Yep. The Buggles.
I was in Best Buy today, looking for the Blue Planet on Blu-Ray. I did not find it. We’d just enjoyed Planet Earth on blu-ray and wanted to see more.
Anyway, we didn’t find it, picked something else up, paid, and left. Never even headed back to the computer games section.
I remember not that long ago, just before World of Warcraft, I’d regularly go look at the computer games section in stores. I’d buy a game a month sometimes. I was reading PC Gamer and the other gaming magazines. Downloading demos used up a lot of diskettes and then cd-roms.
Along came World of Warcraft, and I was done with all that. I didn’t want to waste my time with some stand-alone experience.
When I do look in the PC games sections now, they’re much smaller then five years ago. It’s almost like they grudgingly give up a shelf or two and the store is otherwise filled, FILLED, with console titles.
I was only half looking forward to … now I can’t even think of the name. Post apocalyptic game. You come out of a vault? I played the first two. Wanted to try the third, with the new viewpoint, and have not. I played the first two Calls of Duty. I’m not going to try the third that’s out now. Or soon to be released. I can’t tell. Quake, Unreal Tournament? Same.
Have PC Gamers stuck with World of Warcraft through new game cycles, ignoring them and thus starving the industry?
Nobody is making a WoW killer, and has this robbed the industry of it’s livelihood?
Has World of Warcraft killed the PC game market?