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Sales for Tiger Woods PGA Game Plummeting

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Tiger Woods hasn't had the best year, and things aren't getting any better as the recent scandals that rocked his personal life are being blamed for poor sales of EA's latest Tiger Woods PGA Tour title.

Electronics Arts released Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11 last month, but sales for the video game are poor compared to sales from last year's version. GamesIndustry.biz reports that U.S. sales for Tiger Woods PGA were down 68 percent compared to last year's game, which was released in the same month.

Though there could be a number of reasons for the decline (last year's version shipped with Wii Motion Plus and this year's iteration isn't all that different anyway), Doug Creutz of Cowan & Company blames Woods' tumultuous personal life for the sharp drop, and even goes as far as to say the golfer's actions could have permanently damaged the franchise.

"Although this is probably due in part to the fact that last year's version shipped bundled with Nintendo's new MotionPlus controller, we are concerned that Woods' scandal woes may have permanently damaged the sales potential of what we believe to be EA's third most important sports franchise, behind Madden and FIFA," he wrote in a note to investors.

Would the Tiger Woods scandal put you off buying the game?

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    klavis , July 23, 2010 2:19 AM
    That was not a factor in me not buying the game. However, me not wanting to spend money on a golf game was a factor...the only factor.
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    MCMunroe , July 23, 2010 2:20 AM
    Perhaps it just looked very lame compared to the Tiger Woods 11 on South Park?
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    dragonfang18 , July 23, 2010 2:24 AM
    How many times should people buy a golfing game? Seriously...
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  • 26 Hide
    klavis , July 23, 2010 2:19 AM
    That was not a factor in me not buying the game. However, me not wanting to spend money on a golf game was a factor...the only factor.
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    MCMunroe , July 23, 2010 2:20 AM
    Perhaps it just looked very lame compared to the Tiger Woods 11 on South Park?
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    mavanhel , July 23, 2010 2:21 AM
    So what? He had an affair. Does that make him a worse golfer? If not people shouldn't really care
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    djtronika , July 23, 2010 2:21 AM
    too busy playing Limbo.
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    dragonfang18 , July 23, 2010 2:24 AM
    How many times should people buy a golfing game? Seriously...
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    DXRick , July 23, 2010 2:32 AM
    They gave up on the PC version years ago, and before that stopped supporting the course architect. So, I couldn't care less about the game.
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    megamanx00 , July 23, 2010 2:40 AM
    I wouldn't buy a golf game in the first place. Still, I imagine that the people who would may be put off by this whole mess.
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    ta152h , July 23, 2010 2:47 AM
    I can't imagine anything golf related being interesting, but even if it were, I wouldn't buy anything that would put money into this spineless degenerate's pocket.
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    mayne92 , July 23, 2010 2:48 AM
    I thought that if something failed to sell in this world...it is because of piracy and NOT because there is simply not a greater market for it???...lol

    Apparently it just couldn't be considered that the game just simply sucks and nobody is interested in 11 iterations of basically the same golf game. I owned 2 consecutive versions of this game before and I was turned off at such minimal change between versions yet paying top-dollar each time...no thanks
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    Ragnar-Kon , July 23, 2010 2:49 AM
    dragonfang18How many times should people buy a golfing game? Seriously...

    Its like any sports game. FIFA 11 is one of the best selling sports games of all time, and so was FIFA 10, and FIFA 09, etc. And yet it is likely to continue to be one of the most selling sports games ever. But is it really any different in terms of gameplay from year to year? No.
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    Ragnar-Kon , July 23, 2010 2:51 AM
    Ragnar-KonIts like any sports game. FIFA 11 is one of the best selling sports games of all time, and so was FIFA 10, and FIFA 09, etc. And yet it is likely to continue to be one of the most selling sports games ever. But is it really any different in terms of gameplay from year to year? No.

    I'm off by an entire year. Oh well. Wonder what makes the edit button appear sometimes but not all the time.
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    mayne92 , July 23, 2010 3:04 AM
    Ragnar-KonI'm off by an entire year. Oh well. Wonder what makes the edit button appear sometimes but not all the time.

    I wonder about the same thing...but don't worry about the ADS here however as they seem to work a little TOO WELL!...My favorite is the modal-AD that to close it you have to click on font that is about 6 pixels big and so close to the AD in hopes you miss and strike them some money!
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    scook9 , July 23, 2010 3:08 AM
    At least they are blaming something besides piracy for once.....
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    simple_inhibition , July 23, 2010 3:14 AM
    EA: "because we released more or less the same game, but changed the year and subtracted the motionplus controller the game is selling worse. fortunately we have tiger's scandals to lay the blame on to cover our ass."

    and that is exactly how the board meeting went down on that announcement
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    efeat , July 23, 2010 3:16 AM
    Ragnar-KonI'm off by an entire year. Oh well. Wonder what makes the edit button appear sometimes but not all the time.


    Tom's Hardware has edit functionality.
    Tom's Guide does not.
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    frye , July 23, 2010 3:22 AM
    I bought the game (first time since 2007).

    To be honest, I was disappointed. It seemed to me that the developers were lazy. The game's layout is poor and it's buggy in general.

    Not to mention they got rid of David Feherety doing commentary...
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    dco , July 23, 2010 3:27 AM
    maybe its the fact that this is the 15th title in the series. Not that ive played many of them (only 1) but i bet they're pretty much the same.
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    mjinspace , July 23, 2010 3:28 AM
    They should have added side games where you meet women and try to "make a hole in one". Then the game would have sold better.
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    sactownbwoy , July 23, 2010 3:35 AM
    _cubase_So then you wouldn't care if your partner cheated on you, as long as they were good at sports? "So what", right?


    I don't think that's his point. He is saying the guy had an affair why should anyone but his wife be concerned with it. I don't care that he had an affair, don't care if you had an affair, it doesn't affect my life.

    If I was into golf I would buy the game, don't care what Tiger or any of the other golfers featured in the game do in their private lives.
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