Videogames Vs Music: A Quick Comparison
Music and games. We like both here on Play and we’re sure most of you do too. We all like a little music. However, the fortunes of the two industries are interesting to look at. With a lot of fuss being made over Take That’s album chart success we thought we would compare this year’s big music and gaming releases with those of what is supposedly the last great album release, Oasis’ Be Here Now.
Take That, Progress – 520,000 copies sold in first week in UK
Call Of Duty: Black Ops – 2 million copies sold in first week in UK
Oasis, Be Here Now – 663,000 copies sold in first week
Tomb Raider II – Approx. 109,270 copies sold in first week
Tomb Raider II was one of the only games I could find any kind of first week sales figures for on PSone. That probably goes some way to showing just how much more seriously games are taken as an entertainment product these days. I wouldn’t have imagined music was so much stronger that that time though, especially since Tomb Raider II was one of the most anticipated games of the year.
Anyway, what I feel this gives some indication of is that while the music industry may be somewhat in decline over the last 13 years, the games industry has exploded beyond any previous measure. It’s really quite astounding. Next time I might throw in some movie figures as another point of comparison. Not today though.