The biggest problem right now is the complete lack of BUZZ in the games industry.
The last 3 console launches have been either rubbish or luke warm in both sales and quality of titles and the wii has died off the 360 and ps3 look a bit tired ideas wise and even christmas hasnt helped spark anything.
If you work in games retail right now or have done so recently you will understand what im saying, everyone else your just guessing from a standpoint of no experience.
What we really need is 2 new home consoles around the same price launched within 6 months of each other to start another round of console wars, it worked with megadrive v snes, ps1 v saturn v n64 and ps2 vs everything else (heh) this generation was fantastic because we had 3 home consoles all hugely popular at different times allowing for some fantastic PR wars, huge sales of software and an all round excitement buzz.
Right now almost every developer is bored of current tech, shops have little to get customers excited about and because so many of you on here shop online only theres very little in store hype and dialogue, a whole new round resets a lot of this......I hope
2012 was a very poor year sales wise however you look at it, i had this argument with LASTDODO a few weeks back, yes indie sales surged but that says a lot in itself doesnt it, almost every single large studio franchise took a step back in sales and very few new franchises or titles made it. Right now gamers as a whole just seem to be waiting.....Thats the best way i can describe it, its like a classic english thing with women at doors at your local marks and spencer.
You go first...... No you go first......No after you.......... Arghhhhhhhh somebody move dammit!!!!
Im not saying 2012 was rubbish for the games themselves, not at all.
On paper 2013 looks very strong, yes a lot of it are sequels but theres some very interesting new blood on the horizon, tearaway, last of us and especially ni-no-kuni look stunning, pikmin 3, bayonetta 2 etc may give a new console a kick up the bum sales wise and the new tomb raider and bioshock all make for a very exciting first half of the year.
If microsoft can get a new console launch for the end part and get some serious PR and advertising momentum going this horrible funk the industry is in can hopefully begin to fade away.
Everyone and their mum whines and moans about games being expensive and we are in a recession etc etc and thats why sales are low, thats just flat out completely wrong by the way considering every single major release has hit less than half its price within 3 weeks of being on sale, HITMAN was 14.00 2 days ago, i've seen res evil 6 at that price, the new sonic racing game, halo 4 has been 20 quid, the new lego lord of the rings has also hit 20 notes and fifa 13 and the new cod have all been less than 30 so dont try and tell me its because of price, its simply not. You could easily get 2-3 top games for the price of a night out having dinner or going to the cinema with a partner.
Things as a whole just are not selling, look at the other articles telling you about the massive percentage drops, now if games have mostly stayed the same graphics, size,price,content wise from 1-2 years ago but sales have slowed then whats the problem????? The problem is people want new, even if they dont know it yet.
Fingers crossed for a better year for everything and everyone and for the rise of the massively under appreciated PICKLED ONION SPACE RAIDERS.