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post #1 of 29
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I did not realised that the computer game industry is so huge at $11 billion a year. And that is more than Hollywood. And I did not realise that the computer game industry surpassed Hollywood over 4 years ago.

So do you people play them?

Here is a short paragraph from the main article.
http://www.cnn.com/2004/TECH/fun.gam....ap/index.html

SAN JOSE, California (AP) -- The video game industry was once an afterthought in Hollywood, at most an ancillary source of revenue like action figures. The people passionately developing the computer-based form of entertainment were seen as dorks compared with the celebrities.

Not anymore.

Now that games have matured into a $11 billion business, topping movie box-office sales and siphoning television viewers, the lucrative and increasingly influential genre has attracted more star power than ever.
post #2 of 29
The Sammycat is getting pretty good at playing games on here. hmmmmm I think he was the one that beat my last high score

I love computer games. My Hubby however hates when I get started cause I don't know when to say when....gee sounds almost like a commercial
post #3 of 29
Games??? You can do that on the computer????

Guess I must be working too hard.....




OK, I'll admit that I have, in fact, played games on the computer at one point in my life. But I haven't in a long time. I liked the simple games, pinball, mahjongg, puzzles games. I liked the games you could pick up and put down and not feel vested in "finishing" the game. There aren't a whole lot of games like that anymore. And honestly, at real work they won't let me and I just don't have the time between all my projects at home on the computer to really play.
post #4 of 29
I enjoy computer games but don't really have time for them. My fave site for them is miniclip.com.
post #5 of 29
They're pretty cool, but don't play them very often 'cause of the time. I have SimCity, which is pretty interesting. And of course the other computer games that are already in the pc. Like Blasterball, now that's an old game. Haha!
post #6 of 29
I play them here and there
post #7 of 29
While I like some computer games, I prefer the PS2.
post #8 of 29
I don't really play too many computer games, I like Emporer's Mahjong on my Ipaq.... I have almost beaten the entire game My bf plays that Everquest game on the computer.
post #9 of 29
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Originally Posted by valanhb
I liked the simple games, pinball, mahjongg, puzzles games. I liked the games you could pick up and put down and not feel vested in "finishing" the game. There aren't a whole lot of games like that anymore. And honestly, at real work they won't let me and I just don't have the time between all my projects at home on the computer to really play.
Heidi,

I have to agree. Give me a game I can play in 15 minutes or less to stimulate the brain when its gone dead. They're also good for eye-hand coordination and relaxation. I have also heard it helps to stave off senility, and every bit helps sometimes.

Sandy
post #10 of 29
I love computer games! I play a lot of point and click type games like Broken Sword (1,2 & 3) CSI (1 & 2) and oldies but goodies like The 7th Guest and 11th Hour.
post #11 of 29
Rhian - I LOVE Broken Sword, they have part 3?????? Is it worth getting?
post #12 of 29
Part three is called Broken Sword - The Sleeping Dragon. It's out on PS2, XBox and PC and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The PC version has really high specs so I got the XBox version which worked without a hitch.
post #13 of 29
I play games almost on a daily basis. I like them so much that I even beta tested quite a few of them in the past. I was offered to Beta Test Evercrack 2, I mean Everquest 2, but I past that one up. I didn't want to get involved with that one since I would know I would like the game so much that I would need to subscribe to it when it went gold. The last game I beta tested was Star Wars Galaxies which I loved at the time. It was really neat seeing a game in full development. (I entered it when there were only about 40 people in the testing phase at the time, it ended with 1500 people). I remember logging in on a Saturday morning so we could go to Endor and see green plants. I remember seeing ships starting to fly over head. Then later the SFX were added. It was interesting I must say...

Right now though the games I have been playing a lot of are B-17 Flying Fortress, Need for Speed Underground, Call of Duty and most of all, Far Cry which freakin rocks! That game is so revolutionary its not even funny. Seeing Fish in the water moving around (yes, that is a BIG thing in gaming; water and fire are very hard to render in 3D), shooting at trees and leaving marks, instead of doing a game on a couple of paths, you can do it on several (and I mean dozens) of ways to complete your game.

