ESA

Chris Nuttall

The video game industry has simultaneously tried to neutralise and amplify criticism of its skills in creating addictive violent games these past few days. The Entertainment Software Association launched a pre-emptive strike against a new study suggesting games contributed to depression, while Electronic Arts revealed how it had tried to shock 200 mums into condemning its violent sequel Dead Space 2. 

Chris Nuttall

Video game industry executives have gathered in Los Angeles for their annual E3 convention in the shadow of April sales representing the fourth worst month ever recorded.

But, according to Michael Gallagher, president of the Entertainment Software Association – the trade association that organises E3, there is a “disconnect” between sales statistics and an industry in rude health.