According to UKIE, UK games retail has hit its lowest ever slump.
MCV reports that this last week was the lowest ebb for traditional retail since records began, with UK retailers making a slender £8.4 million from software sales. 394,688 games were sold in total, the official Olympics title taking the top spot. Traditional retail has been in a tight spot over the last two years, and many believe that this will be a downwards trend as new content delivery methods (such as ubiquitous digital distribution) rise to dominance.
Of course, there are numerous mitigating factors to consider. We're stuck in the tail end of a generation that has almost certainly lasted too long... and are currently languishing right in the middle of the summer lull, dominated by handheld and PC download releases rather than major triple-A titles. Coupled with the fact that many gamers are probably taking some time out to watch the Olympics, Christmas is around the corner and a new console generation is in the pipeline, I'm not sure we should start worrying just yet.
What games have you been buying - and how?