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"Games can never be as emotionally powerful as movies" - Amnesia dev

Our medium needs experiences like Schindler’s List, says Amnesia creator Thomas Grip – but games will always struggle to hit the emotional highs of films, he says, especially if they keep trying to mimic them. (Amnesia: The Dark Descent, BioShock: Infinite, PC, PS3, Xbox 360)

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MrGunny94  +   848d ago
Yes they can.. for example i've never cryed in a movie but i did in fact cryed in ALL metal gear solid games
Muerte2494  +   848d ago
Yea...
I Heavy Rain was suspenseful and that "Kara" tech demo definitely proved that games be emotionally powerful. My wife thought it was a television show.
RedDead  +   848d ago
While I also agree games can be just as emotional. Kara was not a game. It was a Tech demo. It was a few minute long cutscene. It's a 'movie' Not a game.

Also, I think these devs mean games...as in gameplay and narrative in a game. Anything emotional that happens in a cutscene may as well be a movie.

@MariaHelFutura
Ico and Ico 2 are great example's of were the devs are wrong in the article, it is hard to deliever emotion with gameplay but they are trying and succeeding in a few games.

These devs anyway, they want to combine Story and gameplay. That's what they say in the article, they are trying to drop cutscenes from the game's.
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Muerte2494  +   848d ago
David Cage.....
Clarified the tech demo was to showcase the MO-cap engine that they have been working on. You can't call it a movie since it was running in real-time on the ps3 under the GAME engine. As far as narrative, why do people think God of War and the Uncharted series are so successful? Cutscenes are needed to carry the player from level one to level two. But I do think all cutscenes should be interactive that way it doesn't pull the player out of the experience.
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Objective  +   848d ago
Jesus, what's so emotional about Heavy Rain or MGS4?? Either you guys are not reading / watching real literary works or just plain defensive. Games are games, the developers are focusing a lot on technical and gameplay matters, and throw in the fact that a computer generated character can never be as expressive as a real actor, I'm not at all surprised and I'm certainly not expecting games to be anywhere as emotionally powerful as movies can be.
Muerte2494  +   848d ago
Luckily...
Each and every person has what we like to call "free will". What might be emotionally moving to one person, may be considered dull to the next. MGS story was considered great by many including myself. I enjoyed Heavy Rain and felt that David Jaffe's take on Greek mythology was sublime. Or am I only being disagreed with because I fail to mention any 360 titles?
NukaCola  +   848d ago
I just finished Journey. At first I was like, "yeah it looks good" Then as I am playing I see the influence from Flower and all, but towards then end I was like holy heck my heart is beating really fast. I was emotionally driven and it was something that just put me from a feeling of hopelessness to overwhelming joy in a matter of a second. Just as good as Flower but 10x as powerful at the ending.

Journey proved games can be emotionally driven just as a movie can and that games can be recognized as art.
reznik_zerosum  +   848d ago
i dont agree about heavy rain,for me it was badly written pretentious and unoriginal mess,and that kara thing have nothing to do with gaming its just a video,more like a short film.
no game,for now,is emotionally powerful as a coca-cola commercial.
brodychet  +   848d ago
Heavy Rain4L
irepbtown  +   848d ago
Metal Gear solid has touched me, but so did Call of duty 4. That ending made my heart sink completely.

I think games have the capabilities but lately, I dont see much of it.
Outside_ofthe_Box  +   848d ago
You guys are missing the point. While games can indeed get you emotional, movies are more "powerful" at getting you emotional, generally speaking.

