I hear you there! Why on earth aren't online purchases "counted" when you see sales figures for games mentioned?
I sure agree with you about the quality of certain adventure games. A lot of people consider me an RPGer and action/adventure gamer. I've kinda been "forced" to broaden my horizons in an attempt to find great story-driven games. I have been an adventure gamer since the late 1980's (Deja vu, it's Sierra! Laura Bow! King's Quest! Space Quest!). 8 out of 10 of my all-time fav games are pure adventure games- Laura Bow, Tex Murphy, Byzantine: The Betrayal, GK2, Ripper... But *why* are all of my all-time fav, classic, over-the-top greats *old?*
Yes, I enjoyed the Messenger and Paris 1313 all right, but where are the new "total classics?" Besides TLJ and Shadow of Destiny (PS2), we're subsisting on some less-than-stellar stuff here at times, I agree...
Oh Roberta and Ken, come back!