M2 Research’s Wanda Meloni presents her findings for the game industry in 2009 in the most recent periodical brief from the firm. Meloni paints the year as one of ups and downs, marked by drags such as rising development costs and a surge in studio layoffs even as hopeful signs came in the growth of digital distribution and virtual goods. She also looks ahead to coming tech such as 3D games and motion controllers, developments that may ultimately have 2009 remembered as gaming’s gateway year to future trends.