He said games can never be emotionally powerful **AS** movies NOT that games can never be emotional at all.
sikbeta  +   848d ago
The problem are the gamers that need to compare games to movies, it's like if you can't live without the approval of others, so what if gaming is not a form of art and can't make you feel something? who cares what other say when you enjoy gaming
syanara  +   848d ago
Emotional Storytelling is totally possible in Video games, if reading words in a book can bring emotion, and if watching things on a TV screen can bring emotion then who's to say a video game can't do the same? an interactive element should make it possible to be even MORE emotional than tv, movies, or books because the idea of setting the viewer in a position to alter the outcome of what happens brings more responsibility and guilt towards the player in the emotional moments of a game. This is not true for everyone nor do I claim that this is fact but it is definitely a logical take to say that games (if given the right material) can be more emotionally engaging than any other form of media.
DragonKnight  +   848d ago
When the day comes a dev makes a game where you have to choose between saving the lives of, say, your child or your significant other, that's the day games will have surpassed movies in being emotionally powerful. Today, they are definitely at least as emotionally powerful, perhaps moreso, since you actually play a part in the story as opposed to just watching it happen. The Amnesia dev doesn't know what he is talking about.
ZombieNinjaPanda  +   848d ago
@Dragonknight

Infamous, you either have to choose between saving your girlfriend, or saving all the scientists.
DragonKnight  +   848d ago
@ZombieNinjaPanda: yeah, but that doesn't have the right kick to it. they didn't do enough to build that bond between Cole and Trish because most of the game she hates you so you don't really give a damn about her when the time comes. and the scientists are nobody. i'm talking a REAL choice.
thats_just_prime  +   847d ago
"i did in fact cryed in ALL metal gear solid games"

guessing you were crying over the money you wasted.

"My wife thought it was a television show"

sorry to hear about your wife being blind.

Anyways I'd say they are probably right there has never been a rocky of video games. I still think Bioshock set the bar for storytelling in video games. Nothing I've played before was about to pull me in to the game and story the way bioshock did. However I dont even think of bioshock as being "emotionally powerful" it more like an edge of you seat type thriller.
syanara  +   847d ago
Another thing to note as well is that a video game's success is based more on the gameplay than on the story. Heavy Rain was a game that tried to make the more emotional and story driven aspect of the game the real reason to play it rather than gameplay. of course this attempt brought a lot of mixed reactions but in the end it showed that a game CAN be emotionally engaging (whether you got an emotional reaction out of Heavy Rain or not) it still sent a message saying that it is entirely possible given the right resources.
Kurt Russell  +   847d ago
No, there are some good games but they are not as emotionally powerful as films. That's not to say they will never be, but currently they are not...

I think games have some brilliant stoylines and characters and who knows what the future holds... but currently no game has the same impact as something like Shindlers List, Requiem For A Dream, American History X and many others.
MariaHelFutura  +   848d ago
I love Team Ico.
knifefight  +   848d ago
Be careful, man! Laxman is gonna come in and lecture your ass for not listing any Western games now! He's gonna call your pick emotionally shallow and make an assessment on your life based on virtually no information, then recommend how to be you better than you are being. At you.
Take cover!
dark-hollow  +   848d ago
Well that's given because in movies, story is the most important aspect of film making, well unless you are making mindless actio/comedy movie but you get where am coming from.

Games can get away with crappy/non existent story because gameplay can make up for that.

Games like Mario, cod, battlefield, etc. All are great despite their lack of good story writing.
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ljh217  +   848d ago
Several Spoilers from older games:

The dog in Fable 2.
Shepards Betrayal / Ghosts Death in MW2.
Kaiden/Ashley death decision ME1.
Deaths of companions on suicide mission ME2.
The tension created in Dark Souls.

They're just a few quick examples of great emotional moments in games that far surpass any film I've watched. They've made me angry, or upset or both! There are many games out there that are more story driven than films.
bayport  +   848d ago
Yeah, what about Aeris in FF7? That's one of the most memorable moments for me in all of gaming. Or even more recently, when John Marston at the end of RDR.

And on top of that. This makes me want to play FFX again. God damn i can't wait for that remake.
Omnislash  +   848d ago
This.

People are forgetting that games have become more sophisticated story telling machines. Theres more to games than FPS's...
ATi_Elite  +   848d ago
Games can never be as emotionally powerful as movies
.........Go Play Half Life 2 Ep 2!!

I'm still sad and I'm still angry and waiting to get some PAYBACK!

