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US video game market back in black, 6% increase on-year

By Matthew ยท 5 replies
Apr 16, 2010
  1. The US video game market returned to growth last month with a 6% increase on-year, according to NPD. The research house says combined hardware, software, and accessory retail sales in March totaled $1.52 billion, up from $1.44 billion in the year-ago period -- though year-to-date figures are still down 7%.

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  2. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,632   +689

    Yay! Nice to hear after a steady stream of dropping sales over the last 12-18 months. Sure would like to see some PC gaming sales numbers though - especially through digital distributors like D2D and Steam.
  3. Darkshadoe

    Darkshadoe TS Guru Posts: 571   +112

    Typical gaming company bullsh*t. Yet more proof that piracy isn't the problem they make it out to be.

    Make games that people like = profit
    Make games people don't like = piracy
  4. Richy2k9

    Richy2k9 TS Enthusiast Posts: 515

    hello ...

    Steam & alike is one of the good things that happened to PC gaming.

    LOL @

    So true! :p

    it's quite reassuring to see this.

  5. I have been wondering this for a long time but who are the 118,300 people still buying PS2's? Also makes me wonder how much money MS lost out on by stopping support on the xbox once the xbox 360 came out.
  6. Vrmithrax

    Vrmithrax TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,333   +280

    I wonder if the sales figure for the PS2 even factors in the used / trade-in sales of PS2 consoles at outfits like Gamestop? They are still pretty popular, a very cheap console with a wealthy library of readily available games (including some cult favorites that you just can't get elsewhere)... Some are obviously sold as new units, but many are probably purchased to replace worn out units - with the general lack of backward compatibility on the PS3, players with large investments in PS2 game libraries are driven to keep a working PS2 in the household.
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