Are Video Games Becoming Less Popular?

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It's hard to imagine video games becoming less popular, but according to a report form Variety, overall video game sales in the U.S. dropped by 8 percent in 2009. The industry raked in $21.4 billion in sales in 2008, but only $19.7 billion last year. It's still a ton of money, but a decline nonetheless.

The sales dip also extended to video game consoles like Xbox, Wii, Playstation, which got a boost during the holidays, but ultimately didn't sell as well as previous years.

Does this mean that video games are becoming less popular? Maybe, but maybe not. The recession has affected many families, causing them to cut back on luxury items or things that aren't necessities. This could be a reason for the sales drop. Also, when people cut back, they tend to turn to other forms of entertainment that are less costly.

It's impossible to say whether the decline in video game sales is a growing trend until there's more data for researchers to analyze. We'll see how the next few years go.
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