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Are Gamers Watching Fewer Movies?

Hollywood has long since blamed the video game industry for stealing their viewers away, to which I reply, "make a decent film for once, and maybe I'll go."

The point is, the PlayStation 3 is a Blu-Ray player, right? Shouldn't this feature alone prompt you to watch more movies? Or let's just say you don't own a PS3 at all, but you're still a hardcore gamer...does this mean you're watching fewer movies these days, or more? And perhaps a follow-up question is, are you planning to see all the movies currently in production that are based on games you've played? Or will mega-blockbuster movies like "Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time" only appeal to those who actually didn't play the game, who don't really play games at all, and only see it as a "cool action movie with that dude from 'Brokeback Mountain"? The reason I ask these questions is because I've found that I rarely watch movies at all, anymore. I think I might go to the theater once all year and I can't remember the last time I bought a new release on either DVD or Blu-Ray. I just got "Heat" and "Crimson Tide" on BD along with "Big," "The Shining," and "Annie Hall" on DVD but every time I scour the New Releases rack at the store, I just come away disgusted and bored.

To me, Hollywood is in a bigger rut than ever. The same action movies with the same themes and often, the same lecturing political tone. And if they don't fall into this category, there's only one other: retarded comedies that in all honesty, nobody over the age of 10 should be laughing at. Really, I'm usually more insulted than entertained. Now, this isn't to say they don't make any good films; there are plenty that still exist...they're just not as popular. There was a time when the best movies of the year were also some of the most popular but those days are long gone (I shudder to think the same will happen in the game industry). You just have to look for the really great movies, and you can usually find them. But even so, I'm just not as into them as I used to be. Maybe it's because I'm reading more than ever... I have a feeling a lot of big readers aren't so much into movies these days.

But anyway, I'm just wondering if my movie-watching habits are different than they are for other gamers. So are you watching more or less? And why?

1/9/2010 10:53:21 AM Ben Dutka

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Comments (119 posts)

Superman915
Saturday, January 09, 2010 @ 11:10:39 AM
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Yes, and it's a damn shame. In 2010 I'm definitely watching at least 2 movies a week and get some use of my netflix acct.

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to_far_apart
Saturday, January 09, 2010 @ 12:19:30 PM

ALl i know is i haven't been affected, i love to watch movies at all hours. When you have netfilx, you find yourself watching a lot of movies!

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LittleBigMidget
Saturday, January 09, 2010 @ 11:21:27 AM
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I dunno about that, since the PS3 is a multimedia machine I started watching movies more than I use too. And I finally figured out how to download movies from my PS3 to my browser so I've been doing alot of that lately.

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Miggy
Saturday, January 09, 2010 @ 11:22:11 AM
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i'm watching fewer movies these days but i blame that on the quality of the movies being produced today. although i am watching the newest universal soldier atm for that nostalgia effect of jcvd and dolph lundren going toe to toe. hollywood rarely sparks my interest it seems. i watched paranormal activity to see what the hype was about and my overall view on the movie was meh. last movies i seen that left an impression on me were the hurt locker and the shinjuku incident. i really got into those movies.

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JPBooch
Saturday, January 09, 2010 @ 11:39:43 AM
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I've cut down my movie watching dramatically. I'm lucky if I watch one movie a week and even that is a lot.

I'd rather play a game than watch a movie. I cut my netflix down to one movie and even then I hold on to the damn movie for at least a week before getting around to watching it.

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WolfCrimson
Saturday, January 09, 2010 @ 11:51:38 AM

I'm exactly the same as JPBooch, but I hardly watch movies because I'm busy juggling studying and playing. It's not that I'm missing much anyway.

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LegendaryWolfeh
Saturday, January 09, 2010 @ 11:44:50 AM
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I can honestly say I haven't lessened my movie watching what so ever, though I mean if exclusively going to the theater and watching it there, I've seen Avatar and Invictus just this month alone. But if you mean movies at home and other stuff, I can't say I obtain these movies through retail means, ahem, but I'm constantly watching something new at home but it 100% doesn't cut into my game time =P

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johnld
Saturday, January 09, 2010 @ 7:10:04 PM

i agree with you man, some movies are worth seeing in the theaters but right now, the 10 bucks or 8 bucks if you watch before 6 is not worth it. between stupid ass kids just screwing around while watching a movie, watched sherlock holmes and theres these kids talking out loud and walking up and down the stairs, half assed movies like legend of chunli, it might be even less than half assed, who just uses name for recognition, and expensive food, i dont see the point when i can just find it online where i could have a better experience at home.

Im with ben, make something worth watching then i'll be there. I am looking forward to Iron man 2 but thats still far away. As i said earlier, the amount your paying for the movie isnt worth it to me because you are only seeing the movie once and with less than desired environment, usually. The 60 bucks i pay for with video games is more of a better value because....well, i can keep going back to it if i wanted to.

As for dvds and blurays, i like seeing them on my shelf. Its like my game collection. But i do sometimes think that i wasted so much money on my movies because i dont really watch them alot.

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komotaya
Saturday, January 09, 2010 @ 11:51:44 AM
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i dont watch lesser movies i always go see the movies i wnat to see as soon as they come out at midnite or if i dont want to see it as much i'll wait till it goes on psn

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Silent_J
Saturday, January 09, 2010 @ 11:52:36 AM
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I hardly go to the movies but at i'll watch them at home,redbox is a good cheap way to watch um and same as legendarywolfeh , through other means haha. actually I just finish watching that movie, 9 really good highly recommend. same here too,it doesnt cut into my game time.

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JPBooch
Saturday, January 09, 2010 @ 11:52:40 AM
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only see it as a "cool action movie with that dude from 'Brokeback Mountain"?

You are making me wonder about you....

;)

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Saturday, January 09, 2010 @ 11:55:40 AM

Well, isn't that where most people recognize Gyllenhaal from?

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Vivi_Gamer
Saturday, January 09, 2010 @ 12:09:05 PM

I always think of Donnie Darko actually.

