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Gamers push right buttons in tough economy

Antonio Ramos Antonio Ramos

By Duane Shimogawa - bio | email

AIEA (KHNL) - It's a unique look at how video gamers are cutting costs during these hard times.

Some gamers are pushing all the right buttons to help them tough it out. It's not all just fun and games for gamers, they're also controlling their wallets.

It's called the "Nesting Effect." It's where cash-strapped people stop going out and look for ways to entertain themselves at home.

"Right now, I'm playing like five different games," Ewa Beach resident Antonio Ramos said.

Ramos is one of those gamers who's "Nesting" in this straw-thin economy.

"I spend less because I don't want to leave the house, I don't eat out, I buy microwave foods and all that stuff," he said.

Besides being a gamer, he's also a manager of a store that sells games, so he sees more than his share of people just like him.

"I seen a lot of friends who get hooked on a game and they don't do nothing else other than play that game," he said. "They go to work, as soon as they come home, they play that game."

Ramos says he picks up another advantage while playing video games.

"I like interacting with other people, especially online, it's like a whole different world, instead of just staying in Hawaii, you play with players from Australia, Asia," he said. "Video games, it's a billion dollar industry, always growing."

And as ramos and many other gamers keep clicking and focusing on these games, they'll keep the cash in their wallets growing.

In October, video game sales have jumped almost 20 percent. GameStop managers tell us so far, fourth quarter sales look very bright.

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