Gaming Trends: 2008

Game companies will continue to bulk up to compete, while game designers try to make the most of new technology and a broader base of players

In a sea of economic woes, the U.S. video game industry is thriving. Every record analysts track seems to have been broken in 2007 as consumers flocked to new systems from Nintendo (NTDOY), Microsoft (MSFT), and Sony (SNE). Overall sales—of hardware as well as games and accessories—ballooned to nearly $18 billion last year, a 43% increase from 2006 according to industry analyst NPD Group.

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