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Superman915
Saturday, January 09, 2010 @ 12:11:42 PM

i just call him bubble boy. id call him that to his face if i ever met him.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Saturday, January 09, 2010 @ 12:16:56 PM

HA.

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fluffer nutter
Saturday, January 09, 2010 @ 1:49:03 PM

Like Ultima, I think of Donnie Darko whenever I see Jake. That was the first film that I saw him in.

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Killsignal
Saturday, January 09, 2010 @ 2:23:51 PM

what about jarhead? he was cool in that one...

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bearbobby
Saturday, January 09, 2010 @ 9:58:38 PM

Bubbleboy was the first movie I saw him in as well. :)

"500 Dollar!!!"

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MyWorstNightmar
Saturday, January 09, 2010 @ 11:59:01 AM
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Ben, who in Hollywood is speaking up about this? In your article, I see nothing in quotes, no Hollywood elite or exec with a comment that we can actually sink our teeth into and discuss?

Hollywood is doing just fine. They just had their biggest holiday season ever at the box office.

If Hollywood is really complaining about it, they could just as easily complain about my kids, or the NFL and MLB that I have season tickets for. All of those suck a good portion of my time and money.




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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Saturday, January 09, 2010 @ 12:15:56 PM

Any time Hollywood cites lower-than-expected earnings, the game industry is almost ALWAYS mentioned.

And I never said they weren't doing well. There are a lot of stupid people who go see a lot of stupid movies. That's not really my point.

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bigrailer19
Saturday, January 09, 2010 @ 1:01:40 PM

Hollywood may not be suffering in terms of money and ticket sales, but definitely in terms of pumping out quality, original movies.

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MyWorstNightmar
Saturday, January 09, 2010 @ 1:55:52 PM

Bigrailer, the same could be said for video games, or music.

There are not a whole lot of original ideas out there anymore.

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bigrailer19
Saturday, January 09, 2010 @ 4:48:03 PM

I disgaree about the video games, music i do agree.

Look at UC2, and look what Halo did. Just this decade weve seen big name titles just keep improving. I mean First KZ2 offered a huge graphical leap, then UC2 offered a lot Hollywood would drool over, now Theres talks about Heavy Rain being another step in graphics. I know were just talking graphics but those are imrpovements.

Then you look at what KZ2 did as an FPS, and you look at Half Life 2 both those are two of the biggest names in FPS, along with Halo.

I could go on and on about how we keep seeing awesome titles improve in one way or the other month after month and 2009 was subject to that.

I cant say that about movies or music. I can say im excited to see some movies but that doesnt mean they are oscar worthy. Some of the best movies out there are older films, same with music (The Beatles, The Doors, Elvis). Some of the best games weve ever seen come from this generation alone, UC2, KZ2, MGS4, Gears of War, GOW 3 im sure, and same with GT5, and Heavy Rain, I mean the list continues and i gotta say New Mario Bros Wii is another example, yeah it uses the old Super Mario Bros type game play but its an awesome game! Games keep improving, and with new hardware will continue to get better and better. Movies dont have alot of places left to go, same with music.

You see where im going with this?

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johnld
Saturday, January 09, 2010 @ 7:16:17 PM

i could somewhat agree with halo contributing on improvements but from what i heard from other people, even xbox fans, the halo series hasnt really improve that much throughout the series. I still dont know why or how halo became as big as it is. i mean its fun playing team deathmatch with only rockets but other games can do that. Hell i think i started playing that way with goldeneye.

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MyWorstNightmar
Saturday, January 09, 2010 @ 8:26:50 PM

Bigrailer, my friend, I don't agree. All the games you mention can be traced back to other games. If you want originality, then we are talking about Flower and Heavy Rain. Perhaps Infamous, but it superhero game flavor with a bit of GTA4 sprinkled in. Goldeneye comes to mind too, that really set the stage for FPS's to come.

The inovation you are referring to is in graphics. Yes, UC2 and Killzone 2 are graphically superior to games that have come before it but that is due to ever expanding graphics, not anything revolutionary in storytelling. We EXPECT them to push the bar, if nothing more than the tools that are now at the developers disposal.

Movies do that too. Since you bring up graphics, lets talk Transformers, Avatar, Harry Potter, etc. I never saw anything like that in the 80's when I was growing up.

There just isn't too much in the form of true originality in any form of entertainment anymore. Every once in a while, we get a movie like The Usual Suspects, or Slumdog Millionaire, or Flower for video games that are just different from what we have seen before. Bone Thugs and Harmony come to mind in the music realm, when they came out, I had never heard anything like them before.

Speaking of New Super Mario, my son is playing that right now as I was reading your post. That game is a blast.

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bigrailer19
Sunday, January 10, 2010 @ 4:55:32 AM

Myworstnightmar-

Yep gotta love the new Mario.

I didnt really speak clearly enough i guess when i was pointing out that those games i mentioned, yea i was speaking graphically. But my point through that whole post was games keep raising the bar, they keep getting better and bigger for sure. A lot of the best movies ive seen come from the 90's given my age. And although i dont listen to the beatles, i know what there music did for music in general. That brings me to what KZ2, and UC2 will do for gaming. And what Goldeneye as you mentioned and Perfect Dark then on to Half life did for FPS'. Personally UC2 just redefined the Action adventure game, and gave me a game i always dreamed of when it came to action adventures. As did KZ2 with FPS, and GOW also pushed those limits on the PS2.

I guess were almost speaking of 2 different things. Really all im saying is games keep pushing forward. Your right originality is slim pickens. flower was an awesome example to use as an original game, i cant believe that slipped my mind. But I just cant see spending my money at the movies or on movies as much as i used to.

BUT REALLY YOUR RIGHT, i mean the whole entertainment industry has hit some median of sorts. I just think games are pushing through it the best, thats all! ;)

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CrazyIrishBoy
Saturday, January 09, 2010 @ 12:01:05 PM
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Nope, watching more movies than ever, usually one every night if ive the time but thats nothing to do with gaming either.

