"One of the undying realities of the video game industry is that it's a holiday-driven business. Most of the biggest games of the year are released during the months preceding Christmas, which combined with pre-holiday hardware price cuts, lead to some astronomical software and hardware sales.
This reality has led to a lot of complaints in the hardcore community that there are simply too many quality games in the holiday period and that some games are simply lost in the shuffle. Why not move some of these games to the spring and summer months, where new game releases are at a nadir, these "core gamers" ask. Over the past couple of years, those calls have been answered: whether by chance or intent, game publishers have shown that year-round gaming is becoming a growing trend."