Is PC gaming going the way of ye olde point and click? Sales figures suggest so...
Shacknews has reported some rather disturbing news as of late - that of all the games sales from last year, only 14 percent of them came from PC games. The rest can all be chalked up to console sales.
What makes that even more depressing is that last year was one of the best years in recent memory for PC gamers and some of our Top 10 Games of 2007
were PC exclusives, with the vast majority being multi-platform too.
Last year the games industry made a jaw-dropping $18.85 billion according to Shacknews
, but only $910.7 million of that came from PC sales - which is pretty shocking when we saw games like World in Conflict
, Unreal Tournament 3
pushing to the fore, as well as a new Half-Life Episode
Unfortunately, some games like UT3
and Crysis didn't sell
anywhere near as well as expected and the PC market is being questioned as a viable option for developers
because of rampant piracy.
The good news is that the figures quoted by Shacknews don't take digital sales into account, something which is becoming more and more popular thanks to options like Direct2Drive and Steam.
Is PC gaming going the way of the dodo, or are we just sensationalist hacks? Let us know what you think in the forums