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Slate Magazine - Should the United States ban a Japanese "rape simulator" game?
"Considering the impossibility of policing the Internet, as well as the availability of English RapeLay translations and forums for years before any politician caught wind of the game, it's unrealistic to think that the game could be banished from America. Very few Japanese developers make an effort to sell eroge to the West, and those that do, like Peach Princess and G-Collections, make content modifications to suit foreign norms and laws. (For example, all underage characters' ages get rounded up to 18, no matter how young the character looks.) These Westernized versions are sold in the United States via import sites like J-List and Play-Asia. Neither company sells RapeLay, but they do offer the popular eroge Yume Miru Kusuri. That game, while more edgy than it is violent, does focus on sex-crazed, underage-looking high schoolers with drug problems and suicide fetishes. RapeLay is appalling, but titles like Yume Miru Kusuri—sold in America after being unconvincingly modified so the protagonists are "18," making it tough to peg the games as outright illegal—would make far more constructive targets for political outrage."

Edge Online - Why the -Age of Steam- May Not Last? By Brad Wardell, CEO of Stardock, operator of Impulse.
"It's far too soon to assume that Steam will continue to dominate five years out. Thus far, it has largely operated without serious competition. With other services such as Impulse, Games for Windows Live,, GamersGate and others upping their own services with unique and compelling features, expanding their catalogs, and focusing on providing good customer experiences, I would be very surprised if Steam continues to have such a large market share (as a percentage) even 18 months from now."

CNET - Is the video game industry losing the PR battle?
"Based on what I've seen so far from the industry, it's willing to take a beating from government, lawyers, authors, and concerned groups and it does little to fight back. Meantime, I receive e-mails from parents on an almost daily basis asking me why video games are so bad for their kids. Whenever that happens, I write them a short but informative e-mail saying, 'They're not as bad as some groups say and here's research to prove it.'"

50. Re: Op Ed Mar 12, 2009, 13:04 Creston
@Creston - WoW's figures would pad anything to make it look like it was growing

WoW's biggest income is from monthly payments, and I doubt those are incorporated into sales figures. I don't think WoW is still the best SELLING game on the market. (Expansion packs on release excepted ofcourse.)

Now, that you personally didn't find many games worth playing on the PC in the last few years is fine, but that doesn't mean the entire market is dying. I haven't bought as many games in the past few years because of time constraints, but casually looking around, I see Fear2, Crysis, Crysis Warhead, Farcry 2, Fallout 3, X3:TC, Mass Effect, DoW 2 and I enjoyed all of them to a greater extent.

I bet you Pokemon blows away total sales on everything PC related to date in 2009 besides MMOs. To me that's a sign of some seriously dysfunctional management of an entire industry, and not something growing.

I think The Sims will happily take on those Pokemon numbers, but in any case, I'm not really sure what the point is? You want the PC to make Pokemon games? Younger gameplayers have always been firmly entrenched on consoles (or handhelds), ever since the day of the NES (or gameboy.)

I don't think that's because the PC has too many dark and gritty games, but simply because it's

A) Easier
B) Cheaper

Now, for growth, *shrug*, I'm not going to argue whether the PC industry is going in the right path for you or me personally. I liked PC Games a whole lot better 10-15 years ago. As for the industry, however, every year their total revenue increases. Whether that's because of another WoW expansion, or because of two more Sims expansions, or because we got a glut of fantastic shooters, is irrelevant. The game industry exists to make money. It is making money hands over fist. Ergo, it is succesful.

The good news is, the ball is being fumbled so bad by the big names, that the indy/small guys are getting people looking at them for something to buy. I take the excitement of people being able to buy 10 year old games from GoG as a screaming red warning flag of just how sad PC gaming has hit all time lows. Nestolgia is one thing, but people are actually buying them. That's a pretty starved audience.

I think there is a HUGE demand for cheap games, especially in tough economic times. I've bought some games from GOG that I only got because they were cheap. I haven't even installed some of them yet, but I bought them anyways. I probably have 40 or so games on Steam that I bought and haven't installed, but I bought them because they were 5 dollars. It's partially nostalgia, and partially just the fact that I can buy a game for 5 dollars and probably have just as much fun with it (if not more) than I do with today's top titles that cost 50.

The niche market is more easily accessible now because of platforms like Steam, and it drives their sales, but I doubt it's any kind of indication that the top title game industry (for lack of a better word) is doing poorly. Again, they're making record sales pretty much every year.

