You know, when I was a kid, sports games were super huge. They were always some of the biggest releases every year, and you didn't have to be a sports fan to love 'em. Gamers loved Blades of Steel ; they weren't necessarily hockey fans.
But these days, it seems as if only sports followers play the sports games, and the hardcore gamers are involved in just about any other genre. Action and action/adventure, combined with shooters of all kinds, seem to dominate the landscape, even though many of the major sports releases still sell relatively well. My question is whether or not the purchasers of Madden consider themselves avid gamers, or if they're simply football fans who buy a football game every year.
I mean, I remember wanting to play just about every new sports effort from EA, regardless of the sport in question. I don't even like hockey and I'll still play NHL '94 on the SNES to this day. I didn't really like basketball that much, either, but the amount of entertainment hours lost to Lakers vs. Celtics on the Genesis is…well, countless. These days, though, I have little to no interest in any sports games; it almost seems as if the industry has grown up and I've grown along with it. I don't wish to imply that sports games aren't "mature," but let's face it- the biggest strides taken these days are seen in other categories of dramatic interactive entertainment.
So are those who buy sports games these days more about sports than video games? Sometimes I wonder…
P.S. Not that I'm trying to insult sports fans.