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12-28-2008 @ 6:10PM
Is this retail, or online? Are they International, or American? Because if it's retail, then these sales are hardly good enough to make assumptions about how the PC gaming market is doing - with a lot of publishers and developers selling their games digitally these days (And outlets such as Steam, Good Old Games, and Stardock). These sales will not be counted, and as such, stuff like Left 4 Dead, Red Alert 3, and World of Goo may have exponentially higher sales than these charts suggest. Additionally, consider the fact that America is quite a small market for PC games, and middle European countries, such as the Scandinavian ones, and Germany, have far more consumers, and... yeah.Also, not everyone who has a PC is going to want to play games. But most people want their Microsoft Office, Anti-Virus, and other utility programmes. It's likely that, yeah, these factor higher in sales charts than games do. All in all, I'm not convinced this story is particularly a death knell for PC gaming at all...
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