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Vivi_Gamer
Saturday, January 09, 2010 @ 1:18:51 PM

Ha :D

Well i watched The Assassination of Jesse James yesterday and visually it looked amazing. Ah well if im contempt with dvds i consider it a blessing :)

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CrazyIrishBoy
Saturday, January 09, 2010 @ 1:51:00 PM

Im contempt with vcr's!! Never mind dvds, ok i like to enjoy a film with good quality at the same time but a good film will be good no matter what the format! unless its really bad quality..

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Fane1024
Sunday, January 10, 2010 @ 6:30:58 AM

I also have contempt for DVDs and VCRs. ; )

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Vivi_Gamer
Saturday, January 09, 2010 @ 12:07:52 PM
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Well i study Film & Video Production at uni, so im always watching films at home or the cinema. I felt the final 3/4 of 09 had a sensational line up i found my self at the cinema many times.

To be honest i found it the opposite way round, the only new games i got in 09 were Tekken 6 and Street Fighter IV (I do intend to get U2 and AC2 at sometime). But im planing to get alot in 2010, but to be honest there arent many films in the cinema im excited for.

Blu-ray is overrrated in my opinion, The PS3 upscales DVD's so well theres no need, i'd rather buy a dvd for £1.50 than a blu-ray for £10. The only Bllu-rays i have are Stanley's films, becuase i was curious and a film like 2001: A Space Odyssey should be seen in t he best quality possible. but i have 550+ DVD's cant see myself converting at all, if anytime soon.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Saturday, January 09, 2010 @ 12:16:32 PM

Sorry, but maybe you need a better TV or something.

No upscaled DVD looks anywhere near as good as true Blu-Ray via HDMI on my 1080p Samsung.

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NoSmokingBandit
Saturday, January 09, 2010 @ 12:37:20 PM

I agree, Ben. I have a 47" LG that looks amazing with blu-ray and decent with an upscaled dvd. Upscaled dvds look a whole lot better than 640x480, but lack the same crispness as actual HD video.

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Vivi_Gamer
Saturday, January 09, 2010 @ 12:37:38 PM

Meh my TVs a good 32 inch, perfect for my room. ive seen blu-rays and even on my homes 50 inch,yes they are better, but theres nothing wrong with DVDs at all, but the difference isnt as big as they make out certainly not like the leap from VHS to DVD. and in 3-5 years time there will be a new format or digital release of motion pictures, i cant see the point in buying all my films again when they look great anyway.

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bigrailer19
Saturday, January 09, 2010 @ 12:39:33 PM

Ben is right upscaled DVD look no where near as crisp as a blu-ray. You must need to adjust your t.v.

Upscaling isnt true HD either so why settle for second best. Blu-Ray didnt win the hd war for nothing. It won because its Above any standard right now by far.

Blu-Ray definitely looks better on my t.v. as well.

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Vivi_Gamer
Saturday, January 09, 2010 @ 12:47:54 PM

Well obviously Blu-ray will look better, thats not what im saying though, while it is better, its not that much difference and id rather buy 5 DVDs for the price of a blu-ray.

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bigrailer19
Saturday, January 09, 2010 @ 12:57:49 PM

I know what your saying you get more dvd for the price of a blu-ray but mayeb your not looking hard enough. Amazon has great deals on Blu-Rays all the time, and Target USSUALLY has new releases in the $15.00 to $20.00 range when they hit. I agree with you though blu-ray is expensive, very expensive.

But I wont buy another dvd again, i mean if the price is right maybe but I just cant bring myself to do it. Especially with 3d becoming a huge hit and Blu-Ray jumping on board.

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LegendaryWolfeh
Saturday, January 09, 2010 @ 12:59:18 PM

well Ben i'm ready to take up on your contest, get me a nice big 1080p tv and I'll compare some dvd's and blu-rays :)

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Saturday, January 09, 2010 @ 5:18:02 PM

Legendary: Eh...maybe I'll sell you mine when I get one of those new 3D-enabled Bravias or something. ;)

As for Blu-Ray vs. DVD, I know what Ultima is saying. Blu-Ray over upscaled DVD isn't as big of a leap as VHS to DVD; after all, the latter is literally a tape-to-digital transition. And there are certainly many movies, especially old ones, that simply don't need high-def. There's a reason I got movies like Big and The Shining on DVD.

That being said, though, Blu-Ray with great TVs and entertainment setups is the best of the best. :)

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Vivi_Gamer
Saturday, January 09, 2010 @ 6:05:26 PM

The Shinings an beautifuly crafted film.... but i'll let that comment slide as your being pleasent :)

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LegendaryWolfeh
Saturday, January 09, 2010 @ 6:34:21 PM

Ok Ben, I'll remember that when you finally get that 3D tv ;)

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JackC8
Saturday, January 09, 2010 @ 12:13:54 PM
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Couldn't agree with you more Ben. One of the main reasons I play games is that there's nothing watchable on TV, and even if something does sound vaguely good, I'll lose interest after the 20th commercial. Hollywood movies lost me years and years ago. All the political crap, celebrities who can't act - forget about it.

I'm quite a fan of low budget, cheesy movies. At least the people who make them strive to make them as entertaining as possible - they're not vehicles for some star, they're not soapboxes to preach from, etc. I also watch some old TV shows that got canceled a long time ago on DVD. Just ordered UFO yesterday.

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bOnEs
Saturday, January 09, 2010 @ 12:16:05 PM
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my movie watching has slowed down in the last year but, i don't blame it on video games, i blame it on netflix... i used to watch a ton of movies when i first got netflix but, 3 years later i've begun to run out of good movies to watch so, i am watching them less than i used to...

i love watching blu-ray movies though... and through netflix, you can rent blu-rays... there's nothing better than watching an HD action movie...

i tend to browse bestbuy's blu-ray movie section for good deals on movies because, i think the sticker price for new blu-ray is ridiculously overpriced... no one wants to pay $30 for a movie right now... i bought i am legend on blu-ray for $10 the other day...

i think the price of blu-ray movies is the problem the movie industry is facing right now... it's just too expensive... when new releases come down to $20, i think business will pick back up...

but, netflix is also to blame because, people can rent as many movies as they want with no late fees... hell, i don't buy movies much anymore because, i can just rent it again thru netflix... i've rented the dark knight and live free or die hard a few times each...

