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Monday, January 26, 2009
Video games surpass DVDs in 2008
A report from Media Control GfK International came out this week that showed that, for the first time, video game sales surpassed the combined sales from DVDs and Blu-ray discs. There were $29 billion (down 6% YoY) worth of DVDs sold versus $32 billion (up 20% YoY) worth of video games.

Of course, dollar value isn't a pure apples-to-apples comparison since most movies cost between $15 and $30 while most games cost between $49 and $59.

A quick look at my consumption patterns show that the DVD-to-video-game ratio wasn't even close regardless of whether you look at total dollar value or units sold.

Games and movies purchased in 2008

Here is the list of DVDs and Blu-ray discs I purchased in 2008:

1. Mad Men Season 1 (Blu-ray)
2. Iron Man (Blu-ray)
3. The Dark Knight (Blu-ray)
4. Step Brothers

Here is the list of video games (both console and PC) I purchased in 2008:

1. Littlest Pet Shop (Wii)
2. Wii Music (Wii)
3. Wii Fit (Wii)
4. Mario Kart Wii (Wii)
5. Chicken Shoot (Wii)
6. Super Smash Bros. Brawl (Wii)
7. The Bigs (XBOX 360) used
8. Rainox Six Vegas (XBOX 360) used
9. Gears of War 2 (XBOX 360)
10. Guitar Hero World Tour (XBOX 360)
11. Burnout Paradise (XBOX 360)
12. Rock Band 2 (XBOX 360)
13. Pure (PS3)
14. SOCOM Confrontation (PS3)
15. Call of Duty: World at War (PS3)
16. Hanna Montana (NDS)
17. Left Brain Right Brain (NDS)
18. The Sims 2 IKEA Home Stuff (PC)
19. SPORE Creature Creator (PC)
20. SPORE (PC)
21. SPORE Creepy & Cute Parts Pack (PC)
22. The Sims 2 Apartment Life Expansion Pack (PC)

I am also pretty sure we picked up a couple of random PS2 games over the past year.

This list doesn't count the dozens (and dozens) of downloadable tracks for Guitar Hero and Rock Band we bought in 2008 either.

We also picked up new video game hardware including a PlayStation 3 and the Wii balance board (Because I would like to stay married, I'm not going to attempt to total up how much all of this cost).

So what about you? Did you spend more on video games than you did on DVDs and Blu-ray?

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