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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