If you hadn’t noticed before Hollywood became paranoid about the potential for the likes of YouTube to overtake their dominance of the entertainment industry in the future, causing the SOPA fight, film and television were surpassed by porn and then the online gaming industries both in size and profit.
We’ve written a lot about porn but not as much about the impact of gaming on the male mind.
The most significant game in history, Star Wars: The Old Republic, was just released.
It may be the largest entertainment production in history. More than 800 people on four continents have spent six years and nearly $200 million creating it. The story runs 1,600 hours, with hundreds of additional hours still being written. Nearly 1,000 actors have recorded dialogue for 4,000 characters in three languages.
The narrative is so huge that writers created a 1,000-page “bible” to keep the details straight, and the director recently asked a colleague not to spoil moments he hadn’t yet seen.
It’s not a movie or a TV series. It’s Star Wars: The Old Republic, the most expensive, ambitious and riskiest video game ever produced.
Created out of a 60,000-square-foot converted warehouse next to a cooking school on the outskirts of Austin, Texas, the Old Republic is proof that while box-office, network TV ratings and music sales are slumping, games are holding their own, thanks to steady growth from online games. Revenue from games played online last year topped $7 billion, up from $6.5 billion in 2010, according to Parks & Assoc.
The idea is to captivate the minds of millions of young men, and women, across the country compelling them to pay $60 upfront and $15 per month to play.
So the question on my mind is whether the new game is good? Meaning is the game as good as its publisher claims? And if it is what is the impact of the move from the old paradigm of entertainment to one dominated by interactive fantasy gaming?