Computer games pressing all the right buttons to defy crisis

While consumers may be struggling with the harsh realities of the current financial crisis, it seems one area has actually benefited from the wallet-tightening being seen across the world.

The computer games industry, viewed by many as a frivolous pastime only undertaken by teenagers, is booming.

In the UK alone, £1.9 billion was spent on games last year, a figure analysts say will be repeated this year.

Market research firm Nielsen even says that, as the recession continues to bite, people are actually buying and playing more games.

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