Gaming Growing Up, Movie Stars Adding Flair To Industry
As the gaming industry continues to grow and expand, it reaches new heights of legitimacy on a continual basis. It appeals to an older and more diversified demographic than ever before, and even movie celebrities have acknowledged the transition.
In a recent article by BBC News, we learn that film stars are becoming more involved with gaming with every passing day. As summarized by Jesse Divnich, research analyst at Electronic Entertainment Design and Research (EEDAR): "Now we're reaching a mass critical point where video games aren't just a device for males aged 18-35...video games are now for everybody." As for actors getting involved, this lends an even more "grown-up" sense of professionalism to a game production; recent Oscar nominee Mickey Rourke is lending his gravelly voice to Rogue Warrior, for example. He still sees movies and games as two very separate and distinct genres, and people aren't yet comparing the two mediums. But Eliza Dushku, who voices Rubi Malone in the upcoming Bethesda game, Wet, has more to say:
"Videogames have almost become acceptable and cool for grown ups - not for people who are just in their teens. I know so many people - friends, actors, directors - who are older and used to maybe play in private, but who can now say it loud and proud."
Hey, Eliza! 'waving hand' I think I know people like that, too... Wedbush Morgan Securities analyst Michael Pachter chimed in by saying that actors actually consider it "bragging rights" when they say to their friends, "I was a voice in that game." There's little doubt that the landscape of gaming is changing right before our very eyes, and although they still can't manage to make a decent game-to-film adaptation, we cross our fingers for the future and remain encouraged.
Say it loud and proud! Gotta love that.
8/4/2009 Ben Dutka