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Video game rentals up

Video game rentals the first week of January were up more than one-third over the same period a year ago, according to a report from retailer trade group Video Software Dealers Association. Game rentals for the week ending Jan. 6 totaled $22.6 million, according to the group, compared with $16.6 million last year. The new, highly touted game consoles from Nintendo and Microsoft could take little of the credit for the surge. The top 5 games were all for Sony's PlayStation 2 console, including the controversial "Grand Theft Auto 3," ranked No. 1 for the period. Game rentals are usually dominated by established systems, meaning it's likely to be some time before Microsoft's Xbox and Nintendo's GameCube crack the top of the charts.

Video game rentals the first week of January were up more than one-third over the same period a year ago, according to a report from retailer trade group Video Software Dealers Association. Game rentals for the week ending Jan. 6 totaled $22.6 million, according to the group, compared with $16.6 million last year.

The new, highly touted game consoles from Nintendo and Microsoft could take little of the credit for the surge. The top 5 games were all for Sony's PlayStation 2 console, including the controversial "Grand Theft Auto 3," ranked No. 1 for the period. Game rentals are usually dominated by established systems, meaning it's likely to be some time before Microsoft's Xbox and Nintendo's GameCube crack the top of the charts.