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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  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."
  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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  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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  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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  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