Comparing two forms of entertainment may seem cliché, however, when one industry is booming and the other remains unmoved it is a topic of discussion. Over decades Hollywood blockbusters has been the leading form of entertainment but now as statistics are compared more individuals play video games then they go out to see movies. Over the past few years people have come to realize that the movie industry is being overthrown by gaming for a number of different reasons. What may seem old to some is new to others; this sheds new light for those who have never considered playing video games. In recent years the gaming industry has appealed to more and more different groups of people while maintaining a solid base for gamers of all ages… just as the movie industry has done for decades. The difference between the two now lays in pricing, and that is where video games excel.
Not only have we seen video games outperform the technology we see in most hit blockbusters but they can do so at a better price then what people pay to see a popular movie in theaters. Think about it this way; when a family of four goes to see a movie in theaters they are going to be paying 7-18 dollars a person (depending on theater) not including if they decide to splurge on tasty treats. When the total of the cost to see that 1-2 hour movie is combined with the other expenses that had to be spent in order to see that movie, our family of four is now paying just as much to see a 1-2 hour movie once for what could be the cost of a newly released video game (which can be played over and over). When it is costing costumers just as much to watch a movie then it is to buy a game that could be played constantly, it only makes sense to save the money by waiting for the movie you desired to see to become available to rent.
The problem doesn’t lie only in when individuals go out to see movies once they hit theaters, it also bases back to the costs of renting movies. Popular companies such as NetFlix sided with most video game consoles in order to boost their sales. Of course NetFlix attracted millions of viewers on its own but with the somewhat recent cost split between instant stream and mail in disks, 60 percent of their users canceled their subscription. The raise in cost forced fans to resort to cheaper options, like games. Some of the most popular video games (mobile titles and downloadable arcade hits) are only a few dollars and they are easy to get a hold of. Who needs to watch a movie when their entertainment could come cheaper in the form of competitive challenges and leveling up methods?
Sure there are loads of fans for each industry and if you are a gamer that doesn’t mean you do not enjoy a casual flick. What things really narrow down to is that the gaming industry is booming and compared to the cost of other methods of entertainment and it is only set to keep growing. Not only does it now appeal to every age, group and social status of all cultures but it provides a unique way to socialize and friendly competition. Gaming is growing and will continue to break records as long as it keeps hold of its fairly new acquired fan base. More people everyday are starting to get addicted to the industry as over the past few years it has come to be the leading entertainment option throughout the world.