Monday, October 15, 2012

Call of Duty Black Ops II: between Hollywood and the video game crash

Call of Duty Black Ops II: between Hollywood and the video game crash. In November will be released chapter of Call of Duty, the second "Black Ops" for this episode were enrolled two samples of film as screenwriter David S. Goyer and Trent Reznor, former Nine Inch Nails. Yet the market for video games is a time of adjustment: What lies ahead?

In 2009, on the front pages of newspapers all over the world peered games. Until then, a presence so massive and simultaneous had earned only a few italic moralist against Karmageddon, driving simulation that gave you points only if investivi pedestrians. This time around instead of the games were the winning side. The news, among other things, widely expected, was that the turnover of the video game industry had overtaken cinema, confirming a trend that was not to be turned upside down. As many realized suddenly that the toys were actually the largest global entertainment industry, other than the cinema or literature. The confirmation came a year later, when the new chapter of Call of Duty, the popular shooter video game series, grossed $ 650 million exceeding all previous records, leaving behind Spider-Man 3 and the first part of Harry Potter and the death (of money, the first weekend in theaters, he made the middle of the game).

Videogame killed the movie star? Just as great success in the cinema are the two stars hired to give blazon upcoming new chapter in the saga of Call of Duty, Black Ops 2, which will likely bestseller written by David Goyer and draw on the music of Trent Reznor, Oscar winner with the Social Network soundtrack. For the musician, who first freeze of the cult band of which he was father and master, Nine Inch Nails, also won a Grammy, the gaming world is anything but alien. In the nineties, the NIN and Reznor wrote the music for two cornerstones of the art in video games, Doom 3 and Quake, among the first big blockbuster first-person shooter. Now back to the heroes with an Academy Award in digital bulletin board, let's see what will be able to combine. The biggest curiosity is still work around the Goyer, co-writer Christopher Nolan's last Batman and above all the author of the script for Man of Steel, the Superman reboot expected for next year, directed by Zack Snyder.

An evolving market. The launch of Black Ops 2 comes at a difficult time for games. After years of growing budgets, the trend was reversed and optimism is at the moment a little 'deflated. Something is happening and perhaps a revolution is taking place: an increasing number of casual players, for instance those that are playing Angry Birds while on the train, while the sharp decline in sales of games and hard-of-pure video games, whether for a natural decline due to the crisis, both for external reasons, first of all the fact that the current console begin to be obsolete. The decline in the first few months of this year compared to 2012 is around one quarter of total sales. Despite the crisis, it is a setback not entirely expected.

Legally console. So far, the exodus from cinema to play the star that many had predicted was more window dressing than anything else. We had tried Steven Spielberg, but the truth is that you do not understand yet what contribution they can bring the gods of Hollywood art gaming. For some of them, perhaps, a matter of mere survival. Goyer had already participated in the conception of the first Black Ops, but now will have to deal with a real script of a video game. Could open up a new road, or fail with a mediocre product, as the series Flash Forward of which he was the author of ABC, barely survived the first season. Now on his shoulders and about Black Ops 2 bear the burden of reviving the market for console games. Put that way, it seems the plot of a movie.

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