I am watching some old VCDs of Japanese live TV shows and movies I found in a flee markets. One film was around 700 MB which surprised me because its larger than the first Resident Evil game which was around 450 MB in space. This also reminds me when I watched The Fellowship of the Ring which was almost 10 GB on its original DVD release just the film disc alone while other games at the time of release like Halo took 1 Disc, the size of a typical non-special edition middle budget film like Scream and the newest release like KOTOR took 4 disc and a total of around 5 GB installed in my PC and Halo 2 DVD disc on PC says 7 GB space used. Which is still small compared to the average big budget box office hit released on DVD at the time like Kingdom of Heaven and The Passion of Christ.
Hell comparing old comic book issues and music I purchased at itunes, a single issue of The Punisher in 1988 takes up 2 MB, more than 3X original The Legend of Zelda takes up when converted to digital data from the original cartridges. A single Itunes music track in MP3 format typically takes up 5 MB worth of space in downloading, the size of a typical moderate size SNES game.
Even home family movies converted to disc from video casette often take up over a 100 MB for 45 mins while spending a jog at a park and thats not even the length of the typical home vid I have at home from the 80s and 90s.
Its only starting in the 7th generation did individual video games begin to far surpass typical big budget DVD movies and TV show episodes, PS3 and Xbox 360 games surpassing the entirety of all the season DVD box sets combined for a single long-running TV show like Friends.
So I am curious why other mediums were far larger in file size than gaming for a very long time? I am surprised how downloading a single episode of Twin Peaks on Netflix to your Ipod takes up over 250 mb which is larger than the original Tomb Raider was and is not that smaller in size than later PSX games like Spyro.
Why did a DVD copy of the original home release of The Matrix hold much more space than the OG Xbox disc of Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow and many other games released in the PS2 era? Why even illegal DVD rips that you can download online or buy at a flee-market that degrade the original movie's quality still take up around 700 MB, larger than many early PS2 and most Dreamcast game?
I mean I am amazed how much space my 100% legal purchases from Amazon prime is taking up on my phone's micro SD card for a single season! The Fresh Prince of Bel Air alone took up a quarter of my 256 micro SD card's space after I purchased the show on Amazon and I had to delete each episode as I watched through the show to make up space on my phone. The same amount of space which I later used to buy some retro Sega games legally on itunes on my phone after finishing up the show and deleted it.
So I am curious.
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