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THE NTMIDTR
Monday, January 11, 2010 @ 8:00:04 AM

I'm kinda in the same boat, but for other reasons. I found that I never really re-watched all the DVD's I was buying... So now on BR I only get the ones I know will get re-watched. The great action, comedy, and hero movies... plus I get all the kids movies like Disney and stuff with BR/DVD/DC.

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SILVERAMMO
Saturday, January 09, 2010 @ 12:28:12 PM
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actually this is true but i am bak to watching movies since my ps3 ylod but once i get it fixed ima go bak to gaming

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pavlovic
Saturday, January 09, 2010 @ 12:31:44 PM
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I'm watching more movies because my wife likes movies. I got a few BD movies for xmas and are still sealed

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johnld
Saturday, January 09, 2010 @ 7:20:53 PM

i can see games given out for christmas but not movies. I mean, if you really liked the movie, same as in games, you would've already bought it.

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bigrailer19
Saturday, January 09, 2010 @ 12:33:29 PM
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I honestly feel im watching more... At home. I rarely go to the movies. The last movie i saw was Avatar and before that i couldnt tell you. I will be going to see Book of Eli though. After that who knows. But at home I am starting to watch more movies. I used to maybe watch one or two movies cus i really liked them, but i also found watching movies to get dull (which can happen watching the same movies over and over). But recently I've been enjoying my cllection, and the roomates always rent so...

But i agree hollywood is in a rut. All these movies are the same, especially the action films. Comedies are really starting to go down hill as well. Now when we say comedy i know there are a lot of good ones back in the day. They are not for me like planes trains and automobiles, i cant get into that mainly because of my age. But The Hangover was one of the worst comedies i've seen in awhile. I know a ton of people like that film, but there isnt anything funny bout being late to your own wedding, or what happens in between. I guess its the irony that after all goes bad, things can turn out good that make it funny, but whatever. The last good comedy i seen was Forgetting Sarah Marshall. It doesnt have that stupid bland TRYING to improv b.s, that most comedies are trying to bring.

And the movies based on games, I'll be seeing Prince of Persia for sure! That movie looks promising as anything in Hollywood today!

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dante_zero
Saturday, January 09, 2010 @ 12:37:56 PM
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i started to prefer games and social experience on my ps3 as opposed to movies. i find they hold my interest more especially if the lore of the game is good. The last film i saw was Avatar in 3D and thats only cause my sister payed and i only have a couple of blue-rays (star trek,dark knight,casino royale).

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NoSmokingBandit
Saturday, January 09, 2010 @ 12:38:54 PM
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I think the last movie i watched in a theater was The Hangover.
Movies are just the same repetitive crap over and over again. If Hollywood wants my money they have to make something worth it. Right now i get more entertainment out of a $60 game than an $8 movie ticket.

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bigrailer19
Saturday, January 09, 2010 @ 12:59:40 PM

Amen.

And just out of curiosity what did you think of The Hangover. I dreaded that movie!

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NoSmokingBandit
Saturday, January 09, 2010 @ 2:20:11 PM

The Hangover was ok. Its much funnier if you watch it with a good friend. I watched it again recently and it bored me to death. 90% of the humor is the shock of not knowing what happens next, so when you know all about it the movie gets pretty dull.

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JPBooch
Saturday, January 09, 2010 @ 1:00:50 PM
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I must admit, I watched the LOTR trilogy DVD set on my PS3 with my Sony SXRD 55 inch and was not disappointed. I'm not saying it wouldn't be better on Blu-Ray but, I wasn't pining for it.

With more and more streaming and HD options through DL, I don't think Blu-Ray will have the same impact as DVD did when it took over VHS. It will mainly be for techies and connisouers.

However, I think it will be the vehicle of choice for gaming consoles. Just wait for XBox 720 to include it. That would be interesting.

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bigrailer19
Saturday, January 09, 2010 @ 1:05:26 PM

I agree it isnt a pioneer of anything it just made the experience a whole lot better and thats worth noting!

As far as the XBOX720, I think M$ is to stubborn to include it. I think they are banking on a new format coming out by then, thats just my guess. In M$ eyes everything the XBOX360 has right now is better than what the PS3 has, so why would they try and make it better? well it would be smart, but i dont know that they will. Very interesting indeed.

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kevyd09
Saturday, January 09, 2010 @ 1:05:45 PM
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i watch at least 2 or 3 movies a week mostly to keep the girlfriend happy so then i can game after without her yapping at me that i dont spend enuf quality time with her!

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Hezzron
Saturday, January 09, 2010 @ 1:21:07 PM
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I'm still watching the same amount of movies as usual....which is next to none. Last movie I saw in the theater was The Watchmen. Before that, The Dark Knight.

I'm not the type to watch the same movie over and over again, so I don't buy too many either. I own about 8 Blu-Rays, half of them kiddie movies.

I like to watch sports or play video games for my entertainment fix.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, January 09, 2010 @ 1:34:40 PM
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Hey everyone, I'm back in town :)

Umm I watch a new movie just about every night of the week due to rentals so no problems there. The truth of it though is that I just lower my standards when watching movies because chances are it won't be wonderful. It's all part of my preference for entertaining myself at home. Movies, games, reading, internet.

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rogers71
Saturday, January 09, 2010 @ 2:03:03 PM

Welcome back 'World'.

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dragonx_HD
Saturday, January 09, 2010 @ 1:45:42 PM
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This gamer still watches alot of movies. especially since netflix streeming. But I do play a lot more games than I used to. And as for tv, few shows have ever been better than LOST.

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A2K78
Saturday, January 09, 2010 @ 1:46:13 PM
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Americans = couch patatos

anybody that lives their in front of the TV either playing games or watching TV scares me.

