It is getting near the end of the year, and I have started seeing posts on a few web sites about how 2012 is a pretty dire year for games. I believe in the article IGN wrote about this, 2012 is the worst year for retail games since 2006, which I don't remember being all that bad, but maybe I just wasn't paying as much attention. 60 dollar retail games were probably always a sketchy investment for companies to make, but in this market it seems like it is just a dumb investment. I am not saying anything new, I know.
Now I was looking back at the games I have been playing this year, and I think I might be part of the problem. I have bought and played exactly three games that were made this year: Mass Effect 3, Walking Dead, and Assassin's Creed 3, and Walking Dead isn't even a full retail. Instead of new games, I have been cheap, taking advantage of Steam Sales and GameFly for my gaming needs. What worries me is that if most people do this, the 60 dollar retail games that I eventually buy a year later for 10 bucks or less will just stop being made and we will live in a world where the only new games being made are cheap mobile and tablet games. I have tried em. I don't like em. Even the supposedly killer app ones like Horn or N.O.V.A. 3 are just boring, and difficult to control.
Personally 60 dollars is more than I have to spend on a video game. It is like how 20 bucks is more than I have to spend to take my wife and myself out to see a movie. I just can't justify the investment on more than 2 or 3 a year. I have bills to pay. I don't think I am the only one.
I know I missed out on some decent games this year. I will eventually get to them, when they are cheap and I have time, and since I have no real interest in multiplayer, I won't miss out on much getting to them late. Right now that well of interesting games that I have to dip into is at least half way full. What worries me is that well might dry up completely in just a few years.