Most movies i forget how I felt by the time i realized how muched i just spent on Popcorn and Slushies!
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Nimblest-Assassin  +   848d ago
Agreed I have never cried during a movie...

But I shed man tears playing Uncharted 3, Infamous 2,Half Life 2 Ep2 and Mass effect 3.

WHY COULDN'T HE TEST THOSE SEA SHELLS?
duplissi  +   848d ago
mass effect 3 has been pretty wrenching at times... especially those dreams..
ginsunuva  +   848d ago
Infamous 2's endings were tear worthy.

And above ^^, Me3's dreams were the most cheesy pieces of crap ever.
Xof  +   848d ago
Games can NEVER be as emotionally powerful as movies. Rather, games have the potential to be the MOST emotionally powerful artistic medium ever conceived. They may not have reached that point yet, or even come close, but the potential is there. In any other medium, you don't feel genuine emotions--you feel sympathetic emotions. Even the most similar characters on screen or in a book are still just that--characters who are not ourselves. We can sympathize with them, sometimes to a great extent, but the feeling conjured will never exceed sympathetic emotion.

Games are different. Even in narrative-heavy titles where player choice has no impact on the narrative, you are never simply watching or reading about a character--you ARE another character. The person on the screen is not someone else, it is you. Because of this, games have the capacity to instil in the players genuine emotion.

Problem is, gaming is too new a medium. It took film decades to start telling emotionally involving tale. It took literature CENTURIES. People who try to compare gaming unfavorably to other narrative mediums usually have zero understanding of either medium--and never have any understanding of its history.
hardcorehippiez  +   848d ago
i know where you are coming from, but heres my take on it. ANGER is an emotion yes ? I get very angry when playing online against cheaters. that is a strong emotion envoked when playing games that i wouldnt get watching a movie or reading a book because they arent interactive. games have already surpassed both them mediums a long time ago. Not only online but how many times have you thrown down your pad because you get stuck on a part of a game . Frustration sets in . frustration an emotion no ? or how when you finally do beat that bit and finally master the game, happy ecstatic overjoyed content ? all emotions no ? As i said i think its past it a long time ago.
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Xof  +   848d ago
@Hippiez: But you're not angry at the game itself, you're angry at other players in the game. The game does not incite that emotion, it simply provides the setting for you to have the emotion.

Frusteration is similar. Generally speaking, different emotions have different "depths." Anger and frusteration are relatively simple (read: primal) emotions, and easy enough to conjur. I don't think these are the emotions people have in mind when discussing the medium as a narrative art form--we're talking about more complex emotions. Pathos. Think envy, scorn, pride, ecstasy, malice. There's a vast spectrum of human emotion out there, and for the most part games barely touch the shallow end.

There are many, many different variable to consider in a conversation like this, too. In general I think the biggest reason games have yet to reach the same level as other mediums has to do with the fact that games have so many MORE variable to consider. Player actions, game mechanics, sound effects, voice acting, writing, script, lighting, animation, textures... all of these elements work together to form the final product.

In fact, the best way to outline the complexity of gaming as a narrative art is probably the most obvious. Text is mono-dimensional--you can only perceive it on a single level--through the eyes. Film is two-dimensional, you can perceive it through the eyes and ears.

Games, however, operate on many more dimensions that other media are incapable of: you see, you hear, you touch--and often, you speak. The geometry is considerably more difficult to perfect.
Sheikh Yerbouti  +   847d ago
Xof...interesting.

I think comic books are an example of your theory there. I think the medium follow its audiences tastes, and right now the audience is more Gears of War and Call of Duty. If a dev wants to make the game emotional, his knowledge, skills and technology are all that limit him. The Kara demo shows the medium is making progress in the latter.
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justpassinggas  +   848d ago
I cried in Final Fantasy 6. And that was just a bunch of crappy, pixellated sprites! I don't even recall crying during a movie or even getting choked up.

