These June Game Sales Numbers Are Kind of Depressing

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These June Game Sales Numbers Are Kind of Depressing

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NPD's sales numbers for this past June are a sad reminder that we live in a harsh, unfair world.

Q? Entertainment's Child of Eden was a beautiful, wondrous experience that nigh-singlehandedly made the case for Kinect as a game peripheral. Gearbox's (and 3D Realms') Duke Nukem Forever was a puerile, ham-fisted, inconsistent joke of a game.

In the US, one of these games outsold the other by a factor of ten in June. Can you guess which one?

If the tone of the article thus far hasn't given it away yet, the winner on sales was Duke Nukem Forever, which was the second-best-selling game in June with 376,300 units sold, according to numbers released by NPD Group. In comparison, Child of Eden sold a paltry 34,000 copies in the same amount of time.

Another off-beat title - Suda 51's Shadows of the Damned - suffered in the sales department, moving a mere 24,000 units across both Xbox 360 and PS3. While it might not have been as good as Child of Eden, it was certainly a hell of a lot more interesting than Duke.

Other numbers, thankfully, weren't quite as disheartening. The best-selling game of the month with 419,000 units sold was Rockstar's L.A. Noire, which despite its flaws was actually pretty good (and certainly unique). The also-excellent Infamous 2 was the highest single-platform title at 369,200 sales, and trailing behind it with 283,200 units sold was The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D, the first 3DS game to break into the month's top ten. I don't need to tell you that Ocarina is superb, because you knew that already.

So, while not all the news was bad, the juxtaposition of Duke Nukem Forever's sales vs. those of Child of Eden and Shadows of the Damned is still pretty damn depressing.

(Information via Giant Bomb, Joystiq and NeoGAF)

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People are predictable consumers with low standards? You don't say! This is sadly unsurprising.

This is sad. Child of Eden and Netflix are the only two things I use my Xbox for currently.

Well, it just goes to show, reviewers can say all they like but you have to have the voice of a god/godess to influence the public.

Ah summer.

The gaming drought is a harsh one this year (inFamous 2 and L.A. Noire being the only new games I bought recently).

Then winter will arrive, and I will drown in the flood waters of Skyrim.

I find it hard to compare Duke to Eden. Duke doesn't require a $150 peripheral to play it.

I know nothing about child of Eden, but based on what I read here...

John Funk:
Q? Entertainment's Child of Eden was a beautiful, wondrous experience that nigh-singlehandedly made the case for Kinect as a game peripheral.

... I assume it's a mandatory peripheral.

don't worry my people, true greatness looms on the horizon.

-Dragmire-:
I find it hard to compare Duke to Eden. Duke doesn't require a $150 peripheral to play it.

I know nothing about child of Eden, but based on what I read here...

John Funk:
Q? Entertainment's Child of Eden was a beautiful, wondrous experience that nigh-singlehandedly made the case for Kinect as a game peripheral.

... I assume it's a mandatory peripheral.

As far as I know it isn't mandatory, it just greatly enhances the experience.

As to be expected, all those higher selling games did the smart thing; marketing. Those poor "artsy" games with underwhelming sales have no one to blame but themselves, and will be left to wallow away into obscurity as fitting. While the higher selling games that knew the market will probably receive future sequels.

Maybe these developers should learn basic marketing before they step foot into a capitalist economy, or else they're just going to get trampled.

Very objective article you have there John.... If it only were.
While I get that you are upset that DNF outsold some games that you enjoyed, this article is pretty damn unprofessional in its subjectivity.

If you want to shift copies you have to work on your marketing not your game. It's sad but true.

i.e. My local bus stop has a large poster of Infamous 2 localized, LA Noire has been doing the rounds on TV and Duke has so much hype surrounding him.

Whereas Shadows of the Damned? Well I heard of the game when it was announced...and then Yahtzee told me it came out.

John Funk:

-Dragmire-:
I find it hard to compare Duke to Eden. Duke doesn't require a $150 peripheral to play it.

I know nothing about child of Eden, but based on what I read here...

John Funk:
Q? Entertainment's Child of Eden was a beautiful, wondrous experience that nigh-singlehandedly made the case for Kinect as a game peripheral.

... I assume it's a mandatory peripheral.

As far as I know it isn't mandatory, it just greatly enhances the experience.

Ah, sorry, lack of research on my part.

Well, at least LA Noire sold well. That makes me happy.

But still, Child of Eden and Shadows of the Damned not selling well make me very sad :'(

This is why we can't have new or interesting experiences. Because nobody will buy the damn things.

Responses to why DNF outsold CoE:

Typical hardcore gamer: It's not a shooter! It's E-rated! It has the option using Kinect! Gimmick! Kiddy! Casual! Duke is HARDCORE! It's got GUNS! And TITS!

Typical Escapist response: It has little to no story. That means it is a lesser game for the casuals. And it uses Kinect, and REAL gamers don't use Kinect...

Typical casual gamer response: I never heard of either of those... Can I play them on my Wii?

The hardcores hate Kinnect, it was barely advertised so the casuals will not have heard of it. As for SotD, I am also very discouraged. I didn't even know about its existence until I saw a Let's Play of it.

Child of Eden was a great game, but it's so damn short.
I wouldn't want to pay full price for it; it would have sold way better if it released at a $15 price point.

Why should I spend $50 on a 2 hour experience when I can pick up like 5-10 great games on steam for the same price?

