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Research firm The NPD Group has released their public report for January of 2013, and the news is grim as expected. With some accounting quirks accounted for, overall retail sales are down 13 percent year over year.
Because of the difficulty in lining up reporting periods against the actual calendar, every few years an extra week has to be added to a month. NPD chose January 2013 as that month, according to industry standards. Therefore this report goes from December 30 through February 2. While the absolute value of sales in this report is 9 percent higher than January 2012, normalizing it to a four-week figure results in the 13 percent drop that is more reflective of real-world purchasing trends.
Software was the roughest hit retail sector, cratering to the tune of a 19 percent year-over-year drop. Hardware was almost as bad at 17 percent down (though Xbox 360 once again led console sales). Accessories, thanks to the best-ever January for point cards and the continued domination of Skylanders figures, increased 4 percent over last year.
Ni No Kuni placed just outside the top ten at number eleven, and PS3 software overall did well by losing only 2 percent of its overall sales from January 2012.
And finally, the top ten for your viewing pleasure:
Far Cry 3 ftw.
Kind of sucks, but is understandable. I buy physical because I have an original 20gb hard drive on my xbox. Also I really like to trade-in and buy used games. Can't do that with a digital copy. I'm really hoping figures like this won't convince Microsoft to due away with physical games.
As for PC games, I always buy digital because any other way is harder and more expensive. Except for when I bought Far Cry 3 because of trade-in credit.
With the price of physical video games it's less likely that sales will be seen as great, especially with how cheap digital can be with the likes of Steam and their sales. I bought Dead Space 3 and the last game I bought physically before that was Tekken Tag Tournament 2. I often have to wait for games to go on sale before I buy them, unless they are must haves that I've been waiting to be released.
WHY ARE PHYSICAL GAMES DYING?!
THIS CAN'T BE TRUE!!!
Year-over-year physical game sales look grim. But there's so much uncertainty in the air, I don't know if you could properly compare the years.
I don't see the gaming industry dying any time soon. I just think it's figuring itself out right now. It's a transitioning period and everyone has their guess as to who's going to come out on top after all this.
Plus, the games noted above are printed & purchased in large quantities. There are lots of used copies and people start buying those instead of the new ones.
I buy physical copies of games for my handhelds and JRPGs like Ni No Kuni & Xenoblade Chronicles because they tend to be rare in NA and don't depreciate in value so much. In fact, some of them (like Radiant Historia) go up in value.
So that might be a factor. Plus, this article doesn't discuss digital purchases at all which I figure is what's making up for the decrease in physical purchases. Is that not reported because it's easier to get this data?
PC - digital (since gamestop dont sell physical hehe)
consoles/handhelds - PHYSICAL! FTW!!!
I think alot of this also made be from the sale of used games,I know alot of friends that will wait till the game goes preowned after a week and get cheaper and this is apdemic of this genration where many Studios are going under and I can see why they want to make used games nonplayable on nexgen consoles even though its a dissappointment if game only get limited print runs and get hard to find and fetch a high price tag.
End of a generation, very few releases, etc, etc.
I all but refuse to buy a digital copy, if there's a physical version available.
Ehh, this is one thing i won't be cynical about. The Game industry is just...confused right now? There are a lot of problems with it and Digital Distribution is playing a larger role by the day. Still, I don't see as the end of days for physical copies. If that did happened, I;m screwed because i won't support it and i don't have any sort of PC platform to play(nor do I want to). I only play a few PC games and delegate my time towards consoles old and new( still love my PS2).
I typically buy my PC games from Steam. My console games are bought physically, unless it is an XBLA game. Soooo... I contribute to the downfall quite a bit, as my physical console games contribute to about 33% of my collection.
All of my console games a brought physically and some of my PC games are bought physically to, but the majority of my PC games are bought off steam, but I still hate digital copies of games
I'm curious how Gamestop is doing compared to other retailers.