The most commonly quoted figure in the music video business is that music videos can make as much as $50,000 a day (although some of the estimates vary from industry-to-industry). If those numbers are correct, and they most assuredly are, then any video that can make a movie have to be amazing to have any money to buy it – right?
Let’s be realistic: this kind of money is a lot easier to come by in video games than it is in movies. The movies are huge – they have to sell many, many more copies than the game (or the entire game industry as a whole) can make – and the games generally have a higher bar to break into the mainstream market.
So it seems clear that if a video game can make a good movie – even a good movie – it can make a ton of money and the potential for video games to make money is simply too good to ignore.
That’s not, however, always the case though. There’s been a lot of success stories recently – The Hunger Games, Batman Returns, Harry Potter – that have broken big at the box office, but all of them have had an element that you won’t see from most video games or movies – something that separates them from the rest of the world – a story beyond what they already know from the first movie or movie.
What’s in a story?
That’s a tough question to answer, to be honest – but that’s why a story is important – to create the world and the characters you want to see. And without a story you’ll never know why you’re watching and you’ll never understand the world you’re experiencing (especially if you’re not an expert, like I am). It’s why some people might like a piece of art and hate another. In other words – a story can’t only exist to sell an idea.
The story is what makes a video game what it is, if you think about it that way. What makes a movie what it is – is all about the story, all about building a world to give you a reason to care.
And this is why a video game is different than a movie.
Because the game world is your canvas
We all need to paint.
There’s no one way to do it.
It really just depends on what you want. There are plenty of paintings out there that I just can’t take my eyes off of. They look
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