2009 was a rough year for the game industry as a whole and very rough for the PC game industry, at least in terms of sales of game titles at brick and mortar stores in the US. Industrygamers reports that according to the NPD Group, sales of PC games at the retail level totaled only $538 million last year. That's a whopping 23 percent drop from 2008. By comparison, console game sales "only" went down eight percent in 2009. Of course these numbers do not include any sales of games via digital download services which are taking a bigger piece of the sales pie every year.