As for the gaming industry surpassing the film industry in profits, I'm not surprised. Gaming has become so complex and so real that at times, it’s better then a movie or even a rollercoaster. There's at times when you care for the characters that get killed or injured in the game. There's times when you can say, "Hey, how about I do this and see if I can do it better..." or what have you. The gaming industries knows what its doing and have even hired script writers from major studios, hired art directors from movies, and so on. They know what the people want. Maybe the Movie and TV exec's need to take a lesson from this industry....
post #14 of 29
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Originally Posted by Arg0
I play games almost on a daily basis. I like them so much that I even beta tested quite a few of them in the past. I was offered to Beta Test Evercrack 2, I mean Everquest 2, but I past that one up. I didn't want to get involved with that one since I would know I would like the game so much that I would need to subscribe to it when it went gold.
Smart move. I used to play that game a couple years ago and it was VERY addicting. I played all the time. My BF has been addicted, err I mean playing it, for 3, maybe even 4 years now. I am so glad that I gave it up!
post #15 of 29
I play Maj Jongg, Hearts and solitaire(card) games a lot
post #16 of 29
I'll admit it...I'm a bit of a SIMS addict. I have all the expansion packs and the games for the console systems as well.. I tried SIMS on-line but didn't like it. Just gotta wait for the SIM 2 now. I just bought on the CSI games hopefully I'll get a chance to get started on it this weekend. I am still avoiding Everquest but the temptation is there.

Not to give away how big a dork I am but I have a PS2, GameCube, and Xbox in addition to the Computer. Then again so do a lot of my friends.
post #17 of 29
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Originally Posted by GrayKittenLove
I'll admit it...I'm a bit of a SIMS addict. I have all the expansion packs and the games for the console systems as well.. I tried SIMS on-line but didn't like it. Just gotta wait for the SIM 2 now. I just bought on the CSI games hopefully I'll get a chance to get started on it this weekend. I am still avoiding Everquest but the temptation is there.

Not to give away how big a dork I am but I have a PS2, GameCube, and Xbox in addition to the Computer. Then again so do a lot of my friends.

We have an Xbox but right now its just collecting dust as we speak... Already got rid of my PS2... PC gaming can't compare to console gaming since its light years ahead of everything to include the networks you can play your friends with, I was doing that back in 97 with X-Wing vs Tie-Fighter. I also remember seeing a friend playing a text game with a few people playing on Arpa Net back 93
post #18 of 29
Another vote for PSII here. I'm currently in the middle of a game called Ico. It's kind of mysterious but the scenery is beautiful in some parts. What was that game with the little guy riding on a screwdriver and having to undo all the screws, nuts and bolts. He was cute. I've got the game on CD somewhere. I like playing scrabble online and Monopoly but haven't been able to find a good Monopoly site. The one I did go to, the turns lasted about three seconds and I couldn't keep up LOL.
post #19 of 29
We have an X-box my bf's son plays all the time. We have some really cute games for it Shrek, Harry Potter etc. We just got Need for Speed II which is a really fun race car game where the cops chase you. I play it occasionally with him. The X-box is connected in the office room and I mostly use it as a dvd player though.
post #20 of 29
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Originally Posted by Arg0

Right now though the games I have been playing a lot of are B-17 Flying Fortress, Need for Speed Underground, Call of Duty and most of all, Far Cry which freakin rocks! That game is so revolutionary its not even funny. Seeing Fish in the water moving around (yes, that is a BIG thing in gaming; water and fire are very hard to render in 3D), shooting at trees and leaving marks, instead of doing a game on a couple of paths, you can do it on several (and I mean dozens) of ways to complete your game.
I completely agree. Far Cry has got to be the best game there is out there right now! I love the physics engine where you can like shoot barrels off cliffs and stuff, and running over pigs in the hummer is always a blast (oops ) The only problem is that Val kind of looks like a man, and the ending was not so good. I also love NFS: Underground... one of my all time favorites.
So I love video games They are awesome, and if you don't play them you should.

