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I read this article on the BBC news website http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-20638318
This is across all platforms and all game genres.
- Both hardware and software were down 11% at retailers from November of last year despite major launches such as Assassin's Creed 3 and Call of Duty: Black Ops 2.
- The rate of decline this November was slower than in previous months because of the big releases, which means that the drop was actually faster for most of this year but is being boosted a little bit by the big releases. There were fewer bigger releases this November as compared to last November.
- These figures do not include digital sales like Steam.
- No MMORPG is on the list of the best-selling games.
I find it *very* interesting that these figures do not include digital sales. More and more people are going that route, especially by Steam. If I were an investor in this industry, I would be very careful with such data.
These heavy-hitting games completely outdo the MMORPG genre as far as numbers go. I am surprised anyone would put money on making a risky venture like an MMO once you see things in that light.
Those games though do better than any film. So why isn't the press making a bigger stink about popular game releases? Films are covered much more even though fewer people indulge in even the blockbusters than in games like Halo and the like.
This article is great for putting some things into perspective.