This is because people get more invested in game characters than they do with movie characters. You form bonds and friendship with other game characters. In movies, you're just following someone else's actions. Some of these actions are retarded and something you'd never have done. This decreases our affinity towards the protagonist in a movie.
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Bob570  +   848d ago
I never cry for any book, movie, game or anything like that. Ever. But MGS4 had me teary eyed and I was starting to choke up. No movie has ever brought me to that point.
Kahvipannu  +   848d ago
Really, all of them? MGS was pretty amazing, . MGS 2 was just silly, and subjective I know, but still, Raiden was awfull main character, I just hoped he would had died away so I could play with Snake. MGS 3 was best story wise, and still one of the best cinematic gaming experiences out there. A true masterpiece. MGS 4 was a total joke, after MGS 3 I guess the expectationd were a bit too high, but I could not had believed how bad the ending was.

Actually, now that I think of it, I cried too watching MGS 4 ending. Not becouse it was emotionally effective or something like that, but becouse it was awfull, and cheezy beyond cheezy. Worst part is, I waited years to see how it all ends, and I really, really hoped it would have made honor to the franchise.. I'm still bitter and can't really believe how people praise that ending, or maybe they are just in denial.. It was just terrible.
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SilentNegotiator  +   848d ago
I can't believe a person involved in making one of the best fear-inducing games of our time would say something like that. Seems ironic, as fear is an emotion.
Perjoss  +   848d ago
I agree, and here is a perfect example: film = 4 hours max running time compared to some games that can easily go 5 times that length without stepping into repetitive territory. So a 20 or 30 hour game has much more time on its hands to flesh out characters and actually make you care if something bad happens to them (Or if the devs really have balls, they die)
Frankfurt  +   848d ago
I thought you were joking. Crying to MGS's writing?

Then i looked at your avatar. Hilarious.

I've felt sad watching movies, but never with games. I can enjoy the writing in a game (say, Alan Wake) and even think the "acting" is good (Enslaved's facial capture and voice-work are amazing). But no game has ever come close to being as emotional as even a random drama.
CarlosX360  +   848d ago
Hey, Amnesia dev/Thomas Grip...

Metal Gear Solid 4 says hi.
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THESONYPS3  +   848d ago
6 words: uncharted series and mass effect series
kriauciuniux  +   848d ago
I cried to the first MAFIA back in the days.
The story is so powerful it's unbelievable...
DrAlgy  +   848d ago
I cried at the end of Fatal Frame 2, Silent Hill: Shattered Memories, and etc. I even cried loudly during an episode of FUTURAMA(a cartoon tv show) where Fry chose not to revive his stone trapped dog. That dev guy is an idiot.
Play2Win  +   847d ago
As much as I love Games there is still a giant gap between Games and Movies according to emotions. And that's ok for me. A few days ago I was watching "Into The Wild" and I really doubt that a Game will ever match the feeling I had after watching this freaking amazing movie.
Zeixama  +   847d ago
In these days , movies are alike almost all over the world ; cry in this part , get angry at that part , be sad at this part ... in other words , in today's movies you will know it is coming that when characters are gonna cry or be stupid emotionally .

If you wanna watch unexpected and emotionally good movies , focus on Japan movie industry .

Lately I got emotions on playing Elder Scrolls and Mass Effect and I can't recall any new movie that lately I have watched got me to emotional level .
KentBlake  +   848d ago
They're STILL not as emotionally powerful as movies. That doesn't mean they'll never be.

