Hertz concluded that the genie of video games was just released from the bottle. No one knows how he will act and what the results of this process will be. Over the years, it only became clear that video games are becoming more and more popular, and fears about their negative impact are not diminished.
According to the estimates of the International Game Developers Association, in 2003, official global sales of video games reached $ 28 billion, however, given the fact that most games are distributed by pirates, the real volume of this market is much larger. According to the marketing firm NPD Group, in 2004, video game sales in the United States totaled $ 5.2 billion (160.7 million copies were sold in total), which is noticeably more than the results of 2003 ($ 4.9 billion and 149 million copies). The market for video games is almost five times larger than the market for gaming programs for personal computers ($ 1.1 billion and 45 million copies). At the same time, computer games are gradually losing popularity – a year ago, this figure was 1.2 billion (52.7 million copies). Continue reading