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Videogame sequels hit geek peak

Variety writer Ben Fritz marvels at the success of sequels in the video game industry in this article about the industry's recent growth:

"'The videogame industry is very sequel-reliant," notes NPD analyst Anita Frazier. "It's easier to forecast revenue and allocate resources toward franchises with a proven history and then use that umbrella of properties to support any new ventures.'

"Aside from the spectacular stats, the vidgame sequels have one more huge advantage over their film counterparts: Their budgets don't balloon from the predecessor editions."

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