Topic: "Halo, 1,2,3?" (3)
A video game, something called "Halo 3," which implies that the subject herein is part of a continuing series, produced by MicroSoft, has just grossed more revenue in its' first week of issuance than has any movie, anywhere in the world. Each of these little babies costs $60. Frodo has been trying to analyze exactly what the equivalent expenditure would be for any outdoor activity. What he must accept however, is that the times they are a changin' once again, and that Clark Gable, Dustin Hoffman, Stephen Segal, Robert Redford, and Brad Pitt, among others, are about to be permanently replaced by something in a helmet shooting lasers at war dogs.
Frodo is a proponent of change. Growing up in a world that decried everything from the changing complexion of a neighborhood to the increasing cost of soda water, Frodo's first acts of rebellion were in response to everyone who thought that the whole world was going to hell in a hand basket. Frodo looked at new neighbors as sources of information about everything from music to cigarettes. Higher prices for some items brought competition and product expansion that met the ever-changing needs of a halfling (Perhaps "Gatorade" being the clearest example of increasing profit in soft drinks resulting in something with a completely new purpose). Frodo therefore, long ago promised himself to never, ever be critical of change. Change is good.
But $60 for a video game? Were "Halo 1" and "Halo 2" also $60? Each? What, Heaven forbid, will be the cost of "Halo 4"?
Frodo knows a boy who was offered a minor-league baseball contract many years ago. That boy would have played 50 games for $300 and $6 per day; meal money. He turned down the opportunity because he could work construction and make $1000 for the summer. The difference helped pay for a semester of college.
Today, it would take him all the way to "Halo 6," and change.