Journey, Heavy Rain and a few others show that games are evolving in this aspect.
Pl4sm4  +   848d ago
coming from a hardcore gamer . the ending of red dead redemption .... i felt so sad and angry , no other movie has done that to me
Bebedora  +   848d ago
And do not forget - Never is a very strong sentiment. Do 'never' use it, you'll only look like a fool when doing so.
Sevir  +   848d ago
I Think Journey Had me in tears
Its a game that really takes you through plenty of emotions, from yearning, to fear, to hopelessness to anquish, to joy! especially the last 20 minutes of the game! i dont think my heart was ever so overwhelmed with emotion playing any game! Heavy rain and SOTC came close and even Uncharted 2&3 with their expert writing didn't impact me the way Journey did! I have to say I can't wait for the result of Quantic dream's new game! "Kara" really had me choking up! I hope that level of writing carries over into QD's next titles!
iamnsuperman  +   848d ago
I think they can be but it is much harder to achieve. I find over a series off games then there is a more emotional attachment to the characters but in a single game the attachment is less to non existent. I get where he is coming from but some games do have some emotionally powerful moments (looking at games from Flower all the way to Assassin's Creed- not going too much into that but it defiantly had one big emotionally powerful moment in the series)
Akiba96  +   848d ago
I agree completely. The metal gear solid series did more for me emotionally than any movie ever has. But that was a gaming SERIES. There are some movies that affected me emotionally more so than a single game from the MGS series. So like you said, it can be done, its just harder to achieve (it took a series of games to better a single movie).
I hope that makes sense.
knifefight  +   848d ago
Shadow of the Colossus, ICO, Final Fantasy Type-0, and Nier say hello.
Laxman  +   848d ago
All those games are kind of underwhleming in terms of emotion. Sure, the stories are there and all good, but I think most people only get emotionally attached to believable looking characters (realistic graphically). Hence why the likes of Mass Effect and Heavy Rain are often cited as getting some of the most emotional responses in gaming. You should try more western games.
knifefight  +   848d ago
Yeah I guess you're right crying isn't an emotional response and my opinion is probably wrong.

Oops.

Edit: I have the games you mentioned.
http://i40.tinypic.com/dgkw...
They were amazing but kind of underwhelming in terms of emotion. Sure, the stories were there and all good, but I think most people only get emotionally attached to what hits home with them personally (through a strong narrative, which tends to be deliberate in Japanese games and left to powerful subtlety in Western games, making both very emotional). Portal 2, on the other hand, had both the story quality and the emotion pulling, from where I'm sitting ^_^

You should really try a wider variety of games and not judge others' emotional responses based on the region of a few sample games on a shortened list of their posts.
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JoySticksFTW  +   848d ago
I dunno...

Happiness and excitement are emotions too.

Uncharted game burst with those fun qualities as much as an Indiana Jones movie

And MGS3's flower patch fight and outcome, and MGS4's scenes building towards the end are pretty sad

SotC when you find out what you're really up to is sad.

And heck Demons Souls' environments alone can leave you feeling desolate, hopeless, and alone
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Simon_Brezhnev  +   848d ago
I have to agree with knifefight. I love western games but when you focus on 1 character like in most jrpgs and even wrpgs(Witcher) it makes the emotional responses a lot better. I think 1st time i actually felt emotional response was probably FF series. Heavy Rain did it but not ME if anything bioware ruined ME series.
beastlysensation  +   848d ago
i completely disagree with this. Some games are so well written they make you cry. Its not just about the cutscenes, but about the writing as well. Bioschock 1 had amazing writing, me2 had an insane ending that had me cheering more than a cheesy black people inspirational movie, witcher 2 had me intrigued in its political scrambles full of racism and sex, alan wake was like watching a tv show with good writing and many more.
Laxman  +   848d ago
"cheering more than a cheesy black people inspirational movie"

Possibly the best thing ive ever read on this site!
BubloZX  +   848d ago
this only shows the ignorance of some people.
Simon_Brezhnev  +   848d ago
funny how you try to throw that racist joke in.
unknownhero1123  +   848d ago
even funnier that laxman thinks it's the best thing he's read. wait, mental handicaps aren't funny. I'm so sorry to those I have offended.
mttrackmaster38  +   848d ago
What's so racist about that? Stop being so sensitive.
Sevir  +   848d ago
LOL!!! people say some bold things behind the obscurity of the internet
Because all "black people films" are cheesy!!!! >_> I'll file that under narrow-minded and ill researched!
Dantheman1  +   848d ago
this is only because we have 1 million FPS games and all other games have died out if we had other games they could be more emotionally powerful than movies
kevnb  +   848d ago
even fps games can be emotional. But thats not what sells 90% of the time, people just want to play games and skip all the talk.
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Ares84HU  +   848d ago
Well if all you know is COD and Mario than I understand this comment but as other said, MGS4 for example and Heavy Rain are very emotional games. But games are still evolving and still have a long way to go. I think a game can even tell a story better than a movie can if it's done right.
Fishy Fingers  +   848d ago
There isn't the drive nor desire from the masses for heavily emotional content when it comes to games.

