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After riding high from the thrill of E3 last week, the video game industry got a harsh slap in the face Monday.

As reported by the NPD Group, sales of video games in the month of May were down 19 percent compared to a year ago -- the worst performance for the industry in nearly five years.
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Edited by SinX7 - 6/14/11 at 9:32pm
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I don't understand....

The price of games to consumers has actually been going down for decades. That should be solid motivation to buy them right there.

Not to mention the slew of indie games and expansions.
Very odd.
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I don't understand....

The price of games to consumers has actually been going down for decades. That should be solid motivation to buy them right there.

Not to mention the slew of indie games and expansions.
Very odd.
Very odd indeed.
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Probably from the lack of creative, new, big buyer titles. Only big games this year so far I can think of are Portal 2, Crysis 2 (still kinda sucked), TW 2, and DA 2 (also sucked).

So far, not a lot of titles to start the first 2 quarters off.
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Consoles are showing their age and there were mediocre game releases.....I'm personally not very surprised.
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one word... "ARGH"
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You should read the comments section, most of the people commenting have no clue on what they're commenting on

Sensationalist journalism at its finest
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Very odd indeed.
Consoles have stagnated. I can't think of a single big title recently other than Fable III, whereas last May we were ending a period of big titles that people were still collecting and playing and telling their friends to buy- BF:BC2, MW2, Red Dead Redemption etc. There haven't been any really big multiplayer games this year so far on consoles, the biggest section of games sales. PC sales are probably on par with last year.
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This was expected. Video game sales has always been seasonal with big producers releasing their flagship products just before Christmas. Currently there is no incentive for consumers to buy anything when dozens of big releases are only months away.

Add to this the stagnating console market and the changing gaming culture (moving towards indie single player games or popular multiplayer online games) and it becomes obvious why this has happened.

I guarantee sales will be massive over Christmas.
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You should read the comments section, most of the people commenting have no clue on what they're commenting on

Sensationalist journalism at its finest
Check out this one:

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The whole idea of a video game has always baffled me. Why do we need them? Who decides we need video games? Maybe this trend will finally get people back to the libraries or ebooks online. Duh. Understand that, you guys?
Hahahahahaha. People suck.
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