Video game software sales across the world's three largest markets--the United States, Japan, and the United Kingdom--fell 8 percent in 2009, according to a joint report issued Wednesday by a consortium of industry analyst firms. The UK led the way with a 14 percent plunge.
But one title that can't be blamed for the difficult year is Activision's Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.
How adeptly you play a video game may indicate how big some parts of your brain are, the authors of a new study report.
Researchers found that certain regions of the brain are larger in young people who do a better job of playing a specially designed video game.
In other words, all those people who devote their days to their Wiis and XBoxes may be packing some cerebral heat, at least when it comes to the sheer size of what's inside their skulls.
The findings "can help us understand how individual differences contribute to cognitive differences and how we can enhance brain function by
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"It is generally accepted that most publishers receive $30 to $35 per game sold before they run into overhead, development and marketing costs." But while this helps us understand just where the money goes, and explains why developers can sell 100,000 games and still end up in the red when development budgets run into the millions, it doesn't say much about why the pie ended up at $60 in the first place. It's not like 60 bucks is a magic number, when you look at what you can buy:
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