Now of course individuals have a right to do whatever they feel with their life, but I'm shocked the TV demonate most people lives

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fluffer nutter
Saturday, January 09, 2010 @ 1:51:11 PM

Generalizations, like that, will not help you in life and will only cause problems. I understand that there are many, many people like that but to say that two whole continents worth of people are like that is very ignorant. Please, think before you type something like that.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, January 09, 2010 @ 4:22:45 PM

Good job there pal, everybody in an entire nation is a certain way... pffft.

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to_far_apart
Saturday, January 09, 2010 @ 5:24:48 PM

its okay fluffer nutter, he just generalized himself in his own respective category...

ignorant.

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Alienange
Saturday, January 09, 2010 @ 5:44:37 PM

What's wrong with TV? It taught me how to spell the word "dominate."

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johnld
Saturday, January 09, 2010 @ 7:27:15 PM

yeah, me to alien, learned how to spell potatoes as well as other important things. you know there are a lot of other shows on tv, i just recently started watching mythbusters,lol. and FYI i dont always play/watch tv on a couch, sometimes i prefer the floor, a chair, or in bed.lol.

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MyWorstNightmar
Saturday, January 09, 2010 @ 8:36:12 PM

Actually A2K78 is right on the money. It's just the way it is. Do we have to crucify the messenger? Not sure what point he is making though. Jealous much?

Any country that had our resources, would turn into the same couch potatoes. Even the poorest of the poor in our country have a few tv's and cable tv. Year after year, our kids continue to get lazier and lazier, bigger and bigger. Statistically, that is just a fact. If A2K78 is saying what he is saying to be mean, that is his right, but he didn't say anything untrue.


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Alienange
Sunday, January 10, 2010 @ 2:05:17 AM

@ johnld - Thanks for the laugh. I caught dominate but not potatoes. I had a really good lol at your comment.

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RadioHeader
Saturday, January 09, 2010 @ 1:50:33 PM
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Ever since I got back into gaming, I'm finding I can't sit and watch TV/movies as long as I used to, after a while it seems kinda old fashioned :)

I need the interactivityness of games.

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dragonx_HD
Saturday, January 09, 2010 @ 1:54:36 PM
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I do a lot more than just watch tv. Not that as a grown man I can't do whatever I want with my free time lol

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www
Saturday, January 09, 2010 @ 1:56:47 PM
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The days of Terminator 2 are gone. I can count how many movies I watched in the whole of 2009, say 2-3. I haven't even seen Avatar, 2012, District 9, you name it, all the latest movies I haven't had time for. Its like the problem with Hollywood right now is everything being done now has already been done, nothing brought me to the edge of my seat like Predator or Terminator 2 did. Candy Man, The Godfather, Robocop, Conan, all the Jackie Chan, Bruce Lee and Jet Li films. Movies were the thing in the 80s and 90s, not anymore, oh well maybe we're getting old, maybe the kids are loving the movies now.

I'm sorry but to me now, games > movies.

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Robochic
Saturday, January 09, 2010 @ 2:07:31 PM
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I watch alot of rentals but going out I find way to expensive unless it's theatre worthy I would not go see a chick flick at the theatres not worth the 10 bucks to go see but a good action for sure.

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Minishmaru
Saturday, January 09, 2010 @ 2:18:35 PM
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I think I tend to watch more movies at home. Only the movies I REALLY wanna see or recommended I see in theatres and out of those ones that I loved...I buy on blu ray. Otherwise I just buy em on dvd. I don't have cable so I have less to watch on tv but I do Netflix quite a bit of episodes. So I think I watch more with a good dose of gaming

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Milrite
Saturday, January 09, 2010 @ 2:35:16 PM
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I actually bought my PS3 for the blue ray. Its an awesome player. But.. I then discovered gaming had come a long way since Duke Nukem! As a result, way more gaming than movies! Why? Hollywood hasnt made a movie worth buying in years. Certainly, not many that you would want to watch several times... ie Apocalypse Now, Godfather (not II), and so on. The games are just so entertaining! But, pushing the 50 mark, my controller skills are not what they could be!

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fluffer nutter
Saturday, January 09, 2010 @ 2:51:27 PM
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I find myself not going out to the movies because of how much more expensive it is. I save a whole lot more money by getting the films on blu-ray. I would say that I watch more movies now, because of blu-ray, then I had been in the previous eight years.

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fluffer nutter
Saturday, January 09, 2010 @ 4:51:44 PM

than* not then. Damn fingers. /cuts off index finger

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Juanalf
Saturday, January 09, 2010 @ 4:04:09 PM
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Hollywood is turning(or already are) into a big yoke.All they're doing is remaking (or making sequels)all the classic movies and turning them into shinny new age sh!t *Cries for Nightmare on Elm street*.This year I'm planning on watching zero movies in the theater versus six games on the PS3.

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Jalex
Saturday, January 09, 2010 @ 4:14:24 PM
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I've definitely been watching less movies than in previous years, but I never thought it had anything to do with video games. It just seems like less and less good movies are being made.
Lately, I find myself watching a lot more movies at home, as Blu Ray has revitalized my love for home viewing (and that's all thanks to the PS3, ironically enough).
But if I see a promo for a great-looking film, I'll likely be at the cinema on opening day.

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SympoziumPawa
Saturday, January 09, 2010 @ 4:23:15 PM
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I've noticed over the years in how I've watched fewer movies and tv, mainly due to gaming and how horrifuckcus the movies been. I haven't went to a Cinema since well? Santa Claus 3 in 2005? if I can remember the date? the last great movie I seen in the cinema was probably Digimon the movie.
Everything in the Cinemas after that was meh

Since 2007 post PS3 I really only watched Lord of the Rings and a couple of more films like it on tv? maybe I would prefer watching fantasy & Sci Fi but thats almost rarely shown on the BBCs and Channel 4. Dr Who has been great though and a couple of panel shows like Mock the Week and Qi

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, January 09, 2010 @ 4:24:40 PM
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There are very few movies I need in my collection. Very few.

