[MUD-Dev] Games are Hot. Period

Richard Aihoshi aka Jonric jonric at vaultnetwork.com
Sat May 11 16:05:57 New Zealand Standard Time 2002


At 07:07 AM 09/05/02 -0700, Gladimir wrote:
> Michael Tresca wrote:

>> This is from an email spam I got from WebProNews.  Note the claim
>> that games are now making more money than movies:

> Actually, I believe that is true.  The gaming industry passed the
> record industry a few years back, and they are certainly
> approaching the movie industry if they have not already surpassed
> it.

In the comparisons I recall seeing between the games and movie
industries, the comparisons have only ever used retail sales for the
former versus box office receipts for the latter.  This completely
ignores merchandising et al, where it seems likely that the movie
industry brings in far more money than do games.

Whether this is a fair comparison, whether console sales should be
included with games and other questions are matters of opinion, but
in order to form informed opinions, I think it's important to know
what's actually being compared.

Cheers.

Richard Aihoshi  - "Jonric"
Editor in Chief, IGN Vault Network
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