So even as a gamer I agree, games are ever improving and as a medium will eventually be up there with film. But I'm yet to really be effected by a game in the way the film has touched me over the years.
Summons75  +   848d ago
really because Amnesia is the only thing that can even start to freak me out. Movies will never be able to do that. MGS3 and Heavy Rain got me emotionally attached to the story and chars., again something a 2 hour block in a movie can never do. There are a lot of games that suck me into the story wanting me to play on to find out what happens to one person for take revenge for another, movies will never be able to do that. I love watching movies but I can't get emotionally attached in the short time frame that they give. They only movies I could say I got emotionally attached to were movies based off book series that I loved, LOTR, Harry Potter (to name a few). Star Wars maybe to only exception having 6 movies to get you attached to the chars. plus there are books and games to expand the universe giving more of an attachment. Point is Games=Books > movies.
OmegaSaiyanX  +   848d ago
I guess
The author of the article has never played Lost Odyssey, Blue Dragon and Final Fantasy games...
Ramas  +   848d ago
yeah hes playing call of duty or other crap only and thinks he is a gamer.
beastlysensation  +   848d ago
ah yesss...lost odyseey. I even had a special save spot for this scene. SPOILER ALERTTTTTTTTT

http://www.youtube.com/watc...
_Aarix_  +   848d ago
I found lost odyssey much more emotional than metal gear solid, especially the ending but im not sure about heavy rain.
Sony360  +   848d ago
No film has ever gripped me emotionally as much as the Mass Effect series did.

I completely dissagree with the author.
Ramas  +   848d ago
FILMS can never be so emotional like games! Show me a fil that is more emotional then heavy rain for example?
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LightofDarkness  +   848d ago
Gee, I dunno, how about Schindler's List? The Green Mile? Good Will Hunting? The Descendants? How about probably hundreds of other films?

Stop being so defensive, hyperbole is not necessary.
IRetrouk  +   848d ago
Of mice and men, final scene where George has to "release" lenny because of what he did to curlys wife.
Akiba96  +   848d ago
Haha did anyone catch the reference to that in Uncharted 3? When I heard it I was like,"I bet that went over most people's heads."
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PersonaCat  +   848d ago
Yea, I started laughing when I heard it and my cousin was like "whats so funny?" haha. People need to read more books :/
floetry101  +   848d ago
Were you born yesterday son? Shawshank Redemption, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Grave of the Fireflies, Letters from Iwo Jima, The Thin Red Line, City Lights etc.

I'm not suggesting that Heavy Rain wasn't emotional, but be reasonable.
justpassinggas  +   848d ago
It's called OPINION. I never even choked up during Grave of the Fireflies nor Shawshank Redemption. The latter's a great movie (I ended up HATING GotFf) but personally, I didn't find it extremely emotional.
TotalHitman  +   848d ago
Watch Ikiru.
pandehz  +   847d ago
Holy crap you dropped the ball.

From the top of my mind I can only remember Shadow of the Colossus and Mass Effect series (nostalgia) that had some effect on me.

In terms of movies, thats what a movie is supposed to do, emotionally engage you.

Lemme name you one so you can realize what you just wrote.

'One flew over the cuckoo's nest'
urwifeminder  +   848d ago
I agree the only thing in gaming that made me emotional is the lack of a new shenmue game i usually laugh when a main character in a game dies it pleases me.
r21  +   848d ago
inFamous 2....man, inFamous 2 :'C
SlickShoes  +   848d ago
I felt more emotion playing through Journey last week than I have felt watching any movie in the last few years.
Nac  +   848d ago
"Games can never be as emotionally powerful as movies."

They can be greater.
Baka-akaB  +   848d ago
True , they are easily more powerful when done right
Series_IIa  +   848d ago
If you cried over video games stories then don't watch Shindler's List or films to that effect then...

