Game Theory: Are Gamers Killing Video Games?

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Game Theory: Are Gamers Killing Video Games?

Post by BigBox on Sun Jul 20, 2014 3:51 am

Love this video.

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Re: Game Theory: Are Gamers Killing Video Games?

Post by DP on Sun Jul 20, 2014 4:33 am

There's a lot of flawed logic in that, just like most of Game Theory. Entertaining, yes, but wrong. You can't ignore the GC having failed without acknowledging the PS2, and just blame the games. You can't ignore the existence of a casual audience or pack-in titles when using data. You can't call FFXIII the fourth best selling without acknowledgeing multiplat and hype. You can't say innovation fails consistently and then immediately say "hey look at the Wii!"

And again, you cannot ignore the casual presence in all major successes. The PS2 was as much a product of casual buying as the Wii, because it was a DVD player cheaper than all other DVD players for several years after launch. The PS4 is much the same way, and the PS3 would definitely not have outsold the 360 without Sony pushing Blu-Ray into the mainstream (even if the PS3 is the far superior console).

Mario Party 8 succeeds only because of casual fans on a gen-winning console, whereas both OoT AND WW performed worse comparatively on losing ones. Hell, OoT only sold 7.6 million because it was a casual-popular game. Same goes for the highest-selling FF games (except, oddly enough, XIII, which had a huge hardcore base on two consoles).

The title is correct, gamers are partially responsible for gaming's problems, but only partially and only a portion of gamers. It's not all the casuals' fault either, I'm just pointing out the huge flaw in avoiding that entire subject when talking about game sales. MatPat is drawing incomparable comparisons here.
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Re: Game Theory: Are Gamers Killing Video Games?

Post by dragonfire111 on Sun Jul 20, 2014 9:03 am

lets not forget the publishers that keep trying to see how far they can push us with nickel and diming bullshit, and then lying about it saying they are innovating or simply offer a false apology then repeat the same mistake they did before (im looking at you EA)
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