Britain Overtakes Japan in World Gaming Market

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  • Deleted user 10 February 2009 08:39:00
    Now second only to the US. Quite surprising as I to still to this day associate the Japanese with 'gaming'; or should that be the other way round? Is there more to it than the Japanese simply being savvy enough to see past the empty appeals of the Wii (unlike middle class Daily Mail readers) or are they just getting bored of gaming?

    Source here
  • seasidebaz 10 Feb 2009 08:40:38 6,126 posts
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    It's been known for a few years the Japanese have become bored of gaming. If it's not Monster Hunter or anything on the DS they don't seem to want to know.
  • JuanKerr 10 Feb 2009 08:41:30 36,192 posts
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    If only we could get someone who now lives Japan to give us a take on this, but I can't really think of anyone on these forums who lives there. There must be someone.
  • seasidebaz 10 Feb 2009 08:42:27 6,126 posts
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    Make a comment about Chrono Trigger being over-rated pap (which it is). JTN will be in here in a flash ;)
  • Chopsen 10 Feb 2009 08:50:07 15,713 posts
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    Thread title is wrong: article says no such thing. It says the UK might overtake Japan. BURN THE OP!

    So, january was a good month compared to 2008. Are we back to saying gaming is recession proof again?

  • Deleted user 10 February 2009 08:56:59
    Chopsen wrote:
    So, january was a good month compared to 2008. Are we back to saying gaming is recession proof again?

    If you're Nintendo, yes. Otherwise no.
  • mcmonkeyplc 10 Feb 2009 09:15:19 39,384 posts
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    The recession is being used by many companies to get rid of dead wood, the dev's have lost alot of money this gen simply because it takes large sums of investment to make these HD glory games and if they dont sell well then they go bust.

    Sales are up on last year though. So you could say the games industry is recession resilient.

    Come and get it cumslingers!

  • JinTypeNoir 10 Feb 2009 09:52:24 4,365 posts
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    The Japanese market is also the largest it's ever been, there isn't any waning interest in gaming over here, quite the opposite.

    Also, I don't think you can say that anyone over here has seen past the "empty appeals of the Wii" because it's doing about as well as the PS2.

    I have a feeling one of the reasons revenue went down last year (software sales were almost exactly the same) is because the DS is only selling like hotcakes, not like hotcakes with free crack and hookers on them anymore and because the bulk of software sold is now cheaper handheld software.
  • seasidebaz 10 Feb 2009 11:43:15 6,126 posts
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    The other big thing to consider is how cheap the 360 is. We in the UK just keep on buying them, along with Wii's and DSes, and that's pushing our market up significantly. As Japan doesn't like the 360, they won't get anywhere near the sales we make on them, and so effectively Japan is selling one less console than the UK.

    That means we overtake. Not that it's important, though. The thing that IS important is that the majority of the top selling / high-scoring software this year is from Western developers. If Japanese developers start innovating again, they may start to claw back position.
  • absolutezero 10 Feb 2009 11:48:54 7,956 posts
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    Just a shame that our developers get treated like shit. We might buy alot but most of that cash is flying overseas.
  • StarchildHypocrethes 10 Feb 2009 11:50:11 25,410 posts
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    JuanKerr wrote:
    If only we could get someone who now lives Japan to give us a take on this, but I can't really think of anyone on these forums who lives there. There must be someone.
    :D
  • HiddenAway 10 Feb 2009 12:24:27 14,856 posts
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    The original xBox didn't sell in Japan but that didn't stop them being second at that point.

    If anything, it's the lacklustre PS3 sales in Japan as then you count it as 2 consoles less :p.

    On Twitter: @HiddenAway1

  • Deleted user 10 February 2009 12:29:25
    It's quite astounding how quickly this has happened.
  • Deleted user 10 February 2009 14:06:20
    Regardless as to whether or not sales have overtaken Japan for a month or not, the fact that a country with half the population and lower wealth indicators per person is able to compete with a larger market shows how popular and widespread gaming is becoming in the UK.

    @absolutezero - agreed, need to tap into that money, many of the biggest games last year were British made yet none are British owned, a crying shame. Need to find a way of investing in new start ups, government needs to pull its finger out for starts, use the massive successes to help support the training of new talent (sorting out the courses so they actually teach valuable skills would help) and the making of British centric games.
  • Tomahawk 10 Feb 2009 14:10:58 120 posts
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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tN9EC3Gy6Nk
  • Deleted user 10 February 2009 14:41:10
    Tomahawk wrote:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tN9EC3Gy6Nk

    British games for British gamers! :D
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