MTV opinion: "So the media's contagious enthusiasm for covering Swine Flu might have reached pandemic proportions, but the mania doesn't seem to have sparked an outbreak in consumer belt tightening. Indeed, the latest GfK-ChartTrack figures this week suggest healthy hardware sales and a slightly up software sector. No wonder, then that we continue to chronicle the expanding nature of games retail.
As HMV CEO Simon Fox says elsewhere in this issue, the retail landscape has changed more in the last year than anyone could have predicted. This is most true for games where, despite the loss of two major entertainment chains, publishers continue to find new routes to market."