Guillermo del Toro Talks On Games

29 08 2008

In terms of film, the past decade has seen a lot of token interest in the games industry, with various directors producing turgid cash-ins on successful games.

Interest in games is now culturally entrenching though, as demonstrated by Guillermo del Toro in this interview:

How much influence do you think your gaming has had on your movies?

A lot. Videogames use art direction, colour and storytelling in a very pure way that a lot of movies have forgotten. I have a 12-year-old daughter and we play together, but unfortunately she’s more into Sonic and Kirby. We should embrace games not as a separate universe from movies, but develop the stories using both media at the same time. And I think we can.

Care to put a date on that?

The industry is incredibly slow. It’s like a dinosaur. It turns much slower than its culture. I think the content is going to develop itself through viral construction like the internet, online moviemaking and so on.

The interviewer unfortunately seems to be a soft touch, especially when it comes to Ico, Shadow of the Colossus, and Bioshock. I’m sure there’s plenty more to find out there, but nonetheless it’s encouraging to see a director talking about games and not come across as if they’re reading from cue cards. Legitimate interest in games from other fields is quickly going to increase and run a lot deeper.

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