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March 2005

What are the hottest video game titles? Which is the best selling genre of video games? What are the most popular console accesssories? The following are lists of the best selling video games by platform, genre and more!

TOP 20 BEST SELLING VIDEO GAME
TOP 10 VIDEO GAME CONSOLE ACCESSORIES

Top Video Game Titles by Platform:

TOP 10 DREAMCAST TITLES
TOP 10 NINTENDO 64 TITLES
TOP 10 PLAYSTATION 2 TITLES
TOP 10 XBOX TITLES
TOP 10 GAMECUBE TITLES
TOP 30 PSX AND PS2 TITLES
TOP 10 PLAYSTATION TITLES
TOP 10 PORTABLE SOFTWARE TITLES

Top Fifteen Video Game Titles by Genre:

TOP 15 VIDEO GAME ACTION TITLES
TOP 15 VIDEO GAME FIGHTING TITLES
TOP 15 VIDEO GAME ARCADE TITLES 
TOP 15 VIDEO GAME RACING TITLES
TOP 15 VIDEO GAME SHOOTER TITLES
TOP 15 VIDEO GAME FLIGHT TITLES
TOP 15 VIDEO GAME STRATEGY TITLES
TOP 15 VIDEO GAME CHILDREN ENTERTAINMENT TITLES
TOP 15 VIDEO GAME ROLE-PLAYING TITLES
TOP 15 VIDEO GAME SPORTS TITLES
TOP 15 VIDEO GAME FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT TITLES

Top Ten Video Game Genres by Platform:

TOP 10 PS2 VIDEO GAME GENRES
TOP 10 GAMECUBE VIDEO GAME GENRES
TOP 10 XBOX VIDEO GAME GENRES
TOP 10 NINTENDO 64 VIDEO GAME GENRES
TOP 10 PLAYSTATION VIDEO GAME GENRES


John Madden 2003
By William K. Wolfrum
November 1, 2002

If human evolution mirrored that of video games, we’d all have wings and communicate via telepathy. Such is the speed of progress in the hyper-competitive world of video gaming. Whether it be Sony, Nintendo, Microsoft, Atari, or any other Manufacturer, he who hesitates is not only lost; he’s obsolete. Sony’s PlayStation2, Nintendo’s GameCube, and Microsoft’s Xbox have created a new generation of console games that’s been a boon to gamers and retailers alike. Fighters, fantasies and sports--0h my!

Currently the top-five sellers are role-playing games, shoot-em-ups or athletic endeavors, according to Alex Miller of Grapevine, Texas’ Gamespot. “Halo was one of the first games for Xbox, and is still the same price…” Miller said of the sci-fi shooting game. Other top-sellers are John Madden 2003, long considered by many to be the top football game; and Kingdom Hearts, an action role-playing game (RPG) created by SquareSoft and Disney Interactive.

But the future of console games, says Miller, lies somewhere in the vast reaches of cyberspace. “Online games are going to be the big thing,” he says. And the future is now. “PlayStation way underestimated the demand of Socom: US Navy Seals.” Socom, available for PlayStation2, requires a network adaptor and an Internet connection, but once it’s hooked up you can battle someone you’ve never even met. “If you can’t have someone over, just log on and kick butt with someone from another state,” Miller said.

Cost, however, is a concern for many parents with video-gaming kids (or who are gamers themselves). US Navy Seals, with a network adaptor and headset to communicate with online players, will run about $100. Most new games will run about $50. The PlayStation2, Xbox and GameCube consoles are still running between $150-250, so your gaming jones could heat up your credit card if you’re not careful.

One way of keeping the cost down is to buy used games. Often refurbished, these games will give you the same playing enjoyment, at a fraction of the cost. “Used games are a good idea,” Miller said. “It just depends on if you want the box or not. We can’t guarantee you’ll get the box or strategy guide.” Miller added that, with games so expensive, it’s vital to do your homework before you buy. “Pay attention to what you’re buying. Read reviews on a game. If you aren’t sure… rent it first.”



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