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Console Gaming Continues to Decline: Do You Own a Video Game Console?

Tech 2012/11/11 20:43:38
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The gaming industry is suffering in its console department, according to CNN and that may not change anytime soon--even with the pending release of Nintendo's highly-anticipated Wii U. As recently as September, game console sales have gone down 24 percent. That has lead many industry insiders to say that console gaming is not only in a tailspin, but dying altogether.

For the last four years, console sales have fallen, along with their accessories. Meanwhile, PC games such as Diablo III and World of Warcraft's multiple expansion packs have generated record sales. Take Two Interactive's NBA 2K13 exceeded its sales expectations and that's a console game. Other console games such as Borderlands 2, Halo 4, and various Call of Duty incarnations have also seen good to great sales in recent memory.

The problem is that those are only a select few games for consoles. PCs will always be around and computer gaming has a dedicated, worldwide audience. Additionally, casual gamers may not be purchasing consoles due to smartphones and the basic, yet fun games available on Google Play and The App Store, such as Angry Birds and Words With Friends. We'll see if consoles' fates are sealed with the release of the Wii U later this month and in the coming months when Sony and Microsoft reveal their next-generation consoles.

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  • lucky 2012/11/12 13:15:20
    Yes
    lucky
    +6
    I dont think its so much dying as people cant afford it, the prices on games are actually going up instead of down and the price of consoles have changed very little for the popular ones. Demand is down because the gaming industry has not adjusted their prices for the current economy. They will want to make record profits when people no longer have record incomes.

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  • RachelA7X 2013/02/12 21:55:23
    Yes
    RachelA7X
    Wii, Xbox 360 and DS Lite
  • Trevor Masters 2013/02/07 14:35:38 (edited)
    Yes
    Trevor Masters
    +1
    No. PC gaming is on the decline. Do you know how many games for consoles aren't even being given PC versions? Piracy it's hard to run these new games. A person with an average job doesn't want to spend $500 on a PC to run these current games at low settings when they can get a $200 Xbox to play every game that's out there without having to upgrade their hardware for it.

    Never mind the fact that if you want to get a system that won't cost you exorbitant amounts of cash and still be able to run anything, you most likely have to build it yourself. Buying a console is simply the easier choice which is why console gaming has PC gaming beat.

    I own an Xbox 360, decent laptop, and iPod. I enjoy gaming on all of them but the Xbox is my go-to system for anything other than MMOs and League of Legends.
  • Iefan M... Trevor ... 2013/02/24 22:03:33
    Iefan Muineachán
    Raved: half because I agree, and half because Taiga.
  • tabatha.howay 2013/02/03 06:33:17
    Yes
    tabatha.howay
    +1
    I have old school & newer systems! A few of my favorites are Play Station 1 & 2, Sega Dreamcast & the Super Nintendo.
  • Turboski 2013/01/14 23:25:02
    Yes
    Turboski
    +1
    It's declining because of the rise of mobile iOS/Android games and PC games. Both are cheaper and more convenient and provide more power to the user.
  • monkeyking908 2012/12/31 15:50:18
  • ArisBoch 2012/12/12 23:22:09
    Yes
    ArisBoch
    +1
    Yeah, it's my Laptop, my Android phone and my Android tablet pc :D :D :P
  • SomeIndonesianGuy 2012/12/12 21:48:46 (edited)
    Yes
    SomeIndonesianGuy
    +1
    Yes, an retired one. I rarely every play it. It is the XBOX 360. I would be playing it more if I didn't have to pay just to play online. Why does Microsoft always have to charge you for everything?
  • beernbugs 2012/12/12 16:40:06
    Yes
    beernbugs
    +1
    I own 2.
  • JekLtM 2012/12/12 05:00:23
    Yes
    JekLtM
    +1
    Ps3...WII...NSD
  • QC 2012/12/12 03:48:32
    No
    QC
    +1
    I own several...
  • afterburn610 2012/12/11 22:32:05
    Yes
    afterburn610
    +1
    PS3, X-Box 360, and WII
  • SIMJEDI 2012/12/11 05:10:57
    No
    SIMJEDI
    +1
    No kiddie console here. Only a "Big-Boy-Toy", that is the PC.
  • jeremy kuhne 2012/12/10 06:58:10
    Yes
    jeremy kuhne
    +1
    purple transparent gameboy color! and still works great
    +a PS2. my computer sucks
  • LarryStylinson 2012/12/09 06:23:19
    Yes
    LarryStylinson
    +1
    I have a wii and an xbox
  • Kathulhu 2012/12/08 14:47:45
    Yes
    Kathulhu
    +2
    The newest systems in the house are the 360 and the Wii, but this place is rife with classic consoles.

