According to an article in yesterday's San Francisco Chronical, the $10 billion video game industry generates more revenue than Hollywood. And this season has been a blockbuster with so many highly anticipated titles.
It started in August with the game title Doom 3, followed by The Sims 2 in September (Andy Brick one of our members was involved with the music for Sims2). Then followed by Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas in October, then Metroid Prime 2: Echoes and Half-Life 2 last month. Then a milestone was set last month when Microsoft's Halo 2 -- "a sequel to a futuristic game with an elaborate plot that pits humans against invading aliens" -- surpassed Hollywood's opening-weekend movie box office record in just one day of sales.
An Entertainment Software Association survey showed that the average gamer is 29 years old and spends more time playing games than other forms of entertainment like watching TV or movies.
- $125 million: Value of total sales for the first 24 hours of Halo 2
- $114 million: Opening-weekend gross for "Spider-Man," a Hollywood record
The times they are a-changing.