From the editor

Lyndsey beatty,

Gentle and dear readers, we’re hanging in there and taking things day by day. While we’re bracing for the upcoming summer heat now that Spring has sprung, we’re also thinking about the money behind video games.


Know this well: Video games make dollars. The industry is filled to the brim with opportunities to make currency, and there is no shortage of companies looking to do so. From the major triple-A titles to the indies, someone somewhere has an idea that has led to the coffers of major companies filling up like Scrooge McDuck’s Money Bin.


This issue, we’re looking at a new slate of chart-topping franchises that have cemented a name for themselves through outright sales in Volume 2 of the State of Play feature. While we first tackled this in the 4Q2013 issue, we’re examining a new crop of moneymakers. These are some of the most beloved and most-bought franchises in the history of video games with several personal favorites among them.


We hope you enjoy our look at the numbers behind the scenes for some of the best-selling video games ever.


Enjoy the issue!


We are a small video game publication based in Columbia, S.C. While we focus on retro games, our love is really for digital entertainment, whether it be manga, anime, comics or gaming.


Gaming Insurrection began in 2002 in Editor-in-Chief Lyndsey Beatty's kitchen as a side project to sharpen her print journalism skills while in college. After a six-year hiatus, GI was restarted and enhanced with a redesign and addition of staff.


Gaming Insurrection produces a PDF version of the magazine as well as the occasional video and podcasts for mass consumption.



The Gaming Insurrection crew past and present gets together or goes solo to have fun in various ways on camera. Watch all of the episodes of the Gaming Insurrection Show here.



Lyndsey Beatty is co-founder and editor-in-chief of GI. She enjoys binge watching TV with her husband, editing as part of the Uppercut Editions team and playing various retro video games. Lyndsey resides in Columbia, S.C., and is an

accounting auditor for the state of South Carolina.


Brandon Beatty is editor-at-large for GI. Brandon writes reviews when the mood strikes him, produces the  Otaku Corner column for The Strip and spends a significant amount of time watching new and old anime alike with his wife. Brandon resides in Columbia, S.C., and is a security specialist for the state of South Carolina.