When the most hyped PC game in a long time tanked, a couple red flags went up. Not too many considering Crysis’ hefty system requirements, but a few. And when Unreal Tournament 3, the most hardcore of PC games flopped, even more flags went up. People became genuinely concerned, and the rumblings began. Then the questions started: Is PC gaming dead? Can the PC market survive the internet age, where games become torrents, sometimes before they even hit the streets?
Well, it seems we may have our answer. Extinct? Maybe not. On the endangered species list? Certainly!
With the realization that PC games accounted for a sad 14% of all software sold (which may be a tad higher, but do to the fact that we have no idea how many games were legally downloaded, we can’t assume much) in 2007, comes a turning point in one of the oldest game sectors around. This has to be a moment of truth for them, or else! It would seem that some sort of regulation or uniformity standard must be sought, or you can expect the PC market to go the way of the dodo.
Of the 267.8 million games sold, PC games accounted for only 36.4 million units sold. And if you compare the top 10 lists of games sold for consoles versus PC’s from 2007, it looks even scarier.
Check those lists out after the jump!
TOP TEN PC GAMES OF 2007
1. World of Warcraft: Burning Crusade (Blizzard Entertainment) – 2.25 million
2. World of Warcraft (Blizzard Entertainment) – 914,000
3. The Sims 2 Seasons Expansion Pack (EA Maxis) – 433,000
4. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (Infinity Ward) 383,000
5. Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars (EA Los Angeles) – 343,000
6. Sim City 4 Deluxe (Maxis) – 284,000
7. The Sims 2 (Maxis) – 281,000
8. The Sims 2 Bon Voyage Expansion Pack (Maxis) – 271,000
9. Age of Empires III (Ensemble Studios) – 259,000
10. The Sims 2 Pets Expansion Pack (Maxis) – 236,000
TOP TEN CONSOLE GAMES OF 2007
1. Halo 3 (Bungie, Microsoft Game Studios, X360) – 4.82 million
2. Wii Play with Wii Remote (Nintendo, Wii) – 4.12 million
3. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (Infinity Ward, Activision, X360) – 3.04 million
4. Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock (Neversoft, Activision, PS2) – 2.72 million
5. Super Mario Galaxy (Nintendo EAD Tokyo, Nintendo, Wii) – 2.52 million
6. Pokemon Diamond Version (Game Freak, Nintendo, NDS) – 2.48 million
7. Madden NFL 08 (EA Sports, Electronic Arts, PS2) – 1.90 million
8. Guitar Hero II (Harmonix, Activision, PS2) – 1.89 million
9. Assassin’s Creed (Ubisoft Montreal, Ubisoft, X360) – 1.87 million
10. Mario Party 8 (Hudson Soft, Wii) – 1.82 million