As some of you know, esteemed film director Guillermo Del Toro ("Pan's Labyrinth," "Hellboy") is currently working on a video game called inSANE .

He also isn't afraid to make his comments known, and in an interesting podcast with Bioshock creator Ken Levine, the two visionaries spoke about the current state and future of video games. It's great because for all intents and purposes, Hollywood has long since dismissed gaming as a lesser form of entertainment. It's frustrating.

The primary differences are obvious; one is passive entertainment and the other is active, while one is forced to be a linear experience and the other can branch out into the concept of participant freedom. And these two guys have plenty to say on the issue. Said Levine:

"A lot of people in Hollywood look at games as junior varsity films. They just don't understand games…You have to go into each game with a certain amount of humility. Each time I go into a game I'm terrified at how to make it work."

Now, one would assume a film director might have an uppity response to that, but Del Toro, a gamer himself, has a very interesting reply:

"The opposite of humility is arrogance, and that is the coin of trade in the movie business. Movies are one of the peaks of human narrative. But I'm sorry to break it to the movie industry: So are videogames. The videogames we will be playing in 2020—they will be fu**ing masterpieces then."

This is just the kind of guy who should be making a video game, don't you think? We're hoping his project turns out well, so he doesn't get discouraged about his ambitious vision of gaming's future. As for Levine, we're positive that Bioshock Infinite will rule.

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WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
10 years ago

I agree with Del Toro, except I already think there are masterpiece games, no need to wait until 2020.

Karosso
Karosso
10 years ago

Agreed, Ico and SotC had more atmosphere and affected me emotionally a lot more them many movies I've watched. I also don't need to mention a certain franchise that is delivering it's 3rd tittle today, it should be the bast action tittle of 2011, and yest even if you include movies.

Excelsior1
Excelsior1
10 years ago

that is true of the movie industry but i think there is some arrogance going on gaming sector as well. ea anyone? there is something to be said about having some humility and letting your work speak for you. i wish both sides would try to work together…there is just some awful writing in a lot of videogames. they could use some hollywood talent.

GuyverLT
GuyverLT
10 years ago

Yeah I agree video game are awesome entertainment medium and can do things movies can't, but you're spot on about the writing even the video games with some of the best written plots are b-movie at best.

Alienange
Alienange
10 years ago

Couldn't agree with you more Excelsior1

johnld
johnld
10 years ago

So why isnt this guy directing all videogame based movies? he seems to know about videogames, minus "The videogames we will be playing in 2020—they will be fu**ing masterpieces then." naughty dog, i think you just found your new director for uncharted movie.

FullmetalX10
FullmetalX10
10 years ago

Some games are already better than movies, not just for the people who can play them, but also for those watching.

I've been playing Uncharted 3 since Saturday (my local store had it 5 days early so they shipped it to me :D) and the game is just pure gold. But it isn't just fun playing for me, but the deep story, gorgeous environments and interesting characters (and character interaction) make it fun for the people watching as well.
I've had my brother and several friends come over asking me to play Uncharted, just so they can sit and watch it.

Not that I'm saying films will become unnecessary, it's just that people need to start thinking of games as a separate art(entertainment) form because that's what they are.

tes37
tes37
10 years ago

The guy sounds intelligent and in tune with the differences and commonalities with movies and gaming. Hopefully he makes a big impact with his ideas and brings us something innovative.

Snaaaake
Snaaaake
10 years ago

Is this a first time a movie director moved on to video game?

Fane1024
Fane1024
10 years ago

Spielberg made a game, but it was a simple puzzle game (and who knows how much he actually worked on it), so I don't know whether it counts.

Alienange
Alienange
10 years ago

That quote from Levine is… brilliant. His Bioshock was a masterpiece in my opinion and to hear him hit the nail on the head in regards to gaming is rather encouraging.

JackDillinger89
JackDillinger89
10 years ago

Ive yet been motivated to go to the movies since there all utter sh**. Last movie i saw in movies thearter was super 8(which was good) i just wait till rental. Gaming takes care of my entertainment needs beautifully in a way hollywood can never even think of. I look at hollywood as the lesser form of entertainment. Even actors know this lots of em game too. Dark knight rises may be the only movie i care to see. Everything else netflix

___________
___________
10 years ago

what ever happened to insane?
i remember hearing about it ages ago and its gone into a coma and stayed there for ages!
please dont tell me its another one of those wardevil/half life 2 epp 3 games……………..