With E3 behind us, I wanted to take a step back and look at gaming from a different point of view. To be more specific, I wanted to highlight how gaming has been making great strides to make its lasting mark in cinema.
Coming out this week to rent / own is the movie Indie Game: The Movie . “It’s the sum total of every expressive medium of all time - made interactive...it’s awesome,” says Phil Fish, developer of the independent game FEZ (which is available for digital download on Xbox Live).
Even if you don’t play video games, this truly is an eye-opening film that gets down to the nitty gritty of how (independent) video games are developed. The movie showcases the development of three independent game ( Super Meat Boy , FEZ and Braid ) and four developers who work through years of (internal and external) obstacles to bring their unique artistic styles to life through video games.
If you have doubts about the quality of the film, check the reviews. The last I checked, Rotten Tomatoes had it at 100%!! That’s rather impressive for a movie devoted entirely to telling the story of ‘independent video game developers’.
On the other hand, another film that is coming out this holiday season that focuses on video games is called Wreck-It Ralph (Current Release Date: November 2, 2012).
Disney brings to life an animated movie about a “bad guy” character in a video game who really isn’t a bad guy. After 30 years of being the flip side of the coin and not getting any credit for doing what he was (originally) created to do, he finally decides to take matters in to his own hands to find his true calling - being a hero.
What looks great about this movie is that it traverses all generations of video games (art styles, genres, game types, etc.); much like the recent “ The Art of Video Games ” exhibit at the Smithsonian American Art Museum - which provided an interactive history of video games to thousands of visitors (and will continue to do so well in to 2013 as it is set to travel the country).
So what’s next for video games in cinema? Whatever it is, I hope that it maintains the quality of the above titles, as well as, other titles (like Tron , Tron Legacy , The Last Starfighter and numerous other titles ), but not Battleship . I still can’t believe that they made that in to a movie. Ouch.
Let me know what movies you are looking forward to in the comments section below. And as always, thanks for reading and for your comments.