    As it is, nobody uses them except the resident 12-year-old. PC gamers are the master race.
  • SomersaultAlex 2012/12/08 05:08:34
    Yes
    SomersaultAlex
    +1
    Wii!
    and I also have a PS2 but it stopped working 0.o
  • ~Worlds Away 2012/12/07 23:12:53
    Yes
    ~Worlds Away
    i have a gamecube, DS, DSi and PS1
  • Ben 2012/12/07 16:55:41
    Yes
    Ben
    I own an Xbox, Xbox 360, Nintendo 64, and an Atari 2600
  • Berry 2012/12/07 04:40:59
    Yes
    Berry
    Xbox 360, Psp, N64...still good, working sh!t. :)
  • aajjeee 2012/12/06 12:49:13
  • Skylaris Alanis 2012/12/04 01:15:05
    Yes
    Skylaris Alanis
    Xbox, PSP, and Wii.
  • Karlheinz 2012/12/03 20:53:44
    Yes
    Karlheinz
    +2
    Xbox 360.
  • AmericanVirus 2012/12/01 18:53:21
    Yes
    AmericanVirus
    +1
    PS3, PS2, N64, and also a Gamecube
  • Andrew Mitchell 2012/12/01 16:26:40
    Yes
    Andrew Mitchell
    its not something you have to buy once a month or whatever once you have it you have it. so maybe they should be going by console usage and not he purchasing of them?
  • Crime Time 2012/12/01 05:46:09
  • The Andoxico 2012/11/30 21:00:14
    Yes
    The Andoxico
    i got a gamecube, 2 xbox's (only 1 working), and a xbox 360
    and a PC if tht counts
  • Huki68 2012/11/30 18:54:01 (edited)
    Yes
    Huki68
    Xbox and PS xbox360 and ps 4
    this is what people purchase the most, so no the gaming console will be declining unless the console is not as usal. everything is BS, Show me the real numbers and we talk about it. I don't believe this cheat
  • rik4100 2012/11/30 18:52:25 (edited)
    Yes
    rik4100
    +3
    This is my PC...

    pc
    and this is my GPU!

    pc gpu
    DEAL WITH IT!
  • Grant D... rik4100 2012/12/03 06:07:08
  • rik4100 Grant D... 2012/12/09 21:45:55
  • Tylurr rik4100 2012/12/12 19:26:56
    Tylurr
    You're adorable.

    Radon HD 6950 MSI Two of these

    And an old, scrap metal case, with one of these fans modded into the side
    antec skeleton
  • maggot4life stay (sic) 2012/11/30 17:39:31
  • darren.humphrey3 2012/11/30 16:22:53
    Yes
    darren.humphrey3
    Ps2,Xbox,Nintendo Wii soon to have PS3,Wii U, And vita
  • NJW0123 2012/11/30 00:45:36
    No
    NJW0123
    I said no, but does PC count?
  • NJW0123 NJW0123 2012/11/30 00:47:58
    NJW0123
    +1
    According to the pole results, mormons don't play video games.
  • darren.... NJW0123 2012/11/30 16:23:51
    darren.humphrey3
    yes it does has most of the games that are on modern systems
  • Augure3VI NJW0123 2012/12/07 13:10:37
  • Tylurr 2012/11/27 20:31:50
    Yes
    Tylurr
    Oh boy, where to begin.

    NES, SNES, Genesis, N64, PS1, Gamecube, Xbox 360...Gah, I love them all. But newer games? I'd prefer PC.
  • exhon2009 2012/11/27 17:35:03
    No
    exhon2009
    But my son's Xbox has taken over the family's 50" plasma.
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