Since Syrim's launch, friends on my steam list have accumulated over 350+ hours of playing time and a regularly see between half and a dozen people playing it nightly.
I'm still waiting for the bug fixes, mods, and dlc to be bundled. It took a year for new vegas, but there's plenty in the meantime to keep me busy.
Also, when I see big sales numbers these days I say "big woop" because there's about 20 million more gamers in the world now than a decade ago. What frightens me is as these AAA titles pull in some real digits, greedy corporate types who were never interested in games (only making money) will swarm the industry and try to take it over hostilly.
Uhm maybe you haven't noticed... but the "greedy corporate types" allready took over the gaming industry 5-7 years ago depending on what publisher/company you look at even earlier.
Or why do you think we get allways the same game genres with basicly allways the same gameplay while niche genres like simulations are by now basicly extinct?
Because if you work in gaming today, it's not about beeing creative or realizing your ideas anymore. It's mostly about the bottom line, does the concept sell? What market does it buy? Has the market actual buying power? The creative types are still the workforce, but the people in control are the beancounters and suits that don't understand a thing about gaming or creativity.
I mean just take a look at what vivendi did recently... they pushed off a huge package of activision shares ($450 million) so they can buy some music rights and stay on their credit rating, their timing couldn't even be more perfect... just when MW3 got released and activision stock reached record highs because of all the media attention and the great sales. Needless to say the stock fell like a stone after this, screwing over all the small invenstors.
These gaming companies and publishers are allready just liquid assets to the big financial players out there. And these are the very same people responsible for the last finnancial crisis, they will also be responsible for the next one that will hit us soon...