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Why are some games considered to be niche, while other games are more popular?

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2 years ago#1
I can't help but notice that people claim a number of games and even some game series are more niche compared to games and some games series that are way more popular. Why is that some games are niche, even to the point of having a very small fanbase, yet other games have gotten a really large fanbase? I mean like jrpg games for example. People claim they are niche compared to all the more popular games. You would think the so called niche games would have a bigger fanbase or something.
2 years ago#2
If you ask me, Niche is just a polite and/or nice way of saying "Generally unappealing".

It's basically just a game that doesn't have mass appeal. Everything is appealing to somebody, but some things are more appealing to more people.

I couldn't even begin to tell you why that is though.
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2 years ago#3
NIS games are considered niche because I and a good majority of gamers don't care too much for their games. They cater only to fans of a specific genre of anime.
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2 years ago#4
Alltra posted...
If you ask me, Niche is just a polite and/or nice way of saying "Generally unappealing".

It's basically just a game that doesn't have mass appeal. Everything is appealing to somebody, but some things are more appealing to more people.

I couldn't even begin to tell you why that is though.


This makes sense.

"Niche" is just the label for "the masses don't care about you! nyeh!"
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2 years ago#5
Niche means focused, as in targeting a particular audience.

The opposite would be general, targeting a broader (more popular) audience.
2 years ago#6
cheatermaster posted...
I can't help but notice that people claim a number of games and even some game series are more niche compared to games and some games series that are way more popular. Why is that some games are niche, even to the point of having a very small fanbase, yet other games have gotten a really large fanbase? I mean like jrpg games for example. People claim they are niche compared to all the more popular games. You would think the so called niche games would have a bigger fanbase or something.


People follow mainstream because they don't think for themselves and there guilible with mainstream review sites. But I believe this is changing more and more are appreciating indie games. But keep in mind more casuals then real gamers and they usually stick with mainstream games.
2 years ago#7
Sales determine what's niche and what's mainstream.
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2 years ago#8
Lightborne posted...
People follow mainstream because they don't think for themselves and there guilible with mainstream review sites. But I believe this is changing more and more are appreciating indie games. But keep in mind more casuals then real gamers and they usually stick with mainstream games.


I doubt most even spend much time on review sites. I work with a lot of people who play the high-profile/mainstream games. They don't have the time to frequent the sites. They are working, doing the family thing, and then knocking out a few hours of *insert game here*.

If that's what they dig, more power to them. Let them enjoy theirs, and I'll enjoy mine.
2 years ago#9
Spurner posted...
Niche means focused, as in targeting a particular audience.

The opposite would be general, targeting a broader (more popular) audience.

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2 years ago#10
DotsAndLines posted...
Sales determine what's niche and what's mainstream.


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