Well here is a bit of good news. According to the PC Gaming Alliance, PC Game sales for 2009 was $13.1 Billion, up 3% from 2008's roughly $11 Billion in sales. While the sale of retail box games accounts for less than 20%, this does not mean people aren't buying games. The PCGA has said that in surveys done in North America and Europe, 70% of respondents have purchased a full game online.
This is great news for the industry and gamers alike. I don't know about you but I keep hearing more and more how the PC gaming industry is dying and the manufacturers are using poor sales as the reason for pushing ridiculous DRM down our throats (even though critics of the system got the last laugh). Hopefully with figures like these manufacturers realize that if you produce a great game, people will buy it. Making it locked down tighter than Fort Knox with your "unbeatable" DRM is just going to piss off the gamers that actually paid for the game, and then just make you look stupid when the pirates crack your DRM within hours of it's release. Drop by our forums and let us know your thoughts.