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Submitted by myrddincrow 367d ago | article

Are Video Games The Next Blockbusters?

"The voice acting in video games is moving them closer to being the next blockbuster films. But it isn’t just the powerful voiceovers that are getting all the credit, the story-lines and cut scenes are increasing in quality with every best seller." - Bobby Perez of Str N Gaming (Beyond: Two Souls, Culture, Hideo Kojima, Industry, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain)

gaelic_laoch  +   367d ago
I just completed The Last of Us and can quite safely say YES!
christian hour  +   367d ago
Last of Us is too well crafted in plot and in realizing its characters to be considered a blockbuster :P

Gamings equivalent of a blockbuster would be the likes of Gears of War or the COD franchise.

I don't want games to be like summer blockbusters.

They can be so much more than that, there's no point trying to imitate other mediums.

Just like you can do things in books that you can't do in movies,
or how you can do things in comics taht you cant do in books or film,
there are things that can be done with narrative that you can only do in games and nowhere else,
we're just still trying to figure out what that is exactly,
but we'll get there.

Regardless of the medium, be it painting, music, written, filmed etc, they all have their unique story telling qualities.

They also have an oversaturated market filled with spam.

For every great novel, there's a million cook books or auto-biography's by teenagers that haven't lived.

For every great Movie, there's a million uncalled for sequels, remakes or CG-heavy action peice.

You can see where I'm going with this so I wont bother going through every medium of story telling

But for every great game like "The Last Of Us", there is a million "Blockbusters", those would be the countless CODs etc.

I think it is ignorant to refer to the last of us as a blockbuster, but thats just my opinion. I consider Blockbusters the lowest form of movies. Designed to be simple, to appeal to the masses, a watered down product with no real merits behind it other than to make money. We already get too much of that in the gaming industry.

The Last Of Us deserves to be compared to so much more.
babis1974  +   367d ago
the last of us is a rare game that everyone should play
skydragoonity  +   367d ago
We need more games like the last of us
brianace  +   367d ago
Nice to see voice acting is starting to get the attention of Hollywood. There are a number of great actors (Mark Hamill, Troy Baker, Tara Strong, Nolan North to name a few) working in this field, and it's nice to see them get recognized. I just hope game studios continue to hire these talented guys and ladies, instead of shoving them off to get "big name actors" for their games. Oh, and +1 for the Last of Us love. Definitely one of the best, when it comes to storytelling.
myrddincrow  +   367d ago
Yes, well said Mr. Perez, Video games should be taken more seriously. I love Felicia Day in Fallout New Vegas.

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