Gaming, the fastest selling product in the entertainment industry

Gaming has always been considered a geeky pastime for nerds and adolescent young boys who don’t fit in. The types that will never get a girlfriend so instead spend hours in their bedrooms living out another life via the medium of video games where they can become leaders of an alternative world.

How the world scoffed and looked down on this lowly form of entertainment that they could never understand. The cool kids were great at football and were always out getting laid, and maybe even picked on those geeky game loving outcasts.

That’s the way people have seen gamers for a long time, many years before American movies would flood the world with tales about struggles between Jocks vs. Nerds which is basically the same film made a thousand times.

It seems, however, the world has changed and this was proven recently when Call of Duty: Black Ops became the ‘biggest entertainment launch in history’ generating revenues of $360 million in its first twenty-four hours on sale in the US and UK. Put aside any feelings you have about the COD Franchise for a few moments (Never! – Andy) and try to digest this piece of news. In a twenty-four hour period, one video game has generated more money than any movie release, album or any entertainment ever! The thought that video games can now sell more than movie and music releases combined is simply staggering.

Considering James Cameron’s epic blockbuster Avatar made $232 million in its opening weekend, it puts things largely into perspective, especially considering that Call of Duty Black Ops even looks like it will beat last year’s five day global sales record of $550 million.

Other research suggests that the average age of a gamer in 2010 is now 32 which is a far cry from the adolescent boy locked in his bedroom. This Christmas families will no longer be huddled around a table playing Trivial Pursuit until the early hours but will probably be playing Microsoft Kinect, Playstation Move or the Nintendo Wii.

A family game of Manhunt 2 anyone?

Confessions of a Stimulus Pack Owner

Over the past seven days here at This Is My Joystick, I have been called names such as ‘moron’ and ‘mug’. What have I done to deserve this? I hear you ask. I pleaded guilty to the crime of downloading the MW2 Stimulus Package for 1200 MS Points, or £10.20 in real money. This simple, and some would say weak, act is something that has split the gaming community as tensions rise.

Every man has a weakness and a guilty gaming pleasure, and mine happens to be playing Call of Duty at the end of a bad day with a few bottles of Stella. I’m man enough to take responsibility for my actions and gaming sins, so I plead guilty as charged to you all. (more…)

Alan Wake DLC

I first heard about Alan Wake way back in 2005 and was initially quite excited about the release of psychological action thriller from Remedy, renowned developers of the successful Max Payne series.

The premise of the game, in which you play an eponymous best-selling suspense author suffering from writer’s block, who escapes to a small town only to experience the mysterious disappearance of his fiancée. Sounds quite intriguing doesn’t it? However the project has been delayed so often that I take their Spring 2010 release date with a pinch of salt. (more…)