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Reality check: Is the way we play games changing?

AAA game sales are declining and competition for our free time is higher than ever...

This article originally appeared in Xbox World magazine.

We polled hundreds of readers to determine how their buying and playing habits have changed, how they perceive games, and what all this means for the future of Xbox... and beyond.

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Q: ARE YOU AS EXCITED ABOUT GAMES AS YOU USED TO BE?

  • Yes: 45%
  • No: 33%
  • Only for select titles: 22%

Q: IF YES, WHAT EXCITES YOU MOST ABOUT GAMES?

"What keeps me playing is the escapism, the care-free feeling from younger days, plus new innovations and plain old habit. I can't see a time in the future where I'd let games just pass me by. I'll be first in queue for Far Cry 3 so that tells me my passion is still there." Russ Glennon-Noble

"Yes, but not by the same games I used to be. I get excited when a new IP like Watch Dogs is announced, or a sequel to a game I really enjoyed like Borderlands 2. Most AAA games just don't appeal to me any more." Dominic Brownell

"Yes! To be honest, I probably get more excited now as overall games have gotten better." Sarah Ellmore

"There's a lot to be excited about. But that's the problem - there is 'a lot'. Sacrifices have unfortunately become necessary. There are a lot of games I am excited about that I'll never end up playing." Shane Mulcahy

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"Yes, but a lack of groundbreaking titles sees me excited about titles a lot less often than usual. This year I'm only looking forward to GTA V and Assassin's Creed III." Carl Faithful

"Yes, but I am excited about fewer games as I've grown older and my tastes have changed." Mike Beattie

"Yes! Games are getting better. Developers are listening and learning what we all want from our games." Chris Sowry

"Depends on the game, but anything from Rockstar usually gets me very excited." Matt Dawson

"YES but not full retail games... I have fallen back in love with smaller independent XBLA type games. I don't want flashy graphics and high production values at the expense of originality and gameplay. Limbo, Slender (on PC) and Trials Evolution dared and succeeded in doing something different." Jamie Jones

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