Well, I knew that no matter how good Child of Eden is (very good, IMO) it was always going to flounder in the sales stakes. It would have been nice to have seen such a game marketed more, but I really don't think it would have helped. You only need to look at basically any youtube video of Child of Eden to read the kind of preconceptions people have about such a game.

Personally, I didn't know games even had genders and that they could prefer the company of one over the other, but hey, every day's a school day.

Still, as long as you didn't buy DNF yourself then despite everything, you can at least know that you've done your part to hold onto to your impeccable reputation...

Why is this a surprise to anyone? People had been waiting for Duke for the better part of 12 years, it's not their fault it didn't live up to the hype.

-Dragmire-:
I find it hard to compare Duke to Eden. Duke doesn't require a $150 peripheral to play it.

I know nothing about child of Eden, but based on what I read here...

Agreed. And considering I have played both, and found Duke to be more entertaining...

Jesus, Christ, yes, we know DNF was terrible for it's amount of time in development, but come on. There is no need to be constantly slandering a game that was average. A bad game is one that is broken, like Turning Point. Yet I don't even remember people talking about it, let alone taking the piss out of it every second fucking post.

John Funk:

-Dragmire-:
I find it hard to compare Duke to Eden. Duke doesn't require a $150 peripheral to play it.

I know nothing about child of Eden, but based on what I read here...

John Funk:
Q? Entertainment's Child of Eden was a beautiful, wondrous experience that nigh-singlehandedly made the case for Kinect as a game peripheral.

... I assume it's a mandatory peripheral.

As far as I know it isn't mandatory, it just greatly enhances the experience.

I heard it was harder to play with Kinect than with a controller. I wouldn't call that enhancing the experience.

Anyway, Child of Eden LOOKED amazing but it seemed like it was a shoot em up game that we have been playing for 30 years.

-Post deleted because what I said was wrong-

if I wasnt saving my money I would pick up child of eden I might actually grab it when it gets a little cheaper to be fair I havent bought any gmae outside magic and mortal kombat since christmas so ya...

Is Child of Eden being marketed as a Kinect game by any chance? Even if it's not a mandatory peripheral. I imagine that might stump the sales a little bit.

I'll be running to get the PS3 version as soon as that comes out.

Don't know why Infamous didn't sell but the rest of those blow, for once the market has spoken correctly.

Release Skyrim now and watch that motherfucker explode with sales.

Duke: Suck it Haters.

Surprised no one has insulted Infamous yet. Actually sold better than most people were claiming, but then folks are on some weird anti-sony bandwagon these days.

Nothing of interest atm. SO no issue with it being slow. Will be better in late 2011 and early 2012.

June was not a very good month for games. July isn't an exception either.

Crono1973:

John Funk:
As far as I know it isn't mandatory, it just greatly enhances the experience.

I heard it was harder to play with Kinect than with a controller. I wouldn't call that enhancing the experience.

Guitar Hero is much easier with a standard controller but that doesn't make for the better experience.

I am neither surprised nor depressed by these figures. DNF had the advertisement so it got the sales. That's just how the world works.

I still like DNF, but I did only get it for the lulz, and I guess a lot of people did. Not at all surprising, Child of Eden wasn't exactly high profile and was very much a niche game. It sure isn't my niche... Now if it came with the same vibrator as Rez did, I'd buy it in a heartbeat.

Mxrz:
Duke: Suck it Haters.

Surprised no one has insulted Infamous yet. Actually sold better than most people were claiming, but then folks are on some weird anti-sony bandwagon these days.

I've insulted inFAMOUS 2 plenty...
Really surprised I'm the only one.

sunburst313:

Crono1973:

John Funk:
As far as I know it isn't mandatory, it just greatly enhances the experience.

I heard it was harder to play with Kinect than with a controller. I wouldn't call that enhancing the experience.

Guitar Hero is much easier with a standard controller but that doesn't make for the better experience.

I am neither surprised nor depressed by these figures. DNF had the advertisement so it got the sales. That's just how the world works.

Point taken.

Y'know i didnt HEAR about Child of Eden until just this moment, while the Duke has been essentually marketing itself for years. Although, I may be forced to brush the dust off my PS3 its only because of word of mouth, I cant help but feel that far to often when people shout "its a travesty that this isnt more popular" its simply because of that lack of marketing.

You can't sell games no one knows about. I don't thin I even saw a commercial for either of those games :/

I only bought Alice: Madness Returns and LA Noire (which I've already sold back. It was pretty good, but not good enough for me to want to keep it before its selling price went down too far).

Child of Eden is just not my kind of game. It's not something I'd ever buy, even though it looks like it succeed in what it tries to do. I think Kinect hurt it, too. I thought it wasn't playable without the peripheral until very recently. A lot of people had that same assumption, which is understandable because of how it was advertised.

I didn't buy Duke Nukem because...I don't care about him. I don't have a history with the franchise, despite growing up as a gamer during the 90s. Not being into the FPS genre doesn't help its case either.

I didn't get Ocarina of Time 3DS because I don't have a 3DS and already have the game on the Wii. It's not a game I'd want to play on a handheld anyway (and I've already played it at least a dozen times). Just give me Skyward Sword already!

What a shocker that is, two games that nobody has ever heard about sold shitty. Oh and a game that people have been talking about for the past 10 years sold pretty decently. Besides that get the fuck off your high horse and realise that your opinion is not universal. Just because you disliked a game that does not mean that it was bad. It just means that you didnt like it.

I actually really enjoyed Duke despite its flaws. Go figure. lol

Shadows of the Damned looked damn good, too bad it wasn't for PC.

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