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Subject: Video Game Platform Percentages per Year rss

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Okay, so you must have all been expecting this one coming, right?



(Unlike the previous ones, I've gone with the top 40 most important on this chart as opposed to top 30 - that still leaves over 60 platforms unaccounted for, but you see how small a percentage they are here)

I guess it's more important to clarify for this chart (and the same holds for the previous ones), this isn't tracking only games released on one platform. If it modern games gets released for the PC, Xbox 360 and PS3, it'll be included in all 3 sections of the graph.

Now this one is a lot less "state of the market" and more "state of the interest of the VGG userbase". Nonetheless, of the three threads I've posted so far, I think this one is the most interesting. I don't think it shows anything massively surprising but I haven't seen a great many charts of this sort built from real data. Other platforms could have appeared in this top-40, but it's just based on what's been entered into the VGG database, not real world marketplace numbers.
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I think it might have been worth including newer handheld platforms, such as the 3DS and PSVita, even if they weren't in the top 40 by game count alone. As it stands, this chart makes it look like Sony and Nintendo's handheld platforms are dead and buried.
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paralipsis wrote:
I think it might have been worth including newer handheld platforms, such as the 3DS and PSVita, even if they weren't in the top 40 by game count alone. As it stands, this chart makes it look like Sony and Nintendo's handheld platforms are dead and buried.

With the number of games currently in the system, they were barely visible. Even Android would have been tiny.
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Tiny compared to the all time count, but would they be visible in the 2012 column at all?
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paralipsis wrote:
Tiny compared to the all time count, but would they be visible in the 2012 column at all?

Barely large enough to even label them:

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The shocking thing I see is the growth of iphone/ipad in the last few years. I thought it might be large but is it already 25% of games? I thought the web browser platform would be a larger component. And are consoles dying as a platform?
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andrewhodkinson wrote:
The shocking thing I see is the growth of iphone/ipad in the last few years. I thought it might be large but is it already 25% of games?

I suspect that's the tip of the iceberg. The Apple AppStore and Android Marketplace have both got over 100,000 games registered on them, from what I can remember.

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And are consoles dying as a platform?

I suspect not. The revenue stream for console/desktop games is vastly different to mobiles and wouldn't be abandoned easily. It wouldn't surprise me to see it continue to grow, actually.

The question I'm starting to wonder is how much life do proprietary handheld gaming devices have left - when your phone in your pocket can play games that rival specialised gaming hardware, you've got to wonder where that leaves gaming handhelds.
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Ncik wrote:
Barely large enough to even label them

Still, it looks a whole lot better (i.e. indicative of the current state of affairs) to me with the new platforms added. Thanks for revised graph.
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One should also note that the guy/gal who inserts a game into the database usually only adds one platform (the one he/she owns) and not the others.
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andrewhodkinson wrote:
The shocking thing I see is the growth of iphone/ipad in the last few years. I thought it might be large but is it already 25% of games? I thought the web browser platform would be a larger component. And are consoles dying as a platform?
There are countless browser games that probably won't ever get in the database, though. From little browser games made by individuals put up on Newgrounds or personal pages, to artsy weird stuff (LIKE THIS WEIRDNESS).
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...to artsy weird stuff (LIKE THIS WEIRDNESS).
What the fuck did I just do. surprise
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Harlekin wrote:
One should also note that the guy/gal who inserts a game into the database usually only adds one platform (the one he/she owns) and not the others.


Yeah - I can usually tell who the submitter is based on what platform the submission is for.
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Ziilch wrote:
Harlekin wrote:
One should also note that the guy/gal who inserts a game into the database usually only adds one platform (the one he/she owns) and not the others.


Yeah - I can usually tell who the submitter is based on what platform the submission is for.

Does it contain American, English/European and German releases? It's from Ncik.
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