4 Video Game Facts that Prove the Console Is Mightier than the Movies

Yes, well-designed video games are stealing story lines, acquiring actors, and winning over our wallets.

Halo outsold every movie in history

Courtesy of Microsoft Xbox Wire

The people have spoken. Microsoft’s space-themed shooter game Halo 4 earned $220 million in sales on its first day of release, beating out the opening-day numbers of any Hollywood blockbuster ever.

Hollywood directors can't resist

"Modern Warfare 3" screenshot via callofduty.com

It’s not that Paul Haggis, writer of boxing drama Million Dollar Baby, cocreator of Walker, Texas Ranger, and director of 2006 best-picture Oscar winner Crash, couldn’t get any work. But his love of gaming led him to write the script for first-person shooter video game Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3.

Actors are itching for roles

"Arkham City" screenshot via batmanarkhamcity.com

Among the silver screen stars lured by games: Mark Hamill, who lent his voice to the Joker in Batman: Arkham City, and Gary Oldman, who narrated Call of Duty: Black Ops. And does that one character in Grand Theft Auto IVsound familiar? Well, that’s because The Office cowriter Ricky Gervais recorded stand-up routines specifically for the game.

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We love to control the story

"Zelda" screenshot via e3.nintendo.com

Besides the fact that it’s fun to jump over canyons without any real fear of getting hurt, playing a video game actually makes us feel happier. Dopamine, the neurotransmitter responsible for feelings of euphoria, is released in scenarios in which we are given more choices and less predictable results. That’s why it feels good to have the controller (and the story) in our hands.

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