As Grand Theft Auto tops the charts and smashes entertainment records, PlayStation and Xbox executives at Sony and Microsoft are probably high-fiving themselves on how the console market has bounced back against many pundits expectations.
Grand Theft Auto 5 launches in but a few days offering everything from a game of golf to deep see exploration with a lot of killing in-between. This reviewer also suspects a few casual nods will be given to that TV phenomena Breaking Bad, and I for one can't wait to run my own meth lab... Again.
Welcome to 2013, and yet another exciting year for the avid gamer, whether it's watching the Wii U's promising first steps, anticipating the next generation consoles, or looking towards new products like Valve's home system
Last year was an odd one for video games trends, as Microsoft and Sony wound down their Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 operations in anticipation of launching new machines in 2013. While the big players backed off a little, however, the games market itself was evolving rapidly.
Explaining the decline of high-street retail as a channel for games distribution isn't as simple as saying "well, gaming is going digital" and waving at "the cloud" (a gesture that is "post-peak", in terms of its credibility as an explanator).