TechSpot Poll: I buy my PC games...

By on February 7, 2008, 8:36 AM
Not so long ago, PC titles were the mainstay of video gaming, but they have slumped in recent years overshadowed by game consoles. The latest indicator of this trend comes from some NPD numbers, showing the games industry made a jaw-dropping $18.85 billion in 2007, but only $910.7 million of that came from PC sales at retail. Moreover, many formerly PC exclusive franchises are now moving to the console, perhaps in light of the lackluster game sales figures.

Itís worth noting though that this evidence isnít exactly conclusive as NPD doesnít track digital download revenues, a portion of the market thatís rapidly growing thanks to options like Direct2Drive and Steam, and their figures are based on U.S. sales only and not worldwide. Thatís why in our latest poll we want to know where you are buying your PC games.

Also see results from our previous poll where we asked our readers if they think Vista is hurting PC gaming. Though I donít necessarily agree with the results, the general audienceís perception seems to be that despite promises of better-looking and better-playing games through the introduction of DX10, Microsoftís latest OS is indeed hurting PC gaming.

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icye said:
Many stores have small isles devoted to computer games and there are only a handful of people browsing those areas. Video game sections are larger, more vibrant and there are more people looking at, playing the games, and buying them. With digital downloads, whatever numbers come up will still pale in comparison when compared to video game sales.People can debate how computer games are better than video games, which is true but its only possible after investing resources in upgrading existing hardware or building a new computer from scratch.
Mictlantecuhtli said:
I buy my PC and Xbox 360 games used from or Some I've ordered from Steam too. A couple of euros and a delivery time of a couple of days is usually faster than downloading from some P2P networks, too (at least for me).
mrtraver said:
The only times I, er, my friends have downloaded torrents was when they could not find a working demo of a game. After trying, if they like the game, they buy it; otherwise they uninstall it.
Eddie_42 said:
Umm...march 13th, this is over a month old, kinda tough to qualify as weekly
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