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Game sales drop in 2000

Overall U.S. sales of computer and video game software were down slightly in 2000, according to a report by the Interactive Digital Software Association. It was the first decline since the group began tracking sales figures in 1995. Sales were $6.02 billion last year, down from $6.1 billion in 1999. Console game software accounted for $4.1 billion of the 2000 total; computer games contributed $1.55 billion; and "edutainment" software came in at $365 million. Video game rentals, which aren't included in the overall figure, were tallied at $919 million, up from $880 million in 1999.

Overall U.S. sales of computer and video game software were down slightly in 2000, according to a report by the Interactive Digital Software Association. It was the first decline since the group began tracking sales figures in 1995.

Sales were $6.02 billion last year, down from $6.1 billion in 1999. Console game software accounted for $4.1 billion of the 2000 total; computer games contributed $1.55 billion; and "edutainment" software came in at $365 million. Video game rentals, which aren't included in the overall figure, were tallied at $919 million, up from $880 million in 1999.