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Darkstar
14-09-2002, 15:55:31
In the US, 60% of all video games sold are sports games. Of those, 80% are 'Madden NFL' line.

In Japan, 40% of all video games sold are Bishoujo games. Bishoujo simply means 'Pretty Girl'. These 'Pretty Girls' range from 'Dress the Princess' (paper dolls) to 'Undress the Princess' (porn type).

I just found it interesting how they different marketing cultures classified their game categories.

Anyone else have any interesting tidbits about games and game markets?

Oh... my source: News.Com. I don't know theirs, specifically...

Sean
14-09-2002, 16:10:33
Link?

Shining1
15-09-2002, 01:21:22
50% of ALL video games sold are Madden NFL?

I think someone's source definitely needs to be checked...

Funkodrom
15-09-2002, 11:13:14
Might be true including consoles.

Sean
15-09-2002, 12:23:59
I couldn’t find it on news.com, so I asked for a link. None has been forthcoming, however.

http://news.search.com/search?version=x&tag=ex.ne.fd.srch.ne&q=madden only gives a rental chart as any kind of similar-looking thing.

Koshko
15-09-2002, 21:30:23
I honestly can't imagine that many going to buy Madden Football over other games

King_Ghidra
16-09-2002, 11:51:16
Sounds believable, from what i've seen on these kind of topics before, a lot of people on this board seem to overestimate the sales of pc games.

FunkyFingers
16-09-2002, 12:15:25
No one actually ever buys a pc game, do they?

Venom
16-09-2002, 13:11:44
This year was my first year buying Madden since 99 when I had a nintendo 64. I hate playing football on the PC and Madden didn't come out for the Dreamcast.

Shining1
17-09-2002, 00:57:40
PC sales are one thing, but when 50% of all games sold are one single game, you think someone would mention that somewhere before.

It's like saying that Metallica were popular and everyone seemed to have a copy of the Black album. They were and they sold heaps but it wasn't 50% of all record sales, kinda thing.

MDA
17-09-2002, 17:32:51
You can't get console games from warez sites :)

Shining1
18-09-2002, 00:16:47
PC sales are like classical music:).

Venom
18-09-2002, 01:24:48
MADDEN RULES!

King_Ghidra
18-09-2002, 08:05:10
does it really? i wanteds to buy one of the madden games for my ps2 but do i go for the newer 2002 version or the second-hand 2001? how different ae they?

Funkodrom
18-09-2002, 08:41:42
We used to play that a fair bit on your Megadrive IIRC.

Venom
18-09-2002, 11:45:38
You could go for the 2001 version. They're never very different. I have 2003 for the PS2. It's my first PS2 game so I don't know about last years madden. But each year the graphics get a little better and they add some little feature. This years Madden has a 30 year franchise mode with a rookie draft. And if you have EA sports college football game you can import the Seniors from College directly into your Madden game. There's also varying special teams from year to year. Mostly they're the same though. So unless your really interested in Franchise mode or Online play you should be fine with an older version. Oh and the last thing that I don't think the other versions of Madden do: When you play the preseason schedule your players skills develop just like they ought to.

King_Ghidra
18-09-2002, 12:09:21
thx - see, you can be helpful if you put your mind to it

Venom
18-09-2002, 12:12:01
It's a good game. Not quite the same without Pat Summerall's drunken slur doing play by play with John Madden, but still good.

I feel ill now.

MDA
18-09-2002, 17:57:40
You can't select a go-to guy anymore. Now I have to learn the plays. :(

Venom
18-09-2002, 19:49:46
Never needed a go to guy. I'll spread the offense and hit all the receivers.

One other thing you can do is select hot routes though. That allows your WRs to create their own space.

MDA
18-09-2002, 20:02:02
I didn't always use the go-to guy on pass plays, but I had learned the plays that way instead of by their names. Now when I want to throw to the tight end on a chair route, I have to go looking, and find it before I get called. It'll just take some time to learn the new system, it would be faster if I owned a PS2 and could just piss around in practice mode.

Venom
18-09-2002, 20:12:18
It always takes time to learn the plays. I know them by sight, not by name. I see a play that looks good for the down and then run it. Usually takes a game or 2 until I get the timing down.

Darkstar
24-09-2002, 03:31:47
I've noticed News.Com isn't so good about keeping their archives around for that long. I'll do a check first chance I get at work, as I think I saved off the article itself. It was a short blurb piece, only... one of their short top 3 pieces when I read it.

And it was claiming *all* video games sold in the US... PC and console. According to it's stats, most console gamers are really just Madden and one other sports game owners... and buy their Madden religiously.

And I was looking for more interesting stats, not 'Link it!'. :p

Darkstar
24-09-2002, 03:33:10
Unless I'm confusing the short piece for their bit about Sega breaking into the football genre... going for a chunk of that Madden game sales. Humm...

Sean
24-09-2002, 12:09:57
Originally posted by Darkstar
And I was looking for more interesting stats, not 'Link it!'. :p
I was looking for an article to build a search around.

Venom
24-09-2002, 12:19:43
I can attest to that. The only games I buy for me consoles are sports games (religiously, I'll buy madden every year now) and the occasional outstanding game like Goldeneye or something.

Sean
24-09-2002, 12:25:49
Actually, that’s true for me, in a way. I will buy more other games, but I am gnawing at the bit for the next Mario Party and PES 2.

Funkodrom
24-09-2002, 12:34:33
True for me too, I bought the PS2 for PES and I'll get PES 2 when it comes out I'm sure.

Venom
24-09-2002, 13:02:12
I AM THE GREATEST MADDEN PLAYER IN THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD!

Shining1
24-09-2002, 13:19:31
http://www.dfcint.com/game_article/topsellinggames2000.html

A link to the top selling console games for 2000. Madden ranks number 15, with the rest of the world apparently playing Tony Hawk and LOTS AND LOTS of Pokemon. Madden also loses out to WWF Smackdown and Gran Turismo.

Darkstar
25-09-2002, 02:19:21
I got attacked at work today, so I didn't have a chance to go digging for the article in my storage. Will try to do so tomorrow.

Shining1
25-09-2002, 02:31:33
Attacked?

Darkstar
25-09-2002, 02:44:18
Walked in, and my presence was requested by 2 different teams. One team cannot scrape up the brain power of a gnat by themselves, so they consumed all of my work time as soon as I swung by to see what they need. Bleah.

Shining1
25-09-2002, 03:01:16
Actually all things considered in that case I might just prefer a black eye:).

Darkstar
26-09-2002, 23:12:51
Definately.

They've calmed down. I've made them look like miracle workers to their customers, and the new hires now understand why I am The Man.

I've checked my work machine. I do not have a copy of the News.com article saved... I'll do a search and see if they have it lieing around on their site.

Darkstar
26-09-2002, 23:27:04
Alright... in THIS article (http://news.com.com/2100-1040-949462.html), they site research firm SoundView Technology that 25% of all software sold EVERYWHERE is sports, of which that total is 40% American Football games, of which 70% is Madden NFL. That makes Madden 7% of all software sold, everywhere, across all computing platforms.

But that's not the article I'm looking for quoting just American market stats... ;)

Venom
27-09-2002, 02:26:40
Mathematics...confusing me....

Shining1
27-09-2002, 02:52:19
Yes I suspect Madden sells slightly better in the U.S than aboard:).

Darkstar
27-09-2002, 03:07:27
:bash: Shining1

Yeah, I bet! :lol: Still think that 48% of all games sold in the US being Madden NFL is too high, Shining1? I'll keep digging for those American market stats, but I'm not nearly as hopeful of finding it now...