Are Movies And Games Competing?


Posted April 14, 2008 - By Stephen Johnson

Speaking to The Financial Times over the weekend, Electronic Arts president John Riccitiello gave the opinion that videogame releases were directly affecting movie ticket sales:

"The buzz in Hollywood, which I heard from some Hollywood folks... Is people are worried whether Iron Man the movie is going to get killed by Grand Theft Auto the game. I don't think I've ever heard of that before."

Riccitiello went on to say:

 "There is more interest today from Hollywood to make movies out of our games than there is interest in our industry to make games out of their movies. There's a big reset happening now," he observed. "It feels like what movie moguls might have seen in the 1920s and said: 'Hey, we've got talkies now, where is it going?' I feel like we've stepped through a time window where our games are so compelling and seem so real."

So what do you think, movie-watching and game-playing consumer: Do you skip movies because a game was released? Or is there no connection?

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Are Movies And Games Competing?