Saturday, September 12, 2009

Better Things to Do?

From Los Angeles Times:

The business and culture of our digital lives, from the L.A. Times

Video game sales slip 6th month in a row
September 11, 2009 | 9:11 am

Boom! Not even John Madden and his trademark expressions could avert the crash in video game sales in August, which fell 16% from a year ago.
The drop was the industry’s sixth consecutive monthly decline, according to a report released today from market research firm NPD Group Inc.
That means sales of games and game consoles must grow 14% in the last four months to the year in order for 2009 sales to be flat with 2008, said NPD analyst Anita Frazier.
Last month, even sales of Madden NFL 10, a popular football simulation game developed by Electronic Arts Inc., were down from a year ago, prompting EA Chief Executive John Riccitiello to say, “It is discouraging that one of our highest-rated and best-marketed Madden titles in years is facing strong headwinds.”

Hm. I wonder if it's because kids (and adults) have finally realized there's much better things to do?


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