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Its Getting Hot In Here

Videogames were the hottest thing during the first quarter of this year. Find out more inside.
Author: Chris Patterson
Published: May 20, 2002
The videogame rental industry has been hotter than ever during the first quarter of 2002. This according to Video Software Dealers Association president Bo Andersen.

"The video game rental business enjoyed a strong first quarter due, in part, to increased competition and consumer choices fueled by the introduction of Microsoft's Xbox and Nintendo's GameCube," said Andersen.

"With limited platforms and games available, the video game rental market was slipping into a quiet slumber. However GameCube, Playstation 2, and Xbox have reawakened consumer interest in experimenting with new game titles," added Brad Hackley, Director of Research for VSDA/VidTrac.

Sony, through its platforms Playstation and Playstation 2 products, dominated the market in the first quarter of 2002, and remains the video gamer's platform of choice, occupying 64% of the overall video game rental market. In fact, all ten of the Top 10 Video Game Rentals for the first quarter were Playstation 2 products, while, you may find this a little surprising, Nintendo's N64 occupied number two.

So, without further adeu, below is the top ten list of videogame rentals for the first quarter of this year!

1. Grand Theft Auto 3, PS2
2. Max Payne, PS2
3. State of Emergency, PS2
4. Agent Under Fire, PS2
5. Final Fantasy X, PS2
6. Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty, PS2
7. NBA 2K2, PS2
8. Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3, PS2
9. Simpson's Road Rage, PS2
10. WWF Smackdown Just Bring It, PS2