Did anyone predict the music/rhythm genre would blow up like this back when they were playing PaRappa the Rapper ? Seriously? About a year ago, Activision announced that their famed and acclaimed Guitar Hero franchise had passed the $1 billion mark in North American revenue. That was pretty damn impressive, but here's yet another milestone.
As GameDaily reports, Activision now says that Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock has become the first single game ever to generate over $1 billion sales. Activision Publishing CEO Mike Griffith revealed this fact during his keynote address at last week's CES, and he also mentioned how the game industry "has a profound effect on other entertainment sectors." Obviously, a series like GH has been very important for the music industry; for instance, Guitar Hero: Aerosmith sold three times as many copies as the band's last album. In regards to the new installment – Guitar Hero: World Tour – Griffith praised the game's user-generated options, as 25,000 songs were created in the first 10 days and over 141,000 have been created thus far. The numbers are almost overwhelming: the GH community now sits at more than 600,000 members and there have been an astonishing 21 million song downloads. And lastly, Griffith echoed something we at PSXE have been saying for quite a while: the gaming industry is going up while the other entertainment venues are…well, not. Said Griffith:
"Movies, recorded music and TV – these are all stagnating or contracting entertainment sectors. Video games are poised to eclipse all other forms of entertainment in the decade ahead."
Couldn't possibly agree more.
Related Game(s): Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock