Video Game Sales Goes Down

Video game sales have gone down in September. Some people argue that its all happened because of the economy crisis but it’s good to note that comparisons were skewed by “Halo 3,” the blockbuster from Microsoft Corp. that accounted for more than a third of all game sales in the same month last year.

Americans spent $1.27 billion on video games last month, which is 7 percent down compare to September, 2007. Hardware sales also have dropped by 9 percent to $497.98 million.

September sales of the Xbox 360 took off on a Microsoft price cut, according to new data from The NPD Group. The console sold 347,200 units in the month, versus 232,400 for Sony’s competing PlayStation 3.

“This increase, despite the acceleration of economic turmoil during the month of September, is (a) solid indicator of the health of the industry heading into the holiday season,” said NPD analyst Anita Frazier in an e-mail statement.

Microsoft cut the price of the Xbox 360 at the beginning of September, with the cheapest version selling for $200, less expensive than the Wii, which retails for $250. The cut “certainly had its intended effect,” said Microsoft spokesman David Dennis.

“Spore” and “Warhammer Online” sold very well in September, both from Electronic Arts Inc.

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