August video game sales hit a new low

Everyone was expecting bad news from video game retailers in August.

And everyone was right.

The NPD Group reports that year over year sales were down 23 percent, with software sales tumbling 37 percent. August, historically, has been a rebound month for the industry, but EA’s decision to move the release of the annual Madden entry to the end of the month torpedoed any chance of that happening this year.

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Square Enix’s Handling of ‘Racism’ Case: A Page from Sony Playbook?

IndustryGamers is pleased to present you with our first column from new contributor Chris Morris, a veteran journalist who’s written for CNN and Forbes, among other publications.

The tempest in a teapot surrounding a non-player character in Deus Ex: Human Revolution is threatening to become a full-fledged storm – and Square Enix only has itself to blame.

The publisher’s response to the controversy over Letitia the Trash Lady fell short of what it needed to be, coming across as defensive and guarded, rather than apologetic. If this sounds somewhat familiar, there’s a good reason. That’s exactly the stance Sony took in April, when word first emerged that its online network had been compromised.

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