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Game Popularity Causing Influx Of "Chick Flicks"

Maybe you hadn't noticed, but the chick flick has enjoyed a big resurgence in the theaters lately. ...or maybe you hadn't noticed.

Well, either way, according to a recent article in UK publication The Telegraph, the ever-increasing popularity of video games with the male population has helped generate this influx of chick flicks in Hollywood. Citing the success of the critically panned "Valentine's Day" as just one example, the article says studio executives believe that as games keep targeting guys, there just isn't enough money to go around. Hence, they sacrifice going to the theaters for the latest, greatest game. Said Peter Guber, chairman of the Mandalay Pictures production company and former studio chief at Sony Pictures:

"A lot of young males are spending much more time on the internet, games and UFC [ultimate fighting]. They have not abandoned movies but they have diminished as a target, while the female audience has remained robust."

A 2009 NPD report suggested that the number of American game players have now surpassed the number of movie goers, but we're willing to bet the vast majority of hardcore gamers are still male. Even so, the number of girl gamers continue to rise - as evidenced by the sheer number of females who send me messages and e-mails every time I question this fact - so perhaps even the chick flicks will go away at some point (God willing). Perhaps Hollywood could try an original concept or storyline for once. You know, something that isn't a remake or based on a book or game. Maybe that'll help. Just a thought.

2/23/2010 9:32:16 PM Ben Dutka

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Comments (51 posts)

Highlander
Tuesday, February 23, 2010 @ 9:52:33 PM
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OK, the Internet and games I understand, but UFC? Come on guys, really? I mean, really?

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, February 23, 2010 @ 10:10:19 PM

hat one didn't quite fit did it? UFC isn't THAT popular.

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CH1N00K
Tuesday, February 23, 2010 @ 10:11:22 PM

I don't know about where you live, but it seems everywhere you go know days you can't go 5 seconds without someone wearing a "TAPOUT" t-shirt everywhere. I never got the whole UFC thing myself, but to each is own I guess.

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main_event05
Wednesday, February 24, 2010 @ 8:58:29 AM

UFC is just a fad just like all the auto tuners. Sure there are those who actually live it but for the other 80% its just a passing trend. thank God UFC is dying down.

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Hexen
Wednesday, February 24, 2010 @ 10:40:46 AM

@main

Is actually quite the opposite.Boxing is hanging by a tread which means is almost dead(Mayweather vs Pacquiao could have bough it more time to live) so MMA(UFC)is going to completely replace it, so expect to see a lot more :)

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main_event05
Wednesday, February 24, 2010 @ 11:27:12 AM

I am so sure you are wrong that if that happens I will give up gaming completely.

Ben, Everyone, I want the above statement to go on official record.

Last edited by main_event05 on 2/24/2010 11:28:52 AM

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ace_boon_coon
Wednesday, February 24, 2010 @ 2:38:11 PM

i love ufc and boxing, but ufc can never take the place of boxing

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Highlander
Wednesday, February 24, 2010 @ 9:01:22 PM

@Hexen

You're advocating the replacement of Boxing with brawling. Why not give each man a bottle of Jack Daniels before they start? UFC is nothing more than brawling. It reminds of of the so called MMA, both are simply ways of dressing up a fist fight with no rules as a sport. Boxing is a sport, there are rules and specific equipment.

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piratedrunk
Wednesday, February 24, 2010 @ 10:12:32 PM

Highlander I can only assume based on your comment that you have seen very little UFC or only saw it in its very early days. It is MMA and there are plenty of rules.

It is even safer for the fighters than boxing when you factor in the count. It is more dangerous for a boxer to get rocked and come back than for a fighter to get punched in the head repeatedly then stop the fight.

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Qubex
Tuesday, February 23, 2010 @ 9:59:57 PM
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That may be the case, but I really enjoyed the movie "Julia and Julia" about Julia Childs, the famous American female cook.

It was a heart warming story and quite different from what I had just seen, that being Avatar...

You don't need a heavy laden special FX film to enjoy a good story.

Q!

"make.believe"

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, February 23, 2010 @ 10:12:51 PM

Qubex you wuss ;)

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Tuesday, February 23, 2010 @ 11:37:51 PM

I'm not entirely sure that qualifies as a chick flick, though.

