The Week: Why video-game sales have plummeted: 4 theories

The video game industry "got a harsh slap in the face Monday," says Chris Morris at Yahoo! Games. According to new data released by tracking firm NPD, games sales in May dropped to $375.8 million, a 19 percent drop from May 2010. That makes May 2011 the industry's worst month since October 2006. The steep decline surprised analysts who'd forecasted at least "relatively flat" sales thanks to a price cut for Nintendo's Wii console. Here, four possible culprits behind the unexpected flop:

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