There was a time when people flocked to the movies. Every new blockbuster release was a reason for Canadians to pull on their shoes, climb into the cars, and head to the cinema. It was a great evening out, and a reason for people to clamor around and discuss various spectacular movie moments.
But, times have changed. Cinema does not have the draw it once did, and heading out to the cinema has less and less of the appeal it once did. After all, why bother heading out to the cinema, when you can have just as much fun and entertainment at home, playing your favourite casino game at Platinum Play Canadian Online Casino?
In terms of growth, the video game industry has been among the biggest, and fastest, in recent years. The growth has been so impressive, in fact, that many have been suggesting that the video game industry would soon crush the film industry. And although that may have been a tall order a few years ago, it’s starting to look ever more like a possibility.
Are video games killing cinema?
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One Rises, The Other Falls
If looking at hard statistics and numbers, one can see a very obvious trend forming. Namely; that the world at large is no longer going to the movies like they used to. Which is to say, the film industry is not exactly bursting at the seams. In fact, there has been an alarming trend of cinema making less money than ever before. It was recently reported, to the astonishment of many, that 2017 was the worst year cinema had experienced in a decade.
On the other hand, the video game industry has been moving from strength to strength. More big budget games are being released on a regular basis, and the most successful games are earning absolutely obscene amounts of money. To put it in perspective, the smash hit game GTA5 has earned, alone, over two billion dollars. That’s about as much, on average, as four big budget films. A direct comparison of this type isn’t exactly fair, but it does add some perspective to the two industries.
What Would You Rather Do?
The real question to ask is; what would you rather do? Stay home and play a video game, or go out and watch a movie? If asking that question just a decade or so ago, the answer may have been very different. Today, given how widely spread and accessible video games have become, many would rather simply sit at home, save the price of a movie ticket, and play a video game.
Video games also tend to be edgier, offer more in the way of controversial content, and dare to be different. The film industry, on the other hand, has tended to settle more and more into a comfort zone of being appealing to all audiences.
In other words; where movies have lost some of their appeal, video games have gained appeal, and it isn’t a difficult equation to work out.
The End Of Cinema?
It would have seemed a ridiculous notion just a few years ago, but could it be possible that the cinema industry die, and become a thing of the past? Will interactive media take over, and be the future?
Most would dismissively wave their hand, and think the idea absurd. After all, cinemas have been a human staple for a century. But times change, and there is a real risk of cinemas losing so much business, that they are forced to make cutbacks, and recede. As for dying entirely, however, that much seems unlikely. What do you think? Do you still go to the movies?