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(Time)   Video game sales are dropping like cement shoes because gamers have discovered a thing called "real life" which includes neat skill trees such as talking, going outside, and being nice to strangers   (business.time.com) divider line 10
    More: Unlikely, technology tree, smart device, gamers, Wii U.  
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2013-02-12 09:01:11 PM  
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Clearly the being nice to strangers skill tree is underpowered, since no one ever specs that way.
2013-02-12 10:55:17 PM  
3 votes:

Rincewind53: This is a great time to mention my "Entertainment Value Calculator" when figuring out whether to buy a video game. Basically, figuring that these days, the average cost of a movie is $12, and provides around 2 hours of entertainment, then if a video game is $60, it should provide at a minimum 10 hours of entertainment. If a game only has a six hour single player, and I don't intend to use the multiplayer, I'd wait until the price dropped to at least $36.


Hmm. By a $6/hour metric I should never pay more than a few pennies for sex
2013-02-13 02:36:42 AM  
2 votes:

Mike_LowELL: God, I feel like crap for writing that all out.  I already know how this thread is going to go.


I hate it when you break character.  Takes me completely out of the moment.
2013-02-13 08:00:20 AM  
1 votes:
DigitalCoffee: If they're looking to boost sales for the old consoles before the next gen hits, perhaps they could bring over some of that Japan Only content.

Oh, hell yes... now you're talkin'!

DigitalCoffee: Translate and release a few 'Pachinko Parlor' games, a few Visual Novels (like Clannad or Kanon), and a good Mahjongg game...

Oh. Umm... never mind.
2013-02-13 03:58:50 AM  
1 votes:
You are likely to be eaten by a grue...
2013-02-13 03:03:21 AM  
1 votes:

Krieghund: If games give me 20 hours of entertainment each, I need 30 or 40 a year. If they give me 200 hours of entertainment, I only need 3 or 4 a year.


This.  My problem is, thanks to Steam, I have 30 to 40 games a year that all give me 100+ hours of entertainment, and I don't have anywhere near enough time to play them all.
2013-02-13 02:51:51 AM  
1 votes:
Or maybe there's more people like me, who have no life but are unemployed and are playing free games like MUDs or Eve, where I can use money I make I game to pay for my subscription.
2013-02-12 10:23:31 PM  
1 votes:

Mike_LowELL: People don't want to pay sixty dollars for the software


I blame Steam sales and a weak economy for that. Video games are  cheaper than they've ever been, and as I discussed before, the $60 price point is actually lower than video games should be priced if they'd kept up with inflation.
2013-02-12 09:07:53 PM  
1 votes:
Video game sales are dropping like cement shoes because gamers have discovered a thing called "real life" which includes neat skill trees such as talking, going outside, and being nice to strangers  roms
2013-02-12 09:02:30 PM  
1 votes:

RexTalionis: Either that or we are at the end of this console generation and everyone is waiting for the next console release.


But that doesn't make a good story!
 
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