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Although video game sales have increased steadily over the past 3 years, we can expect a reversal of this trend in the very near future. Historically, over three quarters of video games sold have been purchased by people from 13 to 16 years of age, and the number of people in this age group is expected to decline steadily over the next 10 years.

Which one of the following, if true, would most seriously weaken the argument?

A. Most people 17 years old or older have never purchased a video game.
B. Video game rentals have declined over the past 3 years.
C. New technology will undoubtedly make entirely new entertainment options available over the next 10 years.
D. The number of different types of video games available is unlikely to decrease in the near future.
E. Most of the people who have purchased video games over the past 3 years are over the age of 16

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New post 09 Sep 2017, 20:37
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Although video game sales have increased steadily over the past 3 years, we can expect a reversal of this trend in the very near future. Historically, over three quarters of video games sold have been purchased by people from 13 to 16 years of age, and the number of people in this age group is expected to decline steadily over the next 10 years.

Which one of the following, if true, would most seriously weaken the argument?


A. Most people 17 years old or older have never purchased a video game.
This choice indicates that the market for video game is still potential to boost up the sale. Keep this choice.

B. Video game rentals have declined over the past 3 years.
This choice is irrelevant to the argument.

C. New technology will undoubtedly make entirely new entertainment options available over the next 10 years.
"available" is irrelevant to "decline"

D. The number of different types of video games available is unlikely to decrease in the near future.
The number of different types of video games is irrelevant to the argument.

E. Most of the people who have purchased video games over the past 3 years are over the age of 16
This choice directly attacks the argument. This choice indicates that people who are over the age of 16 have mainly contributed to the steadily increase of video game sales. Hence, the decrease in the number of people who are in the age of 13 to 16 won't make any significant influence on the video game sales.

Compared to A, E is better. Hence, E is the answer.

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Can anyone please help to identify main conclusion here?
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Hi Experts GMATNinja GMATNinjaTwo
Can anyone please help to identify main conclusion here?


The conclusion is that we can expect a reversal of this trend (a steady increase in video game sales) in the very near future.

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Counter-Premise: Although video game sales have increased steadily over the past 3 years -

Conclusion: we can expect a reversal of this trend in the very near future.

[And why would that happen?]

Premise: Historically, over three-quarters of video games sold have been purchased by people from 13 to 16 years of age, and the number of people in this age group is expected to decline steadily over the next 10 years.

[Thus the sale should decrease as number of people in the age group 13 to 16 is expected to decrease]

Pre-thinking: We need to find reasons like - more games suited for players above 16 years of age is about to come in the market, which we know sells well, so sale won't decline. OR some other reasons, which shows that though in the past people in the age group 13 to 16 used to purchase more, now the trend is changing.

Keeping these ideas in mind, let us look at the options.

Which one of the following, if true, would most seriously weaken the argument?

A. Most people 17 years old or older have never purchased a video game.
[This kind of strengthens the argument, instead of weakening it - Eliminated.]

B. Video game rentals have declined over the past 3 years.
[Out of Scope: Rentals are not in question here.]

C. New technology will undoubtedly make entirely new entertainment options available over the next 10 years.
[Out of Scope: We are interested in weakening the argument that the sale will decline. We are not looking for alternative sources of entertainment.]

D. The number of different types of video games available is unlikely to decrease in the near future.
[So What?? This does not help us in deciding if the sale would increase or decrease! - Eliminated]

E. Most of the people who have purchased video games over the past 3 years are over the age of 16
[Now this gives us a reason that can weaken the argument. If people over the age of 16 have been buying games, then that means even if age group of 13 to 16 declines, the sale won't go down, instead it might even go up! Thus, this is the correct answer.]
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