Pretty striking story post title, huh? Has it ever crossed your mind before? How would the landscape of the entertainment industry been different from what we know it to be today?
Imagine that Star Wars had been a flop at the box office. Maybe George Lucas was allowed to release his original edit, or maybe word just never got out. Regardless, while it’s not a disaster on par with Heaven’s Gate–which brought down a whole studio–it’s still pretty bad. It might survive as a cult film, and possibly even merit a reboot, but its influence is gone.
Now imagine the failure of Star Wars as one gigantic shock wave running through the video game industry. Genres, studios, even basics concepts vanish as it goes along. Now you see that, while the industry would (obviously) still exist without Star Wars, it would be very different indeed.