After a year of disappointing sales figures and investor malaise, the video game industry is feeling some seasonal cheer.
The kick off to the holidays has been a boom time for game makers this year - with stellar sales for both hardware and software.
Black Ops: bright spot The question for investors, though, is whether this seasonal bump is the start of a turnaround for gaming companies - or just a short-term surge that will fade away by the end of December.
The numbers, if nothing else, are cause for cheer.
Nintendo reports it sold 1.5 million Wii and DS units over the Black Friday weekend - matching its holiday 2009 pace, which set sales records for the company.
Microsoft, meanwhile, has sold 2.5 millionRead More »from Video Game Sales Surge: Is the Turnaround Here?