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johnld
Saturday, January 09, 2010 @ 7:32:37 PM

all i have is a bunch of comedy titles and my jackie chan movie collection. why? because i picked up a few jackie chan movies before and just figured i'll just get them all. That and i prefer watching movies that make me laugh. I'm not interested in movies that either scares the hell out of me or supposed to make me cry. Like i told my friends before, when i watch movies, its usually so that i can get away from reality. The same reason i play video games. Its so satisfying to play even a couple of hours of videogames after a full day of school, homework, and work.

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FatherSun
Saturday, January 09, 2010 @ 4:43:32 PM
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Still watching movies but no where near as much as I used to. Never was a true fanatic of movies. I can enjoy a movie for what it is but I still wait for more experiences that will leave me in wonderment. Some people I know are like movie junkies. Me and my friends used to watch movies and challenge each other to see who can spot the errors and or bull-siht in them. If you pay close attention most dialogue in movies is just plain nonsense. Who talks the way people do in movies. Even the best movies are this way. And forget about television. TV just seems like population control to me. Very rare to find good TV these days.

What I have realized is that as I get older and wiser it takes alot more to impress me. The same goes for games as well. I am now extremely selective when commiting my precious time to a 2 hour movie let alone a 10-20-60 hour game depending on the genre. But when I do happen to find the rare great movie or game I let myself go with it. Games and movies will soon converge. Cant wait for PlayStation 9 time.

Last and most important is to not let actual life pass you by. I sense that too many are headed this way in the future. We are well being prepped for this with all this 3D/Natal/Motion this and that... go outside sometime.



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Fane1024
Sunday, January 10, 2010 @ 6:49:31 AM

There's WAY more good drama (wide sense of the word) on TV than at the movies. It's not even close. There's a surfeit of crap as well.

I saw exactly zero movies in the theater last year, because either they weren't worth seeing (certainly not at $10 a pop) or I knew I'd buy them anyway. I'll see some for free on HBO/TMN in a few months, though. I used to go to a movie every week, even when I had to go alone.

I still watch tons of movies at home, but I am not happy with the state of the industry.

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JcBball717
Saturday, January 09, 2010 @ 4:57:28 PM
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I rarely watch movies because id rather spend my time playing video games since theres rarely a movie worth watching. I did see Avatar in 3D and I must say that movie was fuckin amazing!! everyone should see it

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I C E_COLD
Saturday, January 09, 2010 @ 5:07:12 PM
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I actually do both, gaming and movies go together well , the way I see things going I could see movies and video games working together in the future.

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dragonx_HD
Saturday, January 09, 2010 @ 5:46:52 PM
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If they would get on with creating the holodeck, I wouldn't do either lol :)

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Alienange
Saturday, January 09, 2010 @ 5:58:59 PM
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I lose my mind sitting through a movie. There hasn't been a real movie event since The Lord of the Rings. I find myself watching a movie just getting more and more irritated at the terrible writing, long padding segments and awful acting.

On the other hand, I can sit and play games and be completely entertained from the word "go" to the words "it's 3am?!" This generation of gaming has absolutely murdered movie watching for me.

And don't come around me trying to tell me that Avatar was some second coming for Hollywood because I absolutely HATED that movie. It was a catastrophe in my eyes. So what if the 3D was fantastic? You're better off giving that technology to someone who can really make use of it... like National Geographic.

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FatherSun
Saturday, January 09, 2010 @ 6:29:46 PM

Hit it on the head! Avatar was the most advanced cartoon ever. 3D made it a novelty! Mildly entertaining! I was hoping for more with the premise and all but did not get my hopes up! IMAX made it the billions it pulled in.

But just imagine as you said National Geographics taking advantage of the tech. And when a Lord of The Rings level epic is produced. We will be "ENTERTAINED!"

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Alienange
Saturday, January 09, 2010 @ 8:27:47 PM

The tech is amazing. The movie is pants.

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Beamboom
Saturday, January 09, 2010 @ 7:14:07 PM
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"The same action movies with the same themes and often, the same lecturing political tone" - if you really mean this Ben, then you really can not possibly be interested in movies? It's like saying that every game on the PS3 is a FPS. A majority of the top sellers might be (for all I know), but there are still plenty of good games to be found that's not just a mindless fps. And even some of the mindless fps'es might still be alotta fun... Unless you're not interested in games, of course.

There has been a *lot* of very cool movies during the last years, everything from the new Star Trek movie to gems like A Scanner Darkly (my personal fav of the last five years), the Harry Potter movies, The awsome James Bond reboot with the best JB-actor in years, just to pick a few random examples.

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Alienange
Saturday, January 09, 2010 @ 8:26:45 PM

I like the new Star Trek as well. I'd never say that there's no good movies, but gaming gets a lot more of my time. In fact I just got in from buying Valkyria Chronicles at Wal-Mart for $20! I haven't tried it yet, but I'm more anxious to play it than I am to watch any movie.

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Beamboom
Sunday, January 10, 2010 @ 8:48:24 PM

Oh yes there we agree, Alien. I too use a *lot* more time on gaming than movies, or TV in general. It's just the general view that there are no longer any good movies to be found that I disagree with.
Although it must be said that blu-ray has raised my interest in movies again - they simply look so darn good in full HD!

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Snaaaake
Saturday, January 09, 2010 @ 7:20:03 PM
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Before I got my PS3 I watched a lot of movies, like Public Enemies, Watchmen, Terminator etc.

But after I got my PS3, I didn't even care for movies like Avatar, Sherlock Holmes all these.

No hate for movies but I feel that video gaming is worth my time instead of movies.

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piratedrunk
Saturday, January 09, 2010 @ 7:21:53 PM
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my bank has a good loyalty program which lets me see a lot of movies free but if it was not for that I would almost never go. I watch plenty at home as well through rentals and such but I almost never buy them and I can definitely say that is because of games.
I just can't justify the price for such a short amount of time spent watching compared to time spent playing games there is no contest in value in my opinion.