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Qubex
Wednesday, February 24, 2010 @ 9:09:17 AM

Lol World... it did tickle my Wizardry beard some what!

Q!

"make.believe"

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Alienange
Tuesday, February 23, 2010 @ 10:00:08 PM
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Don't wish for chick flicks to go away! Last thing on earth I want is for my wife to hog the PS3. Let her go see her chick flicks, I've got gaming to do.

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Miggy
Tuesday, February 23, 2010 @ 10:14:18 PM
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I do spend a lot of time doing everything Mr. Guber mentioned but I still enjoy watching movies. Just watched Black Dynamite not to long ago, awesome movie. best of pride fc ftw!!

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, February 23, 2010 @ 10:15:59 PM
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This is good news and bad news, good news if your woman wants to go see them with her friend, bad news if she wants to tear you away from your PS3 to go see it.

However, if they go away then we will see an influx of chick games, and not the good kind meant for young males to ogle.

I personally would like to see somebody do something effective in a horror movie, instead of the same old crap, probably have to wait until Del Toro comes out with Lovecrafts "At the Mountains of Madness"

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Swim_Irr
Tuesday, February 23, 2010 @ 10:40:19 PM
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huh... thats funny you put this article up. i was just speaking to one of my coworkers about what she did for v-day and she said she went to see "Valentines Day," but she also mentioned how crappy all of the chick flicks are these days... (lol at "these days")

interesting though.

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chedison
Tuesday, February 23, 2010 @ 10:59:09 PM

Not just chick flicks either. 50% of mainstream movies (atleast) are pretty bad. Evidence? WOlfman.

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Highlander
Tuesday, February 23, 2010 @ 11:16:08 PM

Prior art - The Twilight Saga movies.

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Swim_Irr
Wednesday, February 24, 2010 @ 12:57:13 AM

hah! every time i saw a trailer for wolfman, all i could think about was "Mr. Aaannndersoonnnn...."

lol.

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leatherface
Tuesday, February 23, 2010 @ 11:08:36 PM
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games before dames

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chedison
Tuesday, February 23, 2010 @ 11:34:39 PM

love it.

ps. your avatar is awesome, actually your name is two 8).

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SmokeyPSD
Tuesday, February 23, 2010 @ 11:20:45 PM
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i call bullsh**. women are becoming more and more apart of the gaming community at large all the time.

Last edited by Ben Dutka PSXE on 2/23/2010 11:37:59 PM

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Dancemachine55
Wednesday, February 24, 2010 @ 12:46:52 AM
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I'd like to hear a female gamer's point of view right about now, seeing as they are the targeted audience for these articles.

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randomname
Wednesday, February 24, 2010 @ 1:05:01 AM
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Mmmmmm I want Epic war movies like Pearl Harbor and such... Maybe we need a World War 3 already :P lol j/k

Great article btw.

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___________
Wednesday, February 24, 2010 @ 1:20:04 AM
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have not noticed since i have not been to the movies for months besides last Saturday when i watched shutter island.
one thing i really dont get is they put a movie thats been out for 2 weeks in the largest cinema and shutter island which had been out for 2 days and was EXTREMELY! popular in the smallest cinema they had.
i went to the bathroom half way through my movie and the larger cinema was honestly not even a 1/3 full and mine was stuffed to the brim.
that is why i hate going to the movies because you either
1 get stuffed in like a sardine in a can.
2 have to put up with all the di** heads screaming with their laser pointers and chucking popcorn.
3 forced to sit at the front for 3 hours so when you get home your neck is so stiff it could be used for a diving board.
not to mention everything is ludicrously overpriced. 8 bucks for a fu***ng bottle of water!
no thanks, id rather sit in my lounge room nice and comfy and warm with my jack Daniels or even maybe some black galliano sambuca.
only racket i have to worry about there is the rattling glass from my sub........ or my dog :(

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Robochic
Wednesday, February 24, 2010 @ 1:47:44 AM
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When it comes to "chick flicks" i do watch them why not sure but my games come first before I see a chick flick movie, plus i hate seeing those types of movies in theatres I can't pay for movie like that so I wait to rent it. Only movies I see in theatre are big action packed movies or ones with great special effects.

