While the worst of it seems to be behind us, 2009 will still be remembered as the year of the global economic crisis. And when people are in times of economic crisis, well, they buy less video games.

A joint report issued by Enterbrain, the NPD Group and GfK Chart-Track has revealed that video game sales across the world's three largest markets (the US, Japan & UK) are down 6% in 2009's third quarter compared to the same time last year.

The breakdown? Sales are down 9% in the US, and a whopping 19% in the United Kingdom. Japan, however, bucks the trend, with game sales up 15% year-on-year. Thanks, Dragon Quest IX!

International game sales down 6% over Q3 [Gamespot]