Posts Tagged 'infographic'

Video Games Have Surpassed Hollywood

For the past decade we have been in the middle of a sea change in how we get our entertainment. Gone are the days of the 1980s when television and movies are the heavy hitters in screen-based entertainment. As computer hardware has improved video games have become more and more entertaining and life-like. The other thing that’s come with that is cold hard cash. The biggest video game publishers now bring in tens of billions of dollars per year and they money the industry is making is now eclipsing Hollywood. I think that this infographic I found really drives this point home. Compared to a Hollywood movie, video games usually cost less to make, sell for much more money per unit, and entertain us for a much longer period of time.

To use a personal example, I watched all three Lord of the Rings movies in theaters, paid about $24 to see them, and was blown away on the journey they too me on for the roughly 10 hours those movies lasted. I paid $60 for Skyrim and spent about 250 hours of my life exploring that incredible fantasy-themed world and doing generally whatever I wanted whenever I wanted. Guess which gave me far more for my money? The 21st century is upon us and more and more of us are now taking a more active role in our own entertainment. If you don’t believe that just follow the money.

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America In Burger Form

Few things are more uniquely American than fast food and hamburgers are probably the most widely consumed fast food product. Over the past few months the people at Peek Analytics tracked where every tweet about a burger chain came from and put it all together in this interactive map. While it is fascinating it should be noted that this is not a very good measure of brand popularity. They only measured tweets that mentioned a certain restaurant, not whether the tweet itself was favorable to said restaurant. For example, a tweet saying that McDonalds is a horrible company that makes food that will make you fat and wreak havoc on your digestive system is given the same weight as a tweet saying how much someone loves their Big Macs and reasonably priced coffee. It doesn’t distinguish between the two and that is important to keep that in mind when looking at a controversial industry. For the record, I love McDonalds’ coffee and hate just about everything else they serve.

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Cooking at Home or Dining Out?

One of the biggest economic trends over the past five years has been in how we eat. In more difficult economic times many Americans find themselves eating out at restaurants less often and going to less expensive restaurants when they do eat out. TurboTax recently studied this shift in behavior and published the biggest findings in this infographic. The bottom line? 57 percent of Americans now consider going out to eat a luxury and price now plays a much larger factor in determining which restaurant to eat at. For the restaurant industry this means getting the most bang for your buck is more important than ever as diners are now increasingly seeking value over many other factors.

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