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India - the final frontier for games?

Ed Fries
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Ed Fries
This is a battle that has raged around the world and has now come to rest on the opposite side of the planet [India] from where I was born. I wrote my first games while I was a high school student back in 1982 so I and many others have been fighting this fight for quite a while now.

What is the fight? It’s really about establishing a new art form. If the 20th century was all about movies, then I believe that interactive entertainment will be the defining art form of the 21st century. Interactive entertainment is the combination of software and the traditional art forms of story telling, music, painting, etc to form something new and much more powerful than what has come before. A medium that the observer doesn’t just passively watch, but instead becomes part of, influences, interacts with and is immersed in.

But I’ll talk more about that later. First some news on the war: we are winning.

Just last month the Pew Research Center in Washington DC published the first comprehensive, nationwide study of video game usage in the U.S. They found that virtually all teens in America play video games. 99 percent of boys and 94 percent of girls surveyed play games. Half of them reported they played yesterday. The average age of game players in the U.S is now 35 years old.

The dollars generated by video game sales passed box office movie sales several years ago in the U.S. This year we passed music sales.

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