Are Video Games a Dying Trend?

In 2010, sales of video games brought in roughly $17 billion in revenue. Fast-forward to four years later, video game sales have fallen to about...
  1. Inkd
    I love video games, and I am almost positive that you do too. Since I was a young kid, gaming has always consumed a fairly large portion of my life. Around the time I was three or four, I was already invested in games such as Scooby-Doo and the Cyber Chase and Call of Duty 3. Eventually, I discovered Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, and absolutely fell in love with the entire concept of video games. However, a lot has changed since I was a kid.

    As of now, I am seventeen years old and have not felt emotionally invested in a video game since I was about twelve or thirteen. Actually, I haven't spent money on a new video game in months. The reasoning behind this; video games just do not appeal to me as much as they did when I was a child, and I know I am not the only one who feels this way. Boys and girls, let's be honest with each other for a second, if you played through the entire Call of Duty:Modern Warfare 2 campaign, then you most likely were extremely upset when Shepherd pointblank shot Ghost and Roach. Why? Because back then, the developers of the series actually wanted you to be invested in the game and to care about the characters. Now, things are different and the newer Call of Duty games just do not meet the amount of suspense that other games in the series hold. I've been thinking more and more about this topic lately, are video games a dying trend?

    In 2010, sales of video games brought in roughly $17 billion in revenue. Fast-forward to four years later, video game sales have fallen to about $15.4 billion. Last year however, the tables turned and video game revenue skyrocketed. The reasoning behind it; mobile games. If you subtract the profits that mobile developers bring into the industry, then console developers would probably be a little disappointed.

    Do not get me wrong, I love mobile gaming and it has sucked money right out of my bank account on numerous occasions. However, many companies and developers are now noticing that mobile gaming is currently the fastest growing addition to the entire video game industry, because nowadays, everyone is always on either their phone or a tablet of some kind. Unfortunately, many developers have taken notice of this and have begun making cheap remakes on mobile devices of console games that were once magnificent. I once had an Nintendo D.S., and decided to purchase Call of Duty 4 for it, since it was my favorite console video game at the time. Honestly, it was a terrible port. The graphics were subpar, the mechanics were broken, and all-in-all it was a waste of money. This is exactly what console developers are doing with mobile games; and sooner or later, people will catch onto this and realize just how much of a waste of money these remakes/ports are.

    I recall reading an article a few weeks back regarding how Nintendo's profits were down more than 60%. Think about this, Nintendo once ruled the video game industry with titles such as Super Mario Bros., Donkey Kong, and Duck Hunt. Personally, I believe that Nintendo has been on a decline ever since they released the Wii U, which only sold approximately thirteen-million units compared to the original Wii, which has sold over one-hundred million units. Those are pretty disappointing statistics, let's just hope that the Nintendo Switch does not do that poorly in sales.

    I realize the majority of this article has been me bashing the video game industry, so I would like to take some time to discuss what they are doing right as of now. As 2016 comes to an end, video games are now aimed towards a wider audience. There are action games, puzzle games, shooter games, strategy and simulation games, and the list goes on and on. So now matter how old you are, there is probably something out there for you to play and have a great time while doing it. Like I said before, there is a reason mobile gaming is so popular, because it is available to everyone and is much cheaper than purchasing a console and a $60 game.

    Now, I don't necessarily think the video game industry is dead, however I do believe that if there is not a change soon; it will begin to die off quickly. I love what some developers are doing, while I absolutely despise what others are doing. Many people are just trying to get a quick buck while certain developers who spend a lot of time writing a great plot and developing a fantastic game gets overlooked by big-name titles.

    Do you believe that the video game trend is dead/dying? What changes do you think should be made in-order to keep this once booming industry alive?

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  1. Dbunny
    First off, they need to make every coop game a couch coop game... I don't even think this would have an impact on sales in the slightest! Just way more fun.
  2. Sto 2 da b
    You're 17 saying they are dying...
    Sorry but you haven't really lived through much of gaming at all and seen how well it has adapted.

    As one person pointed out, a lot of video game sales goes towards the premium models and dlc/cosmetics meaning the game is most likely very low cost or nothing at all.
    This is most notable on the amounts of free to play games that have been flooding the market lately.

