An interesting fact that Phillip recently brought up to me, was that Gaming generates more revenue than movies do. I shan’t fact check this because I am (a) far too self absorbed in my own menial activities to do so and (b) unable to check this fact because I don’t know where to start. Maybe there’s a Wikipedia article on it? Maybe not. It’s literally impossible to ever find out. It’s a dark world we live in.
It doesn’t surprise me that gaming generates a good amount of money. Just looking at the behemoths out there that are capitalizing on taking the not-hard-earned money of millions of gamers shows you how profitable it is. There are so many knuckle dragging troglodytes out there double fisting fifty dollar bills, it’s hard not to entice them with yearly re-hashes of Halo and Call of Duty. You could surely fund an entire privatized army with ten percent of the profits made from Battlefield Eight, or whatever crummy iteration they’re on by now. You could use Battlefield to train the neanderthals when they’re not delivering pizzas or working at call centers, and then recruit them into your privatized army to take over the world.
I’m only half joking of course – EA is probably already in the final stages of planning this sort of thing. Nevertheless, I, for one, welcome our new DLC toting overlords.
Phillip, even in his three hundred and fifty year old age induced haze of Alzheimer’s and adult diapers, managed to mention that it’s quite interesting that gaming brings in so much money, considering that the market for movies is quite a lot larger than that of gaming. It’s safe to assume there’s about a twenty year window of gamer interest, whereas everyone between the ages of three and eighty-three is watching movies.
I think the main factor for this is that we, as gamers, are far too stupid to realize that sixty dollars for five hours of video game is probably the worst ratio of fun to money ever conceived. Putting a wad of sixty dollars comprised of ones into a t-shirt gun, and launching it into a large crowd would surely be more entertaining than having to play through Halo 3, ever.
On that note, sixty dollars could buy a large amount of mayonnaise. There’s a large potential for fun to be had there.