Video game sales are down! There is doom and gloom! Wailing and gnashing of teeth! The sky is falling! Unless, that is, you're in the accessory or peripheral business.

A comparison by Gamasutra, using NPD Group numbers, has shown that while software and hardware sales in August 2009 were down on 2008's numbers, sales of "accessories" increased by 2.3%.

Of course, that did little to stem the overall year-on-year bleed for the industry as a whole, but still, it's nice to find a positive amidst all the doom, no?

NPD: Behind the Numbers, August 2009 [Gamasutra]