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  2. Mar 11, 04:14  Re: Why the -Age of Steam- May Not Last? eRe4s3r
  5. Mar 11, 10:15   Re: Why the -Age of Steam- May Not Last? DDI
  3. Mar 11, 04:41 Re: Op Ed StingingVelvet
  6. Mar 11, 10:23  Re: Op Ed nin
  4. Mar 11, 10:06 Re: Op Ed theyarecomingforyou
  9. Mar 11, 11:48  Re: Op Ed |RaptoR|
  23. Mar 11, 17:34  Re: Op Ed GT
  7. Mar 11, 11:16 Re: Op Ed Z9000
  16. Mar 11, 15:47  Re: Op Ed Krovven
  8. Mar 11, 11:47 Re: Op Ed  Frogboy 
  10. Mar 11, 12:56 Re: Op Ed Cutter
  12. Mar 11, 13:21  Re: Op Ed Zarkov
  18. Mar 11, 16:30   Re: Op Ed Cutter
  19. Mar 11, 16:59    Re: Op Ed Prez
  20. Mar 11, 17:09    Re: Op Ed Mashiki Amiketo
  22. Mar 11, 17:25     Re: Op Ed Prez
  57. Mar 12, 16:58      Re: Op Ed Mashiki Amiketo
  21. Mar 11, 17:22    Re: Op Ed bluemangrouptubes
  24. Mar 11, 18:11     Re: Op Ed Yifes
  28. Mar 11, 18:42      Re: Op Ed Silicon Avatar
  35. Mar 11, 21:31       Re: Op Ed Yifes
  36. Mar 11, 22:01        Re: Op Ed PHJF
  37. Mar 11, 22:16         Re: Op Ed Creston
  38. Mar 11, 22:17         Re: Op Ed Yifes
  13. Mar 11, 13:56  Re: Op Ed Jonny
  25. Mar 11, 18:12  Re: Op Ed Creston
  30. Mar 11, 19:48   Re: Op Ed Jonny
  31. Mar 11, 20:06   Re: Op Ed PHJF
  34. Mar 11, 21:28    Re: Op Ed Yifes
  11. Mar 11, 13:20 Re: Op Ed TheMilkman
  14. Mar 11, 14:54 Re: Op Ed bluemangrouptubes
  15. Mar 11, 15:24  Re: Op Ed Jerykk
  17. Mar 11, 16:20 Re: Op Ed Kxmode
  26. Mar 11, 18:15 Re: Op Ed Z9000
  27. Mar 11, 18:20  Re: Op Ed Creston
  29. Mar 11, 19:34 Re: Op Ed Milkman Dan
  32. Mar 11, 20:12 Re: Op Ed Tanto Edge
  33. Mar 11, 21:22 Re: Op Ed bluemangrouptubes
  39. Mar 11, 22:59 Re: Op Ed bluemangrouptubes
  40. Mar 11, 23:23  Re: Op Ed Jerykk
  41. Mar 11, 23:35   Re: Op Ed bluemangrouptubes
  42. Mar 12, 00:36 Re: Op Ed Z9000
  43. Mar 12, 01:04  Re: Op Ed Jerykk
  44. Mar 12, 01:51   Re: Op Ed PHJF
  46. Mar 12, 02:42    Re: Op Ed Jerykk
>> 50. Mar 12, 13:04  Re: Op Ed Creston
  52. Mar 12, 13:45   Re: Op Ed Creston
  53. Mar 12, 14:35    Re: Op Ed Dades
  45. Mar 12, 02:18 Re: Op Ed monkay
  47. Mar 12, 10:05 Re: Op Ed Dades
  48. Mar 12, 12:09  Re: Op Ed Jerykk
  49. Mar 12, 12:42   Re: Op Ed Dades
  54. Mar 12, 15:27    Re: Op Ed Jerykk
  56. Mar 12, 16:34     Re: Op Ed Z9000
  59. Mar 12, 19:48      Re: Op Ed Creston
  51. Mar 12, 13:07 Re: Op Ed Z9000
  55. Mar 12, 15:46 Re: Op Ed Dades
  60. Mar 12, 21:44  Re: Op Ed StingingVelvet
  61. Mar 12, 23:25   Re: Op Ed Prez
  62. Mar 12, 23:27  Re: Op Ed Jerykk