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Phoelix
Saturday, January 09, 2010 @ 7:26:00 PM
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I just have to pick and choose. Same for games, really. Play or watch what's well-received, and save your money otherwise.

There ARE a lot of movies that just don't impress me, but isn't that the case with any art form? Mediocrity runs rampant, and only a select few pieces really do leave an impression. I don't think Hollywood is getting any better or worse.

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johnld
Saturday, January 09, 2010 @ 7:34:36 PM
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Seems to me that hollywood is getting scared of how videogames are improving while movies, quality wise, are stalling.

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BikerSaint
Saturday, January 09, 2010 @ 10:19:47 PM
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I never go out to the movies anymore, just can't see spending 1/2 a Benjy or more for another mostly bad or way overrated movie, plus stale popcorn with fake buttery chemicals, & way way, overpriced sodas & candy.

But I still try to watch at least 1 to 2 movies a day to go along with my daily gaming.

I always rummage through my 3 hospital sponsored thrift shops, along with a CD Exchange for used VHS DVD, & BD movies.
And because they're so cheap, I've picked a lot of movies that I wouldn't normally get.
And at only $.50 for VHS, $1.50 for DVD, & $7- for BD, & at least twice a month all the movies at 1/2 price too it's worth it because I've been pleasantly surprised with a lot of them. And the ones that I wind up not liking, I just give back to the thrift shop for re-sale again.

So far, I've got about 825 VHS and 440 DVD in my collections.
My biggest TV's only a 32" SD tv right now, but I'm starting to buy a BD movie here & there just so I'll at least have a collection started once I've upgraded to a large screen HDTV.
I've only got these 5 BD movies so far.....
The Eye(Jessica Alba, OH YEAH!!!!)
The Patriot
The Punisher
Superman Returns
Tropic Thunder

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Oyashiro
Saturday, January 09, 2010 @ 10:43:25 PM
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I'm watching less now-a-days. But thats mainly due to the shoddy quality of movies being released now.

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___________
Sunday, January 10, 2010 @ 1:08:56 AM

so true.
will never get another action movie like the godfather or scarface.
older movies are normally better than newer ones.
especially comedies.
eddie murphy delerious is the funniest thing i have ever seen.
watched it like 100 times and i still piss myself laughing every time i watch it.
i know its not a movies but still, funniest movie ive ever seen has to go to revenge of the pink panther.
that bit where they walk in and the light bulb keeps popping up than he gets shocked.
or the part where the commander mistakes his lighter for a pistol.
comedy gold!

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Qubex
Saturday, January 09, 2010 @ 11:50:25 PM
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Holloywood has generally been a let down. Avatar 3D will be my first movie seen in the movie house since Dark Knight. I reserve my moving going out evenings to only the very very best films that are worth seeing...

Q!

"i am home"

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___________
Sunday, January 10, 2010 @ 1:04:56 AM
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i dont watch half as many movies as i use to.
i use to really enjoy watching movies either at the cinemas or even at home but i dont anymore.
same as sports i use to watch every single NRL game, my weekend was dedicated to watching NRL.
now i just am bored with it, they turned into a freaking girls sport so many rules.
might as well change the jerseys to pink dresses. bunch of bloody pansies!

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Gamer Girl Gemo
Sunday, January 10, 2010 @ 4:04:34 AM
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Hollywood in a rut? Video Games responsible? Oh, the humanity! The whole "Games into movies" thing, sounds like bad territory, in my opinion. Although, it does not mean I won't go and see them. Either to point and laugh at a sad attempt or just simply applaud Hollywood's climb in the "popularity" ladder. Prince of Persia is way better as a game, no doubt, and the movie can only hope to come close to compare to the games. Although, I think going to see it wouldn't hurt... Much. Even though my movie watching has EXTREMELY declined ever since I discovered the PS3... (Sigh) Somewhat of a shame. Last I went to the theatre was when New Moon made its midnight debut...
Anyway, games such as Uncharted and Assassin's Creed as a movie? Sorry if I get off topic, but I don't wish it to be so and can we stop Hollywood from stealing such amazing ideas for the big screen? Nope! So, to hell with the interactiveness! Bring on the cinematics Hollywood! We're prepared.

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missionmom
Sunday, January 10, 2010 @ 6:19:09 AM
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wow ben. besides commenting for PSX extreme, you're also qualified to diagnose if people are "retarded"? What a multi-talented loser you are.

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to_far_apart
Sunday, January 10, 2010 @ 1:38:32 PM

I guess you're one of those people who don't understand what an opinion really means huh?

I mean you can disagree, but do you really have to resort to such immaturity by calling someone a loser?

I mean really, I'm getting sick of people who just whine, complain, and name call, it's so childish like and bratty. If you disagree just say you disagree or write something saying why you don't agree and give a valid argument, don't just blurt garbage, it really makes people look pathetic honestly, and honestly Ben doesn't really care what you think, he's going to write what he wants, it is HIS article. I'm pretty sure Ben would rather like to see a your take on why you disagree instead of blurting crap like that.

Do me a favor and buy yourself a pair of Pull-ups.

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fluffer nutter
Sunday, January 10, 2010 @ 1:46:49 PM

You really should read the article again. No where did Ben state that people are retarded. The comment referred to the "retarded comedy". Now, we can look at the various meanings for this word when used as an adjective and in case you're still confused, let me help you with that. To cause to move or proceed slowly; delay or impede. Here's another one. A slowing down or hindering of progress; a delay. You can also use it to describe a slackening of tempo in music.

Calling someone a loser on the internet, when you can't comprehend the text in question, is not a great move for a possible "victory". I hope you have learned your lesson, but I fear that may not be possible.

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Qubex
Sunday, January 10, 2010 @ 7:01:11 PM

Missionmom; i feel that that was an unnecessary comment and an insult!

Psychology 101 would teach you that one should try to avoid the "you" message, a direct attack on someone's character. It is hurtful, unnecessary, and over time, is like an acid that destroys any relationship... short term or long.

