Video Game Sales Fall in 2011

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    Spending on all video-game content in the U.S. reached an estimated $16.3 billion to $16.6 billion in 2011, down about 2 percent from 2010.

    The estimate -- final data will be available in March -- includes new physical video and PC games, used games, game rentals, subscriptions, digital full-game downloads, social network games, downloadable content and mobile games.

    Retail sales of new physical sales of video-game content declined 8 percent to $9.3 billion, compared with the $10.1 billion recorded in 2010. Hardware sales and accessory sales each fell 11 percent to $5.6 billion and $2.6 billion, respectively.

    HD console software sales rose 9 percent, with used-games sales, full-game digital downloads, downloadable content and mobile gaming apps also showing growth.

    Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 was the top-selling game of 2011, according to NPD, which didn't break out revenue or the number of units sold. Just Dance 3, Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Battlefield 3 and Madden NFL 12 round out the top 5. Warner Bros. Interactive's Batman: Arkham City ranks seventh for the year.

    ÔÇťOverall industry results are not entirely surprising given that we are on the back end of the current console lifecycle, combined with the continued digital evolution of gaming," said NPD analyst Anita Frazier. "Core gamers continue to be engaged and spend on established franchises across both the digital and physical format using multiple devices for different gaming occasions."

    In December, hardware and accessories sales dropped 28 percent and 27 percent, respectively. Total software sales were down 15 percent.


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    considering the wii and ds died down in decent game releases im not suprised sales fell.
     
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    lol to the image... its not candy
    its also understandable considering ppl are getting tired of playing the same games hence iOS and android games that mainly focus on simplicity and innovation
    and also, ecrisis is a huge factor for many to conserve what they have
     
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    We're still in the middle of tough economic times and video games are a pretty expensive entertainment medium, so this isn't all that surprised. Honestly, I'm just happy that the decrease was as small as it was.
     
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    and shooters :creep:
     
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    Uhh...the results included all of those Android and iOS games, therefore you argument makes no sense.

    It's to be expected. The worse the economy gets the more hobbies the people won't be able to support.

    Also, inb4 PIRACY CAUSED ALL OF THIS.
     
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    the prob is theres hardly no variety in the games these days their all the same or re-hashed from another game even ninty is starting to do it more and more. and 90% of the games made are boring lame run and gun shooters which i am sick and tired of it's no wonder i pirate :creep:
     
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    Honestly i'm getting more enjoyment out of my PS2/DS,of course I don't own a current gen system and don't ever plan to buy one anyway since nothing has drawn me to any of them...
     
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    I am on the same side of the fence Inu is. I play my GBA and original Xbox more then my Wii or 360.