    I'm sure it is registering video game sales when it comes to the numbers you listed, but that was bound to happen anyways. Most of the revenue from games comes from the support after with dlc mainly. I see where you may be coming from, but a lot of games aren't going to make it into an art form as most developers realized when they do that, their overall sales are not as well.

    People don't want super long stories anymore, they want arcade feeling games where you can jump right into the multiplayer.
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  3. BreakdowN
    I'd have to disagree. I understand where you're coming from about not having the same desire to play video games as much as you used to, but that's just called growing up my man. Do girls play with barbies? No, not really. Gaming has come along way, but it's still considered a child's past time to good majority of people.

    I play video games just about every day because it helps me with a many things that I personally got going on. Story wise, yes I feel developers have been slacking a little. But with games like Titanfall 2, Dishonored 2, Rise of the Tomb Raider, Dark Souls and a few others I have faith in mankind's ability to tell amazing stories.

    As you said, mobile gaming is what's helping the video game industry. Isn't that a good thing? As tech advances and we get even smarter, no matter what it is we make. Someone will figure out how to put a video game on it and that alone says quite a bit about where video games stand with humanity. Even the whole MLG scene continues to grow and grow with each passing year.

    As long as there is man, there will be video games.
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  4. 3xTiNcT
    Congratulations, you got a little older.

    But no, video games are growing mate. I guess you could say the quality is dying in some ways.
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    1. Inkd
      That's kind of the point I am making here. Video games are still fun and all, but developers are spending less time on creating something that could actually be enjoyable and instead are simply trying to push out new content. Age doesn't really have a huge effect on this topic believe it or not, the average player is somewhere in their 30s according to either Forbes or IGN, can't remember the source.
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    2. 3xTiNcT
      I've just noticed a lot of older people say pretty much the same things and I've watched younger people get older and start saying the same things. I've even said the same stuff. It's just sad most games are released unfinished and then they sell you a season pass for more content and then the games still seem incomplete. I still enjoy video games, they're constantly evolving but they're just missing quality these days.
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    3. Red58
      Centipede on Atari 2600 had a kickass story which brought me to tears when I reached the ending.

      No but seriously I miss 90s games.
  5. Casp
    I don't know about this.

    "As of now, I am seventeen years old and have not felt emotionally invested in a video game since I was about twelve or thirteen."

    Video games have gone off the deep-end, sure, but that happened over a decade ago. When developers decided that video games were suddenly "art" and not a simple diversion because video games had to adapt, and if video games didn't get grandiose and sprawling like movies were they would become an abandoned medium. Video games wouldn't stop as a medium, but the market would become stagnant. So, video games had to become movies, and it turned video games into brooding slogs instead of diversions. I've badgered on in my own articles about video game stories and how they are always terrible and have made suggestions on how to improve upon them, but they would all take away from what's at the core of a video game: it's meant to be played, not witnessed. If a game's story became the focus, it would become a series of cutscenes and quicktime events (Life is Strange, anything by hack frauds Telltale Games) and instead of an interactive video game, the game becomes a third-rate movie with a hackneyed story scripted by people who write video games instead of films.

    Video games are not art, and they never will be, so stop trying.

