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Old 01-19-2012, 06:16 PM   #9
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People are tired of putting up with sports games that don't innovate. I think this is evidence that a yearly release cycle tends to handcuff the quality of games.

Might also have something to do with the lack of bug testing and post-release support. Other than NHL12 (EASHL), I have no need to buy a sports game at launch until I see how things go.
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BaylorBearBryant, I completely agree, if sports games do not innovate then their sales will fall even more.
What makes you assume sports games are down, when the OP is about the gaming industry as a whole?

Gamasutra lays the fault for this squarely on Nintendo's collapse in the market, as the Wii and DS bubbles burst, in addition to one of the best Novembers ever. MS enjoyed growth for the year and the PS3 just barely managed to grow a little bit YOY as well. This couldn't compete with the DS down 50% and the Wii down 40% in a trend that started a couple of years ago dragging down overall figures.

http://www.gamasutra.com/view/news/3...rs_of_2011.php
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Old 01-19-2012, 06:25 PM   #10
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Most of the stellar titles were released in October and November. Also consoles had a record day on Black Friday. I'd say that's the biggest reason for a slow December.

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