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GTAIV To Steal Iron Man's Thunder?

It didn't take long for Grand Theft Auto IV to become a global phenomenon, and once again, the games industry is poised to take a big chunk out of the film industry.

Since the turn of the century, video games have consistently topped movies in the realms of net profit, and that trend is clearly going to continue. CNN speculates that with the launch of GTAIV a few days ago, it could hamper the ticket sales of "Iron Man," which opens at the box office this weekend. You can't miss the ad campaign for the latter, and while GTAIV commercials are common, too, they're not nearly as frequent or widespread. Even so, much of the entertainment lovers in the US may decide to stay home and play this weekend, which is making Hollywood a little uneasy. Heck, they've been uneasy about this subject for years, but all they do in response is produce horrendous movies based on games. That ain't our fault.

It's also not our fault that most people can afford a decent TV that looks far better than the grainy picture from 1981 we still see in movie theaters. It's not our fault that HD is very common, and makes those movies on the big screen look like crap. It's not our fault that it costs $10 to see a 2-hour movie, while it only costs $60 to get - at the bare minimum - 50 hours out of a game like GTAIV. And finally, it's not our fault that most movies these days suck, and far more great video games come out in one year's time. Nope, we just go where the good entertainment takes us. Sorry, Hollywood.

Related Game(s): Grand Theft Auto IV

5/1/2008 Ben Dutka

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Comments (13 posts)

Qubex
Thursday, May 01, 2008 @ 11:10:17 AM
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Completely agree! Gaming now is far more fun than watching films, with the majority being rather silly. I think 'Avatar' will be a worthy film to watch in theatres though, if it is a fully immersive 3D experience, as tauted by James C.

Q!

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BoJenks
Thursday, May 01, 2008 @ 1:13:26 PM
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Thankfully in my area the local theatres upgraded to digital projectors so the movies are all HD. However I'm still staying home all weekend to play GTAIV.

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Qubex
Thursday, May 01, 2008 @ 1:19:05 PM
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Why not, its great to see people enjoying what they enjoy doing. Immersive games such as GTA really do provide entertainment value, and it can lasts for years. A far better value proposition than a poor film, with a good portion of them being poor nowdays... Films like the "Hobbit" and "Avatar" will be worth the wait. "Transformers" and "Spiderman 3" were good fun on the big screen. I am very careful what I end up watching in the theatres!

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schillah
Thursday, May 01, 2008 @ 1:29:08 PM
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I'm sorry but there is no way I'm gonna let a game stop me from going out to see such an anticipated movie. Its not like Iron man takes the whole weekend to watch.

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LCF
Thursday, May 01, 2008 @ 1:45:02 PM
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I so totally agree with you Ben,The movie industary needs to find away to surpass Home Theater as a whole.Today alot of the movie houses are still in "low def" only thing that improved in the past 20yrs is the audio,but that is even out-dated now.My own system surpasses that with DTS-HD Master Audio.Plus the cleaner image you get from Blu-ray heh even DVDs running in low rez looks better than some Ive seen over the years(scratch and fungus anyone).However I feel that a movie going 120 FPS is a movie in the wrong direction.Watching a movie at 120 frames looses the "feel" of the movie.Heh my sis wants to rally up everybody and get a hugh group together to help Marvel this weekend.I've not been to a movie theater over a year.I wait till its released in HD.I just might take her offer tho lol...Poor Marvel.

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MarvelZombies
Thursday, May 01, 2008 @ 2:25:19 PM
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...UMMM...that may be true but I'm still gonna do both...

Talk about having your cake and eating it too...!

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Tatsujin
Thursday, May 01, 2008 @ 4:54:07 PM
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I agree with Schillah, Watcing a movie and playing a game are 2 very MAJOR diffrent things. Therefore, it all depends on what you like. For me, I like a bit of both, but sorry Ben... Taking 2 hours off a game to watch a movie isn't going to kill me :)

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Thursday, May 01, 2008 @ 9:19:19 PM
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Just as a general comment, I'm not saying people shouldn't go to movies - that's just silly - but I was just trying to say that the theaters haven't advanced hardly at all in 25 years while games... Well, we all know what games have done in that same time span. ;)

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Tatsujin
Thursday, May 01, 2008 @ 9:45:52 PM

Oh thats very true. But still, a lot of people think that video games will eventually take over movies, which is 100% false, Movies are stronlgy engraved to our lives for some reason, watching people move, fight etc... It's a necessatiy, But other than that Ben, I do agree with you.

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MarvelZombies
Thursday, May 01, 2008 @ 10:19:45 PM
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In responce to Ben's comment, I work in a movie theatre and I must say that though the advances are far apart one improvement was the digital screens projecting HD. And of course the lovely stadium seating...

Also, just got back from Iron Man and it was fucking awesome...but if I had to choose between the two I would say GTAIV is slightly more of a good time...

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Thursday, May 01, 2008 @ 10:38:55 PM

Not every movie theater has HD; no theater around me has it, for example.

And being 6'3, I'm certainly a fan of stadium seating. ;)

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BoJenks
Thursday, May 01, 2008 @ 10:40:19 PM
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Another thing about this, is that Iron Man isn't that big of a movie to begin with. Lets see any video game you can muster go up against Indy on 5/22. The only game that would stand a chance is a FFVII remake, and even thats iffy.

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ThePoetRazel
Thursday, May 01, 2008 @ 11:08:22 PM
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The difference between movies and video games is the level of activity. Games involve the audience actively while watching a movie is rather passive. Unless you're watching a Production I.G anime, you're probably not even using many brain cells while watching a movie.
That's why movie theaters are losing out. When people want to be active, they play a game. When they want to be passive they watch a movie at home. But going to the movie theater is an active experience.

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