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Video Game Sales Hit Four-Year Low

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The month of May wasn't exactly a month of prosperity for the video game industry, as sales hit a four-year low.

L.A. Noire claimed top rank, as it should (have you SEEN those facial animations??), but experts are pointing fingers at Call of Duty: Black Ops for their digital release of extra multiplayer maps and stealing away money from physical copies!

Don't get us wrong: video games still made a huge load of money. But as compared to last year's sales, there was 14% decline — $866.8 mil down to $743.1 mil.

These numbers don't include digital content, though, only physical purchases:

"[The numbers] represent just the new physical portion of the market for video game hardware, software and accessories and not the growing portion of the industry that is comprised of digital format content distribution."

Depending on how people really feel about buying purely digital content, we're not exactly sure this is huge problem. Especially since companies will be saving on disc and packaging materials and all of that. But, video game stores themselves are probably going to be feeling most of the hurt!

What have U been playing lately??

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10 comments to “Video Game Sales Hit Four-Year Low”

  1. 1

    maybe they should have had a 2 day 99 cent sale to boost the overall sales figures, i hear that works out well.

  2. 2

    I volunteer in a community food pantry and I can tell you first hand the number of people we see on a daily basis has tripled over the last few months. The economy is going to hell, people can't afford their homes and food. And THAT is why less people are buying video games.

  3. Bytch says – reply to this


    Thats what happens when the industry single handedly bites the hand that feeds them and murderizes the computer gaming community with shitty products. The fad of consoles will dwindle, and us computer gamers laugh at you for switching priorities to the 16 year old community.

  4. 4

    Has anyone considered the timing of Playstations hacking related blackout? This most certainly had an effect on sales for May.

  5. 5

    L.A. Noire = not avaible for pc, only xbox and ps3
    Besides every xbox/ps3 game cost now what? 70dollars? its just absurd you can get games on torrents nowadays so

  6. 6

    It's all digital content…who gave that quote? What they meant was DLC (downloadable content) which is only going to continue to grow and should be included in the total numbers.

  7. 7

    Well most games don't come out untill the 3rd quarter of the year (Oct/Nov/Dec), or at least after E3!
    This christmas is going to be massive for gamers :D

    MW3, Gears of War 3, Battlefield 3, Assasins Creed, Skyrim, FIFA '12, Lotr, Saints Row 3, Duke Nukem, Dead Rising. and many many more!

  8. Rose says – reply to this


    The economy is bad even for gamers holding down steady jobs, all of our expenses have increased from gas to utilities to food. Its hard enough to afford hardware upgrades, so why would we waste money on some FOTM game?

  9. 9

    OMG…kids might actually have to turn to reading as a form of entertainment and parents may have to converse with their children and spend time with them instead of plopping them down in front of the TV. Imagine…what a concept.

  10. 10

    Hell, times are hard people don't have 50/ 60 dollars to waste on video games like they use to.