Videogamers take on new battle - the recession

As people cut back on travel and going out, they are turning more to home entertainment, providing a boost to the videogame industry that is under pressure to keep gamers amused and beat the recession.

Analyst Toon van Beeck from industry market research firm IbisWorld said videogame industry revenue is set to reach $41.9 billion this year, having risen from $27.2 billion in 2004, with over 37 million consoles sold in the United States alone in 2008.

A new report from IbisWorld said the introduction of Nintendo's (7974.OS) Wii had helped bolster the industry by changing the face of videogamers, bringing in more female players who now make up 38 percent of the gaming demographic.

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