Nintendo has shot themselves in the foot a few times in the past few years, too. Wii U marketing campaign? Confusing. HD Zelda? Disappeared from sight. Smash Bros? They're facing potential sales cannibalization from having 2 games released in a 6 month time frame.
At least they've had a LOT of great Mario games, and Mario Kart this summer. I'm hoping that the new Zelda will come soon.
Actually I could add the original PS1 to the list as well,which might even have lost to the 64 if had Nintendo had released the N64 in '95 instead of '96,given that the management of Sony the first year were absolutely terrible.
The NES sold 60 million or so, and ALL the systems last generation have outsold the NES now. (Except the PSP)
And where the heck where you when the Nintendo DS was rolling or the GameBoy Advance, all those systems both seemed to have that charm to 'em where games that came out were always great.
Point is,just because the starting gate is bleak doesn't mean it's gonna end that way.
Steer- Yeah so what? What does that movie have to do with anything? BTW Pulp(which I found quite funny BTW) came out quite a while ago, so I really don't see what the point of bringing it up now is.
My judgement tells me you have no idea what you're talking about, the cost of health care has NOTHING whatsoever to do with video games.
I don't think the Wii U is going to become a big hit like the PS2 did, it started selling well because it had a built in DVD player at a time when regular DVD players were rather expensive, but the Wii U has no such convenience like that.
I know the NES has a lot of solid titles but there was no way that the NES was pooping gold on every game. 2/3 of the NES library is garbage and that has been pretty much the same for every console generation. What the NES did have was a unique set of games and a lot of new franchises. That was something that no other generation can boast.
When the cost of neccesities continue to rise, you have less money free to spend. The economy is changed. It is not the same economy that existed in 1984, so you cannot just slap a simple 'inflation %' on game prices and claim that is what it cost in today's market. And even more laughably, then claim your games are 'cheaper' today, despite their high cost and all of the add on fees and subscriptions that get tied on to them.
People are poorer in this country every year, because their wages are flat, and good paying jobs continue to be outsourced to countries with less restrictive environmental policies, that also pay lower wages. The unemployment numbers have been 'dropping', but two big problems: 1. The numbers drop because many simply stop looking for work, and 2. the jobs that have been added pay less, and often much less, than the jobs that were lost. The average citizen in 2014 has no interest returns to speak of on 'saved' or invested money, and the costs of their basic living necessities continue to rise. The 'poor' now have guaranteed health care in this country, fine. The law forces them to carry insurance, but they cannot afford to pay the premium. They go to the doctor and cannot afford to pay their bill. Fine and fine. Those costs will be passed on to the middle class, and their health care rates will continue to rise, as they subsidize the increased costs of mandated health care. More people will be pushed into poverty, and onto food stamps. Health care is not a fragile economy in this country, it is a mandated economy.
The middle class and working class will continue to have less free money to spend. Less money to spend on games, for example. A poor person walk into Wal Mart with their food stamps (which the middle class and massive budget govt deficits 'pay' for), and fills up a cart full of food and junk (including video games) and have their purchases subsidized by the govt, and Wal Mart makes money off of the system. They spend their cash on living necessities, including junk, and the govt pays for their food, or a portion of their food.
The govt of the people only serves to subsidize the corporate citizen in the end. But, it is a losing cycle, and will continue to get worse. So yes, the country is on the whole poorer, and therefore games are more expensive than ever.[/QUOTE]
WHAT DOES THIS HAVE TO DO WITH ANYTHING???[/QUOTE]Did you not read what he said? He's talking about how the majority of American people have less expendable income to spend on luxury items like video games. Therefore, the industry suffers. I agree with him, too.