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johnld
Wednesday, February 24, 2010 @ 2:34:56 AM

are you really a chick? or are you just like one of those guys in PSHome that uses a girl avatar?..jk. Just goes to prove the fact that gaming isnt just for guys anymore. I also prefer big action titles with special effects. Its because, just like in gaming, i want an escape from reality. I dont want that "escape" because life sucks, its more about just sitting still without all the stuff happening outside.

I mean, why the hell would i pay to watch a movie that would get me depressed? Its pretty weird though because i would play any type of game.

As far as picking games or movies, it goes down to a few things. Games are worth more for my money because i can play them multiple times, movies you only really need to see one unless you're an enthusiast. Gaming also let me play and set up my surroundings the way i want. Movies, you dont know whos sitting next to you. The past movie viewing experience subjected me to a scared person constantly tapping his feet, a group of annoying kids who talked during the entire movie, a crying baby(why?), and two old guys critiquing the movie as it happened.

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johnld
Wednesday, February 24, 2010 @ 2:23:55 AM
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If they made movies worth watching then i'll gladly go and watch it. although recently i just watched wolfman with some friends, and that was crap.

Also if you make your movie to target certain audiences like gamers or comic book fans, get someone who knows a lot about the subject and not just the name. yeah, the latest street fighter blew, story was crap, even the pronounciation of some of the key terms were off. When you have someone thats genuinely interested in the subject matter, thats when it all takes off. I mean Jon Favreau was interested in comics and Iron man was amazing. I cant wait for Iron Man 2. You cant just create a movie and slap a label/name to it like street fighter and expect me to accept it even if it sucks. The reason i prefer games is that i know what i'm getting into when i buy a game. with movies, its more of a hit and miss.

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Robochic
Wednesday, February 24, 2010 @ 4:41:03 AM
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@johnld
LOL nope I'm a girl. Just have great taste LOL. But I agree why watch a movie that would either make you want to kill yourself afterwards or go postal or just depressed to the point you don't want to do anything. Where as games take u out of the real world and into a whole new world of fun and make believe that why either I play games alot or read a book. PLus chick flicks are same old ending guy gets girl blah blah make me barf why don't you.... Give me gore like Hostle or give me freaky like Shutter Island. (really want to see shutter island)

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Kowhoho
Wednesday, February 24, 2010 @ 7:01:01 AM

Just a quick tip on Shutter island. It's more Mystery Thriller than Horror, it actually wasn't all that scary. The real attraction is the mystery about it.

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fstop
Wednesday, February 24, 2010 @ 7:54:18 AM

Kowhoho, is 100% right. I saw Shutter Island last night, great movie!
I haven't seen a mystery like this in ages.

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johnld
Wednesday, February 24, 2010 @ 2:31:06 PM

@kowhoho
for some reason, most of the horror movies never scared me. I keep ending up laughing my ass off. maybe theres something wrong with me, lol.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, February 24, 2010 @ 5:45:41 PM

john that's because horror isn't scary anymore, it's just bloody.

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johnld
Wednesday, February 24, 2010 @ 7:21:10 PM

well, thats true world. when everyone elses flinches or screams, i just smile and say how stupid that was.

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Vivi_Gamer
Wednesday, February 24, 2010 @ 6:16:36 AM
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??? Wow where did this losuy attack at film come from. Chick flicks have been going at the same pace for ages... I just ignore them. The reason the people don't go to the cinema is because people just download a leaked copy on the net.

Also Robochic, Films have the simlar structure of escapism as movies, just as books.

I saw 'The Lovely Bones' last night, while it wasn't as in depth as the book, i personally thought it was very well made. I go to the cinema at least 2-3 times a month and i can say i havent been disapointed for a very long time, i think the film industry has really perked up in the last few years as in a similar manner to the PS3's line up.

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JackC8
Wednesday, February 24, 2010 @ 6:35:26 AM
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One of the reasons I play a lot of video games is that TV is downright unwatchable. And Hollywood movies? Good lord, I gave up on those ages ago. Strictly low budget indie stuff for me. I think I've got over 300 DVD's in my collection, and probably less than 10 of them were made in Hollywood.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, February 24, 2010 @ 12:25:07 PM

Balthier ftw.

