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The “Death” of PC Games

29 Nov
29 November 2009

I gave Dusty a hard time for his recent assertion that the death of PC gaming wasn’t due to MMOs but rather five years of shit games.  I probably should have beat him up for suggesting that there has been any “death” at all….

I’m not overly averse to reality and I can read NPD’s data as well as the next guy, so I’m not trying to suggest that the PC games market hasn’t been suffering based on that metric.

But that isn’t “death”.

Death is when something goes away and doesn’t come back.

Whale oil?  That’s a dead business.  You probably don’t want to go looking for VC for an 8 track cassette factory either.  Rotary phones?  Butter churns?  Traditional  retail stores for games?  Elvis, Elvis, and Elvis.  (Ha ha, just kidding about that last one, GameStop, everything is going to be fine.)

“Death” happens when the demand for a product shrinks, generally because something comes along and satisfies the need it served better (and / or cheaper).  Why don’t you ride a buggy to work anymore?  Because your horseless carriage has AC and it doesn’t eat the begonias when you park it out front.

So, if PC games are “dead” what is it that’s replacing them?

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This line only goes up, right?

18 Oct
18 October 2009

During the upcycle of a trend, it’s rare to see a quote from someone at the COO level that isn’t blue-sky / this-is-the-future / one-billionty-percent-growth-forecasted balloon juice.  Which is why Dean Takahashi’s VentureBeat piece last Wednesday, in which John Schappert is quoted as opining that the current “social gaming bubble” resembles the “mobile games hype” of yesteryear, warms my heart. 

(Even if, as Dean points out, Schappert’s comments could be designed to help EA achieve a better price for any companies they might want to acquire.  A little late for that to be useful if rumors like the Playfish deal turn out to be true….) 

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