The slumping economy here in the northwestern US has driven down the price of real estate. The market favors buyers right now with more property going for less money. The flailing financial system tends to have an opposite effect on the gaming industry. Developers have a harder time raising cash and must cut corners or reduce content to get a game done and playable, so the formula works out to be a little less real estate for the money. Interestingly, F2P developers may have an easier time dealing with monetary limitations than their P2P counterparts because they already tend to make smaller games.