I saw a report that read, "Video game sales plunge in April." Software sales dropped by 22 percent and hardware sales dropped by 37 percent. What's the story, folks? Do you have all the gaming miscellanea that you can afford? Are you satisfied with your current array of video games? Are you using free games like the ones found in Linux? Wait, I know what it is, you're playing games off of MAME to regain your misspent youth and to try and regain the thrills you used to get when putting all those quarters into a console for three minutes of play.
It was the fourth largest decline in sales since September 2000.
So, what's up with that?
Is there an additional story here? If there is, tip me on it.
My guess is that, at some point, even avid gamer's deep pockets come up empty. After you have the 512MB video card, Quad-Core, 16GB RAM and 4TB of disk; what else do you need?
Do you need Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Conviction?
OK, so you aren't using MAME and you don't have a PC with enough horsepower to enjoy Conviction. You're opting for Zynga's Treasure Isle, Mafia Wars, Farmville or some of the other freebies on Facebook aren't you?
In case you're wondering, I don't play those games so don't ask me to be part of your Mafia team or Farmville whatever because I won't. I like ChainRxn on Facebook during those rare times when I login to it but nothing else.
What's your theory on why the video gaming industry is taking a beating with an almost 30 percent drop in sales?