Economic Crisis? "Core" Gamers Will Save The Day!

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Boy, that whole courting of the mainstream thing was fun, wasn't it? The Wii sold millions, the DS sold millions..hell, even the 360 wanted in on that hot mainstream action.

But that was before. When the world had money. Now that families and companies are tightening their belts the world over, the gaming landscape may be in for a sudden change.

An Associated Press story, collecting thoughts and quotes from industry analysts and GameStop executives, suggests that as the gaming industry begins to feel the effects of a global economic downturn, only one group of people can keep it afloat.

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"Core" gamers (I use "Core" because I loathe the term, yet at the same time can't come up with a better alternative).

That's you. The people who would go without restaurants, holidays, food to buy a new game. You're not some fickle mum who bought the latest fad because it was on some talk show. You're in this for the long haul.

And no matter how poor your job prospects are, no matter how much your pay is cut, no matter how tough things may get otherwise, you'll always find the time - and more importantly the money - to play games.

Which is just the kind of dedication an industry needs to see it through some tough times.

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[Associated Press]

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TomFooligans
TomFooligans

My gosh, Luke, are you God? You seem to know me so well. I think, somehow we all always knew that it would come to this. We are the gamers that brought Nintendo to dominance in the 80's, we are the ones that not only played when games weren't cool, but we were around to push them on friends and make them cool. We are the ones who came out to buy the Dreamcast when so many people said no. We are the ones who bought the Gamecube despite all its faults, and lack of games because we loved Nintendo so much. The industry was built on our dollars, and although some people (Nintendo) were content to give us the finger, all of us real gamers knew that eventually the fad would die and leave us here to pick up the pieces of casual gaming's former success.

When the economy is collapsing and parents are crying themselves to sleep over the second mortgage they took out to buy that Wii for so much on eBay in 2006, we stay here, diligently buying games, business as usual. This is our hobby, and we'll be the ones to keep it healthy and lively. We can see it through economic turmoil while the greater part of those 22 million Wii owners put their systems away in the closet next to their Furbies and Beanie Babies.