The Games People Play

I used to be a big-time sports video game player. Hell, back in the day, I even contributed to the design of SCEA’s original “MLB Pennant Race” on the first PlayStation, the NFL GameDay franchise (same publisher/same platform) and a few others. Sports and racing games were my two biggest passions in gaming. But, that was some time ago, and I honestly have to say that, in 2016, I can’t be bothered to play the latest and greatest that the genre has to offer. I mean, the games don’t really change much, do they? With graphics display technology leveling and robust features lists negating the need to upgrade every year because there is something employed that makes you want to jump back in, I simply have grown tired and bored by the latest Madden, MLB: The Show and NBA 2K. Truth be told, the only sports game that I actually do play (and absolutely LOVE) in 2016 is “Super Mega Baseball: Extra Innings” on PC. But, I also realize, in the US at least, that these games still push a decent number of units every late Summer/Fall and that consumers seem content to pay 60 bucks for the latest rosters. The latest VGChartz Top 10 list (USA) is verification of this. The 2016 versions of Madden, NHL and NBA 2K comprise six of the ten spots for the week ending 9/17/16 and manage to do what hasn’t been done (at least to my recollection) in a very long time – knock Grand Theft Auto V off the list (don’t worry… it will be back!)

Best-Selling Games (USA) for the Week Ending 9/17/16

  • 1. (PS4) NBA 2K 17
  • 2. (Xbox One) NBA 2K 17
  • 3. (PS4) Madden NFL 17
  • 4. (PS4) NHL 17
  • 5. (Xbox One) Madden NFL 17
  • 6. (Xbox One) NHL 17
  • 7. (3DS) Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past
  • 8. (Xbox One) ReCore
  • 9. (PS4) The Bioshock Collection
  • 10. (PS4) Call of Duty: Black Ops 3

The Cav’s With Rings… LOL – Jewelery Should Have Gone to the NBA’s NYC Executive Team – #DubsGotScrewed

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About The Author
David Winding
Dave Winding is a 25 year gaming industry veteran that has been actively involved in sales, marketing, advertising, product development, publishing and communications. While his career has been as a gaming executive and entrepreneur, he is, above all else, a gamer.