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SympoziumPawa
Wednesday, February 24, 2010 @ 6:27:58 PM

Dude with same hairstyle as me ftw!

*cough *cough

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Shatterday
Wednesday, February 24, 2010 @ 6:48:37 AM
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I still don't see the correlation... forgive me.


p.s. Rachel McAdams..... mmmmm

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, February 24, 2010 @ 12:26:02 PM

specially in Sherlock Holmes.

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SvenMD
Wednesday, February 24, 2010 @ 7:36:45 AM
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Valentine's Day is pretty bad. It's is choc-o-block full of plot holes they leave many of the stories open-ended at the end of the movie.

Granted I didn't go into this movie thinking it was going to be great, but I was still let down. They try too hard to have alot of characters that interact with one another - and they do it poorly.

You wanna see some intermingled plots - check out Crash - that's a great movie.

Anyway, chick flicks are just outlets for girls to get together and talk about guys...they aren't made to be ground breaking in the first place.

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shaydey77
Wednesday, February 24, 2010 @ 8:24:52 AM
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How long more until they open cinema type arcades instead of cinemas??
Chick flicks are grand once a year. Valentines day is that once a year.

Popcorn and Dualshock. A winning combination!! :)

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BikerSaint
Wednesday, February 24, 2010 @ 7:25:27 PM

@shaydey77,

Aw man, you just got butter all over the freaking controller again!!!!!

Now, go get some %&$^#%#%$ paper towels!

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Lotusflow3r
Wednesday, February 24, 2010 @ 10:26:14 AM
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Hollywood cinema is dead. No thought what so ever.

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Hexen
Wednesday, February 24, 2010 @ 10:47:51 AM

I never though I would agree with you on anything, but yes.Now a days it's all about recycling,remaking,reusing.

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SympoziumPawa
Wednesday, February 24, 2010 @ 6:29:31 PM

Paradox?

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Darwin1967
Wednesday, February 24, 2010 @ 10:34:20 AM
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Being a "chick" I live the best of both worlds..I have my own PS3 AND can see a chick flick anytime w/out fear of being called a "wuss" ;) However, I tend to be the consumer who waits for movies to hit pay-per-view or one of the movie channels. Movie prices are in the stratosphere!

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Blaiyan
Thursday, February 25, 2010 @ 12:25:41 AM
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I haven't been to a theater in years. I keep waiting for someone to start an Internet Movie Theater Company. I'd do it myself if I knew how.

I don't want to go to a theater where the ticket prices keeping getting higher, I have to get there on time, the theater over sells seats, Squeezing by people is not fun (though i've rarely had to do it), sticky whatever on the floor, I always have to take a bathroom break, Some theaters have speakers that are just way too loud and I always have to be cautious not to spill any food.

I buy all my movies and watch them at home. I can make food or order any kind the food I like. What does the theater have besides hot dogs?. I can turn on substitles if I didn't understand something that was said. Start, Pause or rewind the movie if I want to see something again without buying another ticket. Watch Special Features. I'm more comfortable and I don't have to travel. Frankly the experience is just so much better to/for me.

Video Games; though I often have a problem with some content just give you more for your buck. I enjoy being able to sort of play out a movie similar to what U2 offers. Which is why i'd like a Next Gen Blade game but anyway besides that most of the Television shows aren't catered to me and have really turned me off in the past year or two and I was a real TV addict. Well still am sort of. I just buy the shows I want on DVD now or check out new shows by buying episode 1 or watching them on a video site.

Either I doubt the movie industry is hurting.
Comic book/heavy action with GG movies seem to be keeping their wallets pretty fat.

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Vivi_Gamer
Thursday, February 25, 2010 @ 3:26:48 AM

An internet movie theatre! I'm sorry but that is possibbly the most disgusting thing i have heard all year. If by that you mean slpapping youtube styled videos on a cinema screen. Youtube antics dont deserve it its full of utter garbage. Completely detest that idea.

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Blaiyan
Thursday, February 25, 2010 @ 11:54:35 AM

That's not what I meant. I simply meant that you can rent movies on the net so why not give people the convenience of Watching movies on their PC the same day it hits theaters.

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