Game geeks continue to play hard

The U.S. economy may be slowing down, but the fallout from the residential mortgage crisis does not seem to have hurt the video game makers.

A recently-published report indicates an increase in sales of video game hardware and software. Revenues in February, 2008 were $1.33 billion, up 34 per cent from February, 2007.

Market research firm NPD Group said Call of Duty 4 (which appeals to people who like to play soldier but don’t like getting up at 5 every morning or going to places like Afghanistan) was the top game for a single console. The creator, Activision Inc., shipped 296,000 units of the game for Sony’s Xbox 360, in February.

Microsoft beat Sony in sales, while the third-place vendor was Nintendo, maker of the Wii.
Video games have come a long way since Space Invaders was introduced in 1978.

In completely unrelated news, Statistics Canada says 23.1 per cent of Canadian adults were obese as of 2004 – up from 13.8 per cent in 1979.

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