The stand-out news is Activision Blizzard's clobbering, ending the day 13.8 percent down; EA also suffered, dropping 9.16 percent. Various other game publishers also caught the flak, including UbiSoft who ended 14.4 percent down, but the overall sentiment is still the same: the game industry is robust.
It would have been surprising if MMO publishers' stock hadn't suffered a decline in value, given the economic context. What's interesting to us is the attitude that games are a solid investment, possibly even more so in times of unease and uncertainty.
Much like movies in the time of the Great Depression, MMOs offer a chance to escape the real world for a while and enjoy an immersive, imaginative experience detached from everyday concerns. The great mistake is to see that as a negative, a flight into escapism, rather than a crucial part of the process by which human beings recover their energy and return to coping with the world.