Posted on February 23, 2008,

PC Gaming Has Stagnated In Australia

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It’s fairly obvious that PC gaming isn’t what it once was.  At this point, no one knows if it’s on a permanent decline or if it’s simply experiencing some temporary setbacks.  According to GfK, the value of the PC gaming market in Australia grew a simple 6 percent in 2007, while console gaming grew 31 percent.    Are the Australians simply leaning towards the living room environment of console gaming?  Who knows, but it certainly looks like PC gaming has been slowed down all over the world.  Right now, they are surviving with games like WoW and the Sims, but something certainly needs to be done.

Via brisbane times 

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17 Comments on PC Gaming Has Stagnated In Australia

Norbit

On February 23, 2008 at 8:37 am

A 6% growth is great. The only reason console gaming did so much better is because of the Wii being launched there at the end of ’06 and the PS3 being launched there in March ’07.

weclock

On February 23, 2008 at 9:06 am

I blame windows Vista.

Andy

On February 23, 2008 at 11:37 am

I blame vista too. I’ve always preffered PC gaming but Vista is near impossible to get things running. Out of about 9 games I’ve bought recently I think there are only 2 or 3 games that have installed and ran 1st time. Bring back 98 second edition!

William

On February 23, 2008 at 12:28 pm

@Andy: I despise Vista personally. I’ve had many issues with that OS since it came out.

Nicholas

On February 23, 2008 at 12:46 pm

I blame torrenting. So many people just illegally download there games these days they find no need to buy them.

William

On February 23, 2008 at 12:49 pm

Nicholas: That’s another good point. I believe more people own pirated copies of COD4 than purchased copies. I like EA’s idea to possibly start developing free games that include advertisements. That could be a way to fix the problem.. but who knows.

S.T.A.L.K.E.R.

On February 23, 2008 at 5:42 pm

The picture you have there is of Rouge Squadron 3D. AWESOME game.

Nicholas

On February 23, 2008 at 5:46 pm

Personally I think that’s a brilliant idea. Even if its stuff like garbage on the ground and bulletins there is hundreds of places were you could put advertisements.

Vyeth

On February 23, 2008 at 7:21 pm

Seriously though.. They need to release a new type of rom drive for pc’s and make it only able to read a new format of game discs.. Pc Games shouldn’t be “general” media, and it should be made more specialized like console games are.. The drive could be cheap as hell and plug into the usb drive, at least then it would be harder to pirate like newer consoles.. Not to say that it will go away completely, but the difficulty would just make it not worth it…

General media is too easy to copy, Music cd’s pc games..

usafirewarrior

On February 23, 2008 at 7:47 pm

The problem is that pc’s cost way too much.

Kev_M

On February 23, 2008 at 9:25 pm

Agreed.
The recent technology boom and game developers desire to be at “the cutting edge” has left alot of people behind.

Its great some people can afford the upgrade to play the new generation of PC games, but alot of us simply cant.

random

On February 23, 2008 at 9:54 pm

I blame retail prices. Why should I pay $100 AUD for a CD that cost less than a dollar to make? Sure, they had to develop it, program it, yada, yada, but I still feel ripped off. It seems excessive, and my computer often can’t run things properly because it was built LAST YEAR!

And console controllers rock people’s worlds. Way better than a keyboard.

Nicholas

On February 24, 2008 at 3:48 am

Computer games are actually fairly good price I find. Usually 10 dollars less then Console games in Ontario at least.

Heru-Ur

On February 24, 2008 at 8:00 am

There are a ton of things that have to be factored into the slump PC gaming is in. Windows Vista, high prices, pirating, and many others. One thing that i think has to be taken into account is the major difference between PC and console games, bugs. Bottom line is that PC games as a whole tend to be released in a much more unfinished state than console games, and that leads us to ease of play. Pop in a console game and play, PC games have to be installed, patched, and if it don’t work then normally many hours of trouble shooting. I love PC gaming but something has to be done about overall quality.

Nicholas

On February 24, 2008 at 1:19 pm

One thing that always gets me buying PC games is the mods. I have all the consoles but I really like my PC because I love playing MODS. I have a MOD for a really old game and now I play it all the time.

DeadlyFred

On February 24, 2008 at 4:23 pm

PC gaming isn’t “surviving” off games like WoW, its being dragged down by them. Before WoW and other games like it you had to, yanno, BUY new games to keep yourself entertained. With the rise of MMOGs people no longer need to buy games because the ones they have are, essentially, neverending. Sure, you throw down money for an expansion pack once in a while but that’s it. You’re still playing the same game. Add to that the penchant for PC gaming to constantly push system requirements and force people into buying new hardware. Further add to that the fact that, for a long time now, PC games have occupied less shelf space in stores than Gamecube titles; its a recipe for decline. :cry:

Nicholas

On February 24, 2008 at 7:08 pm

Yeah that makes sense too. Put all these together and it shows what is happening to PC gaming. Personally I love PC gaming I think its brilliant , has MODs and you can use keyboard and house and now with most games you can hook up your Xbox 360 controller. Sure its expensive but I personally think its worth it.