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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