The headline says it all; the BBC report on game sales, sourcing from ELSPA. Games are truly ascending into the mainstream, and without recession they would have done even better.
Sale shopping in late December and early January was very strange this time around. We’d wander into stores after saying “They’ve gone into administration, let’s take a look in there”. Places like Woolworths and Zavvi, while holding fire sales, had the smallest reductions of all on videogames. I would guess this is because they knew that they would sell at retail or wholesale regardless of any discount.
(While searching for a CC image related to record breaking, I found the above one of a very long chip by World of Oddy).