I want to take you all back to the time video games were taking that graphic change for me in a game called Cyberia which I had for the Sega Saturn. I was in the part of the game where my mom (rest her soul) as I took a wrong turn and my character died freezing to death. In that scene my mom sat down for about an hour not realizing it was a game until she turned around to ask me a question about the scene only to notice me holding a controller in my hand. It was awkward for her, but both found it funny and now we are back in 2012 and the graphics, gameplay and of course voice acting have become very professional. I bring you to this question as discussed with some of my admins and some other gamers, “Can Video Games Replace Movies?” I hope to open this discussion with some things I have dug up and considered with a few game titles that I have seen or played through the years. I hope you keep an open mind and enjoy this segment.
I have gone through many highly cinematic video games from Parasite Eve, Final Fantasy X and of course recently Sleeping Dogs. There have been select few with gripping story-lines and great graphic animations that are on the same scale of full animated movies. If you ever seen a movie called “A Scanner Darkly” with Keanu Reeves and Winona Ryder in a cell shaded animated movie and take a game like Heavy Rain. The two could be considered both a movie and I would not be the wiser if someone played flawlessly. Since video games can go a lot longer than your average movie, it can be continued as a sequel or rather someone saving the game and coming back to it another time. In the future I would not mind renting out a theater and playing a perfect game of Batman Arkham City just straight game-play of story without messing up and see if the general public can tell the difference. I mean actually taking out the indicators leave in the credits and just play the game through.
The idea came to me while streaming for so long and watching other people stream video games and if people that know about video games can sit there and enjoy people like I play with commentary. I want to try this out with those that don’t usually game, but love a good story. In that I would like to bring up the .Hack series which was a game based on people trapped in an MMO game and was also an anime series. I will not lie I was not fan of the series but the concept intrigued me very much and I give respect to the creators for thinking of such a concept.
In many games today real actors that we know have been used as voice actors and motion capture for their likeness. In Riddick Games as an example based on the Chronicles of Riddick series, the developers used Vin Diesel’s likeness and voice which is understandable and of course the Kingdom Hearts series used many singers and actors. The movie was continued through video games telling the side stories of Riddicks adventures in Butcher Bay and Dark Athena. It is no different from people continue reading the Buffy and Angel series through comic books that fill in what left over from the TV series. I want to take a step towards my review of sleeping dogs which has a huge cast of actors from Lucy Liu, Robin Shou, Emma Stone and the main character of Wei Shen, Will Yun Lee. It is the same style of “Sand-Box” games, but being in a totally different country taking a different step in the eastern culture of China in the deadly streets of Hong Kong. The best example is the wedding of Winston and Peggy where I got to know the bride shopping around with her and talking about the importance of being a part of a family. The plot changes when the wedding is attacked and all hell breaks loose and that my friends is what I call a damn good plot switch which builds you to like the characters and flipping the script of happiness.
The latest titles give off somewhat of that feel mixed with the action and suspense. In my next example the Gears of War series even though it is made to be like a 3rd person shooter action blockbuster. To my surprise they threw in a character like Dom who was searching for his wife Maria only to finally find her in part 2 which Dom respectively ended her misery. I didn’t expect to have an emotional connection to a game that was mostly meant to blow things up and chainsaw through enemies which made things very compelling towards the ending.
In my final thought can video replace movies? Not entirely, but it is not impossible since video games feel more like an interactive movie if anything. I don’t think they will replace, but more go the next step of movies letting us the viewer’s take control. They tried this before with an audience voting the outcome of each scene; however with video games that features is taken a step further where we get full control even though the outcome is set in stone. The last example is the Need for Speed criminal series i.e. Most Wanted and The Run. I am hoping that the developers takes this all into consideration and keep doing what they are doing making great games that keeps us glued to the game-play and story. I thank you all for taking the time for reading my thought and please feel free to share a rebuttal or your own thoughts on the subject, stay frosty gamers.
Also Here is a list of games that I didn’t mention but should be there:
- Halo Series
- God of War Series
- COD Modern Warfare Series
- Mass Effect Series
- Silent Hill
- Asura’s Wrath
- Splinter Cell
- Infamous 1 & 2
Special shout out to those that help me bring up this thought Erika Pascual, Chris Guzman, Kevin Cumberbatch, Ona Baity, Dexter Lopez, Jason Rosenberg, Dontay Thomas and Serafin Santiago. Thanks for the insight and thoughts on the subject even though you felt it was just minor gaming talk I was secretly using some of you as research on the topic.