Video game sales dropped 18% in November

Ars Technica has an interesting news piece based on an article from the Wall Street Journal (subscription required). Despite the recent launch of the Xbox 360, game sales fell 18% in November compared to the same period a year ago. There's no word yet on Christmas sales, but total 2005 numbers are expected to be 5% below 2004.

Weak games, curiousity about the PlayStation 3, and a sudden drop in original Xbox titles are all reasons Ars discusses for the current drop. Personally, I'd like to know how many US consumers would have bought an Xbox 360 this holiday season but were unable to do so thanks to post-launch shortages. It'd also be interesting to see if computer game sales bucked the overall industry trend or followed it. There have been a number of major PC titles released in the past few months, including F.E.A.R, Quake 4, Civilization 4, City of Villains, X3, and Call of Duty 2.

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