Well, I guess there were a lot of casuals among those 1k people.
So yeah... that's the problem with casuals, I'm fine with them getting lots of games and driving the industry, as far as there are games for me to play (not-so-casual games, I don't consider myself hardcore either).
But please, if there is a survey about games and you just happen not to know a thing about them, just restrain from showing your ignorance and making the survey so shaming, pitiful and laughable. Related:
Stack 2 PS3 together, make it slim and quiet, put the 360 controller, make great games for it.
You are done.
@moelarrycurly this is where I feel the real battleground for the next gen will be fought. More/better services, social integration and uses. In terms of hardware I'm not expecting anything we haven't seen before only with more oomph!
Internet should be everywhere, sony is doing a lot of integration in that sense, and it's for free if I'm not mistaken. Microsoft should think about their paid model in XBL, if they want to keep it they'd better have good games for people to really be interested in paying for that. And also there are the PCs.
The point is that PCs used to be more expensive and less durable (you needed to keep upgrading), but it's becoming harder to keep up with Moore's law, so console developers are going to keep with gimmicks and exclusives that PCs don't have, to keep the market share. But in the end, if you are going for the social integration and the services, there are the PCs. Either they make a PC of the consoles, or they will have to go for a casual blue ocean (a la Nintendo)
I pay what I think is the right price for games, if some game is too expensive or it's cheap but becomes expensive when it's "complete" (including DLC that should be part of the game) then I'll simply not buy it, as far as the situation goes (after time they usually get cheaper), there are plenty of games out there that I'd like to play (check my wishlist) and I'd like to support only developers that are doing things right in that sense. Epic being one of them. The same for the systems, handhelds have prohibitive prices nowadays, a right price for a handheld should be around €125 IMHO, whenever I buy a handheld, that's what I'm going to pay, if that ever happens, otherwise, I've my mobile phone and I can read the news there, a handheld isn't something I need, but something that could be cool, €125 cool, not more.
This doesn't mean I'm against people who pay more, if some gamers want to pay crazy amounts for games and systems, they are free to do so. And that's what drives industry anyway. So as far as people are willing to pay. I guess gamers are very committed to games, and don't mind expending those amounts of money, "because they can", even if they "could not".
I'm in favor of "project ten dollars" or essentially the content that only comes for free if you buy a game new.
Call me crazy but I am in favor of supporting developers by paying them for their goods.
QFT. Buying preowned games only supports retailers, not game creators, which are the people I want to support. Digital distribution should be cheaper, and give them a better share. I'd like that, I'd use that.
Is there some ISO, IEEE, W3C or any other standard that specifies what is art and what is not? Because people keep arguing about this in the forums and I don't think any progress is being made in this way.
Speaking as someone who was harassed daily at all of my old jobs by creepy male customers and coworkers, as someone who was stalked by a man who had a Barbie doll cut up to look like me while it was wrapped in chains around the inside of his pants, a female character being treated as a sex object bothers me far more than a male character living out a perverse life, like Kratos. I know how it feels to be looked upon like faceless meat. It is a scary, horrible feeling and I don't like to see a staggering amount of women in video games portrayed as poorly written sex objects. It's not as if I think these types of video games are fertile ground for turning young men into sexual predators. I just don't think it's very healthy or respectful for anyone involved.
Either you live at a very weird place, or you are incredibly beautiful. Those stories are... just too weird for me to understand. In any case, it's sad that people get their heads so messed up, games may serve as a catalytic or a safety valve, psychology should study that.
Chemical castration is also an option, because, seriously, that kind of things should not happen...
And it reminded me of this thread instantly. I wonder if that game is sexist or not. It's crappy, that's for sure, best sellers wouldn't have such a character design (or even make it available through options) because that would cause some controversy, I guess.