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Will Hollywood's Slump Hit Video Games

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Posted by Allison on June 29, 2005 10:44 AM
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CNN/Money's Game Over columnist, Chris Morris, asks this week whether the current box office slump (the worst in 20 years) is an indicator of things to come in the gaming industry. Morris focuses on the recent lack of innovation in both movies and video games to present his theory that, if things don't change, the gaming industry very well could follow in the footsteps of the movie industry. However, he glosses over the suggestion that movie ticket prices and DVD sales/rentals are probably the true nemeses of box office sales, which voids the entire premise that the box office slump could hit video games. Yes, we get your point, Mr. Morris, we don't need anymore GTA rip-offs, but, when it costs more than the price of a video game to take a family of four to a movie (don't forget popcorn and sodas), then the problem isn't innovation. It's cost. We can talk about innovation when people can afford movies again.
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