 might actually sneak up and steal game of the year. Far Cry should get an honourable mention though.

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POS
Aug 24, 2004, 12:23
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POS Aug 24, 2004, 12:23
Aug 24, 2004, 12:23
 
All i can say is Doom 3 is a HUGE disappointment. Its not a game... its not even a good showcase for what the engine is capable of doing. Any engine can look good... IN THE DARK!

Any game magazine or site that gives this POS a 'Game of the year' award should get out of the business.

This was such a HUGE let down. I hope the sales are high so i dont feel like the only chump who actually bought this crap.

Far cry was substantially better and i assume anyways, that HL2 will kill them both. Course, i guess HL2 will be game of the year for 2005!!


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Re: No subject
Aug 24, 2004, 12:11
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Re: No subject Aug 24, 2004, 12:11
Aug 24, 2004, 12:11
 
Still shocked at how many over high reviews this is getting, seems very mediocre 0_O

It wasn't the Alpha/Omega of gaming people were suggesting it might be, but I think it was alright.

The PDA's were a nice touch. It was sort of like System Shock 2 (never played 1), the pDA's offer more of the story while amusing you with people's personal problems or experiences. I liked to sit there and read everyone's email.

But the replayability is pretty low, and the multiplayer really isn't that great. Personally, I kind of wish there was a way to "rent" PC games (new ones, not the cr@p yahoo offers). I probably still would have paid for Doom 3, but there are others that were bad that I regretted buying.


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No subject
Aug 24, 2004, 12:06
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No subject Aug 24, 2004, 12:06
Aug 24, 2004, 12:06
 
Still shocked at how many over high reviews this is getting, seems very mediocre 0_O

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Try this
Aug 24, 2004, 12:05
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Try this Aug 24, 2004, 12:05
Aug 24, 2004, 12:05
 
PC game publishers should take after games like Live For Speed www.liveforspeed.net They have a nice business model where you just download the game and the full game actually works as a demo and when you purchase the game through their website they give you a key that works for only 1 hour.

I guess they can do that because it's primarily an online game and they are an independent game company who publish their own stuff but it's an interesting concept anyway.

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Re: hotcakes
Aug 24, 2004, 11:57
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Re: hotcakes Aug 24, 2004, 11:57
Aug 24, 2004, 11:57
 
Wonder if Doom 3 will also strive to break records of game returns once most people beat it and realize they just blew 50$ for a single player game with less replayability than a Tamagotchi. Now thats some quality fucking AI. I want to see units damnit!

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Re: hotcakes
Aug 24, 2004, 11:33
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Re: hotcakes Aug 24, 2004, 11:33
Aug 24, 2004, 11:33
 
Uh oh... CONTROVERSY!

The phrase "selling like hotcakes" dates back to county fairs in the 19th century. In those days before hot dogs and corn dogs and ice cream, and cotton candy, hotcakes were a big seller at the food vending booths at fairs, selling as fast as they could be cooked. That's how the term was originally applied - to mean that the demand for something was so great that it was selling as fast as it could be made.

According to "The Dictionary of Cliches" by James Rogers, an early use of the phrase was by O.J. Victor in "The History of the Southern Rebellion"(1860) in which he said "Revolvers and patent firearms are selling like hotcakes."

Investigate? heh

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Re: *yawn*
Aug 24, 2004, 11:33
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Re: *yawn* Aug 24, 2004, 11:33
Aug 24, 2004, 11:33
 
Im guessing that Doom3 is also one of the most resold games of all time. I don't see why anyone would go to the store and pay $50+ at this point because on forums everywhere, and on ebay, people are selling the copies they just bought and played through. I cannot think of another FPS I have played that had less replayability.

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Re: *yawn*
Aug 24, 2004, 11:30
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Re: *yawn* Aug 24, 2004, 11:30
Aug 24, 2004, 11:30
 
I Want Unit Numbers !!!

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Re: *yawn*
Aug 24, 2004, 11:24
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Re: *yawn* Aug 24, 2004, 11:24
Aug 24, 2004, 11:24
 
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.



