NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Sales of video gaming hardware, software and accessories topped $18.6 billion in 2010, a 6% drop from 2009, according to industry tracker NPD Group.
Last year was a difficult one for video game publishers, as consumers increasingly chose to shed expensive console systems in favor of cheaper alternatives on smartphones and social networks like Facebook.
Sales of new hardware for the year decreased 13% from a year ago to $6.3 billion, as the Microsoft (MSFT) Xbox was the only hardware platform to see an increase in sales over 2009.
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