[IMGW]http://media.1up.com/media?id=3305796[/IMGW][Register or Login to view links] has an awesome interview up with popular film director Jerry Bruckheimer that bizarrely focuses on video games instead of the soon-to-hit-theaters third Pirates of the Caribbean film. In the interview, Bruckheimer treats video games respectably even-handedly. Asked if video games are "the new comic books in Hollywood," he responds: "Movies come from ideas. Movies come from books. They come from out of the writer's mind ... just like videogames ... no different."
Of course, Bruckheimer also goes on to say that he doesn't think video games will ever take the place of movies or make movies disappear, and that games seem to draw a lot from film. For example, he claims to have seen many games (though he lists no specific examples) that have borrowed liberally from one of his films, BlackHawk Down:
"I think they look at our movies and they see how we set up shots, how we deal with characters, how we do things. And I think they mimic that. I don't think they're conscious of what they're doing, but I think it's part of their memory bank. Then when they watch something, they process the information, store it away and then they reuse it. So I don't think it's plagiarism in that sense, but it's something they're exposed to."
This is a really great and unexpected interview, though, so give it a read. We've got to dig a film director who not only seems to understand video games but also understands that "if the game is not engaging for a kid or an adult, they're not going to buy it." Now if only he would've mentioned that little tidbit to the folks working on [Register or Login to view links].
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