The games industry is booming, helped by new peripherals that ratchet up the realism on your Xbox, PS3 or Wii.
House prices might be plummeting and car sales dwindling but one sector is bucking the global economic trend: the video games industry has never had it so good.
According to figures released this month, British gamers bought a record 82.8m titles in 2008. That's a 26% increase on the previous year, making the UK the second-biggest games market in the world behind America. Analysts from Gfk Chart-Track, the British research company that published the report, say that as consumers hunker down at home, 2009 is likely to be another bumper year.