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Shovelware Games: Good for the Video Game Industry

Don't you just hate all of these crappy shovelware games that are released at a rate of dozens upon dozens per month? Titles such as Wicked Monster Blast (Wii/InterWorks Unlimited), Polar Sports Ice Pack (PC/Mumbo Jumbo) and Fishdom (DS/Atari) fill store shelves and soon their discount bins and clearance racks. The sad thing about those three is that those are just three of the ten or more shovelware titles being released over the next two week alone according to Amazon.com's new/upcoming release lineup. The thing is, for how bad some of these titles are and how much the majority of gamers dislike seeing them for sale (let alone being played), they are ultimately good for the industry.

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