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Old 01-24-2009, 04:45 AM   #1  
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Video games outsell DVD/Blu-ray for the first time
At least in terms of consumer spending, retail video games were more popular than DVD and Blu-ray discs in 2008, according to an international research group.

Games accounted for 53 percent of entertainment software spending worldwide, Media Control GfK International said. These figures do not include movie or game rentals.

The momentum is clearly in video games' direction, growing 20 percent to $32 billion in worldwide sales last year. Movies slipped 6 percent to $29 billion on the decreasing popularity of DVD. Though Blu-ray sales increased, DVD sales dropped, a trend that echoes similar findings in the U.S.

The news doesn't come as a great surprise, given the popularity of Nintendo's Wii. Last year, the top four-selling games in North America were all for the Wii, accounting for roughly 20 million unit sales, according to the NPD Group.

While the video game industry will be pleased with this research, it is a bit misleading. After all, new video games sell at retail for $50 to $60, and new DVDs sell for around $20. That means movies are probably still the champion in unit sales. Still, the fact that consumers are willing to spend more dollars at retail for games than movies is significant.

Plus, GfK predicts an even stronger market share for games in 2009, taking 59 percent of entertainment software spending.
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Old 01-24-2009, 08:12 AM   #2  
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I think this is a sign of the times. With those of us who grew up with video games get older a number of us will continue to play games. Each year the market will grow for games. Plus with a game you get many more hours of entertainment. Add to that the on-line play and I'm surprized that movies are doing as well as they did.
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Movies are history - Blu-ray, DVD they're both DEAD.

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I thought this milestone was already reached, at least that's what a few gamers told me back in the day (format war). Well it's official now and can't say I'm surprised, because games do offer a lot more bang for the buck. That's what helped DVD sales soar and CD sales plummet in my opinion: the DVD was perceived as a greater value. Assuming the trend continues, then I suppose we're gonna see more movies based on video games and all the high budget movies geared toward the gamer demographic as well, with tons of CGI.
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It is because of the Wii. It has crossed over to consumers that many game consoles had not crossed over to before. Casual gaming has really helped to propel the video game industry.
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Games have come along way since the Atari. You can thank technology for this.
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It is because of the Wii. It has crossed over to consumers that many game consoles had not crossed over to before. Casual gaming has really helped to propel the video game industry.
I totally agree,the Wii has revolutionized gaming. People that were previously not interested in gaming are now spending their money on Wiis. No doubt this is one of the major factors of gamings growing popularity.
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I totally agree,the Wii has revolutionized gaming. People that were previously not interested in gaming are now spending their money on Wiis. No doubt this is one of the major factors of gamings growing popularity.
My parents are in their 60's and own a Wii

One of our neighbors had a block party last night at their house and they had a Wii (they were in their late 50's with no kids in the house).

Nintendo struck gold.
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My parents are in their 60's and own a Wii One of our neighbors had a block party last night at their house and they had a Wii (they were in their late 50's with no kids in the house). Nintendo struck gold.
They sure did. My Auntie and Uncle are in their 50's and they have one. They absolutely love it mainly because its a fun way for them to exercise!
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It is because of the Wii. It has crossed over to consumers that many game consoles had not crossed over to before. Casual gaming has really helped to propel the video game industry.
The Wii would get partial credit. Did Wii games outsell 360 overall 2008 by revenue? It would seem that hardcore gamers who use the 360 or the PS3 would have a much higher attach rate, especially by gaming dollar spent per console, since generally HD games cost more.

Anybody know the answer to this? (just curious)
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They sure did. My Auntie and Uncle are in their 50's and they have one. They absolutely love it mainly because its a fun way for them to exercise!
True, so the Wii appeals to a wider demographic, especially to older people who don't have HDTVs and probably won't be buying a lot of new games for it in the future.

The Wii is the DVD of movies, in this growing HDTV world. Only so far it can go, before the blurriness factor becomes too apparent to too many people. When is the Wii going to switch to HD like everyone else? When 100 million SD Wiis are sold and even more HDTVs out there? I see a lot of closet Wiis in my forecast.
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The Wii would get partial credit. Did Wii games outsell 360 overall 2008 by revenue? It would seem that hardcore gamers who use the 360 or the PS3 would have a much higher attach rate, especially by gaming dollar spent per console, since generally HD games cost more.

Anybody know the answer to this? (just curious)
In terms of software sales, it's very simple.

Nintendo DS is DVD.

PS3, 360 and Wii are HDM.
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True, so the Wii appeals to a wider demographic, especially to older people who don't have HDTVs and probably won't be buying a lot of new games for it in the future.

The Wii is the DVD of movies, in this growing HDTV world. Only so far it can go, before the blurriness factor becomes too apparent to too many people. When is the Wii going to switch to HD like everyone else? When 100 million SD Wiis are sold and even more HDTVs out there? I see a lot of closet Wiis in my forecast.
I read an article in a magazine saying they are planning to bring out a Wii with Hd capability in 2010. I don't know how much truth there is in it? I agree they need to make the switch, everything is going HD in the future and the Wii needs to also.
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In terms of software sales, it's very simple.

Nintendo DS is DVD.

PS3, 360 and Wii are HDM.
Wii is HDM? News to me. My question once again:

Which system, Wii or 360, sold more software in 2008? (in revenue, NOT units). Since all the credit seems to be given to the Wii, as to why this thread exists, I think my question is relevant.

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Wii is HDM? News to me. My question once again:

Which system, Wii or 360, sold more software in 2008? (in revenue, NOT units). Since all the credit seems to be given to the Wii, as to why this thread exists, I think my question is relevant.
What I meant was that compared to the Nintendo DS, and the console software sells relatively poorly (in comparison).

Also, the Wii games vs 360 is hard to call. Do you count Wii Sports? Because it's now the best selling game of all time. Do you count Wii Play? Because it was really only $10 when you buy the extra controller.

Anyhow, without discounting Wii Sports or Wii Play, Wii software handily outsold 360 and PS3 combined.
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