  71. Mar 13, 10:17   Re: Op Ed Dades
  73. Mar 13, 12:25    Re: Op Ed Jerykk
  58. Mar 12, 17:48 Re: Op Ed RP
  63. Mar 13, 01:45 Re: Op Ed Z9000
  65. Mar 13, 02:47  Re: Op Ed StingingVelvet
  67. Mar 13, 03:16  Re: Op Ed Jerykk
  68. Mar 13, 04:25   Re: Op Ed Z9000
  69. Mar 13, 05:33    Re: Op Ed StingingVelvet
  64. Mar 13, 02:39 Re: Op Ed RP
  66. Mar 13, 03:00 Re: Op Ed Z9000
  70. Mar 13, 10:17 Re: Op Ed theyarecomingforyou
  72. Mar 13, 11:23 Re: Op Ed theyarecomingforyou
  74. Mar 13, 12:39 Re: Op Ed Dades
  75. Mar 13, 12:52  Re: Op Ed Z9000
  76. Mar 13, 12:56 Re: Op Ed Dades
  78. Mar 13, 15:37  Re: Op Ed Jerykk
  82. Mar 13, 21:10   Re: Op Ed Bhruic
  85. Mar 13, 23:55    Re: Op Ed Jerykk
  77. Mar 13, 15:27 Re: Op Ed theyarecomingforyou
  79. Mar 13, 15:39 Re: Op Ed Dades
  81. Mar 13, 20:59  Re: Op Ed StingingVelvet
  83. Mar 13, 21:45   Re: Op Ed Dades
  80. Mar 13, 17:48 Re: Op Ed theyarecomingforyou
  84. Mar 13, 23:30 Re: Op Ed Z9000
  111. Mar 15, 12:24  Re: Op Ed JohnnyRotten
  86. Mar 14, 00:42 Re: Op Ed RP
  87. Mar 14, 02:05 Re: Op Ed Dades
  88. Mar 14, 03:35  Re: Op Ed Jerykk
  89. Mar 14, 10:20 Re: Op Ed StingingVelvet
  90. Mar 14, 12:41  Re: Op Ed Dades
  91. Mar 14, 14:11   Re: Op Ed StingingVelvet
  94. Mar 14, 20:37   Re: Op Ed Jerykk
  92. Mar 14, 17:07 Re: Op Ed theyarecomingforyou
  93. Mar 14, 19:10 Re: Op Ed Dades
  95. Mar 14, 20:59 Re: Op Ed Dades
  96. Mar 14, 21:36  Re: Op Ed Jerykk
  97. Mar 15, 00:23  Re: Op Ed Bhruic
  98. Mar 15, 01:39 Re: Op Ed theyarecomingforyou
  99. Mar 15, 01:58 Re: Op Ed Dades
  102. Mar 15, 04:38  Re: Op Ed Jerykk
  100. Mar 15, 03:01 Re: Op Ed theyarecomingforyou
  101. Mar 15, 03:45  Re: Op Ed Dades
  103. Mar 15, 04:43   Re: Op Ed Bhruic
  104. Mar 15, 04:55 Re: Op Ed Dades
  105. Mar 15, 04:59  Re: Op Ed Jerykk
  107. Mar 15, 05:16  Re: Op Ed Bhruic
  108. Mar 15, 09:36  Re: Op Ed StingingVelvet
  106. Mar 15, 05:02 Re: Op Ed Dades
  109. Mar 15, 10:20 Re: Op Ed theyarecomingforyou
  110. Mar 15, 12:13 Re: Op Ed Dades
  112. Mar 15, 12:28  Re: Op Ed Bhruic
  113. Mar 15, 12:55   Re: Op Ed Dades
  116. Mar 15, 18:01    Re: Op Ed Jerykk
  117. Mar 15, 18:51     Re: Op Ed StingingVelvet
  118. Mar 15, 20:10      Re: Op Ed Dades
  120. Mar 16, 02:00       Re: Op Ed Jerykk
  121. Mar 16, 02:29       Re: Op Ed StingingVelvet
  122. Mar 16, 03:21       Re: Op Ed Bhruic
  114. Mar 15, 13:12 Re: Op Ed theyarecomingforyou
  115. Mar 15, 13:24 Re: Op Ed Dades
  119. Mar 15, 22:29 Re: Op Ed Z9000


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