The one where I see many more adverts for Nintendo Wiis and PsPs and DS s and all that cobblers than I do for all miniature games put together.
I do vaguely remember Games Workshop putting out a television commercial once, i never saw it but heard about it.
I can only imagine how the advertisement would go.
"Child 1: I'm going to charge your genestealers with my grots!"
"Child 2: (childrens laugh) this is so fun!"
It would have to be a situation so utterly stupid that most actual tabletop gamers heads would explode if they saw it. (perhaps that's why they don't play the ad anymore)
Imagining the whole debarcle gives me shivers.
And I wouldn't have said that about WHFB/40k because they are a totally different hobby to prepainteds. Which is my point.
I don't see your point in this remark.
When I say "relatively soon" I am thinking the next few years, even decades, not months. When I'm 50, there will still be people making Spitfires, driving Hornbys and gaming with models they've painted themselves. But as computer games become even more sophisticated, companies that make pre-painteds are going to find themselves flogging a dead horse. It may not die altogether, but it's going to be really, really niche
Tabletop games will never completely die out but the prepainted market is designed for lazy gamers, people who neither have the time, money or motivation to paint their own models (i'm guilty of the third point) videogames are simply more entertaining because you can play them NOW!
There's no preperation involved except for a few seconds of load time, whereas with miniature wargaming you need to collect an army, paint it if you feel like it, find an opponent who plays the same game you do, possibly including transport to their home or to your local hobby store, table setup etc, the list goes on almost forever.
I can bootup my system and join an online game in less than a minute.