Videogame Sales Go on Vacation in Lull Before Xbox 360 Release

With just over a week to go before the high-profile Xbox 360 launch in the desert outside of Los Angeles, California, NPD Group reports that video game sales took a nosedive last month. Overall video game sales dropped 16 percent in October when compared with the same month in the previous year, to $556 million. But analysts still expect 2005 to break earnings records for the industry. In addition to the quiet before the Xbox 360 storm, NPD notes that October 2004 was unusually busy because of strong sales of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. This year, there just isn't a massive cross-platform hit along those lines

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