Are shooters on the decline?

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An interesting pie-chart (well, as interesting as pie charts can be, really) over at Dual-shockers has sales data from the Entertainment Software Association compiled from NPD reports, and it shows that shooters are no longer the predominant genre of videogames (in the US).


According the the data, it seems that “Action” games had outsold “Shooters“ in 2012. Of course, that brings forth question of what exactly constitutes a shooter, and hat makes an action game, as most action games have shooting elements, and most shooters are filled with action.

It seems that for the purposes of the ESA’s report, that “shooter” includes first and third person games where shooting is the primary mechanic, say Call of Duty, Battlefield and Gears of War. Action games include games where shooting can happen, but it’s not the defining aspect of the game; games like Assassin’s Creed, Tomb Raider, Devil May Cry and the like.

I really hope this does show that shooters’ popularity is waning. I’d like to think gamers are growing more and more weary of the genre, and are keen on opening  up to new experiences, giving other genres like strategy games and RPG’s a bash.

The other interesting bit to note is that according to the data, “Casual” games made up just 3% of the market; so perhaps that bubble has well and truly burst.

Last Updated: July 16, 2013

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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