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Game Impact

Posted by garrett Wednesday December 16 2009 at 10:01AM
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Taking a close look at popular culture today it is a wonder how much of an impact games have had. I think back about ten years to The Matrix. Yes that was ten years ago. But The Matrix (forget the sequals) was the first movie to really make the leap into video game action on the screen. There may have been others, but The Matrix was a huge success. Look at what movies have done since then.

Most big summer movies now a days are based on a video game or a comic book. That was unheard of when I was growing up as both games and comics were considered more nerdy than anything else. I look at kids today and realize that every kid has a game system, every kid sees movies like Iron Man and Wolverine.

More than anything else I wonder what this change will bring to the future. My generation started with Atari and Dungeons & Dragons, look where that has taken us. The next generation has thousands of games to play, books to read, movies, comics, and even television has all been overrun by what was once considered nerdy.

Games today are really taking over as the main medium of entertainment among kids. Look at Modern Warfare 2 sales, top games overall are out selling major motion pictures. The only reason you hear about the movies doing such major numbers is because movies reach back to older generations who still believe in those big numbers.

As games become more interactive and more players join the ranks, there soon won't be a reason to go out to the movies on a week night. You will be too busy hunting down foes in some intense interactive world with your reception suit on.

Sound cool, it will be....

SnarlingWolf writes:

No movies like that when you were a kid? What about the original superman movies, batman movies, and batman tv series?


Modern Warfare 2 sales topped the charts, however at the same time the video game sales slipped for something like the 6th straight month. Video game sales have been hurting this past year, I almost think MW2 sales were so high because people had been saving money by not buying video games so they felt they could finally splurge a little and get this title. Yes the game is a good game and would of done well anyways, but I think that is why it was so insanely high.


As long as they keep making movies like the first Resident Evil, and not like Doom then it will be a good trend. How many movies based on video games have done well and how many have been terrible? I think terrible still leads the pack. Max Payne was pretty good, Resident Evil was good.

Wed Dec 16 2009 10:24AM Report
Palebane writes:

Interesting points to ponder. When you say that games sometimes outsell movies, my first thought was that gross sales for popular games will be higher than movies because the price of admission is much higher.

Wed Dec 16 2009 10:25AM Report
Vexe writes:

Well, I guess if you were born in the early 70's you would see a lot of those movies. But they came out about once every 3 years. And the batman TV series and Spiderman cartoon are both VERY old. But I think the simple fact that more people are interested in these things doesn't mean that they will progress faster. Business will always get in the way of that. We need another hippie movement to get rid of that money lust. :P

Wed Dec 16 2009 11:31PM Report writes:
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