Don't Panic! Games Aren't Dying - Sessler's Soapbox

Posted: January 17, 2012
Don't Panic! Games Aren't Dying - Sessler's Soapbox
Adam discusses the recent report that video game sales were down last year, and explains why he's sure this is not a sign of the end for traditional console gaming.

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  • Hydronide

    Adam looks kinda like Max Payne nao.

    Posted: January 18, 2012 11:22 AM

    Adam new looks, make him look more bad ass.

    Posted: January 18, 2012 11:04 AM
  • Funk_Doc

    Like the beard and shaved head. Makes you look younger and if you work in the entertainment industry and especially the video game industry and keep your cred the last thing you wanna look is old. I say keep it even though some say you look like Hugo Strange but I say you look more like the new Max Payne. So using Xplay's new rating system that would make old Adam roll over in his grave I give your new look a 4.5 out of 5.

    Posted: January 18, 2012 3:58 AM
  • lilgremlin

    How is the Soapbox NOT about SOPA and PIPA? Basically idiot congressmen want to end the internet. And we are babbling about Richard Nixon and South American Farmers.....

    Posted: January 18, 2012 1:42 AM
  • H2OGoliath

    Really, Adam? Was a pierced ear too much for you?

    Posted: January 18, 2012 12:40 AM
  • Jeprox

    Fear the Beard

    Posted: January 17, 2012 11:19 PM
  • CustosIntusSilentium

    Adam, put on a pair of glasses, and you are Hugo Strange. You have my respect, sir!

    Posted: January 17, 2012 9:53 PM
  • alexander.boyd40

    I hate that lamp I really do. -.-

    But Adam NPR really NPR!!!! you little bearded democrate liberal!!!

    The only reason console sales are down is because everyone who was going to own a console already has one.

    Posted: January 17, 2012 9:44 PM
  • xplayfan1500

    I agree with Mister Brown that gamers could be backlogged with games to play. It's going to be a while before I finish Skyrim, but what about Fallout 3? I never finished playing that game, and now I can buy it for $20 at Best Buy. Not to mention the increase of quality Xbox Live Arcade games, sure they're not very long, but they are really fun to play.

    Funny thing Adam was I spent the weekend wondering something similar. However I didn't read the articles about game sales being down or the influx of social games. I watched an old episode of NOVA and a buisness term was mentioned. It's called a death-spiral, referring to the collapse of a business because of rising costs and decreased demand. Is it possible that console games market could have a death-spiral because of the rising costs of the production of games and game consoles?
    People only have so much money to spend, and higher costs always mean more expensive price points. I belive it to be an unlikely scenario for the near future, but could it happen? Is there a reason other hardware makers haven't entered the console market?

    Posted: January 17, 2012 9:09 PM
  • campbelltoe23

    grow out the beard to zz top quality!

    Posted: January 17, 2012 7:53 PM
  • Dr Professor

    Let the haters hate, Adam; your new look is rad. Keep up the great work.

    Posted: January 17, 2012 7:49 PM
  • ZombieDestro

    grow the mustache out! finish the beard Adam!!

    Posted: January 17, 2012 7:33 PM
  • BoydofZINJ

    This reminds me of the Computer gaming market. How many times have you heard that Computer games are dead? Yet they are more computer sales of SKYRIM than consoles. Social games... is such an ugly phrase. Are not all Multiplayer games social type games? MMOS like WOW, RIFT, EVE Online, and SWTOR are social networks as well. Look at Battlefield 3 and Origins.... social?

    Lastly, who want to play a water down version of a game for 5 minutes every 12 hours (like Facebook's Mafia)? While it has some appeal - I am more of a hardcore gamer. The super casuals may think Mafia is tough - but have them run an Imperial guild of 50 people who are all trying to level, pvp, and raid or a clan of 30 COD or Battlefield 3 FPS peeps and tell me they are not harder to control, interact, and play with than any facebook game?

    Posted: January 17, 2012 7:10 PM
  • AmericanKing01

    I want to vomit when I see or hear the word social anywhere near the word game. Love Adam hate the Beard.

    Posted: January 17, 2012 7:03 PM
  • TD_ThA_MoNsTa

    Couldn't agree with you more Mr. Sessler. Though I do think that social games could have a future on consoles (though like yourself, I'm also skeptical of the longevity of the social market), though for it to happen, both online networks of Sony and Microsoft would need to be fine tuned to make micro transactions work more seemlessly, as well as network infastructure within this country would need more investment to build a connection that could handle more traffic, and reach more people without having to implement moronic policy like data capping.

    Posted: January 17, 2012 6:53 PM

    His head hair is now face hair!

    Posted: January 17, 2012 6:31 PM
  • gamerjes

    The industry goes through growing pains. Happens a lot, especially during economical troubles and 'new toy' syndrome. Happened when PCs made way for serious consoles gaming. Happened when consoles/PCs squeezed in real mobile gaming. Happened when stable online networking became the norm for consoles. Happening again with social gaming.

    Gaming isn't going anywhere, nor more than movies are. But there will be change and there will be pain.

    Posted: January 17, 2012 6:26 PM
  • CareyGrant

    Adam, the bald head is fierce!

    Posted: January 17, 2012 5:28 PM
  • MisterBrown

    Anyone want to hypothesize that console sales may be down because they're running out of people to sell them to? I mean, especially in the case of the Wii, you HAVE to expect a drop in sales because everyone and their mom already owns one (regardless of what they're doing with it now). 360 and PS3 are going for a more select audience, but, in many ways, the members of that audience have already purchased their machines in the 6 years or so that the generation has been going on.

    And another hypothesis on slumping software sales... Now that Gamestop can be stocked with 6 years worth of used, current-gen games, many on them of very high quality, anyone who's not the hardest of hardcore gamer might just be a bit backlogged. With so many titles to choose from and often with a budget, gamers just might have unexplored entertainment that they've missed upon release that can still supply dozens of hours of entertainment. I know my summer was engrossed by the first two Mass Effect games; who knows if anyone else had similar habits. Just a thought.

    Posted: January 17, 2012 5:25 PM
  • Barbuganot

    Please wear round glasses and become Hugo Strange.

    Posted: January 17, 2012 5:13 PM