It is far far better to use the worlds, "I think", or "i feel" etc, rather than the "you" message which is a direct attack on an individuals sense of being, for what ever reason.

I feel that if you want to continue commenting like that, it may best to take that opinion somewhere else. I also feel that if you want to criticize someone, please consider doing it diplomatically.

Q!

"i am home"

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Alienange
Sunday, January 10, 2010 @ 7:07:05 PM

@ fluffer nutter - I thought Ben meant "retarded" as in "stupid" or "idiotic" or "brain dead" or "only funny if you're 10." Your explanation sounds good too though.

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BikerSaint
Sunday, January 10, 2010 @ 9:26:13 PM

Don't worry everybody,
I just fixed it so her paragraph is now correct.....

"Wow" mission mom,
besides commenting on PSX extreme with such dribble with your very first post, you're also qualified to mis-diagnose that any people even said "retarded"?
What a single-minded-talented loser you must be.


BTW, how can we really be sure that you're not "Frumpy Mom" who in a few threads below, thinks about Satan all the time????


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Edito
Sunday, January 10, 2010 @ 2:08:13 PM
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i just don't watch movies these days im addicted to Animes and Games more Animes than games cause its sad but day buy day games are becoming less pure there still strong games like The Last Guardian but i do prefer animes than movies and games...

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Alienange
Sunday, January 10, 2010 @ 7:09:11 PM

For what it's worth, I liked your comment a lot. Anime is a ton of fun to watch.

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THE NTMIDTR
Sunday, January 10, 2010 @ 5:31:05 PM
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I thought I recently heard that Hollywood had a pretty good 2009? (AOTS perhaps?)

Anyway, my Blockbuster Online acct. gets a vigorous workout. I rent tons of movies! Mostly on Blu-Ray. I have a Netflix too, but I put it on hold for a while.

I don't go to the theater often unless it's to take the kiddies to a 3D movie (Fly Me To The Moon, Coraline, Monsters Vs. Aliens etc.)... just not in the budget, with high prices and a 6 member family.

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MasterGT
Sunday, January 10, 2010 @ 6:16:58 PM
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I buy movies on disc and watch them repeatedly. Now, with so many movies in my library (literally hundreds), we don't need to go out to watch movies, unless we want to see a new one, but buying movies is so cheap now that it doesn't make sense to make a habit out of going to the cinema. The PS3 being a media centre is great, too, especially once the movies are on the NAS box. Oh, you forgot the PS3 does more than games? Shame on you.

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mousekiks
Monday, January 11, 2010 @ 12:14:50 AM
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I still watch movies a lot. Sometimes I prefer to watch a movie instead of playing a game. And I have recently bought a few new blu-rays. So, maybe it's just my age. =p

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PaiNT_kinG
Monday, January 11, 2010 @ 12:20:48 AM
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i play video games 75% of the time/watch movie 25% of the time

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ffyfe7
Monday, January 11, 2010 @ 1:26:16 AM
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I find that I go to the cinemas more than I used to. I have found that I prefer gaming to movies as it is a interactive experience, infact I just realised that I always seem to look at the approximate running time because if a movie is say 2 hours or so I might reconsider watching it. It reminds me of a report I did at school and I mentioned how we are becoming an impatient society and how we want everything instantly. You'll notice how many new release movies are only around 90 mins or so and its due to that reason. Anyway I dont think that gaming has affected my movie watching time but it all depends on the quality of movie like Ben said.

PS - Have any of you seen the the Japanese Yakuza film "Brother" it was written/directed by Takeshi Kitano? It is one of my favourite movies off all time and is in my eyes an underrated classic.

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sobleck
Monday, January 11, 2010 @ 4:33:46 AM
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I like movies, not all movies, but i like movies, I like some of those blockbusters too, they go well with baskin robins ice cream and hot fudge mmm. YES I like me some ice cream and my favorite ice cream is at the movie theaters,

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RebelExtrm02
Monday, January 11, 2010 @ 10:22:43 AM
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I hardly watch movies at all anymore. I don't even watch tv. I just have a hard time sitting through anything that isn't interactive anymore. I can't stand passive "entertainment." :(

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F302Pilot
Monday, January 11, 2010 @ 10:03:12 PM
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I don't watch that much movies unless if am in the mood
i watch more Anime/TV shows than movies
i rather play games than movies
newer movies aren't that appealing
The new Star Trek and Transformers Revenge of the Fallen were exceptional

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NetheRealm
Tuesday, January 12, 2010 @ 2:48:17 AM
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Actually watching more lately since I got the PS3 Netflix Instant watch disk. It has cut into my playing Dragon Age which will remain half finished when I return it to Gamefly to trade for White Knight Chronicles at the end of this month. Most times lately I've been choosing to relax & watch several movies instead of use the same amount of time to get through one more area of DAO. DAO is so much like a movie that requires a lot of small decisions the payoff hardly seems worth the effort. I'm hoping White Knight is fun enough to play that I'll be more compelled to give up some movie watching time to play it more.

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just2skillf00l
Tuesday, January 12, 2010 @ 9:23:14 PM
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New ideas in terms of video games are pretty rare for me to see. Yeah Uncharted 2 had a great story and beautiful visuals but that doesn't mean that it was original. The storyline progressed as a movie would and that was very impressive to see in a game, however, it wasn't exactly anything new and groundbreaking. Heavy Rain seems to be something new where unlike other games, the playable characters can die and the story simply branches off toward another path when they do. This is a very interesting idea but it seems that it could possibly limit your gaming experience depending on how quick you are in responding to the QTE. This and LBP are the two most creative games I've seen in a long time.

In response to the movie question: I will always watch movies on my PS3. When I get bored of a game I'll just sit back and enjoy a flick from my ever expanding movie collection. I believe quality movies are being produced. However, quality doesn't always equate to great. If you have seen a movie revolving around a particular idea, concept, or environment and then watch another movie revolving around the same ideas, etc., you start to lose interest in the movie because you can guess how it will pan out and it loses its mystery element. This mystery element is what drives me to watch certain movies.

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