BBC News: Gamers have been able to revel in some of the most exhilarating interactive experiences ever designed.
Sales in the UK are at an all-time high, with more than €2bn taken in the last 12 months.
Some video games crossed over into blockbuster entertainment territory. Halo 3, for example, earned €114m in its first 24 hours on sale.
Many people will be joining the gaming revolution this Christmas – but what were the games which had people talking in the past year?
The stand out moments for many gamers include Master Chief delivering his “Wake me when you need me” line in Halo 3, to the nuclear bomb blast in Call of Duty 4, the arrival in Rapture in Bioshock, and the innovative gaming of Super Mario Galaxy.