Essential facts about the gaming industry

Each year, the Electronic Software Association publishes a report detailing the “Essential Facts About the Computer and Video Game Industry.  The 2006 report is available here (pdf), and other facts are available on the website.  Older reports are a little harder to find, as they are not linked from the ESA website.  However, after a little advanced Googling, I was able to pull up the reports for the previous three years.  Here they are:

The reports contain sales, demographic data, and usage data for the industry. The demographic data is very interesting, and the twenty top-selling games lists are very useful as well.