No game will ever top any aspect of that film in depth or direction
Nac  +   848d ago
No true, unlike in films you do not act as a witness but instead a participant. The potential for emotion is more powerful becuase their is a level of intimacy no other medium can offer. I might watch Liam Neeson suffer in SL but I am with Nathan Drake while he is wasting away in the desert. I am with a character, guiding him/her forward through pain and agony despite my affection for him/her, regardless of my feelings about a certain character, such a thing has to be done, making it even harder to do in some cases. I am not just "watching" someone suffer, I am making them, and also suffering along with them. That makes all the difference in the world. Such a thing that would arguably be more powerful if we moved away from cutscenes.
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JohnnyBadfinger  +   847d ago
Ahhh bull****! all your thinking is "am I going in the right direction?"

Sorry but I don't know of anyone who sits at their console with a box a tissues crying about how much fictional pain the character is in. There are heaps of good stories in and across all franchises but none of them are in a emotional league.

Now the movie red dog.... That movie almost got to me. But saving private Ryan and for some reason Gladiator always make me weep... Dunno why either.
Nac  +   847d ago
Uncharted 3, Chapter 18 in the desert. Play it, you might learn something.
ThatsGaming  +   848d ago
Add Lost Odyssey to the list of games more powerful than film. I have never been emotionally tied to a film like many games suck me in.

The interactivity of games, ties us more. Even games like CoD where when you play on veteran your heart pounds at getting to every successful checkpoint.

The emotion doesn't need to tie to the heart strings. Emotion is tied to action flicks as well in different ways. Many game are much more intense and action-filled then movie counterparts.
specialguest  +   848d ago
Dumb statement with flawed reasoning
Using the word NEVER, as in games can never be as emotionally powerful as movies is saying that the possibility is absolutely non-existent. That's a pretty bold statement which I find is false.

This is where his reasoning is flawed.

Quote from Thomas: “I think the jump to a cutscene removes much of the empathy that you might have in a movie. Because of this, I believe games can never become as emotionally powerful as movies, even if the cutscenes are done exactly like film.”

It's not the cinematic part that attempts to imitate films that makes a game emotionally affective. What makes a game emotionally affective is mainly the strong writing and character developement. Developers will have to somehow present us with characters we can grow attached to, relate to, or care about.

A lot of great story books have ZERO illustration, yet it could bring grown adults to streaming tears. In the past, I've played games from the pixel graphics era to the blocky first polygon gen era that drew more raw emotions from me than a lot of movies out there. These games were able to accomplished this without realistic character models and very limited "acting".
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DigitalAnalog  +   848d ago
I cried at Silent Hill's 2 ending scene.
And that game had really bad voice dialogs. In a movie, that kind of thing would immediately destroy the film.

Point is, even though movies could easily be "emotionally" powerful, it is bounded by rigid rules to acheive that goal. Games on the other hand can break a lot of rules and still meet that end goal. SoTC had a LOT of issues and bugs that could easily destroy the experience. Nevertheless is has never failed to invoke powerful feelings (especially depression) that even most movies could.
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violents  +   848d ago
schindlers list was a horrible movie. This is a stupid argument anyway. Saying games cant be emmotional is like saying a painting isnt art because you dont like that particular style. Art can be anything and emotions can be drawn from anything. If its not your style than go away and stop hating on other peoples parade.
Edward75  +   848d ago
@ steverhude
I don't understand how anyone could disagree with you on what you posted. I think that besides what you said many developers go more for fun factor over emotional powerful story lines anyways. But I believe it depends on the person and what they want from it. Each is different. Aeris dying is a moment many gamers remember, but everyone thinks differently, it is no different then any movie. The movie "Titanic" is an emotional movie many movie goers remember, but everyone thinks differently, it is no different then any game.
c1oudy  +   848d ago
Lost Oddyssey was, and still is one of the most emotional and affecting stories I have ever had the pleasure of experiencing. I have seen Schindler's list and quite a few of the other films that were mentioned, and although they affected me quite a lot, none of them have quite been as affective in stirring me emotionally as Lost Odyssey did. I cannot possibly disagree more with this statement.
Voiceofsoi  +   848d ago
Yes they can. I cried during Mass Effect 3, after Infamous 2, at the end of MGS3, and the first time I played Uncharted 2, thinking Elena was dead. Why? because I was there. It was interactive, I wasn't just spectating. It was my story.