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"Space. It seems to go on and on forever. But then you get to the end and a gorilla starts throwing barrels at you."
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Re: *yawn*
Aug 24, 2004, 11:24
DDI
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Re: *yawn* Aug 24, 2004, 11:24
Aug 24, 2004, 11:24
DDI
 
Just because more people were willing to buy it does not mean piracy didn't hurt the sales.

Piracy hurts the PC games industry more than the consoles because its so easy. Why write a game for a PC when some warez monkey will get it before its released, you don't really hear much of that for console games do you?

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Re: *yawn*
Aug 24, 2004, 11:04
nin
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Re: *yawn* Aug 24, 2004, 11:04
Aug 24, 2004, 11:04
nin
 
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.

Please...


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Re: Who gives a shit
Aug 24, 2004, 11:00
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Re: Who gives a shit Aug 24, 2004, 11:00
Aug 24, 2004, 11:00
 
Tell that to Looking Glass...?

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Re: *yawn*
Aug 24, 2004, 10:54
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Re: *yawn* Aug 24, 2004, 10:54
Aug 24, 2004, 10:54
 
I want my lawn mowing simulator.

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Re: *yawn*
Aug 24, 2004, 10:41
Eon
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Re: *yawn* Aug 24, 2004, 10:41
Aug 24, 2004, 10:41
Eon
 
<Quote>That game was the best seller for a lonnnng time, and yet it is by far the worst game-concept I've ever seen. Why so many people love it, I have no idea.<End Quote>

*Boggle* I hope you're not a Games Designer. People like games about people - that's all there is to say about it.

I've already pre-ordered Sims 2.

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Re: hotcakes
Aug 24, 2004, 10:34
Tom
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Re: hotcakes Aug 24, 2004, 10:34
Aug 24, 2004, 10:34
Tom
 
Y'know, you can answer questions like that with Google...

SELL LIKE HOT CAKES - "Hot cakes cooked in bear grease or pork lard were popular from earliest times in American. First made of cornmeal, the griddle cakes or pancakes were of course best when served piping hot and were often sold at church benefits, fairs, and other functions. So popular were they that by the beginning of the 19th century 'to sell like hot cakes' was a familiar expression for anything that sold very quickly effortlessly, and in quantity." From "Encyclopedia of Word and Phrase Origins" by Robert Hendrickson (Facts on File, New York, 1997)

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Re: Who gives a shit
Aug 24, 2004, 10:31
cia
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Re: Who gives a shit Aug 24, 2004, 10:31
Aug 24, 2004, 10:31
cia
 
The gaming industry is recording record profits in a bad economy. The gaming industry rivals that of the movie industry - so no - they aren't going under.

Don't believe the hype. The gaming industry has a very powerful lobby and propagandizes its position with psuedo-scientific polls and figures. If you look at the revenue, you will find no cause for alarm.

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Re: Who gives a shit
Aug 24, 2004, 10:24
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Re: Who gives a shit Aug 24, 2004, 10:24
Aug 24, 2004, 10:24
 
Good to see that some people still BUY games. Maybe the game industry won't go under just yet. To all the dicks that pirate everything, I hope they enjoy the condition they are creating for us all.


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Re: Who gives a shit
Aug 24, 2004, 10:22
Jim
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Re: Who gives a shit Aug 24, 2004, 10:22
Aug 24, 2004, 10:22
Jim
 
I like how in the press release it keeps mentioning PC game sales but not overall game sales. No one but pc gaming freaks care about pc sales, if doom 3 was number 1 for all games overall some people would give a shit, alas.

Because PC games and console games are different markets. Sure Madden probably outsold Doom 3, but to their respective audiences, it really doesn't matter.

Jim
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hotcakes
Aug 24, 2004, 10:18
Jim
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hotcakes Aug 24, 2004, 10:18
Aug 24, 2004, 10:18
Jim
 
What exactly is a "hotcake" and why do they sell so well?

Is it the type of cake that you can have and eat too? (another cliche phrase I always failed to understand)

Jim
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