    "if you played through the entire Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 campaign, then you most likely were extremely upset when Shepherd pointblank shot Ghost and Roach. Why? Because back then, the developers of the series actually wanted you to be invested in the game and to care about the characters."
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    2. Inkd
      Sorry I did not realize there was going to be several more paragraphs after the first. The main point I am trying to make here is that video games are becoming more about making a quick dollar more than it is for the actual player to enjoy. Blah blah blah, would make a bigger response but typing this out on my phone right now so can't make as big of an argument at the moment.
    3. Casp
      Trends and sales patterns dictate that, yes, in order for a product to succeed it needs to emulate a film, because that's what is popular right now. Those numbers are the primary rules producers stick by.
      "If all I am doing is going around shooting people, it gets old and redundant."
      This is true, and this is why the standard of trying to make video games story-based and "profound" is a pretty silly one. Slapping a $50-90 price tag on a poorly-scripted movie that's occasionally interactive is theft. I play sightly diverting games for short amounts of time and it gets the job done just fine. Now, if you paid $65 for a game with that standard, yeah, I can see why video games would be irritating for you, but video games, ideally, are mild diversions that chop an hour or two out of a day. Nothing more.
      "Video games are a form of art, so not particularly sure where you're getting at here."
      You might if you didn't argue against me by stating your own conclusion. You're just begging the question here, and arguing against my stance that video games are not art by simply stating that they are art. You don't see what I'm getting at because you've already assumed your conclusion is the correct one.
      "many developers are just trying to make a quick dollar by putting out a subpar game once a year."
      Consumers speak with their wallets, not with their words. If it makes money, it will be repeated.
    4. Inkd
      All I was doing was asking for you to further explain what you meant by saying that video games were not an art form, I wasn't saying you were wrong and I was right lol. I appreciate you taking the time to express your opinion on the subject, just as I took the time to express mine on it. That's all it is, an opinion. I could go on and on about this subject, but I think you know my basic opinion on the subject. I know people who spend money on video games to spend hours trying to complete the story, and once they're finished, they move on to another game. Like I said, I simply believe video game developers should spend more time investing in making a good plot because it, in my opinion, makes the game more memorable.
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  6. goss34
    I dont think video game are dying, just good video games where developers cared about their game instead of money.
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    1. Dbunny
      I think any actual good games died on the 360. Last good gears was there. Last good cod was there. Last good halo. The companies know what works and what doesn't, so why do all these new games completely blow, and fall into the hardly subpar category. Take the new cod. At least 50% or those purchases were to buy an $80 version of MW remastered. Sounds like a problem...
  7. Sketch
    I wouldn't say that it's a dying trend nor that it would die off quickly "if something isn't changed".

    I loved video games much more when I was younger than I do now. It's a typical feeling you get on those things you always loved. I mean... remember back when you were a kid with your toys? Eventually, as you get older, you start to lose interest and move on. It becomes bland. I'd say the same with movies. I still enjoy newer ones, I laugh and I often get hit in the feels but the overall feeling that I once had as a kid... almost as if I was truly in the moment is gone. The older I get the more things become less. I've grown used to it.

    I think one of the main problems is that some people in the industry are prioritizing deadlines rather than the product itself. Sure, it's good to get it on time and meet those expectations but if something needs to be done then you get it done. You can see this with a few recently released games.

    It will surely fall back into place and feel like it's booming again but I think the main issue is the constant cycle of the same names showing up. Call of Duty, etc.
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    1. Shalour
      There has not been enough new IPs nowadays. It is just sequels now and it is incredibly stale.
  8. Keeley Hazell
    I just miss when multiplayer games were made with love and weren't based around season passes and micro transactions... This new trend is cancer..
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    2. Keeley Hazell
      I also just hate how developers generally don't listen to fans..There's a whole "MakeEAskateAGain" campaign and EA is literally ignoring the thousands of people who want Skate 4 made.. CoD also ignores the hundreds of people who want MWR as a seperate game.. I'm just tired of being ignored.. not gonna support developers that don't hear their fans... Blizzard's the only company that DIDNt let me down this year.. Free DLC and the best multiplayer experience I've had in a long time
    3. Shalour
      Yeas they dont give a ****. I want Ea to let Citerion make a new burnout game but they are making them do ****** need for speed games.
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  9. Prefix_NA
    Nah markets are just moving to Premium models.
  10. Shalour
    Well mobile gaming is only cheaper if you have a cheap phone. You only have to pay maybe $300 for a console but have to pay $800 for a phone. I think gaming is great right now, it is attracting many types of people to the gaming scene. I actually think that developers need to finish their games before releasing them to keep the support of their loyal fans. Most of the games that were overhyped turned out to be trash because the developers did not live up to the hype. Anyways, great article Inkd
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    2. Keeley Hazell
      Well those are two different things.. a phone is almost a "must have" in our world today. I just don't like microtransactions because some people have a straight up addiction to them.. and developers just exploit that.. Little kids will ask their parents for hundreds of dollars for stupid skins and adults will throw away priorities lol. Over a 2 year period I probably spent like 200 on Clash of Clans and I don't even play the game anymore.. It's just a huge waste and I hate the concept behind them.
    3. smelly02
      Never spent a dollar on Clash of Clans. Got to level 97 and got bored.
    4. smelly02
      Also, most people would put a phone before a console.