Schindler's List is an amazing movie but it didn't make me cry like any of those games... and I'm Jewish!
CanadianTurtle  +   848d ago
Mother 3
Infamous
Recent Medal of Honor ending
Gears of War
Resistance 3

Who says video games can't be as emotionally involving?
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knifefight  +   847d ago
You score points for having Mother 3 on your list. Fantastic game that sadly a lot of people can't play :(

Totally agree on Res 3 too.
Inception  +   848d ago
Really? Than why i cried when Big Boss gave his final salute to the Boss grave in MGS 3 ending? Why i felt sad every time i killed the collossus in SotC? etc etc etc.

Well, imho video games can be as emotional as a novel, an art / painting, or a movie. Because video games is a medium with unlimited potential that can expressed our wildest dreams. And i'm proud to be a gamer ;)
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UltimateIdiot911  +   848d ago
There certainly are more powerful and emotional movies than games but it doesn't mean that there aren't any equally emotionally powerful games to movies.

SPOILERS
One of my favorite game is Valkyria Chronicles. I love the characters and was shocking when Isara was sniped just as Rosie and her were about to make peace.

Another is UC3, the relationship between Drake and Sully (while a bit cliche), you can sense that Sully will go through even the worse shit for Drake, and then you see Sully get shot. At that point, I was hoping it wasn't true. Turns out it wasn't but doesn't mean it didn't invoke any emotions.

The first 3 Professor Layton, which I absolutely love, all have very nice stories (much better than most of the movies hollywood pumps out). While they all end bittersweet, it's great. (I enjoy bittersweet endings)
Inception  +   848d ago
Ah...Isara T_T
I stun for the 1st time when Isara got shot in VC. I just "hey wtf! i just kicked the enemies ass and suddenly they gave this tragedy to me?! SEGA, you heartless animal @#%&!" T_T
Imho, if i must choose who had the saddest moment between Isara or Aerith, i choose Isara...
mamotte  +   848d ago
Oh yeah. That Layton 3 ending had me crying like a little child for a while.
FlashBack  +   848d ago
Hey, Frictional, Fear is an emotion, and I got scared to shit in your games, like never in a movie.
Awesome_Gamer  +   848d ago
Uncharted and Metal Gear Solid says Hi...
Moncole  +   848d ago
I didnt know game series can talk
NeoBasch  +   848d ago
They can and are. Hate to say it, but the movie industry hasn't been too great over these past couple years. The only real standout movies I've seen of late are The Hurt Locker and The Descendants. Other than that, movies have been trying to measure up to the glorious year that was 2007. Even 2006 quality would be better than where we're at now.

Regardless, a couple examples that prove this wrong: Ico, Shadow of the Colossus, flower, Journey, the Uncharted Trilogy, inFamous 2, God of War III, Alan Wake, Mass Effect, Dragon Age, etc. There's actually quite a few games that do a good job blending narrative and gameplay. Silent Hill is another standout. If you're looking for good writing, again I refer you to the Uncharted Trilogy or the Shin Megami Tensei games (particularly Persona 3/4). In other words, these devs are dead wrong.
DeadIIIRed  +   848d ago
I wouldn't say never. All the industry needs is their own "Citizen Kane," but the writing has to improve first.
pandehz  +   847d ago
Hehehe long way to go.

The gaming industry hasnt even figured out an art that is exclusive to video game yet. Games need to have its own language first. I believe these are the early years and developers down the line will make a Citizen Kane like game one day.

Movies on the other hand have editing which is solely unique to the form. They have music, performance etc etc but editing was unique to it.

But yea the writing definitely needs to improve.
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