While Activision’s golden egg may be losing its luster, Electronic Arts is in an even worse position. With sales of Mirror’s Edge and Need for Speed: Undercover not meeting expectations, many are expecting another round of layoffs from the gaming giant. THQ is also in dire straits, with its big fourth quarter title, WWE Smackdown vs. Raw, expected to post disappointing sales figures. In any event, it seems as though the gaming industry is temporarily trapped in the shadow of a global recession.
I totally disagree with the recession 'threats'
Mirror's Edge is short and somewhat repetitive, making it more of a rental choice than a purchasing choice
NFS:U is just plain bad
Make good games and people will buy them. Fallout 3 sold like hotcakes on all 3 platforms, despite the recession and piracy.
It's about time game companies should stop blaming everyone but themselves.
"and its hefty $189 price tag (which includes a microphone, guitar and basic drum kit) , is selling below its MSRP on eBay and similar sites. "
i doubt that's effecting the actual sales, there's also a guitar kit for those who can't afford the whole thing... but yeah with rockband, i'm some what not surprised... im pretty sure it has reached it's zenith, but only cause another franchise came up, but i doubt the sales will go down too much from now and next year's version
I don't really want to simulate a real guitar anyways. Guitars are really complicated. How about they make a really simple guitar simulation game, such as you play a guitar with only one string and five frets? I would play that.
I figured buying expensive plastic instruments with every new game would get old eventually.
Now, bringing the game to arcades, that's the perfect place for such a game. I really enjoy playing GH4:World Tour and rock band at my local best buy every time I'm there.
I pick up the guitar or sit down to play the drums along with a buddy playing another instrument thinking we'll just play one song and well... that quick trip to BB for a $10 item turns into a one hour gaming session. Or until the employees decide to kick us out. Haha.