Nov 12 2007
by Annie Sung and Kristie Chung
Which do you prefer, the Wii? the XBox 360? the PS3? How about other video game consoles? Can you even think of any other video games consoles? Hmm… let’s see… how about the Sega? Wait, no, haven’t seen any of those in a while… what about the Atari? Oh, shoot, nope! Oh yeah, don’t forget the Caleco Vision (for the record, Mr. Welker’s earliest video game memory was of playing Smurfs on a Caleco Vision).
The fact is, today, the market for video game consoles has shrunk to three dominant firms: Nintendo, Microsoft and Sony. This podcast will investigate the video game console market, examine its characteristics, including the elasticity of demand for the different consoles, and conclude whether it exhibits the features of an oligopoly.
About the author: Jason Welker teaches International Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement Economics at Zurich International School in Switzerland. In addition to publishing various online resources for economics students and teachers, Jason developed the online version of the Economics course for the IB and is has authored two Economics textbooks: Pearson Baccalaureate’s Economics for the IB Diploma and REA’s AP Macroeconomics Crash Course. Jason is a native of the Pacific Northwest of the United States, and is a passionate adventurer, who considers himself a skier / mountain biker who teaches Economics in his free time. He and his wife keep a ski chalet in the mountains of Northern Idaho, which now that they live in the Swiss Alps gets far too little use. Read more posts by this author