While most of the world has languished through a 2 year recession the gaming industry has seen a drastic rise in profitability and sales. According to NPD, the industry turned in U.S. sales of $5.53 billion in December, up 4 percent from $5.32 billion a year earlier. These are not starving artists we are talking about here. Most of the gaming industry is dominated by multi-billion dollar corporations and they did not get there by being nice or by paying their employees more than they were worth. When they see an opportunity to squeeze out a couple extra bucks for something they go for it. Just like any big corporation, it is all about the bottom line with no real regard for the consumer.