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Video Game Industry: Time for a Reality Check

Posted Aug 10, 2010 by Suzie Ford

Video Game Industry: Time for a Reality Check

Game Theory with Scott Steinberg has kicked off its second episode titled "Video Game Industry: Time for a Reality Check". The episode is part of a continuing series about Game Theory and the official site features some wonderfully informative articles like "Dear Gamers, Stop Acting Like Stuck Up Jerks".

[I]n episode two of Game Theory, we instead decided to ask the question: If it’s so darned obvious which way the wind is blowing, why is everyone still acting as if last year’s monumental sales drop-off was just a fluke, or worse – as if nothing whatsoever was wrong with the business? As a litany of gaming’s top names explain, the sky is indeed falling: Unfortunately, too many remain clueless or simply content to stick their head in the sand and pretend such historical changes aren’t happening, right up until the point that they get crushed. Take it from Gaikai CEO David Perry, who sums things up quite succinctly. “Overall, the industry is on the same general path,” he says. “We are still today in a world of retail. That’s the way it will be for the short-term. Long-term, this industry is going digital, and it’s going digital very quickly. To some extent, as the retailers come up with policies like used games, they’re actually putting their foot on the gas pedal to oblivion. And that ultimately is going to make the game industry digital about as fast as it could possibly be.”

Check out the Game Theory site in general and the "Reality Check" video here.

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Suzie Ford / Suzie is the Associate Editor and News Manager at MMORPG.com. Follow her on Twitter @MMORPGMom

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