Zapped! How the toy industry is being outplayed by video games this holiday season

How the toy industry is being outplayed by video games this holiday season

Left unfettered, Anthony Konieczka, 9, would happily thumb away at his Game Boy Advance or PlayStation2 from the minute he gets up to the moment he crawls into bed, 14 bleary-eyed hours later. Anthony's basement in Naperville, Ill., is stocked with traditional toys--board games, puzzles, art supplies--and as far as he's concerned, they're relics of Christmases past. His sister Michaely, 6, still likes dressing her Barbies. "But once she starts playing Game Boy," says their mom Scharmen, "it's hard to get her away."

Play patterns like this could Grinch another Christmas for the toy department. Through September, toy sales were down...

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