Peace,
Brandon
post #21 of 29
Yeah the ending was kinda weak, I just sat there and said, "THATS IT?" I hate that... Freelancer did the same thing to me also. But yeah Far Cry, Hands Down, Game of the Year So far... And your right Val did look like a man too a point, but beats having her looking like Pamela Anderson and you know thats been done way too many times.
post #22 of 29
I like computer games and was getting very addicted to them at one time, had to stop altogether to get out of it. But now that I am under control I play now and again.
post #23 of 29
Lineage > Everquest :P Everquest == standard boring old treadmill

You people obviously haven't been in Korea very long And this is from '01: http://www.time.com/time/interactive.../gangs_np.html I like the part about the 14 year old runaway who defrauded Lineage players out of about $10,000 haha.

I've been interested in EQ2 because you can be a cat and stuff. Sooooo cute. But I don't think I'll pay for games any more. I'm also missing out on console games not available for PC (like FFX2) for that reason. Although...if my friend visits sometime, I can steal his PS2 for a while It's how I played FFX hehe. I just play some War3 nowadays. Earlier I spent more of my time gaming, but I usually did play fewer games than others, because I liked to play a game to death before moving on. I only gave up Tribes when there were no Renegades servers left.

TV and movies rot the brain. You sit there and accept whatever's on the screen. Boring :P My brother and I used to say every kid should get a decent computer, broadband access, and plenty of games, and that would take care of most problems like gangs composed mostly of minors, unwanted teenage pregnancy, drug abuse in younger people, and so on
post #24 of 29
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Originally Posted by Arg0
Yeah the ending was kinda weak, I just sat there and said, "THATS IT?" I hate that... Freelancer did the same thing to me also. But yeah Far Cry, Hands Down, Game of the Year So far... And your right Val did look like a man too a point, but beats having her looking like Pamela Anderson and you know thats been done way too many times.
True True. My bro has freelancer, but I haven't played it. Im not into the space games. Doom 3 and Halflife 2 will be out this year though, and they should be pretty good. Now in farcry I think it would have been cool if you became a little mutated towards the end... more than just the green skin.
Oh and I played through Morrowind as a Kahjit(sp?) which is a cat person. It was fun... although I got lost too much.

Peace,
Brandon
post #25 of 29
I have a couple of games on the computer that I play once and a while, and I own a Playstation as well. I like playing the old games like Pac Man, Dig Dug and Pole Position on the Playstation.
post #26 of 29
OK, I'll admit that I do own The Sims. every expansion up to Superstar . I also have Grand theft auto III and Midtown Madness 2. I wont't tell my age either :lol3

I don't play them very often at all, but sometimes it's nice to just forget about the world around you and have some fun.

My husband thinks I'm nuts - but then again he likes to play once in awhile too!
post #27 of 29
That's a misleading figure at the beginning. Sure it beats film box office, but you have to realize box office has not been the main source of revenue for hollywood for years and years, most money is made in ancillary markets.
post #28 of 29
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Originally Posted by Louse76
That's a misleading figure at the beginning. Sure it beats film box office, but you have to realize box office has not been the main source of revenue for hollywood for years and years, most money is made in ancillary markets.
True, however, the statistics are staggering. It shows quite a few people play games more then going to the movies, or even watch TV. Its quite a feat for an industry that some people who think it would never amount to anything, except for the kiddies...
post #29 of 29
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Originally Posted by HopeHacker
I have a couple of games on the computer that I play once and a while, and I own a Playstation as well. I like playing the old games like Pac Man, Dig Dug and Pole Position on the Playstation.

I love the older games too. Pac Man and Frogger especially have a place in my heart. I also still have the old Atari 2600 that my parents got me when I was a kid that I pull out occasionally just to have the retro experience.
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