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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.

35. Re: YES! Apr 23, 2007, 17:06 Fion
" "The PC market has been diluted by a deluge of crappy sequels, licensed crap, and "just like _______" games that it makes it a lot harder for consumers to separate the diamonds from the doggie-diamonds."

That's precisely what lead to the great video game crash of 1983."

I agree, but while we do get some crappy titles today (and the consoles get a large portion of crap titles as well) they are nothing on the monumental scale of craptitude as was the final straw in the hat, called E.T the game.

As to the WoW factor in all this. As much as many of us think that game is complete crap. It's the casual MMOG players dream and is great at bringing masses of newbies to the genre, at least until they realize the end-game is all about hardcore.

To say nothing will ever beat WoW is to not understand history. Something will come along that blows WoW away and truly brings the masses to the genre. What that is, I don't know, but I'll bet anything that it will be even more easy-mode and casual friendly then WoW is. It's why The Sims sold 100x more copies then Deus Ex. The casual crowd outnumbers the rest of us by 4.9 billion to 100 million.

Something will eventually wake that 4.9 billion people up to the most engrossing, involving and fun form of entertainment since the invention of the musical instrument.
This comment was edited on Apr 23, 17:12.
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