I was wondering where this discussion was located; I knew it had to be somewhere.
Over in another forum, some people are debating whether or not there will be a crash in the market for modern consoles. I pointed out that there won't be--because there won't ever be another boom. The games for modern consoles are simply not making enough money for grq (get-rich-quick) investors to invest in, as was done in the early 80's, what with every department store and half-a-dozen specialized stores and all the toy stores selling the consoles and games.
Too many vendors, many of them grq-types convinced they could make gold from silicon, glutted the market at once. Then, when said grq-types went under, the gamemakers realized just how small their market really was...and they went under, and console-makers, similarly affected, were severely hurt as well.
Like I said, current games are simply not generating the kind of sales (or the kind of popularity--with exceptions noted) to entice the grq-types--and those are the people whose actions cause the booms and busts in any market.
However, retro-gaming is starting to experience a small boom, what with people selling Chinese knock-offs of retro-games on plug-in games, official plug-in games, retro discs, game stores selling old systems...even this entire threadcity is proof of the popularity of retro-gaming.
The gtr-types are slowly making an appearance. I think plug-in games--or dedicated systems--will be the first casualty. If retro-gaming stores are selling official plug-in games, and even a big name like Wal-Mart is selling a Chinese knock-off plug-in game (and I've seen it in Wal-Mart in the generic red box toy aisle)...then the market is beginning to blend together. Quality is slowly being pushed aside by quantity. And the glut is beginning to accumulate.
Given the investment one must make in such games==and I mean that one must physically remove one from the TV and plug in another if one wants to switch games==I don't think this trend can last much longer. Handhelds can be easily stored and changed (set one down and pick up another); so can retro-game discs (remove one and install another). These dedicated systems...they're on their way to becoming the Fast Eddie's of the 00's.
Edited by JimmydelaKopin, Mon Nov 28, 2005 7:53 PM.