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As 2008 dawned, it appeared as if the gaming industry would emerge from its postholiday stupor older, wiser, and cash-flush in the wake of months of stellar games. Indeed, the unequivocally successful holiday 2007 retail season led the industry to $17.9 billion in domestic sales, a staggering 43 percent year-over-year climb. Add in PC games, and that domestic figure closed in on $19 billion.
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It's usually the fourth quarter that plays host to the biggest games of the year, but it was the second quarter of 2008 that boasted the year's biggest blockbusters. Years of hype for Grand Theft Auto IV and Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots reached a crescendo, and both games racked up chart-topping sales and "10" review scores from GameSpot, the first games to receive that score in nearly seven years.

Although the pair drew the lion's share of retailer attention during the quarter, they were by no means the only big releases from April through June. Gamers got their first looks at the proper current-generation debuts of the Ninja Gaiden and Gran Turismo franchises, and Nintendo introduced its latest perennial top-10 seller with the Wii Fit and Wii Balance Board bundle. Hot new releases like those helped spark record US retail sales figures for each month of the second quarter.
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Traditionally a gaming-news dead zone, the third quarter was brimming with revelations this year. Major headlines emerged right out of the gate, with the merger of Activision and Vivendi Games being finalized on July 10. The result was Activision Blizzard, the biggest third-party publisher, with $1 billion in Guitar Hero and World of Warcraft driving revenues each quarter. Though fantastic for CEO Bobby Kotick, whose stock options were worth nearly $90 million after the deal closed, the merger saw many former Vivendi developers made redundant and a number of high-profile projects suddenly without a publisher. (Luckily, most found homes in the fourth quarter.)

For the second year in a row, the E3 Media & Business Summit was held in July, drawing together much of the world's game-industry glitterati, illuminati, and paparazzi. Unlike last year's poorly received Santa Monica excursion, 2008's event returned to the downtown Los Angeles Convention Center, where about 5,000 people congregated at the exact spot that attracted 60,000 two years before. The venue underlined the contrast between this year's modest show floor and the Technicolor spectacle of years past, leading event organizers at the Entertainment Software Association to supersize their plans for E3 2009.
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In the fourth quarter, every economic system (other than the boulder-based currency of the Micronesian island of Yap) was dominated by the worldwide financial meltdown. Two days before the final quadrant of 2008 officially began, the New York Stock Exchange was hit by the biggest one-day drop in the Dow Jones Industrial Average's history. The NASDAQ was also clobbered, and it dragged down many of the game publishers traded on it. By early October, most third parties had lost at least one third of their market value, a trend that only worsened as New Year's Eve approached. When calendars flipped to December, THQ's share price was hovering around $5, versus just below $30 a year before, and Electronic Arts' stock fell below $17, which was way down from $60 in December 2007.
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Samsung EVO 840 XSPC Raystorm Windows 8.1 Dell U2311H 1920x1080 IPS 
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