Guitar Hero III Hits $1B

Posted by Ryan (1263 posts) -

So Activision's CES keynote was apparently pretty uneventful, providing a quick peek at Guitar Hero: Metallica but mostly spending a weird amount of time talking about the company's games from 2008. One point of interest, though, was the revelation from Activision CEO Mike Griffith that Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock had created $1 billion in revenue, which is a new sales record for any game in the history of ever. Sure, that's counting all of the different platform versions, and the bundled guitar controllers pads the per-unit prices pretty well, but still. A billion. $1,000,000,000. Looking at that number is like when people from the Midwest talk to me, someone who was born and raised in California, about the temperature hitting -20 during the winter. I simply do not have a point of reference to understand what that number actually means. So, to provide some perspective, here's a few things that you could buy with a cool bill.

253,164,556 Six-Dollar Burgers from Carl's Jr.















34,494,653 bottles of Goldschlager (750ML)


2,857,142 Swarovski Crystal-encrusted Nintendo DSes


50,000 Sony Bravia 70-Inch 1080p 120Hz LCD HDTVs


10,000 Midways













125 Maybach Exeleros


50 Crank 2: High Voltages





















































So yeah. That's a lot of money!
Staff
#1 Posted by Ryan (1263 posts) -

So Activision's CES keynote was apparently pretty uneventful, providing a quick peek at Guitar Hero: Metallica but mostly spending a weird amount of time talking about the company's games from 2008. One point of interest, though, was the revelation from Activision CEO Mike Griffith that Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock had created $1 billion in revenue, which is a new sales record for any game in the history of ever. Sure, that's counting all of the different platform versions, and the bundled guitar controllers pads the per-unit prices pretty well, but still. A billion. $1,000,000,000. Looking at that number is like when people from the Midwest talk to me, someone who was born and raised in California, about the temperature hitting -20 during the winter. I simply do not have a point of reference to understand what that number actually means. So, to provide some perspective, here's a few things that you could buy with a cool bill.

253,164,556 Six-Dollar Burgers from Carl's Jr.















34,494,653 bottles of Goldschlager (750ML)


2,857,142 Swarovski Crystal-encrusted Nintendo DSes


50,000 Sony Bravia 70-Inch 1080p 120Hz LCD HDTVs


10,000 Midways













125 Maybach Exeleros


50 Crank 2: High Voltages





















































So yeah. That's a lot of money!
Staff
#2 Posted by dsplayer1010 (2227 posts) -

I thought that they had reached a billion a while ago.

#3 Edited by dtran1212 (299 posts) -

i would like that burger, tv, and that sleek looking car please

#4 Posted by chililili (1328 posts) -

Kickass post

#5 Posted by lordofultima (6208 posts) -

Hardees > Carls Jr.

#6 Edited by JohnDudebro (924 posts) -

"10,000 Midways" made me laugh.

#7 Posted by damnboyadvance (4059 posts) -

That's a lot of burgers.

#8 Posted by JackiJinx (3089 posts) -

Wow. I contributed to that 1 billion yesterday. Go me!

#9 Posted by AndrewB (7499 posts) -

Guess they aren't hurting for money. Though I think they'd best be saving it up for the eventual Intrument-Gaming crash.

#10 Posted by RHCPfan24 (8609 posts) -

Nice post Ryan. That is one BIG number.

#11 Posted by RenegadeSaint (1526 posts) -

That's a lot of Midways.

#12 Posted by Kontrapunkt (413 posts) -

Ahaha 10,000 midways, man your dollars don't go as far as they used to :D

#13 Posted by Hughes (398 posts) -

They'd only be at $999,999,940 if it wasn't for me!

#14 Posted by TimeWaffle (944 posts) -

i totally laughed out loud at the 10,000 midways

#15 Posted by ch13696 (4582 posts) -
#16 Posted by LiquidPrince (15848 posts) -

Damn...

#17 Posted by Geno (6477 posts) -

It's 1 Bil revenue, which is different from profit. Revenue simply measures cash flow and doesn't take into account expenses.

#18 Posted by zitosilva (1838 posts) -

10,000 midways. That's funny... and sad.

#19 Posted by CitizenKane (10504 posts) -

Billion, with a b.

#20 Posted by RetroIce4 (4392 posts) -
lordofultima said:
"Hardees > Carls Jr."
Fatburger > Hardees
#21 Posted by the_purgatory_station (408 posts) -

10,000 midways   heh heh

#22 Posted by JoelTGM (5596 posts) -

I can't even remember what a 50 dollar bill looks like.

#23 Posted by Kazona (3059 posts) -

Ka-ching!

#24 Posted by Maxszy (2064 posts) -

That's a lot of Midway's. Really hope that many do not exist! :P

#25 Posted by super_machine (1930 posts) -

They probably sold a lot of Red Bull and 5 gum too.

#26 Posted by DaemonBlack (342 posts) -

it's -25 without windchill where i am today

#27 Posted by floorswine (169 posts) -

Goldschlager is dangerous stuff!

#28 Posted by a1gaius (27 posts) -

@Geno: They're talking about the opportunity cost. It's not actually what Activision could buy (because they don't have 1 billion in profit), but what us people that bought Guitar Hero III could have bought if we had come together to plan an investment.

#29 Posted by cspiffo (860 posts) -

Sweet mother of god games are becoming huge!

#30 Posted by Verdugo (2001 posts) -

Damn, that is a LOT of burgers.

*mouth waters*

#31 Posted by PLWolf (920 posts) -

Great now I'm hungry for a six dollar burger. THANKS RYAN!! lol
Love how you found a way to get Crank 2 into the story. hahahaha

#32 Posted by mac512k (148 posts) -

I'd rather have the burgers then Midway, More filling and half the regret 

#33 Posted by McQuinn (651 posts) -

My house is worth more than Midway.  

#34 Posted by Snail (8584 posts) -

Holy shit.

#35 Posted by giyanks22 (2681 posts) -

Wow...good for them...donate some of it to poor countries in Africa....or make more games...


Make more games

#36 Edited by MikeFightNight (1083 posts) -

Eww dude. I wouldn't want a free bottle of Goldschlager .  Ryan don't tell me you like Fireball too, ewwww i can almost taste the hot cinnamon...

Scotch s where it's at, keep it Alpha bro.

#37 Posted by klarax (12 posts) -

What, NO women ? :O

#38 Posted by Media_Master (3283 posts) -

lots of money

#39 Posted by kboy (126 posts) -

I'd like to see how many tickets to "Crank 2" that'd buy. Personally, I'm cool with one ticket to "Crank 2." Maybe two if I decide to take the girlfriend.

#40 Posted by Hef (1098 posts) -

lol at midway

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