ESA: Facts and figures about the gaming industry in 2010

By Jos
Jun 9, 2011
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  1. With the entire gaming industry gathered in Los Angeles for E3, the Entertainment Software Association has taken the opportunity to share quite a few interesting tidbits on how the format…

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  2. TekGun

    TekGun TS Booster Posts: 156   +17

    "Lies, damned lies, and statistics"

    Somethings not right about these figures, best selling computer games, and shooters only get 9.7% really.
    9 out of 10 parents pay attention to the game content their kids play, oh really.
  3. Agreed. That graph must have shooter and strategy reversed.
  4. Benny26

    Benny26 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,533   +48

    Zynga have just released their latest hopeful cash cow: Empires & Allies.

    Anyone interested?.........didn't think so.
  5. learn to read, that's games sold in 2010 not games played. Go check out STEAM, the vast majority of games played are FPS but they are all in multi-player mode and from older games (purchased prior to 2010). when it comes to single player games, Football Manager, Civ V, Total war Shogun and Empire all lead the single player version of those games above.

    Current Players Peak Today Game

    56,139 64,835 Counter-Strike: Source
    55,402 61,537 Counter-Strike
    32,071 35,148 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 - Multiplayer
    23,836 29,291 Football Manager 2011
    22,979 27,315 Call of Duty Black Ops - Multiplayer
    21,869 21,869 Team Fortress 2
    13,335 16,834 Terraria
    13,195 15,011 Sid Meier's Civilization V
    9,757 11,394 Left 4 Dead 2
    7,432 8,506 Total War SHOGUN 2
    6,060 6,469 Call of Duty Black Ops
    5,874 6,647 Empire: Total War
    5,498 6,147 Garry's Mod
    4,659 6,935 Battlefield: Bad Company 2
  6. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,550   +594

    Yeah, looks like some odd figures to me too. Also, where is the simulation category? I see they have "flight" listed, but there's hella lot more simulators than just that.
  7. Cota

    Cota TS Enthusiast Posts: 513   +8

    Actually, trying to chart gaming stats is kind of (if not) impossible since games have multiple categories mixed in them, one example would be shooter because it haves strategy, action, simulation and in some cases even RP and who knows what else.

    Besides, every games has his preferences and all the other categories just dont count ;) and a good point missing in the industry is to create ranks of gamers, casual gamer, normal gamer and hardcore gamer. I cant stand to play games on other than my PC because playing games on any handheld device its just boring is not that annoyingly dull for me.
  8. Lokalaskurar

    Lokalaskurar TS Enthusiast Posts: 544

    I'm surprised that only ~70% believe so. Now, I didn't exactly know what (C with caron --> ) *Cerenkov radiation was until I played Mass Effect, did I? More and more game developers tend to incorporate interesting facts and science into their games. Often interesting and sometimes very useful.

    Note quite satisfied with Notch's idea that TNT is called "dynamite" (completely different things) and is composed of sand and gunpowder... as dynamite is really made of nitroglycerin and silicate sand... well, games do provide at least some mental stimulus in my opinion.

    BBC: "The gamers are in it for the thrill, not the killing!"
  9. princeton

    princeton TS Addict Posts: 1,677

    Guest just owned every Techspot commenter before him. Point awarded, best guest comment ever.
  10. Well... I disagree! These are just Steam numbers... What is the percentage of games played through Steam versus outside? Looking at how many people are buying and playing the Sims, Starcraft and WOW, not alot... Unfortunately...So, they are not saying much.
  11. treetops

    treetops TS Evangelist Posts: 1,937   +157

    I wonder how much sc2 represents in that 2010 strategy section. 37 is the average gamer age, 42% women, both surprised me.
  12. yorro

    yorro TS Booster Posts: 250

    "9 out of 10 parents SAY they pay attention to the content of the games their children play"

    Well ofcourse they WILL SAY, they don't want their children be taken away now would they?.

    Also, STARCRAFT 2 FTW?
  13. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,462   +1,760

    FPS type game sort of fall into the category of simulators. But I would argue to obtain the maximun training benefit, the human interface device should be modeled on the weapon being simulated. So, they should supply AK-47 or M-16 models, instead of keyboards or joysticks. Then shoot the game life size from a video projector. For Flight sims, yokes and rudder pedals are available, but at considerable cost.

    This should clear up the which is which of things that go "kaboom" in the night, (or day)

    And for good measure:

    And for good measure, here's a starting point for a delivery vehicle:

    Or at least that's what they told the BBC...:rolleyes:
  14. amstech

    amstech TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 1,436   +592

    This data calculates all of the soccer mom's and granny's buying third party games for thier grandchildren. It's not a accurate representation of the current market flow and interest. This type of thing doesn't happen so much on PC's, users are usually smart enough to now what is crap in a bag.

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