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Video game sales fall 23 percent in May

By Jos
Jun 12, 2009
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  1. Video game sales in the U.S. fell for the third consecutive month in May, according to the latest figures from NPD. Last month was the first time since August 2007 that the games industry dipped below $1 billion in sales from consoles and games, with revenues of \'just\' $863.3 million; or 23 percent less than a year ago.

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  2. Ididmyc600

    Ididmyc600 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,251

    mmmm might be because people rent them from blockbusters and copy them on to their chipped consoles...

    but its about time these greedy bast**ds got a loss, they have been charging way to much for far to long, i mean seriously does the latest console have to cost what it does.

    863 million is a large number, dont they realise were in a recession my heart goes out to the chairman who will have to change his brand of cigar,,,boo hoo
  3. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,347   +397

    23% loss is pretty significant, but you can point to a lot of factors. 1) the economy stinks - everyone is taking a hit, 2) the newness factor over the Wii, PS3 and XBox is over with - we're in maintenance mode now, 3) spring is always a traditionally low sales time for games and 4) there just haven't been any blockbuster releases in the last few months. In fact, been a whole lotta crap games released ("Leisure Suit Larry," "Damnation" and "Terminator Salvation" anyone?). The Sims 3 may boost next months figures. I understand they sold 1.4 million copies in the first week.

    There are a ton of very promising games due to be released in the fall. Let's check the figures then.
  4. DarkCobra

    DarkCobra TS Rookie Posts: 79

    Actually, it's not all that surprising given the hard economic times. Always the first things to go are things like this in a household budget. As important and entertaining as these games may be for so many, when it comes to a roof over your head, food on the table and gas in the car . . . well you can expect the "game" budget to scale back. I do agree that the games are a bit pricey as well.
  5. gobbybobby

    gobbybobby TS Maniac Posts: 543

    I don't need new games right now. The new maps for gears 2 and Halo 3 keep me going on 360. Unreal tournament 3 keeps me entertained on PC. COD 4 and GTA 4 still keep me entertained on PS3. Still playing the Wii games I got for xmas. Can't afford games right now, don't want new games right now.
  6. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 6,304   +52 Staff Member

    Yes, it does. In fact, many consoles are sold under the manufacturer's cost for years in hopes that companies like Sony and Microsoft can recoup their losses through game licensing.

    IMO, games are over priced. Not consoles.
  7. 9Nails

    9Nails TechSpot Paladin Posts: 972   +84

    I can't name a game that was released lately that I was interested in. Ghostbuster's was the only game on the horizon that I was looking forward to. But there's been a slew of Hollywood special effect movies that have been out in the theaters. Our money is still going to entertainment, just not games right now.
  8. tengeta

    tengeta TS Enthusiast Posts: 632

    Thats ironic, the last study I did showed only 23% of games that came out were even worth playing for one day.

    Given that fake statistic (but hey, when they make piracy reports they throw numbers around the same), be glad you *****s in the industry are still getting anything off the shelves with this regurgitated crap you keep pushing on us.
  9. Ididmyc600

    Ididmyc600 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,251

    Sorry that's what i meant...games cost more than they should,
  10. yukka

    yukka TechSpot Paladin Posts: 717   +28

    Its been said already. The recent crop of games has been poor. UFC was a good quality title (helped by being made by the same guys that created Smackdown) with a strong following but thats it. So many good games are coming in the Fall but for now people arent buying crap and unluckily movie tie-ins have been as good as ever...
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