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UK spent £1.9bn on games in 2008

More than 82 million games were sold

More than 82 million video games were sold in the UK last year, says the Entertainment and Leisure Software Publishers Association (ELSPA).

The industry body says the sales, which totaled £1.9bn, were 23 percent higher than the previous year. Of these sales, 20 million were games for the Nintendo Wii, which was a 112 percent rise on the figures for 2007. Meanwhile a further 19.1 million sales were of games for Nintendo's handheld console, the DS.

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Sony saw a 145 percent rise on the number of Playstation 3 games sold in 2008, with 10.4 million copies purchased compared to 4.2 million in 2007.

ELSPA also said that during 2008,  £4.03bn was spent on video game hardware and software, with console sales totaling £1.422bn.

"Videogaming is increasingly bringing families together with the introduction of so many outstanding family-based console titles. These have really opened up the market to those who may never have even considered playing a videogame before," said managing director of ELSPA, Michael Rawlinson.

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However, game designer Peter Molyneux told the BBC he expected the economic climate to impact game pricing during 2009.

"Everyone says games are good value for home entertainment, despite the relatively high price. I'm not so sure. I think we're going to see a lot of price pressure put on games."

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