According to Peter Guber, chairman of Mandalay Pictures and former Sony Pictures chief, males are opting to stay home and play video games rather than go to the movies, which is why chick flicks are raking in the cash.
"A lot of young males are spending much more time on the internet, games and UFC," Guber told The Sunday Telegraph. "They have not abandoned movies, but they have diminished as a target, while the female audience has remained robust."
Movies like Valentine's Day and Dear John have been at the top of the box office lately, suggesting both an increase in female attendance and a decrease in male attendance.
Although I'd argue that the reason males aren't going to the movies is because the selection has been utter crap lately. Shutter Island, Valentine's Day, or Dear John? I think I'd rather stay home and play games.
Microsoft announced Game Room yesterday at its CES press conference. It will allow gamers to experience retro gaming with access to "over 1000" titles over the next three years. It will be launching with 30+ titles, some of which Kotaku has compiled based on the games shown in the debut traileer. Others were also shown but not announced yet. Check out the list after the jump.
When we were young, there was no distinction between a AAA title and a badly done Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle game. As kids, there was only one deciding factor on whether we liked a game. It had to be fun. So, now looking at games in a more informed light, is being fun the only factor that defines a “good” game?
In my experience, there really isn't a substitute for fun. If a game is fun all the way through, then it's not, by definition, a good game, it's a great game. However, so many games these days don't make parts of the game fun. Now, with the stunning visuals, immersive storylines and a not-so-unique combat mechanics, games these days slap the gamer with so many incoherent and disjointed layers until they finally submit that the game was “fun,” so how do we break through this almost comatose-like state of placateness and determine whether a game is good?
In the spirit of top 10 lists, review-aggregating website Metacritic has compiled a list of the top 10 most highly rated games for 2009. Check out the list below:
This was a really difficult list to make, to limit it to 20 games everyone should play. I know there's going to be a lot of upset people because certain games weren't included, but obviously I can't have them all in a list of 20 games. I tried to limit it to games that have aged well, thus excluding titles like Goldeneye 007 or Doom. I was tempted to put Tetris on the list, but I decided to leave it off. I also tried to keep a balance of modern and classic games. Anyways, here's my list of 20 games every gamer should play.
It may be hard to believe, but 2010 is less than two months away, and the first quarter alone has some pretty good games coming out. Listed below are a few games we feel you should keep an eye out for. Some may be no-brainers, others might catch you off guard. We've also included a full list of games we have our eye on.